On 3rd April 1959 I underwent gastric surgery for a perforated peptic ulcer and had two thirds of my stomach removed which eventually led to a diagnosis of P.A..
59 years later I've just been informed by my doctor that a recent test "indicated moderate exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. 175μg/g <200.00 - 1000.00μg/g>
Prescribing me with "Creon 10000 gastro-resistant capsules (Mylan)" she went on to say that nowadays anyone having gastric surgery are automatically put on this sort of medication "to release enzymes with lipolytic, amylolytic and proteolytic activity to ensure the digestion of fats, starches and proteins".
Ever since the surgery I have "struggled" with food - what I can and can't eat. Now I'm being told that, with treatment I can have a "Normal" (I hate that word) diet.
What I wonder is - how many others within this community that have had gastric surgery have not "automatically" been put on similar medication?
Photograph - "clivealive" at the age of 17 a few weeks after the surgery in 1959.