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How To Prevent Pancreatitis
My son is hospitalized with acute pancreatitis, for the fourth time. What can he do to prevent this from happening again? He also has diabetes.
Rule out CF: There are many causes of pancreatitis including gall bladder stone, chronic alcohol consumption and certain medications. You did not state your son's age but if young and non of the above applies, then he may need to be screened for cystic fibrosis. He may also have high triglycerides which can also cause pancreatitis at high levels. Imaging of the abdomen and eval by a GI specialist will help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have chronic pancreatitis (idiopathic) with swollen spleen. Why is my spleen becoming involved? What can I do to prevent further complications?
Enlarged spleen: Can be caused by many different things, but in your case, it could be coming from splenic vein thrombosis. Idiopathic means unknown cause, so your doctors probably can't figure out why your get pancreatitis and what you can do to prevent recurrence or complications i assume you already had cholecystectomy. I would surely stay away from alcohol and certain meds that can cause pancreas problems. ...Read more
Any home remedies to help with pancreatitis? I have been hospitalized 2 times in the last 6 months. I am currently having pancreas pains but not as severe but getting worse. Is there anything i can do from home or is the e.R. But only option?
Do patients with a clear reason to be in pain, like pancreatitis, still need to be on a pain contract?
Pancreatitis : It depend which etiology we are dealing with. If it is related to stone disease for instance this can dealt with ERCP and stone extraction, if it is related to chronic pancreatitis, this might require more time and effort, including investigation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed 9 months ago with chronic pancreatitis I have constant debilitating pain. What is the best pain med for this?
Pain specialist: You will need two specialists & a dietitian to help you. A pain specialist to guide use of pain medications. A gastroenterologist to evaluate your pancreas, stomach and liver certain foods can prevent repeat episodes, discuss with dietitian. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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