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Yoga for rehabilitation in chronic pancreatitis
  1. S Sareen,
  2. V Kumari
  1. Grantham and District Hospital, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Grantham, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr S Sareen
    Grantham and District Hospital, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, 6 Norton St, Grantham NG31 6BY, UK; surinder_sareen{at}yahoo.com

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This study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of yoga in management of pain in patients with chronic pancreatitis. Thirty patients with chronic pancreatitis who were experiencing difficulties with pain, anxiety, and weight loss underwent a 12 week yoga programme. Twenty four patients completed the programme and comparison of the pain, weight, diet, and pain medication before and after the yoga programme was done. Findings suggest that yoga is effective in decreasing self perceptions of pain and anxiety in this population and reducing their usage of pain medication. Patients also had significant improvement in their diet and gained weight. Limitations of the study and recommendations for future research and practice are discussed.

The pain that develops in chronic pancreatitis can be severe, chronic, often aggravated by meals, and may be present continuously, including at night. At our centre, we offer a comprehensive approach to pain from pancreatic …

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