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Why Does Pancreatitis Cause Numbness
I have sharp burning/stabbing pain in lower left abdomen, radiating down my leg and foot is numb. Do I need to go to a hospital? (Have previously had pancreatitis, in 2010)
No: Sounds more like nerve pain. Your pancreas is in your upper abdomen. If your pain changes or if you have other symptoms; such as vomiting, fever, swelling in your groin or blood in your stool you should be seen at the hospital. Make an appointment to see your MD. All the best and I hope you feel better. ...Read more
Can: Any organs in the upper abdomen can refer pain to chest such as gall bladder, liver, stomach, and spleen. Gastroesophageal reflux, musculoskeletal changes, and of course cardiac etiologies also exist. Sometimes pancreatitis can get pleural fluid collecting particularly in the left chest. ...Read more
Conjecture: Nobody really knows but some suggest that hypercalcemia induces pancreatic injury via a secretory block, accumulation of secretory proteins, and possibly activation of enzymes that begin to digest the pancreas. ...Read more
Many causes: In a child, the most likely cause would be post-infectious pancreatitis. Several viral infections can lead to pancreatitis. Other causes include meds, gallstones, cystic fibrosis, and hereditary or autoimmune conditions, just to name a few. Treatment depends on the underlying cause, but the principles of management include aggressive IV fluid, bowel rest, pain control, and often hospitalization. ...Read more
Best to avoid: Pancreatitis is an inflammation of a gland near your stomach that produces enzymes. The most common triggers are from stoppage of gallbladder, alcohol intake or medications. Many times we cannot determine the trigger. While I have not seen an initial bout I linked to caffeine, its use may further inflame the pancreas or cause you to loose fluids you need to heal. Would be best to avoid. ...Read more
No: Not unless you continue to form gall stones which get stuck in the duct to the pancreas, high triglycerides are much more common cause. ...Read more
Gallstones, alcohol: In the U.S. The most common causes of acute pancreatitis are gallstones or alcohol. Other common causes are high blood lipids or certain medications. I always tell my patients that sometimes alcohol even in reasonable amounts can cause pancreatitis. It doesn't always have to occur in alcoholics. ...Read more
Acute pancreatitis.: Although there are many potential causes of acute pancreatitis. the most common are alcohol and gallstones. Pancreatitis is not usually caused by eating particular foods, although food may make it worse if it is already present. If you feel you may be having pancreatitis, see your doctor immediately. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: There are numerous organisms that have this potential, perhaps one of the more common ones being Ascaris lumbricoides, although Strongyloides stercoralis, Clonorchis senensis and Echinococcus granulosis have also been reported, among other rare cases. It is not a common cause of pancreatitis, particularly in the USA. ...Read more
Adynamic ileus: Is caused by different things, including inflammation. Pancreatitis, or inflammation of pancreas, causes irritation of peritoneal cavity, causing intestinal motility to slow down or stop, which is the cause of adynamic ileus. Typically, ileus caused by pancreatitis persists longer than the pancreatitis itself. ...Read more
Fat malabsorption: Steatorrhea means that there is fat in the stool. The pancreas secretes an enzyme, lipase, into the small intestine in response to ingestion of a fatty meal. The secretion of lipase is impaired when pancreatitis is present and fat malabsorption, or steatorrhea, ensues. ...Read more
Pancreatitis: Yes time will cures usually.Get a more detailed answer ›
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