Help! Amylase level elevated...Pancreatitis?

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heatmiser
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   Posted 9/24/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been out of the hospital for less than a week because of colitis and c-diff. Over the last few days that I started solids I have been getting bad stomach aches. I have seen that my amylase level yesterday was 127 and the norm is 97. I haven't heard from my doc yet, but I'm wondering if I'm going to end up back in the hospital. In the meantime, is drinking water or other clear liquids ok?
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, prednisone, vancomycyn, prilosec, darvocet, bentyl
Currently in bad flare-up


Nanners
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   Posted 9/24/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you on Imuran or 6mp? Those are the meds that usually cause the pancreatitis.
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
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heatmiser
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   Posted 9/24/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on imuran for a week and we stopped it as soon as the c-diff infection started. So I wasn't on it long, and was off of it before the pain began.
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, prednisone, vancomycyn, prilosec, darvocet, bentyl
Currently in bad flare-up


Nanners
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   Posted 9/24/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't worry about it too much then. I would just wait and talk to your doctor. Usually you get pancreatitis from the meds.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Keeper
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   Posted 9/24/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
You can get pancreatic inflammation from bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Pancreatitis usually shows several times the normal level of amylase, so a slightly elevated level is not due to that. Drinking water or liquids is fine, but avoid sugary drinks. You might get some improvement from just drinking liquids for a day or two because that would allow the bacteria to be cleared form the SI - if that is the cause.

heatmiser
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   Posted 9/24/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Doc said it's only slightly elevated. She wants to do an abdominal ultrasound tomorrow because they couldn't get me in today. Even though I don't have my gallbladder she said I could still get stones in the tube that drains, I forget if it was the bile duct or what. Anyway, I got a low fever back. I need to eat something to take my long overdue prednisone. I guess either way I end up hurting.
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, prednisone, vancomycyn, prilosec, darvocet, bentyl
Currently in bad flare-up

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