Saturday, September 3, 2011

Acidosis: A Potential Complication of Pancreatitis?

Acidosis appears to be a potential complication of Pancreatitis and in all my research not ONCE have I seen any authoritative site (medical) mention this possibility, acidosis as a complication, so I am going to give credit where credit is due and tell you that a fellow Squidoo member and pancreatitis sufferer who goes by the Squidoo handle of jopalei is to be credited with this discovery.

It appears that those who have suffered large amounts of damage and have diabetes as a result, compromised kidneys, liver, and/or lungs (possibly due to pancreatic enzymes traveling through the blood stream during an acute pancreatitis episode and damaging organs) or those who suffer with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) due to diabetes or pancreas damage without diabetes may be those who are at most risk.

Shock, which can occur during an acute pancreatitis episode is also a cause of acidosis and so is aspirin poisoning.

Since aspirin may cause acidosis it may be more prudent to use Ibuprofen for Panctreatitis Pain, especially if you already have complications such as diabetes, hypoglycemia or compromised organs. And because of this fact I am going to definitely re-think my position on using aspirin for stopping acute pancreatitis. In fact, I am going to say it again ...

It may be prudent, in light of the fact that aspirin can cause acidosis, to use Ibuprofen for stopping pancreattitis pain. And again ...

Thank you jopalei for bringing this potential risk to my attention.

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