Pancreatitis symptoms and diagnosis

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Avatar n tn There are several ways to test for pancreatitis and to reach a diagnosis of either acute or chronic pancreatitis or both. Bloodwork can be checked to look at amylase and lipase levels, if they are elevated it is a sign of pancreatic inflamation, yet some people who have had the disease for a while no longer show elevated a&p levels. Other tests include fecal fat analysis, trypsinogen tests, ultrasounds, ct-scans, EUS and ERCP's.
Avatar f tn (not my insurer). From their CT scan I was told I had pancreatitis, lipids and amylase where also high. I followed up with my insurance provider's GI specialist and an ultrasound, they were unable to provide me with any diagnosis..
Avatar n tn Wellness Simple (salmon, not lamb) and Wellness Stews are what I feed my dog with pancreatitis. He has chronic smoldering pancreatitis and is 15 1/2 years old. He is a terrier mix but it's obvious there is schnauzer mixed in his bloodline. His lipase level was >6000 today but renal function is normal except BUN a tiny bit above normal. Creatinine was 1.7 (high end of normal). He is having normal stools and has a great appetite and is not vomiting.
Avatar f tn Sorry you are in the same boat cause this boat is slowly sinking! LOL =) I called and requested copies of my tests so I could "google" what is there since his consultation was so vague. My blood sugar is high but he said no big deal. I am not a diabetic and have never had problems with my sugar.
Avatar n tn I have thought of a primary diagnosis and would appreciate any input greatly! Thank you so much for your time! A 66-year-old man is admitted with complaints of progressively severe constant upper abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting of 48 hours duration. Recently, he has consumed large quantities of vodka, but has no history of biliary tract disease and is taking no medication. He is a thin man, who is found wincing and clutching his abdomen.
559187 tn?1330786456 If so, did you have it after getting your MS diagnosis? I am wondering how much of an impact, if any, did the this affect your MS symptoms? I can't possibly believe that this could trigger yet another MS relapse as I feel I paid my dues with the relapse hat just preceeded the pancreatits, but is it possible? Thanks.
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 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.
719009 tn?1230319097 I belong to a Yahoo! group which deals with Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction, Pancreatitis and Undiagnosed Symptoms, among other things. If you want to let me know where you live (city/state only, please), I can ask the forum if they could recommend a doctor in your area. Here are a couple of things that I've found helpful (and I post them frequently): Research! Read old posts in this forum.
Avatar m tn gave me a diagnosis of gilbert syndrome to justify the bilirubin and said that he is not sure from where my other symptoms are from! Should i settle for this diagnosis even though my symptoms persist or should i consult another Dr?
Avatar m tn my lipase test was elevated at 76 ( normal 13-63) i have abdominal swelling, abdominal dissention. diarrea and loose stool. I've had these symptoms for 2 months. i did a self fliud wave test and i'm concluding i have pancreas ascties. i have had this abdominal swelling for 5months.
Avatar n tn I've familiarized myself pretty well with the symptoms of PC, and have learned that some people show no or few symptoms prior to diagnosis, and that my symptoms are similar to those of pancreatic cancer. My doctor believes that, due to the clean CT scan, bloodtests, and my age, that the risk of pancreatic cancer is nearly non-existent, despite my symptoms. Honestly, that kind of dismissiveness just worries me more.
Avatar n tn I subsequently developed chronic pancreatitis and was diagnosed with Sphincter of Oddi. Rather than have the invasive surgery I went on a strict, fresh chicken soup diet with supplements ordered by an Ayruvedic doctor. Within 2 years I was completely recovered and could eat anything. However, last year I began to develop symptoms of pain in the center and left quadrant of my upper abdomen, nausea, mild weight loss. I would feel sick if I ate and sick if I didn't.
Avatar n tn They said they didn't know how she got it. Ever since the pancreatitis she has been in pain just about every day (and missing quite a bit of school). It doesn't seem to make a difference as to the types of food she eats. She has tried going without milk for 4-5 days and without wheat for about a week. She was tested for food allergies also, which came back negative. The most pain she has is in her abdomen area, running horizontally from side to side and it is tender to press on.
1453931 tn?1285188953 I totally understand what you are going through. I'm 24 years old and I had pancreatitis for a year now. I don't drink and I don't eat a lot of fatty food (just the average amount that others eat who are trying to be healthy). I've had a CT, MRI, endoscopy, and lab works done. I've been to three different GI doctors and they keep repeating the same tests over and over again.
