I had one of my readers ask me if I’d seen videos done by Dr. David C. Whitcomb from the University of Pittsburgh. I had to admit to her that I had seen some short videos such as the first that alludes to complex genetics as a cause of acute pancreatitis but that I had not watched the series of 8 videos that Dr. Whitcomb has provided.
These videos were somewhat “eye opening” for me for one reason. It seems as though there really are some doctors out there who care about patients who have pancreatitis and realize that current diagnostic criteria and management of the condition may be lacking.
One thing to notice in video 2 is that there seems to definitely be some patients who do not present with horrible pain. This of course would make pancreatitis even more difficult to diagnose in those cases.
You may want to watch these 8 videos and learn what is transpiring within the field of medicine in regards to actually diagnosing the forms of pancreatitis, how those forms are managed, what risks and complications might arise along with how to reduce those risks and complications. I have found them interesting to say the least. Thank you Joyce Mayfield Broyles for the heads up!
Pancreatitis: Genetics and Pain
We all know what the pain is like but most people have no clue. It is interesting to hear Dr. Whitcomb explain what he imagines the pain to be like. I think he “gets it.” Then there is the intro to Genetics as a cause which is also quite interesting. This is an EXTRA short video. The 8 part series starts next.
Chronic Pancreatitis Management in 2012: Recent Discoveries for Optimal Diagnosis and Treatment
Chronic Pancreatitis Management in 2012: Recent Discoveries for Optimal Diagnosis and Treatment is a CME-certified online video activity featuring a series of conversations in which Drs. David C. Whitcomb from the University of Pittsburgh, and Christopher E. Forsmark, from the University of Florida discuss recent advances in the diagnosis and clinical management of pancreatitis.
The following videos are a wealth of info about pancreatitis on a “doctor level,” yet easily understood by anyone. So let’s dig in and learn some cool stuff about where doctors are at in regards to pancreatitis.
Recent Advances In the Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Pancreatitis
This video is important because it clearly states that not ALL patients present with classic symptoms. This video is about recent advances in the diagnosis and clinical management of pancreatitis.
Signs and Symptoms of Pancreatitis
This is an important video because it is becoming known that just because every patient does not show certain forms of criteria such as fibrosis doesn’t mean that chronic pancreatitis is not present. This video is about the signs and symptoms of pancreatitis.
Etiology of Pancreatitis
Doctors are learning that alcohol isn’t the only cause of pancreatitis and also the Etiology of Pancreatitis.
Diagnosis and Staging of Pancreatitis
This video covers diagnosing and staging chronic pancreatitis.
Risk Factors and Risk Reduction
Again this video is mislabeled. This video talks about Risk Factors and Risk Reduction.
Pancreatitis Complications and Intractable Pain Management
This video covers pain management. When you hear that antioxidants are not proven to work with those who have alcoholic pancreatitis you may want to be skeptical because I have comments from those who were supposedly diagnosed with alcoholic pancreatitis that have done remarkably well with the antioxidants I use myself. Now …
The antioxidants that have been used by doctors to relieve the pain and symptoms of pancreatitis I don’t and would not use because most are toxic in large doses. Those antioxidants I use (grape seed extract, curcumin, vitamin C) are not. My supplement regimen seems to work all the time for most people, theirs work sometimes for some people.
This video discusses the amount of pancreatic enzymes needed to absorb food nutrients especially fat. Unfortunately for us who have pancreatitis many vitamins and minerals need some fat in the food/diet to absorb them. Fat soluble vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, D and Calcium need fat to be absorbed properly. Without some fat we can become deficient in those vitamins and minerals. This poses a problem because fat is the enemy; however, if you are extremely vigilant and take your supplements with your meals that have the most fat (should be 5 grams of fat or less per meal) you should do well.
Two Complications: Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer
This next video deals with the two possible complications of chronic pancreatitis. Diabetes can also develop after acute pancreatitis when damage is great enough. Pancreatic cancer is of course the one you really don’t want.
I hope you enjoyed this series of videos and even gleaned some new insight from them. I wish you a pain free day!