Does Creon help with the pain?

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My doctor prescribed me Creon (25,000) to try out for my undiagnosed abdominal pain. For those of you that take it, will it help with pain, and if so how long before I notice a difference?

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    Also, have any of you had your pain relieved by eating food? For some reason whenever I eat, it brings the pain down a little bit before it goes back up about 2-3 hours after eating.
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    Creon isn't a painkiller it's a digestive enzyme which assists digestion.  I have digestive issues which did result in pain and Creon helps with that.  For the chronic abdominal pain some have, no it won't help.

    Eating a low fat diet, avoiding alcohol totally, not smoking and taking Creon should in theory alleviate some pain.

    Taking Creon doesn't mean one can skip the above and eat and drink normally however, we have to adapt our lives and follow the above rules, but it does mean a reduction of malabsorption issues.  Try it, you might be surprised.

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    Have you been diagnosed with either acute or chronic pancreatitis?

    What tests have you had?  Did your doc tell you why he thought Creon might help you?

    Do you have any issues immediately after eating?  Like stomach upset, diarrhea, pain?  Are your bowel movements normal? 

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      So far I haven't been diagnosed with anything yet. I've had 3 abdominal ultrasounds, a CT scan, abdominal MRI, upper endoscopy, and countless blood/urine tests, and a stool test. All tests have been negative so far, although my first two ultrasounds showed a small cyst on the tail of my pancreas, which was gone on my last ultrasound, CT and MRI scans. My GP doctor said I could try the Creon until I see my specialist (her office is closed until Jan. 3, so I have to wait to book an appointment).

      Usually right after eating my pain levels go down a little (like 20-30%). My bowel movements are loose/yellow, and I typically go 2-3 times a day. I'm also on amitriptyline and gabapentin.

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    Strange, usually in case of Pancreatities the pain worsens after eating anything. Where exactly do you have the pain in abdomen? Is it Upper abdomen pain? Do you have back pain as well?

    Just like Reefsider said Creon helps to break down the food and digest, so that your pancreas will have less work and rest.

    Does any of the scans show pancreas as swollen?

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      It's in my solar plexus right below my sternum. Sometimes the pain goes through to my back. The scans haven't shown inflammation yet, although I'm waiting to get copies of my MRI and CT scan reports to see if there is anything that was missed during my doctor visit.

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    I'm sorry I can't throw any light on your issues jonmg87 however I think you're in good hands with your GP who obviously thinks something's amiss with your pancreas (or he wouldn't have prescribed Creon I don't think).  Many people who have posted here have said that once tests are done with negative results they're dismissed and it seems your GP isn't doing that.  Keep him updated.

     

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