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I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.

I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.

Few possibilities: There are a few possibilities from pancreatic issues, to ulcers, and possibly gall bladder. See your doc or make an appointment with HealthTap to provide more detail. I'm available through the Concierge service all day. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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Can someone with diabetes donate their pancreas?

Can someone with diabetes donate their pancreas?

Not for transplant: There may be scientific groups interested in diabetic organs for research. However, a diabetic pancreas will not be used for transplant. ...Read more

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Can you replace a pancrease (pancrelipase) when u have type one diabetes?

Can you replace a pancrease (pancrelipase) when u have type one diabetes?

Not common: Insulin injection replaces the function of the pancreas. Pancreas transplant is not commonly done because of complications and need for many medications after the transplant. ...Read more

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Can you replace a pancreas when you have type one diabetes?

Can you replace a pancreas when you have type one diabetes?

Pancreas transplant: A pancreas transplant is usually only done when you are having another transplant, like a kidney. With any transplant, you have to take powerful anti-rejection drugs, and that causes complications. Even in the setting of combined pancreas/kidney transplant, the new pancreas does not always function well, and you may still need insulin. ...Read more

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Why people with diabetes can't get their pancreas replaced?

Why people with diabetes can't get their pancreas replaced?

Pancreas transplant: A pancreas transplant is a big deal. You would then have to take drugs to prevent rejection of the transplant, and those drugs have many side effects. And the new pancreas does not often work, and you still have to take insulin. ...Read more

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One of my friend's brother, aged 5, has diabetes. Can the pancreas be replaced?

One of my friend's brother, aged 5, has diabetes. Can the pancreas be replaced?

Yes BUT: Risk high, so save for those patients with poor control, frequent hypoglycemia, or complications of diabetes. ...Read more

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Can your pancreas not working properly show a high ac01 to give a false postive for diabetes?

No: An a1c is an average glucose level over 3 months. Although some racial differences with the test exist the a1c is very accurate. Target a1c levels for most people with diabetes is 6.5-7.0 percent. ...Read more

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My brother, aged around 5, has diabetes. I want to know that can pancreas be replaced in his case?

My brother, aged around 5, has diabetes. I want to know that can pancreas be replaced in his case?

No: Hi. No, no one would do a pancreas transplant in a 5 year old! NO ONE! Transplants require immunosupression...not a good thing starting at age 5 (or ever unless required for a very good reason!). ...Read more

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Is it possible that i give him at least a little bit of my pancreas so he can have a healthy pancreas again and no more diabetes?

Is it possible that i give him at least a little bit of my pancreas so he can have a healthy pancreas again and no more diabetes?

Basically no...: A. For you, risk too high for serious complications from the surgery, and amount obtained would not reverse his diabetes b. Patients must confirm to current criteria- frequent low sugars or terrible complications pancreas/islet cell transplants are being done only from patients who've died-eg: trauma and donate organs other techniques being evaluated- stem cells in medical research centers. ...Read more

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Could bacon hurt pancreas when you have diabetes?

Could bacon hurt pancreas when you have diabetes?

Bacon: The simple answer is NO! That said you must pay a lot of attention to your blood sugar and make appropriate choices for the food you take and the physical activity you do. Check your blood sugar at least once a day - alternate breakfast reading on day 1 and at bedtime on day 2., etc. Also go on-line and look up "NuVal". It will help you with your diet. ...Read more

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Will a new pancreas from a donor cure my diabetes?

Will a new pancreas from a donor cure my diabetes?

Not a cure: A new pancreas will not cure the diabetes per se. It will keep your glucose controlled better than any other technique; and hopefully stabilize the diabetic changes that have taken place prior to the transplant. ...Read more

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How does getting pancreas transplants could cure diabetes?

How does getting pancreas transplants could cure diabetes?

Diabetes/pancreas: All types of diabetes are caused by not being able to make enough Insulin to keep your blood sugar at a normal level. By getting a pancreas transplant the patients new pancreas will hopefully make enough Insulin to keep their blood sugars normal. ...Read more

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Please help? Is the pancreas the only reason for a person with diabetes?

Please help? Is the pancreas the only reason for a person with diabetes?

Diabetes ; pancreas: In type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune condition destroys the Insulin producing b-cells of the pancreas (the rest of the pancreas is ok). In type 2, the primary problem is Insulin resistance: initially high Insulin but the b-cells can't keep up so blood glucose elevates though you are making some insulin, but not enough. Repeated bouts of pancreatitis can damage the whole pancreas and cause diabetes. ...Read more

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How soon will we have an fda approved artificial pancreas for type one diabetes?

How soon will we have an fda approved artificial pancreas for type one diabetes?

Artificial pancreas : The artificial pancreas is a continuous glucometer that communicates with an Insulin pump. They exist but are not fda approved due to issues with hypoglycemia, but will likely be the future of Insulin care. Pancreas transplantation is currently the most reliable way to achieve optimized glycemic control at the price of a large operation and lifelong immunosuppression. ...Read more

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What does the pancreas do in brittle diabetes?

What does the pancreas do in brittle diabetes?

Emdocrine function: It no longer makes Insulin but the other parts secrete enzymes that help with digestion and is very important. It does not help anymore with blood sugar regulation though. ...Read more

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Metoprolol can cause diabetes? I heard that damages the pancreas

Metoprolol can cause diabetes? I heard that damages the pancreas

Hypertension: There are some reports of beta blockers causing elevated blood sugar. We are still evaluating how prevalent this may be and whether it is a significant problem. ...Read more

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I was wondering how i could heal my pancreas, break bad habits, and prevent diabetes?

I was wondering how i could heal my pancreas, break bad habits, and prevent diabetes?

It takes: Will-power and initiative to break bad habits. I don't know what's wrong with your pancreas, so can't tell you how to heal it -- but if your problems are increasing blood sugar, the treatment is diet, exercise and weight loss to help prevent diabetes and give your body a chance to help your pancreas if it can. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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If type 2 diabetes means your pancreas has burned out, does it stay burned out if you lose lots of weight?

If type 2 diabetes means your pancreas has burned out, does it stay burned out if you lose lots of weight?

Yes: Unfortunately you can't reverse your diabetes. The pancreas will not heal itself. However, weight loss and exercise makes you more sensitive to your insulin. So if you are taking insulin, or your body is still making any insulin... Exercise and weight loss will make that Insulin work better in your body. ...Read more

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