Monitoring chronic pancreatitis
8 Things your doctor will check as you progress-
Aminu Mohammed is a pediatric gastroenterologist at GI Care for Kids, where he leads the efforts on pancreatic disorders.
It's important for your doctors to know how your or your child's chronic pancreatitis is improving on the medicine and diet modifications. That way they can make appropriate adjustments to help further.
Progress may be checked by:
- Your pain level and amount of pain medicine needed
- Any nausea or vomiting
- Any abdominal swelling or tenderness
- Any fatigue, paleness or difficulty breathing
- Any swelling of your ankles or back
- Blood tests for amylase, lipase, blood sugar, calcium, CRP and blood counts
- Fecal fat tests
- Abdominal ultrasounds or MRCP
Having ongoing medical care by a team of doctors, dieticians, nurses, psychologists, and pain specialists is important. The team will work together, combining therapies to control your pain, ensure adequate nutrition and return you to your normal life.
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