10821430 tn?1439584483 Vet said since he is a mid-age Yorkie he has PLE (although he has had no other stated symptoms)this is his first time with this and none of his parents or siblings ( I have 5 here) had any symptoms~ his dam is now 15-1/2 yrs~sire is 14-1/2 yrs...after reading he sounds like he had a accute inflammation of the pancreatitis..he is taking 1-50mg.Metronidazole per day/ 1-Prednisolone 5mg.twice a day also on 1.25 mg`1/8 tablet twice a day of Vetmedin for enlarged heart. He weighs 3.2 pounds..
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 m tn I would greatly appreciate anyone who could provide perhaps some enlightening literature or thoughts as how to proceed since almost all of my questions and diagnosis still remain unsolved. Any questions I should ask the doctor, or should I try and find a pancreas specialist? Once again, thank you to anyone who may respond I greatly appreciate anyone's effort to help me solve this medical mystery.
Avatar n tn I have been doing research off and on for the past 9 and 1/2 months since having an acute pancreatitis attack and having my gallbladder removed. My liver and pancreas enzymes have pretty much returned to normal. My liver enzymes ocassionally run over the high end of the scale, but not by much (a few points) and my surgeon explained that it may be that I am just one of the people who fall outside the standard scale.
Avatar m tn Dr, Choi, I have the following symptoms, but have had mixed opinions from my doctors. My family doc thinks I have GERDS, while my Gastro believes I may have chronic pancreatitis. Here are my symptoms: Nearly constant central, upper abdominal pain since August 6, 2010. Pain is gnawing, burning, like heartburn or severe hunger pains. Pain is entirely absent at night while sleeping, and absent first thing in the morning. I sleep well.
Avatar n tn My mother is 66 years of age, recently discharged from hospital, present weight is 62 lbs, diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis, pseudocyst and tumor tail of the pancreas detected by C.T scan, my mother is booked forERCP,I'm very worried as she is very frail, is there any risk in doing this test with someone so malnurished.Internist says she is not srong enough for a biopsy,therfore we don't know if the tumor is malignant, is there any other way of finding out,?ultrasound.
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 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 f tn My husband is 61 years old and has been a heavy drinker for past 30 years. For the last 10 years he has had periodic "attacks" which have sent him to the emergency room numerous times (every time a different "diagnosis"). After so many years of various tests (and gallbladder removal, hearth caths which showed no blockages), our primary doctor thought this might be chronic pancreatitis (although enzymes are usually in "normal" range).
Avatar n tn your welcome,,i got brought to these forums for 2 reasons,, 1..i have a good friend that is dieing from pancreatitis,and he has two little kids and i wanted to better understand his issue. 2...i too have some issues,and was actualy worried i had developed pancreatits from drinking (im a bit of a weekend warrior) but i have had literaly dozens of tests for everything from pancreatitis to diabetes for my weard symptoms i get every once in awhile.
Avatar n tn Hi, I have chronic pancreatitis and have found that if I get too hungry I will have pain too, it's strange and I thought it was just me! yes, I too will stay away from food as long as possible to get rid of the pain, but then comes that not eating pain if I go too long, can't win, it's either pain because I ate, or pain because I have gone too long without eating enough!
Avatar n tn Your case is very complex, and without seeing you and reviewing your tests, I cannot provide much help or advice. What I can recommend is that you have an evaluation at a large academic medical center with a neurologist to start. You should obtain, and bring all your prior tests. They can review this, and then make the appropriate recommendations. Good luck.
Avatar n tn This sounds more like an acute Pancreatitis attack. Chronic Pancreatitis, to my knowledge, does not have the type symptoms you indicate. Acute pancreatitis has high levels of amalase and lipase and is sometimes very critical as this one appears to be. Do a search on the web for acute Pancreatitis for more information than you can read. Then do one on Chronic Pancreatitis and see the differences. Hope things improve.
Avatar f tn Usually pancreatitis can only be diagnosed with a combination of clinical signs such as vomiting, abdominal pain and fever along with a positive results for a specific blood test (probably the one your veterinarian had sent in), and confirmation with an abdominal ultrasound. In the meantime, you and your veterinarian should keep an open mind, and always ask the question, "What else can it be?", especially if your dog is not getting better.