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Hyperthyroidism Related To Chronic Pancreatitis
No symtpoms but had EUS due to lipase #'s. Doc said: "few features of chronic pancreatitis but overall very non-specific." Never had pancreatitis b4?
Tests lead to tests: Real question is why lipase ordered in 1st place if no symptoms. All tests have false positives. False positives go up if patient without typical symptoms of disease in question. If test results pursued without looking at big picture, doctors & patients can get on a road to nowhere. If no symptoms and very mild/nonspecific findings on advanced testing, risk is low. Check in w/ Dr every 2-3 months. ...Read more
Treat symptoms: For chronic pancreatitis there are a number of steps to take. First you must avoid things that exacerbate the condition. Alcohol, fatty foods, high serum lipids, certain medicines must all be avoided. If you have a history of gallstones your gallbladder should be removed. If you have large pseudo cysts you. An have them drained with surgery. There are other surgical procedures for more severe. ...Read more
Low fat high cls/cre:
Diet for chronic pancreatitis is low fat, high calories with supplements like Alpha lipolic acid 50 mgm twice a day and resveratrol 200 mgm daily, Creon like pancreatic enzymes, diet rich in whole grains, legumes, lean protein food, low fat diary products, and absolute abstainance from alcohol.
Yes Creon can be taken for ever means as long as chronic pancratitis is there. ...Read more
No: A lot of times acute pancreatitis is treated by pancreatic rest with fasting. Usually chronic pancreatitis is not treated this way. A low fat diet is recommended as is abstaining from alcohol (even if alcohol is not the reason for your pancreatitis). Treating the reason behind the pancreatitis and in select cases surgery or other procedures. ...Read more
Pancreatitis: Acute pancreatitis has a discrete time of onset. It often can result in severe pain, sometimes ending up in the ICU, but usually resolves within a few weeks. Chronic pancreatitis is more long-term, usually has somewhat less severe pain, but can result in a long-term damage to the pancreas itself. Both of them are very serious illnesses. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Differences: Acute pancreatitis starts suddenly and lasts for a relatively short period of time. This does not mean that it isn't dangerous, as it can range from mild to deadly. Chronic pancreatitis is a long-lasting infflamation of the pancreas. It often develops after a bout of acute pancreatitis. ...Read more
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NO: Chronic pancreatitis is a well defined entity characterized by the presitent inflammation of the pancreas with gradual destruction of the functional tissue and deposition of fibrous (scar) tissue. It produces pain, usually with the intake of food, and eventually bad digestion and diabetes (exocrine and endocrine insuficiency). The most common cause is alcohol related. ...Read more
Hi docs! Wondering what additional complication of chronic pancreatitis is a concern for physicians?
Pain: chronic pancreatitis can cause recurrent abdominal pain, and can be quite difficult to treat and control. At some point, if the pancreas keeps getting burned out, you may start seeing some symptoms and signs of pancreas dysfunction, such as diabetes, fatty stool, malabsorption, etc. ...Read more
I have chronic pancreatitis stones size is 2 mm at the top of the pancreas. Do I need surgery to remove them. .
If someone has chronic pancreatitis, will their amylase and lipase levels always be elevated? Or only during flare ups?
Not Necessarily: Serum amylase and lipase may or may not be elevated in cases of chronic pancreatitis, depending on the severity of inflammation and cell damage. Of the two, lipase is more likely to mildly elevated. While lipase is specific to the pancreas (amylase comes from other sources), both are commonly elevated in cases of acute pancreatitis. ...Read more
When I get angry my abodomin pain starts am 19yrs and have idiopathic chronic pancreatitis SO WHAT is link between my anger (stress) and pain?
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
I have had chronic pancreatitis for 2 years. It is not hereditary, not an alcoholic. 8 attacks I have 2 cysts on my pancreas. What are my options?
Depends: On cause of the cysts (post pancreatitis are benign) and evolution/size. If true cysts, size over 3cm or central location in pancreas are worrisome. Could be premalignant. As for the cause of pancreatitis, look for stones or congenital issues such as pancreas divi sum. Hope this helps :). ...Read more
I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis a year. Last month I had cholangitis and had ercp (stents). Out now. But still in extreme pain. Now what?
More information: Your gastroenterologist needs to review your case with you and plan out a course of action. CP is a tough disease. Best of luck. ...Read more
Have chronic pancreatitis having diarrhea with red blood coming out in plops w/sm amt. Bm and what look like tissue what could this be. Been 3 days?
Rectal bleeding: If the blood is bright red this generally indicates it is originating from the lower part of your bowel. It may not be related to your pancreatitis. Have your doctor exam you to see if there is a source for the bleeding. You may require a colonoscopy to find out the exact cause. All the best in getting this sorted out. Watch for low blood with persistent bleeding. ...Read more
Went 2 ER 4 chronic pancreatitis. Was given 2 500mg vicodin at 4pm they gave me 15mg morphine to take home pill form. I'm in pain can I take the morph?
Am 19 I have chronic pancreatitis as per mrcp report I have no alcoh. Cause is idiopathic doc says. Duct is 4.4mm. Will it be reduced to normal? ???????
Normal width is 4.1:
Nomal width of Common Bile Duct, your age is 4.1and yours 4.4 with history of pancreatitis seems to right
Do you have gall stones
It is best to discuss your case with the treating Gastroenterologist as he/she knows your case and can advice you
Acute Pancreatitis. Serious disese and most commonly caused by alcohol&gall stones
High triglcerides, high calcium, abdominal surgery drugs
10/40%Idiopathic ...Read more
My grandmother has chronic pancreatitis and is weak from not being able to eat due to another episode. Any supplemental drinks specifically for pancrea?
Probably not: The pancreas makes digestive enzymes for the small intestine, so eating and drinking will cause the sick pancreas to make more enzymes (which can leak or get backed up, worsening the pancreatitis symptoms). Depending on a grandma's age, the cause of the pancreatitis can be a concern. Possible causes include gallbladder disease, gallstones, and cancer. Cancer of the pancreas can be hard to detect. ...Read more
Is Longitudinal Pancreaticojejunostomy (Puestow Procedure) compulsary for a idiopathic chronic pancreatitis 19yrs boy who has less pain history 5times?
No: A puestow procedure is a very involved operation and not without risk. It is designed for pancreatitis symptoms that are resistant to conventional medical treatments. Once these are exhausted then one can consider surgical options. If you have questions about risk and percentage of success tthen talk directly with a surgeon who has plenty of experience with pancreatic surgery, it is an uncommon su ...Read more