Pancreatitis and malabsorption

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Avatar f tn Hi, understand your concern. With pancreatitis usually the lipase and amylase values are increased many folds. And if chronic the imaging studies will usually show pancreatic fibrosis. In the absence of these findings its unlikely that you have chronic pancreatitis. The other causes for the pain could be infections of the bowel and bladder, prolapsed intervertebral disc or inflammatory diseases of the colon. So, if your symptoms persist discuss these options with your doctor. Regards.
Avatar n tn BTW, you asked in your first post if anyone had ever had pancreatitis. I wanted to clarify to you that I have had three acute pancreatitis attacks and I now have chronic pancreatitis. Swelling in my abdomen was very visible in the area affected, and that area was particularly painful to pressure. The pain was excrutiating all throughout the abdomen, behind the sternum, through to the back anyways, but any pressure on the swollen area was even more intense.
Avatar n tn why does your doctor suspect malabsorption? It surely sounds like malabsorption and the other complaints, (abdominal pain, pain and nausea after eating, pain behind left shoulder blade, gas, yellow stools, etc.) certainly are all conditions common with chronic pancreatitis. Was bloodwork done to check your amylase and lipase levels? Sometimes they will elevate with pancreatitis, but not always.
Avatar n tn Fecal fat tests and blood tests for celiac disease can be done to evaluate for malabsorption, or imaging studies and pancreatic enzymes done to evaluate for pancreatitis. I would also consider a colonoscopy. These tests can be discussed with your personal physician. Followup with your personal physician is essential. This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only.
Avatar m tn As far as the probiotics go, unless you're immunosuppressed or suffering from pancreatitis they're safe, and in my opinion they're probably good for everyone considering the amount of antibiotics most of us take. So they won't typcially do any harm. But if you're considering enzyme supplements, it could indicate that something might be going on with your pancreas and that would contraindicate your taking probiotics. So you should really consider seeing a doc and having some testing done.
Avatar f tn like most insane people, i've been poking around online and all signs seem to point to malabsorption or something disastrous like pancreatitis (at 20, i think i'm too young for that). i also have little white marks on my fingernails, which i'm hypothesizing might be related (malabsorption linked to that sometimes). i don't think it's acid reflux either, because i've never had heart burn ever or anything like that. i try to eat well; mostly vegetables, eggs, something fiber, etc.
Avatar f tn hi i have been having pain under my mid rib cage for almost all my life around 20 years ago i went to the er for the pain xrays showed my gall bladder was enlarged they admitted me that night and removed it the next morning the doctor said it was badly diseased but i still continued to have the pain my stomach doctor said i have barretts esphogus and did a nissen wrap to avoid cancer it failed and i had to have another that also failed so the third surgery was a bad one they had to remove half m
Avatar m tn so like i said my diet is very strict as well as limited and i am well in touch with my system so i know what to avoid it takes very little for my stomach to get upset and for changes to take place by definition, my condition fits what malabsorption represents and i already tested positive for fat malabsorption (through 72 hour stool collection) with abnormal results.. i'm at my wits end, if its not possibly malabsorption what else could it be?
Avatar n tn If the diagnosis continues to be elusive, you can consider a second GI opinion. Causes other than pancreatitis can be considered. Malabsorption and celiac disease can also cause mucous-based and oily stools. Sending the stool off for such analysis, along with obtaining blood tests to exclude celiac disease can be discussed with your GI physician. This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only.
Avatar m tn Hi Everyone, In November I started an extremely anxious phase where I thought I had HIV, got tested with a PCR and Elissa test at 7 1/2 weeks post exposure and was negative, got tested again at 4 1/2 months and was negative. I have put my anxiety aside now but I do have major digestive issues as my body is not absorbing nutrients. Blood tests showed low iron and Vitamin D, I feel fatigue most of the time.
Avatar m tn Now its been basically non-stop, confirmed by mri, that it is chronic pancreatitis, and fatty liver. Im being sent to a pain specialist for the pain, and hoping he can offer relief, because Ive been recieving very little help from my doctor with that. Im 5'5", used to be about 138lbs, and now am 162, with gain of 10lbs a month on a low fat diet, no meat, no bread, soft food. I dont understand except unless wieght gain is from thyroid going wrong, im hypothyroid.
Avatar n tn I have been researching and pancreatitis seems to fit many of my factors but the docs don't take me seriously. I am not a drinker, only 30 years old and very physically fit. Also I just can't keep weight on. Can anyone help me please???
Avatar n tn The pain has gradually worsened, with a lot of stomach cramping and pain in my sides and my back. It's not constant, but sporadic and annoying. Also, my stools began to float as well, though with no apparently discoloration. No jaundice.
902019 tn?1249865014 The malfunctioning pancreas by this autoimmune disorder affects the liver, can cause the bile ducts to obstruct and impede the flow of bile - which affects the digestive enzymes thus causing malabsorption and the weight loss, then can lead to jaundice; also at this point the accompanying indescribably horrific systemic itching - which is truly... the worst symptom of all. Hope you're not having any of this... ?
Avatar n tn I'm going crazy because I know something is not right. Could this be malabsorption? I am not anemic and my pancreas appeared normal on the CT scan. I have had other times where I have lost significant amounts of weight without any change in diet or excercise but this seems worse. Can malabsorption be reoccuring? I have had 3 normal pregnancies. During the pregnancies I was very constipated. MY Gastro physician has ordered an ESR test, an endoscopic procedure and stool fat tests.
