A 23-year-old male asked:
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what is chronic pancreatitis ? how to control on it? and what kind of treatment should take and what kind of doctor should check.

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Chronic Pancreatitis: This is chronic inflammation of the pancreas resulting in abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, elevated liver functions and usually normal pancreatic enzymes. A lot of people get it after gallbladder surgery. Those who have it in my experience have multiple episodes of the above symptoms sometimes requiring hospitalization. Coordinated treatment between PCP and GI is needed.
Answered on Aug 9, 2014
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Dr. Leslie Sanchez-goettler
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Summary: Here is a nice link from medline plus to read about it that answers your questions since I don't have much room here. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000221.htm If you are symptomatic you should see your PCP, and you may need referral to a Gastroenterologist.
Answered on Aug 7, 2014
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Dr. Olakitan Akinjagunla
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Chronic pancreatitis: This is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal and may actually worsen over time and lead to permanent damage. as the pancreas produces various hormones and digestive enzymes treatment is tailored towards what is affected. You can help the situation by abstaining from alcohol,limit caffeine and alcohol intake,adequate fluids and eating small frequent meals. A gastroenterologist or PCP
Answered on Aug 9, 2014
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Dr. Laura Anissian
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends on degree: The answer to this depends upon your symptoms and lab values. You may or may not need pancreatic enzyme supplements. NO alcohol is the biggest thing you can do to help control it. Your primary may be able to monitor it if he or she is comfortable with it, otherwise you should seek care with a gastroenterologist. As for your herbs - check EACH one for effect on pancreas.
Answered on Aug 9, 2014
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