when to go to the ER with pancreas problems

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   Posted 12/3/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I had blood work done a few weeks ago and was told to go on a low fat diet. I have been doing the best I can but I am still VERY nauseas and having alot of pain that is not controlled by percocet. My doctor is out of town until next wed. and I called his nurse to see if they could give me something for nausea and she said they couldnt without him there. She said she thinks it may be gastritis, even with my lipase levels being high and my history or pancreatitis. So when  is it ok to go to the ER? Id really like to not be nauseas and to not be hurting but i dont want to go and them just tell me i have gastritis and my pancreas levels are back down and fine. I dont know what to do. any advice???
20 yr old female, dx'd in 02, struggled for a year with controlling this retarded disease. Finally got on Remicade(miracle drug for me-at the time) was in remission until summer of 09. Remicade stopped working, switched to Humira. Had my first surgery, half the colon and some of the small intestine removed. developed abscesses. it was messy. Currently on no Crohns meds, going to probably start the Humira again soon.

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   Posted 12/3/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe we aren't talking about the same thing but gastritis put me in the hospital more times than I could count one year. I lost about 60 pounds and spent weeks in the hospital having repeated colonoscopies and endoscopies trying to find the cause. I couldn't eat anything. All I did was throw up and feel nauseous.

Pain and nausea are enough to go to the ER. We don't have to be Super Human just because we have a chronic condition. If it is enough to wonder if you should go, then you SHOULD go.

OK, I'll stop mothering you now. I hope you feel better.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 12/3/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
You are hurting so I think you should go get some care. Blood work should show if it is pancreatitis or not. Can you see an associtate of your doctor for blood work and an exam?

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   Posted 12/4/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
If your having problems either go to the clinic or go to the ER. Waiting could make things worse.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Pepcid Complete, Questran,  Monthly B-12 injections.

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   Posted 12/4/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Just checking to see how you are doing? Did you end up in the ER? Let us know.
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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!
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