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Mild Chronic Pancreatitis Symptoms
Unknown.: Idiopathic means that we don't know why it happens. If we don't know why it happens then we cannot make any logical assumption as to how to cure it. Further information could be helpful. Are you diabetic? Are you overweight? What kind of diet do you have? You drink alcohol ever? Is there anything that you eat that seems to make it worse? Do you have high cholesterol or high triglycerides? ...Read more
All: Pain can be severe, life-altering, requiring narcotics. Diabetes can be "brittle"-hard to control, with very high and very low levels of blood sugar in the same day, associated with various complications of diabetes. Maldigestion can cause malnutrition, weight loss, osteoporosis, fatty, greasy, foul-smelling stools. Rx is available for all; complex issue. ...Read more
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
Question about pancreas: what is the difference between pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis don't theys have painfull symptoms? What I heard
Pancreatitis: Is inflammation of the pancreas and can be acute (sudden) or chronic (long lasting). Both can be painful and associated with vomiting and digestive problems. The most common cause of acute pancreatitis is disease of the biliary tree such as gallstones or infection. Alcohol use is also associated with pancreatitis. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
GERD/Pancreatitis: Between the 2 diseases, sometimes the symptoms can be similar. Gerd would have frequent acid reflux, heartburns, epigastric discomfort, chest pain, difficulty swallowing. Chronic pancreatitis: epigastric/luq pain, radiates toward the back, especially after fatty meal. Very easy to be evaluated to differentiate between the 2, such as trial of antireflux meds, egd, abdominal x ray (or ct), past hx. ...Read more
Is headache or migraine a symptom of chronic pancreatitis? I know the other symptoms. Is there relation between the two?
Not in my experience: I have not encountered that or heard of that correlation before. Typically it's more gastrointestinal related symptoms like fatty stools, epigastric stomach pain that can radiate to the back, nausea, vomiting-all worse after eating- and late in the course you can develop diabetes. Sometimes patients will report general body aches, chills, fever, fatigue with attacks. ...Read more
When is it ok 2go 2 ER for attack from idiopathic chronic pancreatitis dx? 3yrs enzymes just mild high w.attack, so how2get ER 2not overlook symptms? : (
Depends on the pain.: Your decision as to whether to go to the emergency room will depend on the severity of your pain. If it is not something you can handle at home with whatever paid method your previous doctors have worked out with you, then you should go to the emergency room. If you do not already have a pain relief method worked out with your doctor, then you should go see him/her to work on this. Good luck. ...Read more
If chronic pancreatitis is diangosis early by EUS but patient is completely asymptomatic w/out experiencing pancreatitis ever. What will be course of action? Will symptoms (pain, nausea) eventually come?
Avoid all triggers: Avoiding all triggers of acute on chronic pancreatitis is critical. Alcohol is to be avoided at all cost and at any measure. If pancreatitis is caused by high triglycerides, make sure to take prescribed medications. There are rarer causes including genetic disorders, certain medications, duct abnormalities, and autoimmune diseases. Presumably you know the cause, but if not, talk w/your doctor ...Read more
CHANCES of idiopathic chronic pancreatitis to vanish by taking medication from 2 months. As now only PAIN occurs rarely no vomiting and othr symptoms?
Leave but return:
Chronic pancreatitis is a relapsing, remitting disease. It will go away, then return. How often you have flare ups depends on several factors: luck, how much alcohol you use, and what kind of foods you eat. Stick to low protein foods, NO alcohol, and hopefully your relapses will be few and far between. If you feel your pancreatitis is acting up, see your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more
I am hospitalized with mild chronic pancreatitis. Why am I having dizzy spells and tied where I feel about to faint? Will Toradol cause fainting spels
Have a low albumin. a protein which allows blood vessels to retain the correct VOLUME of blood to pump to your head/brain. This may be due to malabsorbtion secondary to your pancreas problem!
Toradol by itself is unlikely to do this!
Suggest you consult with a cardiologist if your PCP (Primary Care Provider) is puzzled by your problem!
A "Tilt Table Test" might be useful!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Can Chronic Pancreatitis cause miscarriage? What are some possible complications with pregnancy? Symptoms of needing to go to doctor? Also Gastroparesis.
Need more info: To fully answer these questions more information is required such a blood counts and background history and the answers will be in depth. Please either discuss this with your obgyn or consult one of us on healthtap. Also doxycycline is not recommended during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, stop doxycycline ...Read more
Is bloating a common symptom of chronic pancreatitis? Or other common causes? I drink 4-5 sodas a day and eat 3-4 times day. My tummy gets bloated. No pain or nausea. I googled 'bloating' CP appeared/
Pancreatic cancer symptoms MRI showed chronic pancreatitis, heart disease and fat liver, what is the chance that they might find a cancer there too?
Plan to live: Chronic pancreatitis only has a slight tendency to produce cancer especially if it's hereditary, and if it was not seen on imaging, it's very unlikely to be there and you should plan to live. If you are not a longtime heavy drinker, then we need to seek the cause of your liver, heart and pancreatic disease. It may be that a healthier future awaits you with aerobic fitness as the key. Best wishes. ...Read more
Got MRI results back for chronic pancreatitis, it showed fatty liver and mild heart disease, as well as mild changes to the pancreas suggestive of cp, do you think I would be a canidate for the islet cell transplant surgery, and to have pancreas removed?
Unlikely: Without further details including presence of diabetes/diarrhea and underlying cause of the chronic pancreatitis, i'd say those are drastic measures. Start with your local gastoenterologist for review of options and identification of causes such as obesity, alcohol, gall stone disease, and drugs. ...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
Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve. This inflammation can cause damage to the pancreas causing it to not work properly. People with chronic pancreatitis can have chronic abdominal pain and should eat a diet low in fat. They should also consider taking pancreatic enzyme supplements (if recommended by a physician).
Pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis most often due to alcoholism. Other causes are hypertriglyceredemia, certain medications, stone in common bile duct, etc, treatment of the cause. Quit alcohol, surgery for gall bladder stone or withdrawing offending medications, pain control, control of diabetes if any, digestive enzyme replacements if needed. ...Read more
Depends: Acute pancreatitis from gallstones generally does not turn into chronic pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis, associated with diabetes, chronic pain after eating, maldigestion of fats can occur after bouts of alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis;high triglyceride (>1000) panc'itis can also. Got stones? Get gb out; high tg-diet and meds. Alcohol-don't drink. Preg related? : see md for individual rx. ...Read more