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how do you know if you have pancreatitis?

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Dr. Ester Kwok
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
By symptoms and exam: For acute pancreatitis, there might be pain close to the belly button that radiates to the back. There may be nausea, and/or fever. If pancreatitis is suspected, then blood and imaging studies may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. Symptoms and causes for chronic pancreatitis differ. It is best when talking to your doc, to describe your symptoms rather than go in with a set diagnosis.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Symptoms and tests: Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. Patients feel pain in the central upper abdomen and back. If you have pain like this further testing can tell whether or not it is from the pancreas. Blood tests (amylase and lipase levels) and scans such as ultrasound, cat scans or MRI scans can be used to look at the pancreas.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Continued: Also the patient's history can help out. Is there a lot of alcohol intake, do they have gallstones, high cholesterol? What medicines do they take.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Are there permanent solutions or treatments for pancreatitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Treat the cause.: Pancreatitis secondary to gallstones can be prevented by gallbladder removal (although this surgery will have no benefit in the treatment of that particular episode of pancreatitis). Alcoholic pancreatitis can often be prevented by abstaining from any future alcohol intake.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can waist measurement be an indicator of pancreatitis?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
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No: There is no relation between waist measurement and the diagnosis of pancreatitis.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What treatments are available for pancreatitis?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Difficult question: It is really impossible to answer that question without more information. Acute and chronic pancreatitis are treated very differently.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are there alternative therapies for pancreatitis?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: The pancreas is a gland in the back of the abdomen which produces enzymes to digest proteins, fats, and carbs. In pancreatitis, the enzymes start working inside the gland and begin digesting it. The first treatment is fasting, to shut off the enzyme production. Sometimes replacement enzymes are given. Removing the gallbladder, if there are gallstones, can prevent another attack.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

I'm concerned I pay have pancreatitis or something more serious. I go to see my doctor today - how do I know for sure?

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Question?: Your physician will order appropriate tests and imaging after examining you.

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