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How long will pain from pancreatitis last? It's been 10 days and still in a lot of pain?

How long will pain from pancreatitis last? It's been 10 days and still in a lot of pain?

Varies: Pancreatitis can take time to resolve. This is especially true if there are continued insults or irritations to the pancreas. Alcohol, fatty foods, certain medications, and sometimes even just any foods can cause continued problems. Pancreatitis can be very serious and for this reason should be managed by a doctor. If you have been treated and still having pain, see your doctor. Go in good health. ...Read more

Dr. Ralph Layman
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Pancreatitis (Definition)

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


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What does chronic pancreatitis feel like? How long do periods of it last?

What does chronic pancreatitis feel like? How long do periods of it last?

See answer: The pain is epigastric, dull, radiating to the back, diminished by sitting forward, worse approximately 30 minutes after eating. The attacks usually last less than 10 days with pain free intervals lasting months to more than a year. Later on the pain can become more continuous.(20% of patients don't experience pain), and symptoms of malabsorption such as greasy or loose stools can develop. ...Read more

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Nerve block for pancreatitis, how long do they last, and are they numbing or do they have an uncomfortable feeling?

Nerve block for pancreatitis, how long do they last, and are they numbing or do they have an uncomfortable feeling?

Pancreatitis pain: I would assume you are contemplating a celiac plexus block which may be done with local anesthetic as an initial diagnostic block. More long lasting effects may be achieved using lytic agents such as phenol/alcohol but should only be done after in-depth consultation with a pain trained md well versed in such matter. ...Read more

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Had mild pancreatitis last wk, pain gone now but CT scan still showed inflammation around the pancreas, how long does it take the inflam to go away?

Had mild pancreatitis last wk, pain gone now but CT scan still showed inflammation around the pancreas, how long does it take the inflam to go away?

Weeks: After an attack of pancreatitis the ct scan findings of inflammation can often last weeks after the pain is gone. No big deal. No need to keep checking ct scans unless the doctor is looking for something else. The biggest question is ..What was the reason you got pancreatitis ? This is important so you don't get it again. Continue with the work up with your GI doctor. ...Read more

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How long does a pancreatitis grade E take to heal?

How long does a pancreatitis grade E take to heal?

Can't really give: precise answer. There are several grading/scoring systems to try to predict the severity of pancreatitis. Grade E suggests a certain appearance on CT scan called the Balthazar Grade. It must be combined with an estimate of Necrosis Percentage to get the Computed Tomography Severity Index. Grade E refers to fluid collections and is associated with moderate severity. Acute healing time: 6+ weeks ...Read more

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How long can someone with chronic pancreatitis survive?

How long can someone with chronic pancreatitis survive?

Chr. Pancreatitis: Chr pancreatitis patients can have normal life span, if symptoms are mild and there are no significant complications. If the develop, diabetes, digestive problems or go into complications like abscesses, cysts etc the life span is shorter, . ...Read more