If you have Pancreatitis, you need to seek treatment quickly. Pancreatitis can be a starting point of Pancreatic Cancer. Treating pancreatitis can help to stop the pain that likely got your attention in the first place, reverse the issues causing it and keep future complications to low levels.
Unfortunately, pancreatitis can return and it is important to both address it quickly and get facts about a long-term strategy for keeping repeat attacks to a minimum.
You'll receive treatment in a medical facility to allow your pancreas to heal and make sure your body doesn't shut down. You will recieve intravenous (IV) fluids to replace lost fluids and maintain your blood pressure. Medicines to deal with pain can help you until the inflammation is gone.
Most acute pancreatitis can be treated relatively easily (from a medical standpoint). However, in some cases if you are suffering from severe pancreatitis, you can require intense medical support for your heart, potential ventilation for your lungs if they fail and sometimes dialysis to help the kidneys. Almost all patients do require intravenous nutrition and to be taken off solid foods during treatment.
You may get an infection in the places where areas of your pancreas have died. This type of infection can be fatal if left unchecked and demands skilled treatment to manage the infection and even potentially remove the infected dead pancreas material or drain certain areas with different procedures.
A nutritionist will begin to speak with you as you will likely not be given anything to eat for up to a week that may help "rest" your pancreas. They will regulate your IV nutrition and speak to you about your daily diet.
Surgery is done only if your pain and pancreatitis tests show you have not responded to other treatment.
There are several procedures which can be done; two of these procedures have already been used for many years, but one remains experimental.
Relieve blockage - A surgical procedure called pancreaticojejunostomy removes the blockages and resulting pressure in the pancreatic ducts. It alleviates pain in approximately 80 percent of individuals. For unknown reasons, pain returns within twelve months in some people who undergo this technique.
Remove a portion of the pancreas - Removing very specific damaged parts of the pancreas can relieve pain in some people with chronic pancreatitis.
Take out the pancreas and transplant islet cells - An experimental treatment for pancreatitis recently done in Japan involved removing the pancreas and then replacing the insulin-producing elements (called islets).
Stop The Pain in the long run
A health care provider can help stop painful symptoms of chronic pancreatitis. Simple things can assist you if you are diagnosed early, but more intensive measures may be needed if you have waited and done harm to your pancreas.
You should Stop Drinking - This is the MOST important treatment for people with pancreatitis that drinking caused.
You should switch to low-fat meals - Eating more but smaller, low-fat meals and drinking plenty of fluids can reduce the discomfort of chronic pancreatitis.
You can take Pain medication - Nonprescription pain medications like Ibuprofen (to decrease swelling) usually decrease pain.
Take Pancreatic enzyme supplements - Pancreatic enzyme replaces the enzymes normally excreted by the pancreas, letting the pancreas "rest." This often reduces swelling and in turn, pain.
You might want to try Narcotic pain medicines - These medicines are occasionally recommended if pancreatic enzymes don't stop pain and are typically used in the hospital in the event of an acute pancreatitis attack.
Treatments that fix the pancreatic ducts - Pancreatitis creates pain if there is blockage of the pancreatic ducts that restrict secretions from the pancreas. The back-up of pancreatic fluid in creates inflammation and pain of the pancreas. Sometimes the doctor needs to place a tube into the narrowed area (called stenting). This is not a common option however as it carries its own set of risks.
How To Get More Information
Pancreatitis From Medication Resource Line - This resource line can help in understanding your treatment options if your Pancreatitis could have been caused by medication. You can find treatment in your area and discuss compensation for treatment and loss of income, etc.
Call: 888-240-1521 or go t their website at How to treat Pancreatitis . Also visit the National Pancreas Foundation - This organization supports research of diseases of the pancreas and the website includes low-fat recipes. Call: 866-726-2737 or visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancreatit