Pancreatitis symptoms and causes

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Avatar n tn You probably do have pancreatitis. So little is actually known about this disease. The doctors probably say it is not pancreatitis because your pancreatic enzymes are not elevated. What noone seems to realize is they may not be elevated even during a pancreatitis attack. The enzymes elevate in the bloodstream when the ducts are blocked and the enzymes cannot reach the first part of the small intestine (duodenum).
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 I'm not stupid, in that I know for a fact that this is what is causing and/or making my symptoms worse, but here is my question. On several occasions I have stopped drinking completely for as long as 5 or 6 days, and felt my symptoms get a little bit worse each day. Not exactly the intended plan. The only thing that seems to make this awful pain disappear in fact is having a few drinks. Why is that? Is it the "pain relieving" effect of the alcohol?
Avatar n tn In November of last year I had an ERCP where they didn't find any stones in the bile duct or anything but ended up with Pancreatitis and hospitalized for 4 days and out of work several weeks. Then the pains subsided and other than having terrible Acid Reflux I didn't appear to have any problems. Then out of the blue last Friday around noon time I started getting terribly nausiated. I thought that I might be coming down with the flu.
Avatar n tn Hi, The doctor does not know what causes me to have chronic pancreatitis and SOD. It is believed I had this before I had my gallbladder out and no one thought to check for that. Also, I went on a DRASTIC diet and exercize program. Dropped 42 pounds in 2 months. But, some of that could be the pancreatitis too. I do not drink so that was never a factor. Pancreatitis can he heriditary. And also, mine may have been made worse from the gallbladder being so bad.
Avatar f tn The two main symptoms other than the fever were diffuse and colicky belly pain, and joint pain in legs and arms. They did lab testing to discover his CRP came back @15.3 Sed Rate of 100. Moderate titer AntiNeuclear Antibody 1:160 nucleolar. and 1:320 speckled pattern. but additional testing came back negative.
Avatar f tn A poorly functioning pancreas can cause digestion problems and diabetes.
Avatar f tn Pancreatitis will be unlikely given the normal CT scan as well as normal amylase and lipase levels. I would consider looking at various causes of upper GI disease, including an ulcer, inflammation of the stomach and esophagus, or GERD. An upper endoscopy would be the next recommended test, and can be discussed with your personal physician. This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only.
Avatar n tn A serum creatinine and creatinine clearance test should be done to rule out kidney involvement and a blood sugar for diabetes. However it could also be recurrent pancreatitis and pain of colitis too that has become dull aching type. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
Avatar n tn Feel free to post again if you have any more questions. What are the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis? The symptoms are very variable. Pain occurs in most patients at some stage of the disease. This may vary in intensity from mild to severe. It may last for hours or sometimes days at a time and may require strong painkillers to control it. It often radiates through to the back and can sometimes be relieved by crouching forward.
Avatar f tn They should have stented you. Dr cotton and lehman etc will always stent a patient since it usually causes pancreatitis when you do not. I would get in to see Dr cotton to get his opinion. Amitryptiline is another drug option that may help.
902019 tn?1249865014 Usually have done well with prednisone for the various flare-ups but with AIP, still recurring symptoms and the elevated IgG4 periodically. Next step may be Imuran. Is there anyone out there who has had good results with Imuran for autoimmune pancreatitis?
Avatar n tn If you have that kind of pain and symptoms after a three day binge and it doesn't go away. Have them check your pancreatic enzymes. Lipase/Amylase. It took so long for them to diagnose my pancreatitis that now it is chronic and extemely painful. The pain is usually in the middle or upper left side of the belly. Causes smelly and loose clay colored stools. This is nothing to mess around with so if it gets worse or doesn't go away hit the ER.
Avatar n tn You would likely have severe abdominal pains if you had pancreatitis. There are some simple lab tests to check for this. Weakness and fatigue are very common complaints of a patient with MS. There are some new medications on the market to help with fatigue. All these things could be checked by your general physician. I am sorry that you do not have the money to use the interferons.
Avatar n tn She does not drink - - however they assume she is lying about that because of the pancreatitis. Please explain to me the correlation between pregnancy, pancreatitis, and the addiction. She takes approximately 20-40 vicodin a day (or more)even during pregnancy. Knowing this can you explain how this medication can terminate a pregnancy and cause pancreatitis?
Avatar n tn stomach problems (stomach burning), mild diarrhoea (which i've had for some years already on and off. Its specifically notable that i still have it now because I take lots of fibre on my diet). Fibre seems to be helping but stool is still 'softish' a few days per week, stool colour normal, brownish. Bowel movement once a day or once every 2 days.