1778046 tn?1318440702 Dear EarFullofHistory, After going through the description provided by you, I feel that the upper abdominal pain with bulky stools and diarrhoea after prolonged and binge drinking brings up a possibility of Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Insufficiency. The decrease in pancreatic enzymes can cause indigestion and bulky foul smelling greasy stools. Amylase and Lipase enzymes are elevated only in the acute phase and will be normal now.
1778046 tn?1318440702 I am very frustrated at the moment about this and have been through a lot of trial and error in a short amount of time to no avail, and just knowing someone out there can relate or pass on some additional help, resources or information will give me a lot of hope. Thank you and bless your heart: I am a 27 year old male that was very healthy (at least I thought).
Avatar n tn Had a test done (not blood they are wrong most of the time) and showed I had severe fat malabsorption (flotee stools) and villous atrophy. I had asthma,eczema, and constant diarrhea and constipation. Within weeks of going off gluten I felt like a new person. And when I say go off gluten I mean off gluten. That means no eating out unless you have talked with the chef. (cross contamination.) All of the physical symptoms have vanished including the eczema and asthma.
Avatar n tn Steatorrhea can be caused by chronic pancreatitis or various causes of malabsorption. The normal CT scan would make chronic pancreatitis less likely. I would consider a lower endoscopy (i.e. colonoscopy) to evaluate for any type of malabsorption. Blood tests can also be considered to look for celiac disease. These options can be discussed with your personal physician or on conjunction with a GI opinion. Followup with your personal physician is essential.
1240683 tn?1268236355 My GI is checking my prealbumin and taking a stool sample to see if there is some malnutrition/malabsorption going on. Are there any other tests that would help with this? Thx!
Avatar n tn These disorders can result in foul smelling stools. Regarding the gas, again malabsorption and chronic pancreatitis can lead to increased gas. Irritable bowel syndrome can also result in this. I would consider these stool tests if the colonoscopy is negative. Followup with your personal physician is essential. This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only.
218828 tn?1217257258 There is excessive fat in the stools and they become pale, bulky and offensive in smell. Stools float and are difficult to flush away. They often leave a greasy rim around the pan. Signs of deficiencies may be apparent: There may be non-anaemic iron deficiency. Iron deficiency anaemia Folate deficiency or vitamin B12 deficiency. Bleeding may result from low vitamin K. Oedema occurs in protein/ calorie malnutrition.
Avatar f tn but, I have every manifestation of Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndrome type 1 (Addison's, hypothyroidism, chronic pancreatitis, malabsorption, atrophic gastritis/pernicious anemia, Celiac and other food allergies, etc). I have an enlarged thymus, which is what, to my doctors, indicates that this is autoimmune in the absence of antibodies. My TSH has never been through the roof. The highest it's ever been was 6.0. My T4 is always at the very bottom of the range.
1138762 tn?1281987386 It could also be an inflammatory bowel condition like Crohn’s disease, IBS or ulcerative colitis, which due to malabsorption and poor diet can cause weight loss. All these are generally diagnosed by endoscopies and colonoscopies. The other possibility is intolerance to food—gluten, lactose, starch etc. Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
Avatar n tn As far as I know (after 35 yrs of Crohn's) it means there is a malabsorption problem, which needs addressing. I would seek an appt wih a gastro and see what he/she has to say. I wouldn't ignore it. I think this also could be caused by coeliac disease but not quite sure as I don't have it. Hope you it sorted out. Liz.
Avatar n tn You may want to consider inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's or ulcerative colitis), chronic pancreatitis, or malabsorption. These disease can result with mucous in the stools. I would consider a repeat colonoscopy - which could evaluate for ulcerative colitis and, in some cases, Crohn's disease. An upper GI series with small bowel follow-through can be considered to further evaluate for Crohn's disease.
720228 tn?1530914879 Other causes will have to be looked into such as intestinal infection, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, short bowel syndrome, malabsorption syndromes, pancreatitis or hepatitis and cystic fibrosis. You will need to consult a gastroenterologist. I sincerely hope you will find this information useful in your journey towards better health. Hope your son gets well soon! Good Luck and take care!
Avatar f tn This can be caused by drugs (Questran in your case), an abscess in liver (bacterial usually), alcoholic liver disease, lymphoma, pregnancy (may be ruled out in your case), primary biliary cirrhosis, pancreatitis, amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, and tuberculosis.
Avatar n tn Treatment and reduction of the gas formation would depend on the cause. Chronic pancreatitis is one possibility - although the imaging studies you have had may have suggested this. You can consider blood tests looking at the pancreatic enzymes. Malabsorption may be considered as well. Blood tests looking for celiac disease as well as stool tests examining for fecal fat can be done to consider this. Another possibility may be bacterial overgrowth.
Avatar n tn I would consider malabsorption as a possible cause. The stool can be analyzed for fat malabsorption, and various breath tests can be done looking for carbohydrate malabsorption. If the tests remains negative, I agree with optimizing treatment for IBS. Antispasmodic agents, antibiotics like Rifaxamin, and tricyclic antidepressants can be considered. These options can be discussed with your personal physician. Followup with your personal physician is essential.