Monday, 18 August 2014

Can Pancreatitis Cause Stomach Problems

One of the biggest changes I have noticed after my bout of acute pancreatitis is that my stomach has changed substantially. When I am at work my stomach rumbles loudly constantly and I also constantly get reflux now, which only occurred after my bout of acute pancreatitis. Knowing your own body is important and I definitely realise that my stomach has changed after my bout of pancreatitis.

This seems common amongst other patients after having performed countless hours of research on the subject. My stomach is now vulnerable to more types of foods and drinks after getting run down with acute pancreatitis in January 2013. I have found that with dairy I feel full and sometimes sick after consumption. I also have to limit the amount of fatty foods that I consume because after eating foods high in fat, I feel unwell straight after. Usually I am in a rush to go to the toilet after consuming high fat or dairy products.

This is new to me and began occurring after January 2013. During the pancreatitis episode I had upper abdominal pains, bloating and diarrohea. However after the bout of pancreatitis, extra gas continued as well as frequent stomach cramps and constant loose stools. So stomach problems have been prevalent during my bout of acute pancreatitis and so far they have lasted around 18 months, to the current day. This post is about my personal experiences and for more information please do some research on the site by using our search bars. We have great information and please sign up to our email subscription service which posts new findings and studies in relation to pancreatitis once a month or every two months.

Pancreatitis Causing Heart Attacks and Strokes

Today we look at whether pancreatitis can cause heart problems such as heart attacks, palpitations, failure and strokes. Heart problems and strokes are severe medical conditions as we all know however the following information is disturbing, however it outlines how severe both acute and chronic pancreatitis can be.

Severe pancreatitis commonly causes organ failure due to an infected necrosis. An infected necrosis is dead pancreatic cells, or commonly referred to as a dead pancreas. In a majority of all deaths caused by pancreatitis, patients suffered from infected necrosis.

An infected necrosis essentially causes the failure of major organs, which include the heart. So pancreatitis can lead to heart attacks and heart failures in patients who have bouts of severe pancreatitis. As for strokes, I am unable to find substantial information at the moment, however there could be a link of a stroke occurring after an infected necrosis exists in the patient.

This may sound disturbing, so please do some more research on the subject when you get the chance. For more useful information please sign up to our email newsletter subscription, which is updated once every 1-2 months. The information we post is from new studies and findings which we make sure are useful for pancreatitis sufferers.

Pancreatitis Causing Weight Gain and Weight Loss

Pancreatitis directly doesn’t lead to weight gain, it can however lead to weight loss. Weight loss is more common for people who are suffering from pancreatitis especially during the recovery period. Fasting and consuming clear liquids is a common technique doctors tell patients to enforce during recovery periods. Therefore during recovery periods, patients will lose weight due to fasting.

After completing a few hours of research on this subject tonight the only other influence that can lead to weight gain is after a pancreatic resection is performed. After a pancreatic resection weight gain is common in patients who have been analyzed long term.

During my acute pancreatitis episode I was restricted to consuming only clear liquids for 4 days after my diagnosis, which led me to lose around 3 kg’s. This weight was re-gained after continuing on a normal diet one week after suffering from acute pancreatitis.

If your weight is fluctuating significantly you may need to see a local medial professional as soon as possible. In my opinion this will most likely occur in those patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis due to the constant changes in diet that are required. For more information on important topics use the search options on this site and sign up for our newsletter email subscription that provides important updates about pancreatitis, once or twice a month.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Is Heartburn And Rapid Heartbeats Another Symptom Of Pancreatitis?

I noticed a few emails I have received from this site focus on readers wanting to know if heartburn was a symptom of pancreatitis. As I always mention the symptoms are usually different for each person. When I was suffering from acute pancreatitis in a New York Hotel room I do remember feeling heartburn. This could also be caused by indigestion, which is a common symptom caused by pancreatitis.

Technically the indigestion caused by pancreatitis could have caused heartburn. So it may not be a direct symptom, however for me I am confident that the bout of acute pancreatitis which I was suffering from at the time did cause heartburn.

Another heart related symptom of pancreatitis is a rapid heartbeat. A rapid heartbeat can be caused by many different factors which include, pain, excessive vomiting or through hunger. Internal bleeding can also cause this.  It is therefore easy to confuse a rapid heartbeat and other pains with heartburn.

Due to pain in the chest, ribs and back, combining this with a rapid heartbeat could also give pancreatitis sufferers a feeling of heartburn. From my personal experience heartburn definitely seemed to be a symptom I suffered from when I had acute pancreatitis for a week in January 2013.

Once again I will emphasize that everyone is different and symptoms and problems arise differently for individuals.  I did notice a feeling of heartburn during my one week bout with acute pancreatitis.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

How Many People Get Pancreatitis Each Year And How Many People Die From This?

This post is different from posts in the past I will be producing figures and estimates for how many people get pancreatitis each year, In some cases providing figures for specific countries and I will also provide information on mortality rates. Mortality rates refers to how many people die each year from this condition. It was harder to produce this information in the past but new studies and medical research allow for this information to now be shared.
The Following is some interesting pancreatitis statistics for countries such as the USA, UK & Australia:

- In England (UK) over 1000 people die from acute pancreatitis each year. These figures are increasing which is a common trend across many developed countries.

- Over 200 000 Americans develop pancreatitis each year.

- The most recent data I can find for Australia is that in 2008 136 people died from acute pancreatitis. Surprisingly 65% of these fatalities involved females.

- Canada had 9500 cases of acute pancreatitis last year and Mexico had an estimated 32 000 cases. These rates are consistent with the different populations for each country.

- With a population of 4.5 million Croatia had 1400 people suffer from the acute condition.

- Serbia had 3200 cases and Italy had 17 000 cases of acute pancreatitis.

These figures are all similar. The rates of acute pancreatitis are similar and would more accurately be measured in people affected per 100 000. This is due to the countries listed above having substantial differences in total population figures.
I have researched these figures today from medical research and Government statistic websites for the various countries. This is a time consuming process however I am happy to do this as the purpose of this site is to raise awareness for pancreatitis. Remember to sign up to our email subscription service which is free and we send out information once a month or every two months. This is used to only send out important information such as the latest studies and findings on these topics.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Acute Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis Causes and Sudden Death

Over the course of this site we have covered acute and chronic conditions of pancreatitis without going into much detail about the condition known as ‘hemorrhagic acute pancreatitis’. Hemorrhagic acute pancreatitis is inflammation that can lead to death of pancreatic tissue, essentially this commonly leads to various forms of lesions and internal bleeding. This is caused by an acute condition being complicated by the rupture of a vessel in the pancreas which can therefore spread.

The normal symptoms occur with those suffering from a hemorrhagic condition and these include digestive problems, orange colored stools, bloating and jaundice. These are quite similar to normal acute pancreatitis symptoms however the next complications I mention show how serious the ‘hemorrhagic condition’ is.

The following complications can occur:

- A person suffering from acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis can deteriorate and eventually fall into a coma.
- Respiratory failure can also occur.
- Breathing difficulties can be extreme.

A patient suffering hemorrhaging needs professional medical help as soon as possible. Reading up about this topic has scared me, since I have suffered from acute pancreatitis in the past. This is the most extreme of complications which can occur from an acute condition. It seems that this form of complication leads to a high mortality rate, which I am unfortunately obliged to write.

From the various medical sources I have researched on this topic tonight death can be sudden. Usually hemorrhaging is found in the autopsy of a patient. I will post more information on this topic in the future as the seriousness of this complication is scary and information could be useful to spread the word about the severity of this condition.

The hemorrhaging can often be caused by pancreatic necrosis and the infected necrosis is commonly caused by bacteria. I would provide further medical terms however as a non-medical expert these are difficult to understand and produce advice on. Understanding pancreatic necrosis and the formation of abscesses will also be covered in future posts.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Prednisone and Pancreatitis. The Unwanted Side Effect.

Prednisone is one of the most popular and commonly used corticosteroid medications in the world. It can be used to treat a large range of medical conditions which I will go over in further detail later in this post. Some of the side effects of this drug range from minor to major conditions and illnesses. Patients are described prednisone by medical professionals to treat and beat various symptoms. Depending on the progress of the patient or the severity of a condition, medical professionals will usually recommend a dose between 5 to 50 mg.

