Pancreatitis and alcoholism

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Avatar n tn My grndmother dies from pancreatic cancer, my father has alcoholic pancreatitis, and my sister has pancreatitis. Many DR. we have talked with say this disease is NOT hereditary but I feel that in many cases it is. My father was an alcoholic most of my life, now recovered he has this lasting effect. His pancreas is severly damaged, the DR said if he drank again it would kill him.
1727703 tn?1310292816 Was in the hospital for about a month to learn how to walk again. She was diagnosed with pancreatitis and cirrhosis. She's a mess. Got out of the hopsital, went 2 weeks clean then relapsed. Gave her the ultimatum of either going back to Oregon to detox at her mom's or find a rehab . rehabs won't take her cause she can't work to cover her room and board, mom won't take her cause HER husband just died and it's not a good time.
Avatar f tn This causes the enzymes to irritate the cells of your pancreas, causing inflammation and the signs and symptoms associated with pancreatitis. With repeated bouts of acute pancreatitis, damage to the pancreas can occur and lead to chronic pancreatitis. Scar tissue may form in the pancreas, causing loss of function. A poorly functioning pancreas can cause digestion problems and diabetes.
Avatar n tn I feel for you and know how frustrating it is to try to help someone you love. My brother died of liver failure from alcoholism and hepc and all the intervention in the world could not stop his destructive path. Now we live with guilt because he died alone. I will pray for you, and who knows, maybe once they get his medical problems under control he will be able to stop drinking. Good luck, God bless, there's always someone here to "listen" let us know what the dr finds out.
Avatar n tn It is unlikely that pregnancy causes pancreatitis - gall stones are usually present in the gall bladder before pregnancy begins - although pregnancy may conceivably influence the timing of the onset of pancreatitis and its subsequent course (Block, and Kelly, T.R. 1989). If the attack of pancreatitis during pregnancy is mild, recovery begins soon after delivery (Chen et al, 1995).
Avatar n tn If it does, I read CP most common cause is alcoholism and cystic fibrosis, since i'm 25 and drink very little, the ultrasound and blood/urine checks, it seems unlikely again I have that. Thanks!
Avatar n tn Also, can you tell me how long it takes to get over a severe attack of pancreatitis? I still get nauseated and have some discomfort (controlled by meds) after I eat. Is it possible that these cysts are causing problems? Thanks for your time in answering my questions. BTW, my doctor's don't know what caused this severe attack. I have been diagnosed with Acute Recurrrent Pancreatitis and have been living with it for over 2 years now. The doctors also have no clue what has caused this.
Avatar n tn Patients with acute pancreatitis and concomitant hypertriglyceridemia most commonly report a history of poorly controlled diabetes, alcoholism, predisposing pharmacologic agents (such as estrogens, diuretics, or glucocorticoids), or dietary risk factors. The incidence of hyperlipidemia in patients with acute pancreatitis has been reported in the range of 12 to 38 percent, which encompasses patients with transient, mild lipid abnormalities that would not precipitate acute pancreatitis.
Avatar n tn So my friend has been out of the hospital for a month now after having been diagnosed with pancreatitis. I'm in another state than her. She has suffered from severe alcoholism for years. We actually quit hanging out several years ago b/c her drinking problem. But we've always stayed in touch every now and then. I just found out she was diagnosed with this and I am concerned. The town we come from is full of stupid doctors. This is no joke.
Avatar f tn Pancreatitis Carcinoma of prostate Carcinoma of breast and lung Systemic lupus erythematosus Alcoholism Congestive heart failure and chronic coronary artery disease: The level of elevation correlates with the risk of death secondary to cardiovascular disease.[7] GGT levels may be increased due to medications, such as carbamazepine, cimetidine, furosemide, heparin, isotretinoin, methotrexate, oral contraceptives, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and valproic acid.
Avatar n tn He knows there is a family history of alcoholism and liver issues stemming from it, pancreatis, stomach cancer and perhaps a couple GI issues I'm missing. Thanks in advance!
2026744 tn?1527710327 Experts who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of B12 deficiency, like Sally Pacholok R.N. and Jeffery Stewart D.O., suggest treating all patients that are symptomatic and have B12 levels less than 450 pg/mL. They also recommend treating patients with normal B12, but elevated urinary methylmalonic acid (MMA), homocysteine and/or holotranscobalamin (other markers of B12 deficiency).
Avatar n tn Conditions commonly associated with abnormalities of LFTs include gallbladder disease, hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis, infectious mononucleosis and alcoholism. Certain medications may cause liver inflammation, and therefore, while patients are on these medications the doctor will intermittently order LFTs to determine if these medications are adversely affecting the liver.
1034172 tn?1393046202 Last couple weeks I tryed to just stop, but it felt like my heart was beating so hard and loud it was going to just stop and it felt like the inside of my chest - heart & lungs were shaking hard. Couldn't sleep and was scared of course - I missed the next day of work due to this and not being able to sleep all night listening to my heart beat, scared it would just stop. I just had 2 beers right now and it stopped. What can I do besides a few beers - I already gained 40 lbs.
Avatar n tn Hello. I have recently been having severe stomach pain and nausea. The pain is always directly in under my breasts. I always have nausea but am never able to throw up. It always hits all of a sudden and then lasts for several days. I went to an urgent care center when it first started bothering me and the doc there just knew it was my gall bladder. She done what she called the "gall bladder test" and I was very tender on my right side.
Avatar n tn If it persists, you could very well end up with some form of pancreatitis and believe me YOU DON'T WANT THAT!!! Put your faith in God and your doctor and you will be fine. Don't forget to write us and tell us how it all turned out.
Avatar f tn Hello and hope you are doing well. Raised amylase levels are usually indicative of pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas. This can be both acute and chronic. Your symptoms appear to be chronic. Chronic pancreatitis is often associated with alcoholism. It may also be caused by trauma, pancreatic duct obstruction, which can be caused by gall bladder disease and be seen in association with genetic abnormalities such as cystic fibrosis.
1036334 tn?1274033191 i am just tryin to gather some info from u guys to get some hope here.... his mom just tellin me he is in serious condition and keep stron... i heard of pancreatitis, someting to do wit the kidneys... his organs are scarred.. they said alot of things but they not sure wat is it ( his sisters)...
Avatar n tn he becomes aggresive when he drinks and has a total personality change,he has in the last three years had pancreatitis and diverticolitis,lately he has a problem getting out of bed in the morning My children and I are worried about his health, there is a history of alcohol abuse in his family,he forgets things that we tell him and repeats himself all the time. Should I be concerened?
Avatar f tn He slowed down for a bit, but is now drinking 12 strong beers a day, and sometimes liquor. He is vomiting blood and had blood in stool and is getting nose bleeds. He has edema bad, and feet turn red/ purple, pain in abdomen, and around to the back. His abdomen is a little swollen, his chest is very full, he can't lie down. He usually sleeps all day and only for a few hours at night, and he is very moody, and angry, and depressed.
Avatar f tn My mom has severe emphysema, and has been on continuous O2 for 2 years, delivered through nasal cannula at 3L. She is s/p CVA, CHF, and mild MI. She also has chronic pancreatitis (s/p alcoholism)and HTN. She still smokes about a pack of cigarettes per/day. When on O2 her sats can be as high as 98%. When off of O2, she can go into the 70s. She is constantly using "pursed lip breathing", has a chronic, productive cough, and a barreled chest.
Avatar m tn A stomach ulcer that has caused a hole in the stomach wall. Gallstones that are causing pancreatitis. Cystic fibrosis. Pregnancy and diabetic ketoacidosis. A ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Macroamylasemia, an uncommon and harmless condition in which amylase is bound to a protein in the blood. This condition can cause amylase levels to be either high or low.
Avatar m tn I got my Complete Blood Count test (CBC) and also Vitamin B12 test done (I had symptoms of memory loss, depression and mania and read about Vit B12 deficiency online which had listed similar symptoms). I have attached the diagnostic reports of my tests as a photo. My reports of Complete Blood Count test indicate all values within range but the Vitamin B12 test shows 95 pg/ml whereas the reference range given for comparison is 211-946 pg/ml. 1) Does the report warrant medical attention?
Avatar f tn Such results may indicate conditions like Liver disease (alcohol cirrhosis,fatty liver,fulminant hepatitis,hepatic congestion,liver shock),Myocardial Infarction, drugs like anti hypertensives,antibiotics usage,malignancy,renal or pulmonary infarction,acute pancreatitis and lot more. Why were the tests done?What is the history of your father like alcoholism,smoking,drugs used,previous illness,Hypertension,Diabetes, or any significant surgeries?Age?
Avatar f tn the day before the mini stroke my skin turned yellow and my left side of my body, mainly my arm, hurt and was very heavy. now i have regular tingling in my hands and feet and almost daily bone pain in my arms and legs. weekly and daily supplements have helped most symptoms but not all. any ideas??
Avatar f tn My mom has severe emphysema, and has been on continuous O2 for 2 years, delivered through nasal cannula at 3L. She is s/p CVA, CHF, and mild MI. She also has chronic pancreatitis (s/p alcoholism)and HTN. She still smokes about a pack of cigarettes per/day. When on O2 her sats can be as high as 98%. When off of O2, she can go into the 70s. She is constantly using "pursed lip breathing", has a chronic, productive cough, and a barreled chest.
Avatar f tn If he says it's from Lupus, there's nothing you can do to get any different information. If your brother has information telling HIM that she died from cirrhosis and pancreatitis, and it's not caused by Lupus, but is definitely caused by Alcoholism, HE needs to learn to deal with that and the fact that he's headed in the same direction. No matter how much you tell him to straighten up and walk the straight and narrow, he will only do it in his own time.
Avatar n tn Exposure to Agent Orange coupled with his alcoholism led to his cirrhosis of the liver. I live in North Florida and he in South Florida so there is over 700 miles in between us making it difficult to get an accurate picture of his true condition. This made worse by the fact that his wife of 7 years is the enabler and has been hiding his true condition the entire time.
Avatar m tn Elevated lipase and amylase = pancreatitis; something alcoholics get. It can become chronic. A few drinks on a weekend night may be TOO SOCIALLY for you. Can't you stop at 1 or 2? 3 heavy alcoholic uncles doesn't mean you're immune from the family curse. A "few drinks" could be heavy alcoholism for someone whose system can't handle the drug. (yes, alcohol is a drug).
Avatar n tn Low-to-moderate levels (ranging from 2 to 5 times normal) may indicate metastatic hepatic tumours, acute pancreatitis, pulmonary emboli, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, and fatty liver (steatosis). ****** All of that is fine and dandy, but when it comes down to it no one can diagnose you of anything based strictly on AST:ALT ratio unless you have a fairly bad history of alcoholism. The doctor will take everything into account, not just that liver function test.