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    Old 01-27-2003, 06:06 PM   #1
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    I had acute pancreatitis about six weeks ago and ended up in hospital for six days in IV's, major pain meds, the usual... Anyway, this was my second bout of pancreatitis -- my first one was in 1998 and led to me having my gallbladder removed a few months later.

    I don't drink. I don't have a gallbladder. People don't know why I had this bout of pancreatitis, so I got sent to a GI specialist who suggested I have an MRCP (an MRI version of an ERCP). This turned out completely normal. Meanwhile, my serum lipase is elevated (700 instead of being <250 or so) and so I am on lipram/pancreas for the next few months.

    At the same time as all this, I went to another doc for another reason and she thougth my thyroid was enlarged. So this led to more tests, one of which triggered the thought that maybe all this is linked to an auto-immune disease.

    Does anyone have any experience like this? Any words of advice? Thanks.
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    Old 01-28-2003, 08:49 PM   #2
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    Hi Lemon,

    I am sorry about your problems but I have only known one person in my life to have preaceatitis.

    Has a Doctor determined why yours is putting out so much lipase? I think that is rather a rear problem!!!

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    Old 02-13-2003, 02:29 PM   #3
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    I have Lupus, for which I was given prescription drugs, which I believe caused me to end up with chronic pancreatitis and diabetes. I hope your doctors can find the problem and get it taken care of for you.

     
    Old 02-14-2003, 09:35 AM   #4
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    What were your major symptoms with Pancreatitis besides the pain? Where was your pain? The doctor thinks I could possibly have pancreatitis as well, I dont drink, smoke either and I supposedly dont have gallbladder problems so it is a real puzzler to me and her but who knows. Was just wondering to get a better idea of the symptoms. Gl trying to find out what is up.

     
    Old 02-19-2003, 12:17 PM   #5
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    My pancreatitis was mostly manfested in mid-epigastric pain (like just below my sternum) which could only be slightly relieved by doubling over and slouching.

    Have you had your serium lipase and amylase levels checked? Those are usually important in determining a Dx of pancreatitis..

    hope this helps.
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    Old 02-19-2003, 12:50 PM   #6
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    My lipase level was normal but the amylase was elevate to 123, normal range is 21-101. I heard that ppl with pancreatitis usually have higher leveles of amylase than that but who knows. I have yet to get the urinalysis test results back which was also testing for amylase. How high was yurs? well i havta get to class, ttyl!
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    Old 02-20-2003, 09:39 AM   #7
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    When I was having my acute pancreatitis attack last Dec (which put me in hosp for 6 days), my lipase was 38,000 and my amylase was 1400.

    Now my lipase is still elevated but my amylase is back to normal.

    I have had loads of tests though since I last posted and they found I have a tumor in my pancreas and a growth in my duodenum. I expect I'll have to have those out at some point. Could explain my elevated lipase though.

    Good luck on your quest for an answer.

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    Old 02-20-2003, 09:49 AM   #8
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    Wow, lemon i will be praying for you health! That is so not cool but God is a divine healer, no? Good luck to you and thanks for your help. I just got my urinalysis test results back and the amylase was back to normal so guess it was just a weird occurance or somethng, maybe somebody tested it wrong. Agian, good health to ya!
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    Old 02-20-2003, 01:07 PM   #9
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    Hey Shanny -

    *GREAT* to hear that your amylase came back normal and no problems w your urinalysis. Good for you.

    Thanks for your kind words about me. I appreciate it. I have an appt next week with my GI doc so we'll see what he/they have planned out for me in their heads!
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    Take care of yourself...

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