Prednisone can be used to treat the following:

- Severe allergies.
- Skin Disorders or Diseases.
- Bowel Conditions such as Inflammation.
- Multiple forms of Arthritis.

What Does Prednisone Actually Do?

- The main purpose patients are prescribed prednisone is that the drug has been known to alleviate swelling, pain and redness.

Is Pancreatitis a Side Effect of Prednisone?

Unfortunately Pancreatitis is a common side effect of prednisone. The side effects of this drug range from various physical and mental symptoms and conditions. Some are defined as minor and some are defined as major by medical professionals.

My research today on this subject has been various medical websites and a range of medical books which has taken me over two hours to study. If you are about to start taking prednisone or have been prescribed this drug and you have had pancreatitis before, then consult with your local medical professional. When visiting a doctor or hospital informing these medical professionals about past illnesses or conditions is imperative.

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Pancreatitis Information Glossary

- Pancreatitis: Pancreatitis is a serious condition of the pancreas which is characterized by inflammation. The inflammation can be defined as either acute or chronic. Rates of pancreatitis are increasing across the developed world as a result of increased drinking and drug consumption amongst the younger generations.Pancreatitis

- Acute Pancreatitis: Acute refers to a quick and severe form of Pancreatitis. This usually lasts a few days to a couple of weeks on average. Consistent acute conditions can lead to a chronic condition. Acute is very serious and can also lead to complications and fatality. I have suffered from an acute condition and it was one of the most painful experiences of my life so far.

- Chronic Pancreatitis: Chronic means the condition is permanent and won’t go away. The symptoms can be relieved and managed to a degree, based on diet and treatment. This can also prove fatal and has unfortunately been linked to pancreatic cancer in a small proportion of sufferers.

- Stress: Stress is hard to define but usually involves a large mental workload and anxiety. Stress weakens the immune system, effectively weakening your entire body. Stress has also been known to be a cause of acute pancreatitis.

- Alcohol Induced: Alcohol induced refers to alcohol being the cause of a condition. This is one of the most common causes of acute pancreatitis. Alcohol is a damaging drug that negatively affects all organs of the body, especially the pancreas.Alcohol Induced Pancreatitis

- Drug Induced: Drug induced has a similar meaning to alcohol induced, however this means drugs cause a condition. Recreational and consistent drug use has been known to be a major cause of acute and chronic pancreatitis.Drug Induced Pancreatitis

- Pancreas: The pancreas is one of the most important organs in the human body. With a healthy pancreas your body can go a long way to living a long and healthy life. With an unhealthy pancreas the outlook for a long and happy life can be remote. Looking after the health of your pancreas is very important.

- Diet: Diet refers to food and drinking consumption which can benefit your overall health and the health of your pancreas. By having a good diet which includes eating a lot of lean meats, vegetables and consuming water and fruit juices, you are giving your body the best chance of being healthy. The pancreas has to process the toxins of bad foods and liquids, which is why having a healthy, well balanced diet can be so important to the overall health of your pancreas.

- Exercise: Exercise is increasingly important to overall physical health and the health of your pancreas. Moderate exercises and low stress exercises are advised. Avoid running marathons and anything to intense, without professional medical advice.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Does Pancreatitis Go Away On Its Own and Is It Worse At Night?

A couple of new questions have been emailed to me and they ask whether pancreatitis can go away on its own and whether it gets worse at night if you are in the middle of having this illness. I will answer both questions to the best of my ability and I have done a little bit of research tonight to back up my opinion. 

Pancreatitis can go away on its own but you need to see a doctor or local medical professional as soon as possible. Pancreatitis is a serious condition and if you have a complication it can prove fatal. This is unlikely but it is extremely important to see a medical professional. If you leave it unattended it may go away, but why take the risk. Pancreatitis is not a minor condition this is serious and is well known to be life threatening. 

If you have the condition it may get worse at night it depends on the individual. This is not something I want to give a clear answer to because as I mention on this site frequently everyone is different and each condition and each patient have different experiences. 

I was told by a doctor that for six months after my bout of acute pancreatitis this important organ would continue to heal so it was important to eat healthy and stay away from toxins such as alcohol or drugs, which I have never done but was important to emphasize in case any of my readers have or do this. 

So the summarize this post which I know a lot of you have been asking for at the end of each post to cut down on reading time.

- Pancreatitis can go away on its own but its so serious that professional medical attention is needed. I can only STRESS the importance enough of going to a local hospital or seeing a local medical professional right away. If you have pancreatitis call an ambulance or go to your local hospital right away.

- In some cases during the condition a patient may experience worse symptoms at night in comparison to the day. However this depends on the patient and isn’t something that I want to provide a clear answer on because everyone is different.

- For a short period after a bout of pancreatitis important recovery time occurs. During this period eat healthy and stay away from toxins.

- Once again I am simply an amateur writer who has had acute pancreatitis. I am not a medical professional and it is best to be safe and treated by a medical professional. So seek professional medical help.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

The Scary Link Between Chronic Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer. New Study Information.

Another new study comes out sheds some bad news on the dangers of chronic pancreatitis. According to Doctor Christian Bang from the Copenhagen University in Denmark, instances of pancreatic cancer increase and are more likely to occur in people who suffer from chronic pancreatitis. The chances are still minimal, however the instances are much more common.

The study goes on to provide information about the chances of death for those people who have alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis and for those who have non-alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis. The statistics are the same for both types of chronic pancreatitis sufferers.

Other findings of the study showed that patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis have a greater chance of suffering from:

- Diseases that affect the circulation of blood to the brain.
- Lung Conditions.
- Ulcer Diseases.
- Diabetes
- Kidney Disease.

Now in comparison to the study findings which we posted about earlier in the year, this is more of a worst case scenario study. What this study shows is that the chances of this occurring are more common in those people that suffer from CP. However the chances are still relatively small. So I'm not posting this to worry you, as a fellow pancreatitis sufferer I am posting this to further inform you about new findings and risks and hopefully you can do some more research into these new findings to better look after your health.

In other news there is new findings on the relationship between Januvia and pancreatitis. I am unsure on the new findings however when they are reported I will post them. Personally over the past week I have been increasing my intake of vegetables such as carrots and broccoli and I feel great. I am consuming one glass of apple juice in the morning which also has cleansing qualities.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Does Pancreatitis Cause Diarrohea? My Different Experience with Diarrhea.

I was shocked when I searched through my site to see that I hadn’t covered whether pancreatitis causes Diarrohea. This is one of the most common questions sufferers have and I was embarrassed that I haven’t answered this as of yet. What I am going to say goes off my personal experience which occurred 14 months ago when i was struck down with an acute condition while on holidays with my family in New York City. Apart from being an expensive holiday to get foreign medical treatment which also caused me to not undertake in any fun activities that were planned, I did have a weird experience with Diarrhea when I had pancreatitis. 

Now a symptom of pancreatitis has been described as having foul smelling diarrhea stools. I had diarrhea but it was completely the opposite. The stools were virtually clear liquid that came out and they came out with substantial force. I was unable to hold this in for more than a minute so I wasn’t able to leave my hotel room when I was sick. My stools were clear and felt gassy which I hadn’t felt before. I described the experience as weird because in my entire life my stools hadn’t felt like that when being released. Granted, I didn’t have much food in my stomach because I was so sick I didn’t eat much for the days before. I had also confused pancreatitis and my diarrhea with a food bug which was going around New York City at the time. However my stools weren’t foul smelling at all, like what is described amongst several respected medical sites, that I have researched. I guess this shows that everyone is different and some people have different symptoms and reactions. 

On that trip apart from having constant diarrhea which was not foul smelling and which was released as clear liquid as a result of acute pancreatitis, I also consumed a lot of gatorade and water to rehydrate. I was hydrated, however I was constantly sweating from cold and hot patches, my body would be cold one minute and I would go to sleep. I would suddenly wake up sweating and would have to take all my clothes off minutes later. To counter this during my hot periods i consumed adequate amounts of fluid and my urine was minimal. I consider this to be due to my body being dehydrated due to the sweating. 

Never the less what I am trying to say is Pancreatitis did cause diarrhea in me, however it was more of a clear liquid than a foul smelling stool. This might be graphic information but it shows that everyone can have different symptoms. The best thing to do is go to your local doctor or hospital as soon as you can. The week in which I was sick with pancreatitis, suffering from constant diarrhea was the worst week I have had healthwise in my life. It was full of pain and the anxiety of knowing something was wrong, but not knowing what it was also played on my mind. 

I hope this experience of myn I have shared has been useful for you. I would also like to remind you to subscribe to our email subscription service, which is updated once a month or every six weeks with new findings and studies about pancreatitis. We also have a search box on the bottom right hand side which can be used to access specific pancreatitis content, which we have posted in the past and we have covered most important pancreatitis topics.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Can Pancreatitis Cause Blood In Urine or Dark Urine?

This may not be the most pleasant post I have updated on this site, however I have received several emails regarding whether pancreatitis can cause blood in urine or a dark colored urine. I have done a few hours research on this and the conclusion is pancreatitis usually causes dark colored urine because it contains more bile than normal.

Having blood in the urine as a result of pancreatitis is not so common, however a symptom is excessive amounts of urine. You might find your urination is larger than normal or more frequent. However dark urine is mainly a symptom of chronic pancreatitis and isn’t common in acute cases. It seems as though chronic pancreatitis often causes different colored stools since it contains different levels of bile than normal, often leading to a lighter color. 

Dark colored urine can occur as a result of increased bile and this is common in people who are suffering from chronic pancreatitis. Research on this continues each week so keep doing as much research as possible and if you have any questions remember to go see your local doctor or go to a local hospital. I have mentioned many times on this site that any complications caused by pancreatitis need to be treated and identified as soon as possible as complications can worsen and prove fatal. It can also lead to a clear mind and could stop you unnecessarily worrying that you have developed the condition. 

When I suffered from acute pancreatitis I didn’t notice a change in my urine, however I did notice a big change in my stools. The color was different to normal stools and the size of the stool varied substantially. However several of my symptoms may have been forgotten due to other problems such as cold and hot spells and stomach and back pains that took up the most of my attention and this is what I remember the most. 

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Curse Of Acid Reflux. Does Pancreatitis Cause Acid Reflux?

After having severe acute pancreatitis over one year ago I am noticing that I have a bouts of acid reflux. Especially after large meals or consuming soft drink. It got me thinking about how pancreatitis potentially caused my acid reflux and I have since studied the topic to try find the answer. Currently I take somac during bouts of acid reflux, which I can thankfully say only occur once or twice a month. Before having pancreatitis over a year ago I hadn’t had any bouts of acid reflux, however after having pancreatitis, thats when the problems started. 

When I had acute pancreatitis for over a week, I can’t remember If i noticed having acid reflux at the time. The reason is because other painful symptoms were my main focus. Pains in my back and ribs and stomach region were overwhelming and took my mind off things such as acid reflux. So during the time when I actually had pancreatitis my memory is limited, however I can say that after having these pancreas problems, I did develop acid reflux and consistent bouts which have lasted over a year so far and I expect to last a lot longer. 

After researching the subject acid reflux is one of the main symptoms of pancreatitis. I most likely had severe acid reflux during the time I was in hospital, the other pains and problems just took my mind off noticing this. So if you are having bouts of acid reflux and you have never had them before or if they are happening more regularly than it is a good choice to go see your local doctor as soon as you can. 

My description of acid reflux and what it feels like is feeling bloated or congested in the top of the chest. This happens after I consume food and I also feel a burning sensation. I was prescribed somac for my infrequent condition and I have noticed that since I have had pancreatitis, the condition has stayed around. I assume that after you have had pancreatitis a lot of people will have acid reflux for long periods of time. My father has been suffering from acid reflux for a long time and thankfully he has never had pancreatitis, so I could also genetically have inherited the condition, potentially with no link to my pancreatitis as I suspect.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Does Pancreatitis Make You Tired or Thirsty?

