pancreatitis - how do you know if you have it?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Beth75
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2142
   Posted 5/5/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
just wondering b/c I thought I had gall bladder problems, but they did an ultrasound and everything looked ok and Doc gave me prilosec to take and I feel better, but I still get a pain right beneath my right rib cage.
 
I get blood tests every 3 mos b/c of Imuran.  Do they check for pancreatitis?  I have had that feeling before my last blood test.
 
Any info is much appreciated!
 
 
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ in remission
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 5mg 1xday (tapered from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalapril 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.


Coalfire
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 52
   Posted 5/5/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
You would have right upper quadrant pain and jaundice if you had pancreatitis, certainly if it was acute. Blood tests for liver function would show raised liver enzymes. The fact you have no gallstones would suggest it unlikely, or at least unlikely as a result of a common bile duct blockage. I'm only familiar with pancreatitis as a result of gallstones or alchololism, but I'm sure your bloodwork would show up any biliary tree abnormality
Current meds

Asacol Supps x 1 500mg nightly
Ferrous Sulphate 200mg x3 daily
Fish Oil 1000mg 1 cap
Acidophilus 2 tabs
Yakult


Diagnosed '96 ?colitis?crohns (biopsies inconclusive)
Remission for 11yrs, no meds
Current flare since April 07, Scope Sept. confirms ulc. proctitis


quincy
Elite Member


Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 25764
   Posted 5/5/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beth....have you had an MRCP (abdominal liver/pancreas..etc MRI with specific contrast) done?

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


tjf
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 3238
   Posted 5/5/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I was having pain in my mid-chest. My doctor said it could be the pancreas and ordered bloodwork to check my pancreatic enzymes (I think that is the correct terminology). If it would have been elevated two tests in a row I would have had a CT scan next.

My regular Imuran bloodwork doesn't check for that kind of thing. I usually have a CBC (just did one today). So this was extra bloodwork.
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium

http://www.healingwell.com/donate
Co-Moderator UC Forum


Beth75
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2142
   Posted 5/5/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks so much Coalfire, Quincy and Tab for the information.

I get worried sometimes since the kidney disease (I know I can't play the odds) and just wonder what else I will get. I feel comforted, thank you! I want to be able to stay on Imuran.

Quincy, no I have not had an MRCP done or MRI, I will discuss w/GI next time I see him. I was thinking about the MRCP (could not remember the acronym) too, thank you. I did have an MRV done, but that was for my kidneys.
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ in remission
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 5mg 1xday (tapered from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalapril 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.


quincy
Elite Member


Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 25764
   Posted 5/5/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely get on it sooner than later because that should answer more questions. What I'd hate for you to have done is an ERCP before the MRCP.

Maybe your doc has pull....please consider..seriously.

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Mrsarcasm
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2003
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 5/5/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Years ago I had pancreatitis from Asacol. Mine was not painful. Just a dull pain in the left side. But constant. My case was not common b/c most people have LOTS OF PAIN in their stomach. Sometimes even the antipication of touch there hurts.

You can also get a blood test and they can check for Amylyse and Lipase enzyme

You can get pancreatitis from pancreases divisim (birth defect- my brother had it), sharp blow to belly (like a car accident), drug allergic reaction (i had it this way), and gall stones can also cause it.

Every blood test I take I get those 2 enzymes tested.
___________________________________________________
 
Asacol - 9 pills
Lialda - 4 pills daily
Rowassa Enema - 1 nightly
Culturelle- 1 daily
Multi Vitiam - 1 daily
Vitiam C - 500mg daily
Prednisone - 30mg, 25mg, 20mg, 15mg, 10mg


ssarahss
New Member


Date Joined Dec 2010
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 12/9/2010 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  i i just wanted to let you know i have had pancreantitus 5 times and you would know if you had it. you would b in excruciating pain.I know lol you would b doubled over barely able to move. your enzimes would sky rocket when i get pancreantitus my enzimes are 13,000 wich is EXTREMELY high. if you do have it i recomend u se a specialist who know what they are doing cause i have had alot of problems with stupid doctors. I go to minosota in january to se a pancreatic specials to get an ercp. Anyway hope this help.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:29 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,249,003 posts in 250,178 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 157427 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, fengyan.
330 Guest(s), 14 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
MissGigi, pictureofhealth, PV, THE HAPPY TURTLE, AshleyP84, Tigerfan53, rocckyd, notdancing, PrayingForAMiracle, kiptyn, strongwarrior101, couchtater, A.Ziffle, Manda30


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest  Follow HealingWell.com on YouTube
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2014 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer