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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)

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

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


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Are there cases of pancreatitis which don't have a discernible cause?

Are there cases of pancreatitis which don't have a discernible cause?

Pancreatitis: Yes, there are called "idiopathic" however in most cases, a pancreas expert is able to identify the cause of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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Can stress cause pancreatitis?

Can stress cause pancreatitis?

No: Pancreatitis can be caused by too much alcohol, greatly elevated triglycerides, and tuberculosis as well as and e. Coli infection. It is not brought on directly by stress. ...Read more

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What causes acute pancreatitis?

What causes acute pancreatitis?

Many causes: The two most common causes in the usa include:gallstones, alcohol. Other causes include high triglyceride levels (a type of cholesterol), trauma (mva/streering wheel), scorpion bites, medications. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause pancreatitis?

Could diverticulitis cause pancreatitis?

No, I have: Never heard of a patient whose colonic diverticultis caused pancreatitis. In a rare cases, duodenal diverticula can cause pancreatitis, but this is really rare. ...Read more

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Does pancreatitis cause chest type pain?

Does pancreatitis cause chest type pain?

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

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How does hypercalcaemia cause pancreatitis?

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

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What causes pancreatitis in children and how to treat it?

What causes pancreatitis in children and how to treat it?

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

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Does too much caffeine in the diet daily cause pancreatitis?

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

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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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Could no gallbladder appendix cause pancreatitis?

No: Appendix had nothing to do with pancreas. If the gallbladder had stones you could possible have a stone remaining on the bile duct. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Could no gallbladder no appendix cause pancreatitis?

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

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What causes pancreatitis?

Many causes: Alcohol, gallstones, elevated lipids in the blood, some drugs, trauma, and congenital conditions account for most cases of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What causes pancreatitis?

Few common causes: The most common causes are gallstones, chronic alcohol use, high triglycerides, and a few different medications. ...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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Will taking certain medications cause pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis: Yes some medications can give pancreatitis. However we always like to rule out stone disease and alcohol. ...Read more

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Are there a lot of drugs that can cause pancreatitis?

Are there a lot of drugs that can cause pancreatitis?

Yes.: Many different drugs have been listed as possible causes of otherwise unexplained pancreatitis. A recent review article of this subject looked at the 100 most prescribed medications in the US and found that 44 of them have been implicated as possible causes of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What would be the most likely cause for pancreatitis?

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

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Please tell me what can be the cause of pancreatitis?

Many possibilities: The two main causes of pancreatitis in the U.S. Are alcohol and gallstones. Other causes include infections, medications, ercp, post-operative, hyperlipidemia, hypercalcemia, abdominal trauma, hereditary, tropical, cancer and scorpion bite, among others. ...Read more

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What causes pancreatitis? Does food cause pancreatitis?

What causes pancreatitis? Does food cause pancreatitis?

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

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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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Can parasites cause pancreatitis?

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

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Can pancreatitis cause mid to upper back?

Yes: Frequently inflammation in an internal organ refers pain to the back or shoulder. ...Read more

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Any ideas why pancreatitis cause an ileus?

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

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Why does pancreatitis cause a steatorrhea?

Why does pancreatitis cause a steatorrhea?

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

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How can Prevacid (lansoprazole) cause pancreatitis?

Very rare: Prevacid (lansoprazole) has been reported to be able to cause pancreatitis, but is extremely rare. JI would not let the rare risk of pancreatitis get in the way of you taking this medication, if it is necessary in your situation. C ...Read more

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Hi. What is the cause of back pain in pancreatitis Thanks?

Hi. What is the cause of back pain in pancreatitis Thanks?

Location: The pancreas is located very far back in the abdominal cavity. If it is swollen it can press on nerves in the back causing back pain. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

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