One of the more obvious topics we haven’t covered yet on this site are some simple subjects such as does pancreatitis make you tired or thirsty. I will base my answer on the week i spent in hospital with a bout of acute pancreatitis. Apart from being extremely painful i did notice some other symptoms which will help inform readers about whether you can get tired or thirsty from this illness.

During my stay in hospital i was extremely tired and this is natural, due to your body being in shock when you are suffering from pancreatitis. Throughout the entire week all I could do was sleep, or watch television from my hospital bed. At times I was thirsty however I made sure I would drink a lot of water. Water is allowed even when you have pancreatitis and it is highly recommended as it helps the pancreas flush powerful and damaging toxins from your body.

My main symptoms when I had the condition wasn’t being tired or thirsty however, it was more the pains in my stomach, ribs and back which made it obvious something was wrong. When i was in bed I would also go from being extremely cold to extremely hot within ten minutes. I would have to put jumpers and long pants on and then immediately after I would have to take my clothes off due to excessive sweating. These were all signs something was wrong that I had never had before and I made sure I went to hospital and then they found out through several blood tests that I had indeed developed the condition. 

It may be possible that you could get tired or thirsty from pancreatitis and as I always say on this site get checked as soon as possible by a local medical professional if you are worried you have developed the condition. It is always better to be safe then sorry and time is of the importance with this condition. Make sure you take advantage of our email subscription which will provide important updates and information monthly to all subscribers.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Can Mcdonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King Or Taco Bell Cause Pancreatitis?

This is a common topic, we look at the relationship between fast food restaurants which are massive across the world and how they can damage the pancreas and potentially cause pancreatitis. I must outline from the start that their is no direct link between these foods and pancreatitis, however I will go over the reasons why the contents of their meals could potentially lead to some pancreas problems over time.

I must also emphasize from the start that you can eat healthy at these fast food chains and this won’t lead to pancreatitis. For example when i go to mcdonalds i get a health wrap and a bottle of water. If i go to Subway i can order nearly anything and not get sick from these meals as they are healthy and low in fat. The same can be done at the other fast food chains I will mention, so the problem isn’t these restaurants themselves, it is actually the consumers as these restaurants have gone to significant measures to serve healthy food over the past decade and the menus are constantly updating.

When you eat the high fat meals at fast food restaurants such as mcdonalds, wendys, burger king or taco bell well there is a chance this can lead to pancreatitis. This can happen when eating any fast food and the customer knows this. These companies make customers aware of what exactly they are eating. Drinking at starbucks or eating at subway is less likely to cause pancreatitis as there is a lot of healthy options. But once again it comes down to the individual, due to every human body being different. I have friends and family who have developed pancreatitis by eating something that has been cooked in the oven at home such as pork. So we can’t solely blame fast food companies for any problems that the food cause because the customers are made aware of what exactly they are consuming before they go in and purchase meals.

Dunkin Donuts, KFC, Pizza Hut and KFC can also cause pancreas problems and potentially pancreatitis. Once again this comes down to the individual. All meals are now served with product information such as calorie intake, fat levels and sugars. If you eat at these restaurants then eat healthy. I have noticed over the past decade that all of these restaurants we have talked about in this post provide healthy options. Even Dominos Pizza and Jack in the Box are now selling salads, so by eating this you’re not going to get sick.

On a personal note since i developed acute pancreatitis several years ago, I have eaten fast food occasionally. However you must know what works for you and what affects your pancreas in a damaging way. Instead of ordering full meals now, I simply order a burger, a water and no fried chips. But this is different for everyone. What I have learnt since having acute pancreatitis is that you need to know what your body can take and what doesn’t work well with your pancreas. Most people who have had acute pancreatitis in the past can continue to eat these foods, however those with chronic pancreatitis need to stop eating these foods.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Can You Have Pancreatitis Without Knowing It, Without Pain?

I have several emails consistently asking whether it is possible to have pancreatitis without knowing it, without any pain. Let me answer this question by describing my condition which was defined as ‘mild acute pancreatitis’, which haunted my holiday to the United States some years ago. My condition i may point out lasted for around five days and went away after two nights in hospital when i got back from holidays.

This pain i felt was nothing like any pain I had felt before. I knew something was wrong as the pain I had was ten times that of any stomach bug or sickness that I had contracted in the past. It would have been impossible for me to have pancreatitis without knowing it, such was the extreme pain I was having. Considering my condition was mild I find it highly unlikely (not impossible), that you could have pancreatitis without feeling some of the symptoms. It may be possible to have the condition and not know, through mixing up the symptoms with another illness or condition. However the pain I suffered was so excruciating that I had to rush back to my hotel room and call a doctor as soon as I got back. I only felt like sleeping and I was getting hot and cold sweats and I had to either take clothes off or put them on and it was one of the worst experiences of my life.

So using my experience which was a nightmare when travelling, it would have been difficult for me to not know I had pancreatitis. However everyone is unique and some people don’t feel pain at all, so if you have a high pain threshold then i think you may have a bigger chance of having the condition and not knowing it. So once again this all comes down to what I have advised throughout this site, see a local medical professional as soon as possible if you are worried you may have the condition. Best case scenario is that you are perfectly fine, however your mind will be at ease knowing you don’t have pancreatitis.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

How HRT Can Cause Pancreatitis. Hormone Replacement Therapy and The Pancreas.

This post will go over how HRT also known as hormone replacement therapy can affect the pancreas and potentially lead to pancreatitis. There have been reports since the 1950’s that hormone replacement therapy is a cause of drug induced pancreatitis and this post will go over this information in detail. The link between sex hormones and acute pancreatitis is common, however the distinction between this and a chronic pancreas condition is much less likely. 

Post menopausal therapy amongst women such as consuming estrogen is known to increase the risk of acute pancreatitis. After researching this over the past hour the chances of women developing this condition as a result of hormone replacement therapy are around 1.5 times that of a women who hasn’t had such therapy. These chances are alarming however a lot of doctors and other medical professionals will warn you about this before you begin the process of HRT. 

If you have had a pancreas problem before you will most likely be advised not to have hormone replacement therapy or the medical professional will propose a different plan of treatment. This is most important for chronic condition sufferers since all substances and prescribed medication needs to be considered. The more research performed on what you can or can’t consume will help you look after your health overall. 

If you don’t think your medical professional understands your condition well enough you can get a referral to go to a specific specialist in relation to the pancreas. This is expensive however it could prove valuable and as I always say your health is your greatest assett. Remember to subscribe to our email report system, as we send our information every couple of months which can prove beneficial to your daily lives. Also you can use the service to ask more questions and we can write a post on the topic or subject. I hope this post has helped you and as always please check the other great subjects and topics of this site. I have been eating healthy so far in 2014 with lean meats, vegetables and around three litres of water a day and I haven’t had any recurring bouts of pancreatitis so far.

Januvia Can Damage the Pancreas. Januvia Side Effect Causing Pancreatitis.

Januvia is a prescription drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes and increasing information being released shows it could possibly lead to pancreatitis as a side effect. In some side effect cases people using januvia have reportedly experienced acute pancreatitis.Januvia contains the drug metformin so there may be a direct relationship between metformin and damage to the pancreas. I must stress that these side effects have only affected a minority of people and more information is being released. It is however known that several cases of the drug causing pancreatitis have been referred to the FDA and there is now a bunch of legal firms defending clients who have been affected by this. 

It currently isn’t clear if people who have had pancreatitis before using januvia are at a greater risk. The worrying thing is Januvia is one of the most common type 2 diabetes drugs prescribed in the United States and across the developed world. However the FDA has since released information that they are not worried by the new findings and will not change the safety warnings that this drug can lead to pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. Once again it is important to do more research as more information would have been released after this post. 

Furthermore we are reporting on other findings and we aren’t saying that there is proof that this is directly causing pancreatitis so the more research you can do the better you will understand the subject. A majority of people who use Januvia don’t develop pancreatitis so that is also worth noting. If you are taking prescription drugs it is very important to speak to your medical professional about potential side effects, especially if you have had a bout of pancreatitis before you begin taking the medication.

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