Do I have Pancreatitis?

Questions I see often within comments on my site are “Do I have pancreatitis” or “Could I have pancreatitis” or “Do you think I have pancreatitis?” Unfortunately I was too lazy (among other reasons) to invest 8 – 12 years in school and residency in order to become a doctor so … I can’t diagnose anyone who visits and or comments on this site. I also can’t prescribe a course…

February 24, 2016

Do Certain Foods Cause Pancreatitis Attacks?

Do certain foods cause pancreatitis attacks? Yes and No. In healthy individuals, no. Regular every day foods do NOT cause pancreatitis in healthy people. Those who have never had any pancreas problems such as acute or chronic pancreatitis can rest easy and enjoy their meals. Alcohol is a different story. Is alcohol classified as a food? It’s made from grains, fruits, even vegetables (potatoes) so in a broad sense I…

February 16, 2016

Pancreatic Cancer Risk: Chronic Pancreatitis Increases Risk

Unfortunately those who suffer from long-term chronic pancreatitis also have increased pancreatic cancer risk (5% of CP patients may end up with pancreatic cancer) [1]. Don’t go all wiggy on me about it. The increased risk isn’t something that guarantees you are in trouble. It is merely an increased risk, nothing more. BUT … IF you have chronic pancreatitis you should be aware of your increased risk so that you can…

August 11, 2015

Tramadol Isn’t As Safe As You Think

Tramadol is a synthetic opioid drug, similar to natural opioids derived from poppy seeds, such as morphine. It is marketed under names such as Ultram, Ultracet, ConZip, Ryzolt, Rybix ODT, Zydol and Zamadol. Are you using Tramadol for pancreatitis pain? You may want to reconsider or at least be extremely careful using it because … When John Bowker left his 57-year-old wife, Lizz, alone in their bedroom, she seemed to be in perfectly good…

June 8, 2015

The Pain and Suffering of Pancreatitis

Many of your family and friends do NOT understand the pain and suffering of pancreatitis. They most likely have NO CLUE how bad it can be to suffer an acute pancreatitis attack, especially if it falls in the moderate to severe category. Yet even MILD acute attacks can be the most painful experience imagined while, even though ironic, a severe attack can actually produce less pain initially, even no pain,…

May 27, 2015

Biliary Inflammation, Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis, Exacerbated By Fat Consumption

Biliary inflammation (gallbladder disease, SOD), acute and chronic pancreatitis are all made worse by consuming high fat meals. It’s a fact. A fact I know from personal experience and from scientific evidence. Many of you who have read my blog(s) may be wondering … Why does fat consumption increase the risk of acute pancreatitis in those who have previously experienced pancreas damage? Why does fat exacerbate other biliary conditions such…

May 25, 2015

Statin Drugs Cause Acute Pancreatitis

Statin drugs cause pancreatitis [1],[2]? Isn’t that peachy! This is probably especially exciting for those who may be on statin drugs for genetically predisposed HIGH blood fat level condition that has been diagnosed as the cause of your problems.  If you have been dianosed with: 1) familial combined hyperlipidemia 2) familial dysbetalipoproteinemia 3) familial hypercholesterolemia 4) familial hypertriglyceridemia The good news is that the benefits in the case of acute pancreatitis…

May 24, 2015

Pancreatitis Remedies You Can Use At Home

Pancreatitis remedies are few in number. In order to understand what may or may not be a viable home remedy for pancreatitis you first have to have a clear understanding of pancreatitis. What is it, how it happens and so on. The most important in my humble opinion is what pancreatitis is. Once you have a clear understanding of what pancreatitis is, choosing pancreatitis remedies becomes easier. I personally use…

May 22, 2015

Pancreatic Regeneration: What IF The Human Pancreas Can Regenerate?

I’ve thought a lot about pancreatic regeneration. In fact I’ve tried to research it as my time allows. Most people know that the human liver will regenerate itself and that a small amount, maybe 25% of a normal, healthy liver can be transplanted into a human and that liver will regrow to normal size.  What if the human pancreas will also undergo pancreatic regeneration? I brought up this subject in…

August 3, 2014

Gallstone Pancreatitis

The leading cause of acute pancreatitis is a gallstone (or stones) that creates an obstruction. Thus the name gallstone pancreatitis. Obstruction occurs when gallstones travel down the common bile duct and get stuck in the Ampulla of Vater creating a blockage in the outflow of pancreatic juices from the pancreas into the duodenum. The backflow of these digestive juices causes lysis (dissolving) of pancreatic cells and subsequent pancreatitis. The victim goes…

August 1, 2014