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Is it pancreatitis?

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  • Posted By: momster
  • September 30, 2007
  • 09:03 PM

My son age 19 had steady pain in upper abdomen beginning Sept. 3. The persistant pain lasted 7 days. Lab work on day 4 indicated pancreatitis. The pain was THE ONLY symptom at the time. Doctors suggested altered diet, no fats, sugar, and drink lots of water and gatorade. Pain was gone on day 8. However on September 8 he began having blood (bright red) and mucas in mostly normal stools. Sept. 19 Doctors ordered CT Scan - all appears normal, labs still show a slightly raised Lipase level. Since the CT Scan he has had diarrhea several times a day always with blood and mucas. Doctors are saying possible bacterial virus? Anyone with any ideas please let us know, it's a scrary situation not knowing and doctors contining to guess. And for the record he has not drank any alcohol - which we've been asked repeadily. At this point I would be grateful if that were the reason and least we would know how to resolve the problem. Thank you so much for any input.
Momster

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  • Hi, I am no Dr, but I went through some serious gut related episodes throughout 2006, first being an undiagnosed burst appendix and secondly pancreanitis as a result of trauma surgery. However, I am 36 yrs old and your son is only 19 - My symptoms were severe chronic pain, which radiated from front to back, for which I was hospitalised. The pain is really undescribable, and there was no bleeding. Perhaps he needs to see a gastroenterologist specialist as it could be early stages of crohns disease (given the new symptoms of diarreah), for which they suspected I had. This is carried out by way of colonoscopy. It really is worrying nevertheless and what he is currently exeperiencing at his age is not normal.Keep us posted as to what you decide or the outcome.Take care
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 2, 2007
    • 11:55 AM
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  • After a follow up visit yesterday, he has a colonoscopy scheduled for next week and yes crohns disease or ulcerative colititis which apparently can be associated with pancreatitis are the two things they are looking for. Thank you for your input - I will post our hopefully final diagnosis from next week. Its much easier to deal with a sickness when you have a clue of what it is. Thanks again.
    momster 4 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 10:51 AM
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  • Colonoscopy (pending results of biopsy) have indicated Ulcerative Colitis. I've read tons of info on this disease and the symptoms just don't go along. Being treated with Asacol - 6 a day I guess only time will tell.
    momster 4 Replies
    • October 14, 2007
    • 05:13 PM
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  • Has the dr done any stool tests? The blood and mucus in the stools need to be checked out. Many possibile illnesses can cause blood and mucus in stools including inflammatory bowel diseases (ulcerative colitis and chrons for example) and certain infections (like Clostridium Difficilie, E. Coli etc.). Tests on the stools should be probably be done iif they weren't already to make sure your boy doesn't have an amoeba, ova (parasites like worms) or bacterial infection going on.Sorry to hear your son has pancreatitis so young. Though alcohol can do that so can some hereditary conditions, diabetes, obesity, viruses and other infections, gall bladder stones, tumors and injury/trauma. Some drugs also can effect the pancreas. Many other causes for pancreatitis, so the drs have to find out what caused your sons pancreas to start to digest itself.Hope your son is able to get well soon. If it is a virus that caused the pancreatitis or some other infection he can recover from it and may never have a problem again with pancreatitis. Following the diet the dr suggested, keeping the stress level down and getting plenty of rest helps. Avoiding things that aggravate pancreatic problems like alcohol and fatty foods are important. Alcohol is bad for folks with pancreatic problems; and is best avoided for your son from now on imo. Drinking binges especially need to be avoided but any alcohol for somebody who has pancreatitis is probably not a good thing to drink.Chronic pancreatitis can happen if the condition your son now has doesn't get resolved quick enough. I have chronic pancreatitis and I find alcohol and fatty foods trigger more painful problems for me so I abstain from the stuff. Has your son been tested for diabetes? Is he overweight? Or has he lost a lot of weight suddenly prior to getting pancreatitis? So many young kids are getting diabetes (type 2 adult onset) because of the obesity "epidemic" in the US. I was first diagnosed with pancreatitis at age 24; and it was a tough thing to go through as a young adult. Your son has my sympathy. Good luck and be sure to keep working closely with the doctors working on your sons case. Hopefully your son will be fortunate to have the one episode of pancreatitis, but if not there are ways to cope with the illness.I do hope the drs get the blood and mucus stools problem figured out soon. My son age 19 had steady pain in upper abdomen beginning Sept. 3. The persistant pain lasted 7 days. Lab work on day 4 indicated pancreatitis. The pain was THE ONLY symptom at the time. Doctors suggested altered diet, no fats, sugar, and drink lots of water and gatorade. Pain was gone on day 8. However on September 8 he began having blood (bright red) and mucas in mostly normal stools. Sept. 19 Doctors ordered CT Scan - all appears normal, labs still show a slightly raised Lipase level. Since the CT Scan he has had diarrhea several times a day always with blood and mucas. Doctors are saying possible bacterial virus? Anyone with any ideas please let us know, it's a scrary situation not knowing and doctors contining to guess. And for the record he has not drank any alcohol - which we've been asked repeadily. At this point I would be grateful if that were the reason and least we would know how to resolve the problem. Thank you so much for any input.Momster
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 01:54 AM
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  • Biopsy showed it is left side ulcerative colitis. Began Asacol then 12 days later he's in the middle of a major "flare" up as they are called. Been in bed for one week with fever, no appetite. Started Antiobiotics and Prednisone. The symptoms now follow what I have read on UC. It's a horrible thing for a once healthty teenage boy to have to endure.
    momster 4 Replies
    • October 28, 2007
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  • To Momster - I am so happy that it is not pancreatitis, however any illness related to the stomach, I found from the experiences I went through, must be the hardest to deal with. It just forms such a large part of the anatomy and has so many organs surrounding it and never forgetting that when its playing up, because of where it is situated and all it's extentions - the diagnosis just seems to take all that much longer. But it seems the diagnosis has been found and now your son can move forward to better health, now that you know how to treat it. Wishing you lots of strengh and your son a speedy recover from his most recent 'flare up' with a lot less pain in the future.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 29, 2007
    • 09:45 AM
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  • Ok we've been home a week from the hospital, taking steriods as prescribed 3 -20mg twice a day and have slowly been improving, no pain (except for gas and bloating) still some diarrhea not near as bad and still some minor bleeding. Today Dr. says he wants to reduce steroids to 2 twice a day and add a drug called Azathioprine. I'm terrified to give my son any more drugs after the horrible reaction to Asacol. Does anyone have experience with the Azathioprine? My gut feeling is trying slowing coming off the steriods and see if we can get by with no meds.... but I'm not a doctor just a worried mom.
    momster 4 Replies
    • November 9, 2007
    • 06:15 PM
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  • Ok we've been home a week from the hospital, taking steriods as prescribed 3 -20mg twice a day and have slowly been improving, no pain (except for gas and bloating) still some diarrhea not near as bad and still some minor bleeding. Today Dr. says he wants to reduce steroids to 2 twice a day and add a drug called Azathioprine. I'm terrified to give my son any more drugs after the horrible reaction to Asacol. Does anyone have experience with the Azathioprine? My gut feeling is trying slowing coming off the steriods and see if we can get by with no meds.... but I'm not a doctor just a worried mom. Consider acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine to help your son. It is very helpful for colitis, especially blood in the stools. Find a practitioner who is NCCAOM certified in Chinese Herbology. I cleared my pseudomembranous colitis by visiting my acupuncturist...doc wanted to put me on an even stronger antibiotic, but since my colitis was directly caused by clindamyacin, I did NOT want to take another antibiotic! Two weeks of herbs cleared this up for me... Antibiotics destroy your intestinal flora, and steriods seriously compromise your immune system. Your immune system is in your gut, so you can see how both drugs can cause severely impaired immunity. Please at the very least get your son on the best quality PROBIOTIC you can afford, one with several strains of benefical bacteria. This will help replace his intestinal flora and build up his immune system. Try to find one with sacchromyces boullardi, as this can help with colitis. Please do this asap. I feel you should go with your "gut" as I feel more antibiotics will cause more harm than good. Just my opinion, of course. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 9, 2007
    • 06:44 PM
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