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How can you tell if it is pancreatitis?

How can you tell if it is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis: The inflamed pancreas is liberating amylase and lipase in the blood flow. However you need to see a pancreas expert who will order more blood test and eventual imaging. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Layman
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Pancreatitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection of the pancreas, causing abnormal secretions or leakage of the digestive enzymes ...Read more


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Please tell me what can be the cause of pancreatitis?

Please tell me what can be the cause of pancreatitis?

Many possibilities: The two main causes of pancreatitis in the U.S. Are alcohol and gallstones. Other causes include infections, medications, ercp, post-operative, hyperlipidemia, hypercalcemia, abdominal trauma, hereditary, tropical, cancer and scorpion bite, among others. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could acute pancreatitis be life threatening?

Please tell me, could acute pancreatitis be life threatening?

Potentially yes: Acute pancreatitis can be severe, and can cause other organs to fail and lead to death. Most of the time, pancreatitis is mild to moderate and the pancreas recovers. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do about my chronic pancreatitis pain without taking my pain meds?

Diet & enzymes: A low-fat diet can help with the pain. Also taking pancreatic enzymes can give the pancreas some rest and offer some modest pain relief. ...Read more

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With pancreatitis is there a way to tell if its a flare up without blood work. What are the signs?

With pancreatitis is there a way to tell if its a flare up without blood work. What are the signs?

EXCRUCIATING PAIN!: Pancreatitis hurts in the *worst* way. Can feel it in belly & mid-back. Easily exacerbated if a patient is eating prohibited foods, especially those high in fat, and if patient is not taking replacement enzymes like Creon, Pancreaze, Zenpep, Ultresa, Viokace or Pertzye. Likely will also have nausea, vomiting & sometimes even a fever. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have pancreatitis or gastritis without being tested. Pain off and on for 2 yrs but get more constant and worse. Upper mid abd?

How can I tell if I have pancreatitis or gastritis without being tested. Pain off and on for 2 yrs but get more constant and worse. Upper mid abd?

Wouldn't self -dx: I wouldn't try to self diagnose these conditions. If you have had significant abdominal pain over the last two years - this warrants medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I tell if pain is gas or pancreatitis?

How can I tell if pain is gas or pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis: Usually is more painful than gas and is accompanied by nausea and often vomiting and fever. It usually requires hospitalization. Gas pain is relieved by passing gas by belching or rectally and sometimes by pooping. Pancreatitis is worse with eating. And nothing relieves it. ...Read more

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Is it pancreatitis or an ulcer, how can I tell?

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A simple lab...: Typically, pancreatitis is described as sharp epigastric pain that radiates to the back, worsens with food intake, particularly fatty food. Ulcers are more in the epigastrium that may or may not radiate. But the 2 do overlap sympatomatically. A very simple blood test (amylase/lipase) would tell the difference. These are typically elevated in pacreatitis. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have stomach ulcers or pancreatitis?

Blood test/ EGD: Stomach ulcers have to be seen to be truly diagnosed- an upper endoscopy will help see these the best. As for pancreatitis- simple blood test called lipase and amylase can detect inflammation of pancreas and a ct scan can see the inflamed pancreas. If you are concerned about having these problems- then avoid alcohol and go see your doctor. Certain otc meds like prilosec/prevacid can help w ulcer. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why it'sthat gallstones is the number 1 cause of pancreatitis?

Can you please tell me why it'sthat gallstones is the number 1 cause of pancreatitis?

Blocked pancreas: Gallstones can get into the plumbing around the liver, specifically into the common bile duct. The gallstone passes the plumbing for the pancreas on its way out to the body (pancreatic duct), and in some cases blocks the pancreatic duct. The pancreas produces fluid that collects in the blocked duct and causes increased pressure in the duct. This causes the pancreatitis. ...Read more

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How to tell if what I'm experiencing are signs of pancreatitis caused by imuran (azathioprine)?

Difficult to tell: It is always difficult to tell what the cause of pancreatitis is which is why a lot of lab work is done. Doctors take a medical history, check triglyceride levels, perform imaging like ultrasound or CT, and review medications. If there is no other explanation and the patient is on a high risk medication known to cause pancreatitis, then we will recommend discontinuing that drug. ...Read more

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In past three years I had two episodes of pancreatitis. May I join gym or not to gain muscles. And tell me food to avoid.

Join the gym: You may join the gym and exercise. Other than alcohol, which you do not consume, there are no specific foods to avoid. Why did you have pancreatitis? Do you have gall stones? Finding the cause is important and you may need to consult a gastro-enterologist for that. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a person who is suffering from pancreatitis likely to suffer from fits or cardiac arrest?

Please tell me, could a person who is suffering from pancreatitis likely to suffer from fits or cardiac arrest?

Pancreatitis: A person suffering from pancreatitis can become extremely ill, and because of the various things that can happen if they become very ill, then yes, it is conceivable for them to have seizures (fits) or a heart attack or cardiac arrest. It would most likely be due to extreme electrolyte imbalances. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer advice/info?

Can you tell me about pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer advice/info?

See below: Please consult these sites for information on these topics. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/pancreatitis/basics/definition/con-20028421 http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/pancreatic-cancer/basics/definition/CON-20028153 ...Read more