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Doctor insights on: Methotrexate And Pancreatitis

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Chronic pancreatitis why is methotrexate bad for your pancreas?

Chronic pancreatitis why is methotrexate bad for your pancreas?

Very strong drug: Methotrexate is a very strong medication and can have side effects on practically every part of the body. Pancreatic inflammation has been seen in patients using methotrexate; not sure of the exact mechanism of damage to the pancreas. ...Read more

Methotrexate (Definition)

Methotrexate was originally used in the early 1950's as a treatment for cancer but was also found to be effective in many other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It has anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which make it an excellent first line therapy for RA ...Read more


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Symptoms of pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis: Upper abdominal pain
abdominal pain that radiates to your back
abdominal pain that feels worse after eating
nausea
vomiting
tenderness when touching the abdomen. ...Read more

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Symptoms of pancreatitis?

Symptoms of pancreatitis?

Pain: Most commonly people have pain just below the end of the breastbone. It can "stab" right thru to the back. Also people commonly complain of nausea after eating. ...Read more

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How dangerous is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis: It can be very dangerous depending on the severity. ...Read more

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What is chemical pancreatitis?

What is chemical pancreatitis?

Can mean different: Things to different persons. Some docs refer to a chemical pancreatitis as an abnormal elevation in serum pancreatic enzyme testing (amylase/lipase) without clinical signs like nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain (clinical pancreatitis). Some doctors refer to a chemic pancreatitis as pancreatitis that is due to a chemical exposure. I've seen it used both ways. ...Read more

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What does pancreatitis feel like?

Pancreatitis pain: Typical acute pancreatitis pain is in the upper part of the abdomen, sharp, and severe in intensity. The pain may feel like it is moving directly to the back. Nausea and vomiting is common. A fever can also accompany acute pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pancreatitis?

See below: You can get any of these common symptoms but none of them are required for the diagnosis - abdominal pain particularly top center, nausea +/- vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue or malaise, thirst. If you have any discoloration of the skin on the abdomen or back, go to the hospital immediately - that is a sign of a possible serious complication. ...Read more

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What causes episodes of pancreatitis?

Several things: Alcoholism and gall stones are the most commonly known causes of pancreatitis. High triglycerides can cause it as well, though most causes are referred to as idiopathic. That is, of unknown origin. ...Read more

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How badly can pancreatitis pain feel?

Feels like the worst: Gas pain you've ever had, but right in the center of your upper abdomen associated with nausea and lack of appetite. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I have pancreatitis?

Ask your doc!: You may have abdominal pain in the mid upper abdomen that radiates to your back. Your blood tests will be abnormal (lipase / amylase levels). ...Read more

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Can I die from pancreatitis if I ignore it?

Yes: Pancreatitis is a particularly dangerous condition. Despite best medical treatment, some cases can lead to death. When you have pancreatitis, enzymes that normally digest food are released in the abdomen and start digesting the body from the inside. This causes an intense reaction to contain the spill. ...Read more

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What sort of pain is typical of pancreatitis?

What sort of pain is typical of pancreatitis?

Upper Abdominal Pain: Classically, pancreatitis pain localized to the upper-abdominal region and can extend through to the back. The pain is often made worse by eating and can last several days till the acute inflammation resolves. Symptoms can also include nausea, vomiting, fever, and increased heart rate. ...Read more

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What kind of pain does pancreatitis feel like?

"boring": Usually described as a stabbing or "boring" pain right below your breast bone that shoots straight thru to your back. Patients are usually very tender in their upper abdomens. Coughing or walking may be extremely painful. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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What are the complications involving pancreatitis?

Several complication: Exist from acute pancreatitis:
1. Pseudocyst formation
2. Infection
3. Malnutrition
4. Kidney failure

Chronic pancreatitis:
1. Diabetes (from damage to pancreatic islet cells)
2. Malnutrition
3. Pancreatic cancer ...Read more

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Is pancreatitis a recurring or lifelong illness?

Is pancreatitis a recurring or lifelong illness?

Yes, if it: Becomes chronic. I hope this helps. If you still have any concern or additional questions about this contact me via a Video Consultation at my Virtual Practice web site: www. Healthtap. Com/dryetimyan ...Read more

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What happened to me that could have caused pancreatitis?

Many things: Commonly gallstones or alcohol use can cause it. Also high cholesterol, some medicines or even bites from some arachnids (spiders and scorpions). ...Read more

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How come I have pancreatitis, but nobody else in the family has it?

Rarely genetic: Most common causes of pancreatitis include gall stones that block the outlet of the pancrease, (pancrelipase) alcohol use, and side effect of medication. Less commonly is: idiopathic (meaning we do not yet know why it has occured), autoimmune, and genetic pancreatitis. ...Read more

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Is pancreatitis curable?

Curable?: It can be treated and resolved but unless the cause is found and correctly addressed, it can happen again. ...Read more

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Is it o.K. To tan while on methotrexate?

Is it o.K. To tan while on methotrexate?

No: While this is actually unlikely to cause problems, sunburn may be more likely while using methotrexate. Though it may depend on why and how you're using it. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: methotrexate?

Standard therapy: Methotrexate was originally used in the early 1950's as a treatment for cancer but was also found to be effective in many other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It has anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which make it an excellent first line therapy for RA and other rheumatologist diseases. ...Read more

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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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