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What is the life expectancy of someone with chronic pancreatitis?

What is the life expectancy of someone with chronic pancreatitis?

With: Enzyme supplements and close medical supervision. (certain medications should be avoided as well as ALCOHOL) there is no reason why a full lifespan can be attained!

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Dr. Tri Huynh
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Chronic Pancreatitis (Definition)

Usually is described as a calcific pancreas in a patient w multiple prior acute episodes, pancreatic insufficiency, and frequently a history of alcoholism. Pain is ...Read more


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Can chronic pancreatitis heal?

Can chronic pancreatitis heal?

No: It will not heal but can prevent worsening by avoiding certain toxins like alcohol, tobacco, and certain drugs. ...Read more

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What can I do for chronic pancreatitis?

What can I do for chronic pancreatitis?

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

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Is chronic pancreatitis a serious health issue?

Absolutely: Chronic pancreatitis can result in severe pain, difficulty digesting food, weight loss, and eventually with diabetes. It can be very debilitating. If you have it, follow your doctor's advice carefully. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for chronic pancreatitis sufferers?

What is the best diet for chronic pancreatitis sufferers?

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

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Is treating the chronic pancreatitis done mostly by fasting?

Is treating the chronic pancreatitis done mostly by fasting?

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

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What's the difference betwen acute and chronic pancreatitis?

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

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What is the difference betwen acute and chronic pancreatitis?

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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What is the definition or description of: chronic pancreatitis?

Pathology: Usually is described as a calcific pancreas in a patient w multiple prior acute episodes, pancreatic insufficiency, and frequently a history of alcoholism. Pain is usually a prominent symptom. ...Read more

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I have chronic pancreatitis and iwould like to know about causes?

I have chronic pancreatitis and iwould like to know about causes?

Pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis most often due to alcoholism. Other causes are hypertriglyceredemia, certain medications, stone in common bile duct, etc, . ...Read more

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Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

Sort of: Chronic pancreatitis is a serious illness with a 50% mortality rate over 20-25 years. People with garden variety chronic pancreatitis do not have an appreciable increase in incidence of pancreatic cancer; however, the small number of people with hereditary pancreatitis have a 40% life time risk of cancer of pancreas. ...Read more

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Is chronic pancreatitis curable?

Is chronic pancreatitis curable?

Usually not: By the time diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis is made, there is usually scarring of the pancreas and decline in function of the gland. There may be damage to both the exocrine part involved in digestion and endocrine part leading to diabetes. Whether there is further of continuing damage would depend on the cause and interventions taken. ...Read more

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Which specialist treats chronic pancreatitis?

Gastroenterologist: A gastroenterologist specializes in the pancreas.
If it is for pain management, then a pain specialist physician can help with this issue. ...Read more

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Is there an aftermath of chronic pancreatitis?

Pain, malabsorption: Some patients with chronic pancreatitis especially patients with cystic fibrosis have malabsorption. This usually means diarrhea and not absorbing certain vitamins. Other patients with chronic pancreatitis have severe abdominal pain that is difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Chronic pancreatitis, what can I do to get energy?

Chronic pancreatitis: You need to get a balanced diet associated with aggressive enzyme therapy and vitamins. A pancreas doctor should monitor you. ...Read more

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Which type of specialist treats chronic pancreatitis?

Which type of specialist treats chronic pancreatitis?

GI or gen. Surgeon: A chronically inflamed pancreas is a difficult problem. A gastroenterologist can help manage the problem, but eventually a general surgeon may be needed, for pancreatic drainage or even partial resection. Avoid alcohol and fatty foods to help try to minimize flare ups. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does chronic pancreatitis affect those who do not drink?

Absolutely: There are many causes for pancreatitis besides alcohol use. Gall stones, certain medications, cigarette smoking, CF, infection, family history, previous abdominal surgery, abdominal injury - to name a few. ...Read more

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I am suffering from chronic pancreatitis. Can I eat flaxseed?

I doubt it: It is a source of oil because they contain a lot of oil. This would be a trigger of pancreatitis like eating french fries.
http://ndb. Nal. Usda. Gov/ndb/foods/show/3716? manu=&fgcd=
you'll want this site to see what has 15% fat / lipid or less.
And take the pancreatic enzymes. ...Read more

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What to do if I have chronic pancreatitis do I qualify for ssi?

What to do if I have chronic pancreatitis do I qualify for ssi?

Wow!: Here's a link to see if you meet basic qualifications under the Listings: https://www. Ssa. Gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings. Htm ...Read more

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Is it possible to have chronic pancreatitis from hypertriglyceridemea?

Yes: Hyperlipidemia can cause pancreatitis. The reason is unknown. Alcohol and gallstones are the most frequent causes of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have chronic pancreatitis do I qualify for ssi?

No: Chronic pancreatitis is a treatable disease that DOES NOT meet criteria for long-term disability. You have no compromise to mobility or function. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about overcoming the pain associated with chronic pancreatitis?

Chronic pancreatitis: Follow low fat diet, use pancreatic enzyme supplements, take narcotic medications, undergo a nerve block, remove part of pancreas ...Read more

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Can you develop chronic pancreatitis without ever having had acute pancreatitis?

Chronic IS Acute.: Chronic pancreatitis is actually a misnomer. It is repeated bouts of acute pancreatitis (acute pancreatitis episodes one after the other = chronic pancreatitis). If the first attack of pancreatitis provoked (alcohol, gallstone), & the cause is not addressed, then the 1st bout of acute pancreatitis can turn into chronic pancreatitis very quickly. ...Read more

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Can having 6 bouts of acute pancreatitis within 6 months mean u have chronic pancreatitis>?

Yes it may be that: Yes it may be chronic pacreatitis and you should find out what is causing it. You need absolute abstainance from drinking alcohol. And diet with low fat, beans, legumes, low fat meats and diary products. And pancreatic enzymes.
You need pain meds for controlling pain
common causes are alcohol abuse, gall stones, cystic fibrosis, hypercalcemia, calcific stones and others. ...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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I have chronic pancreatitis, and no matter what I eat it causes extreme pain. And suggestions?

Pancreatic enzymes: Your doctors can try you on a course of pancreatic enzymes with your meals. Unfortunately the pain of CP can be very vexing to treat and may need referral to a GI specialist. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and I'm always drained or in pain. I don't know what I should do.?

I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and I'm always drained or in pain. I don't know what I should do.?

Pain Specialist: At this point I would recommend a pain specialist if you are not already seeing one. Pain from chronic pancreatitis is tough to treat. You may benefit from medication management with a sustained release opioid and some occasional immediate release meds for flares. A celiac plexus block may help with the chronic nature of the pain. Spinal cord stimulation can also be helpful. ...Read more

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Do you agree with this, " only half of the patients with a diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis will survive seven years"?

No: Many with chronic pancreatitis have few to no symptoms. Some have chronic pain or diarrhea. Chronic pancreatitis may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer but the the 7 year survival is certainly much greater than 50%. ...Read more

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