Avatar f tn My 7 year old Min Pin has acute and reoccurring pancreatitis. We had to take her to an emergency vet one weekend and thought we were going to lose her. She's our baby. She is on Hills ID, no flavors and boiled chicken breasts without skin and nothing in the water. She is off of all treats. We do give her some dry dog food which is Purina little bites but we ration her with that also, but like our vet said, it helps with plaque build up since she's on the other 2 soft foods.
Avatar f tn I was diagnosed with Pancreatitis 2 years ago and had 2 be hospitalized for a month beacuse of my Diabetes being too high and amylase & lipase being over 1000 (it was 1500). So I was wondering if I need 2 be re-hospitalized 2 see if it's up because I'm very scared if I don't something about this soon. This discussion is related to <a href=''>another mysterious orange oily substance with bowel movement</a>.
Avatar n tn I have had acute pancreatitis and now have chronic pancreatitis. The lab that tests my bloodwork says that with amylase, anything over 88 is high, lipase, anything over 63 is high. Some labs allow a higher range for both, but even those adjusted levels are less than your daughter's levels. Her lipase is especially high. Her triglycerides are high. Another important indicator. Don't buy it!
Avatar n tn PS - blood work from each ER visit showed mildy to moderately elevated amylase, creatanine, chloride, neutrophils, esonophils, lymphocytes and platelets - trace blood & white cells in urine (IVP normal). And hypochromic anemia - but B12 & all other normal causes of chronic anemia ruled out. Sed rate varies from nornal to high. BP low. Normal EKG's. Mildly elevated microsomal antibodies. ANA recently went down from 1:2560 to 1:160. I am taking 2 muscle relaxers and 2 300mg ea.
Avatar n tn I tested for hep a, b , c and it all went negative, my doc underwent a ultrasound for me and he detected gallbladder stone and fatty liver. He suspected it was caused by my gallbladder stone. i had a very very high sgpt, sgot and gamma. tested for afp tumour marker and it was also negative. also done mrcp, which stated no dilatation in my pancreatic duct and no stones in my bile duct but the doctor said it already went down. whats ur opinion guys i feel very tired to find a correct analysis.
Avatar f tn Giardia, Pancreatitis, HGE, IBD, Parvo, and stress colitis. Another possibility is a GI foreign body (The GI foreign body would require a barium study and possibly surgical removal of the object). There are snap tests for giardia, pancreatitis and parvovirus that can be performed in-house immediately. These diseases, except a GI foreign body require symptomatic therapy at the vet's office.
Avatar m tn You will get all the pancreatitis info. that you need. It is and scroll down to Pancreatitis Online Discussion Board & Support Group , click on that and then go to the right of your screen and click Join This Group! It is free and you will meet people that are going through the same thing. Actually it saved my daughter's life. She like you had alot of pain and they thought it was her gallbladder and removed it . She continued to go down hill. We found a dr.
Avatar n tn as you probably know, the most common causes by far are gallstones or alcohol intake. Some people get it for no known reason, or from medications. What might be done surgically -- or whether it should be done at all -- would depend in part on whether the cause becomes known. As to the stricture itself: first, it's not really rare to see the enzymes go up without the bilirubin. It depends in part on how narrow it is.
Avatar f tn - Strong headache, sometimes at the base of the skull but usually all over. - Pins and needles and numbness in legs and toes. A neurologist said he didn't believe it was a neuropathy. I wake up every hour at night and have to shake my arms to get the feeling back in them, also I twitch everywhere! My eyes, mouth, hands, legs. - Difficulty swallowing, it varies day-to-day with how severe it is. I have a constant tightness in my throat, extending to my jaw.
Avatar n tn Does pancreatitis present with pain on the right side mainly? I always thought it was left sided but after reading all these posts, I am beginning to wonder if I have that plus sphincter of Oddi. Sorry you are having so much trouble. I can't understand why all of us are here, giving each other advice,tips, stories, and doctors who see this everyday, kind of shake their heads in disbelief.
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 My 5 year old has had pancreatitis twice in 4 1/2 months. Once in Nov 2009 and again in April 2010. No cause was found - tested negative for gall bladder issues, negative for cystic fibrosis, cholesterol was normal, no trauma to belly, no family history, no pancreatitic cysts. She did receive a flu shot one month before the first attack, and then received her MMR and Chickenpox vaccine one month before the second attack. Possible connection, we don't know?