what's this pain? Pancreatitis

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slimcook
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 6/18/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Last night I went to bed feeling fine. I woke up two hours later with pressure in my stomach/sternum and pain radiating up into my left shoulder. This was not uncommon before during during the days of asacol/imuran but not recently. I have lots of different anti-gas products around and got up to take Gax-x and lay down propped up on my pillow. I then got extremely nauseated and colon responded immediately; threw up and used the bathroom, no D but fatty looking (sorry). I felt some relief and was able to massage my stomach and colon and the gas soon passed and I was fine. Over the past several days I felt fine except for occasional stomach discomfort and nausea. Stress is pretty intense at the moment...Mother with Alzheimer's visiting... I am feeling fine this a.m.

I'm on azthiropine, I worry about pancreatitis.
Slimcook
dx:2003 Pancolitis
current meds:
Colazol 1500 TID, Imuran 100mg, Healthy Trinity Probiotic, Grape Seed Ext. Biotin, Vit. E., Selenium, Flax Oil, Calcium, Zinc and Emergen-C


bellski
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   Posted 6/18/2008 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Slim, I don't want to scare you, but I would get to the doctor if I were you, or at least call. Those can be signs of a heart attack. The shoulder pain, nausea, pressure, it probably isn't but you may want to get it checked. My dad was once having similar symptoms, shoulder pain, etc. I told him to get to the ER and it was not a heart atack-can't remember what it was. Just be careful, call your doc. Hope you don't think I'm too crazy, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: symptoms have subsided for the most part
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasa (sometimes) Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel, Probiotics
High fiber diet
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MitzMN
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   Posted 6/18/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Also sounds like gallbladder attack. I had one a few months ago and it literally knocked me to the ground, had pain under my rib and in my back. I never threw up, but I was very uncomfortable. Felt a lot like gas. I ended up waking up on the bathroom floor in a cold sweat a few hours after the attack started, still in discomfort and unable to take a full deep breath, but better. Called my GI, she ordered ultrasound, and I was told I needed to have my gallbladder removed, it had stones. I've since had my gallbladder removed. No more problems.

I would not mess around with pancreatitis, but I don't think pancreatitis would resolve so quickly, either.
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri


slimcook
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 6/18/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I re-read my post and I screwed up my left and right. My pain was in my right shoulder...otherwise I'd of been in the ER. Thanks.
Slimcook
dx:2003 Pancolitis
current meds:
Colazol 1500 TID, Imuran 100mg, Healthy Trinity Probiotic, Grape Seed Ext. Biotin, Vit. E., Selenium, Flax Oil, Calcium, Zinc and Emergen-C


NA_NA
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/18/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   

How long have you been taking probiotics? Just curious...my bf immediately started showing signs of acute pancreatitis after taking VSL#3 and going to get a massage. We are not sure what is going on yet. I am not blaming the probiotic, but just curious to know if others have noticed any side effects of taking them.

He is in the hospital now for 3 days. the cat scan looks like pancreatitis, but the blood tests don't add up.  He had a high white blood cell count, low grade fever, vomiting and severe upper abdominal pain for 3 days before we went to the ER.

He is also taking Lialda (2 weeks). He was just recently diagnosed w/UC.

I would go get checked out if I were you. I have not found any bad side effects mentioned about probiotics, but everyone's body is different. Hope you feel better.

suebear
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   Posted 6/18/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like gallbladder to me too.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


bookworm21
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   Posted 6/18/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmm, isn't Imuran similar to 6MP? B/c then pancreatitis is a side effect. I would call your GI and let him know what happen, and go to the ER if it gets worse.

Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, 1 DanActive, Remicade (1st infusion 06/08), 2.4 g Lialda


slimcook
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 43
   Posted 6/18/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
kwaa- I've been taking the probiotics for several years. Thanks everyone for your post. Mild nausea today, no reaccuring pain.
Slimcook
dx:2003 Pancolitis
current meds:
Colazol 1500 TID, Imuran 100mg, Healthy Trinity Probiotic, Grape Seed Ext. Biotin, Vit. E., Selenium, Flax Oil, Calcium, Zinc and Emergen-C

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