Pancreatitis - often a forgotten diagnosis

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Classically the pain of pancreatitis is felt centrally in the abdomen and radiates through to the back. Inflammation causes release of enzymes which can be measured and are a reliable test for pancreatic inflammation. See tests: amylase and stool elastase (see test links at bottom of page).

Pancreatitis has risk factors such as gall stones and alcohol. However it is also a disease caused by free radicals which is very effectively treated with antioxidants. Everyone should take my standard recommendations for nutritional supplements (Nutritional Supplements - what everybody should be taking all the time even if nothing is wrong), and anyone with pancreatitis should being tested for Co-Q10 - see Co-enzyme Q10 at bottom of page also.

Pancreatic function is very difficult to test for because the pancreas is hard to get at. A Comprehensive digestive stool analysis gives an idea of pancreatic enzyme function - see tests section below.

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