Chronic Pancreatitis: Pain Management - Topic Overview
Pain is a frustrating, sometimes debilitating aspect of
pancreatitis. Many people have pain for many
Pain may decrease as the damaged
pancreas loses its ability
to produce enzymes. But it may take years for the pancreas to stop producing
enzymes. In many people, this process never occurs.
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If you are
having debilitating pain from chronic
pancreatitis, you may be referred to a
Treatment for pain includes avoiding alcohol, eating
diet, using pain medicine, and in some cases taking
enzyme pills to help rest your pancreas. Analgesics. You may be
able to help your pain with over-the-counter pain medicines like acetaminophen,
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as
ibuprofen. If over-the-counter pain medicines don't control your pain, you may
need to have your doctor prescribe an opiate pain reliever. Tricyclic These medicines (such as
antidepressants. amitriptyline or imipramine) may help people sleep and cope with pain and
depression. Pancreatic enzyme
People can take oral enzyme supplements, which may reduce pain in some people,
particularly those who have mild or moderate disease. supplements. A procedure called endoscopic
retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) can be used to place small supports
(stents) in a narrow pancreatic duct. Stents. An injection of alcohol or
Celiac plexus nerve block. corticosteroids into this bundle of abdominal nerves
may provide temporary relief. Surgery. Pain
may be reduced by removing stones from the pancreas and draining pancreatic
ducts. For some cases of chronic pain, total pancreatectomy (removal of the
pancreas) may be considered.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 25, 2011
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