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Definition Lipase is a protein ( enzyme ) released by the pancreas into the small intestine. It helps the body absorb fat by breaking the fat down into fatty acids. This article discusses the test used to measure the amount of the lipase in the blood. How the test is performed A blood sample is needed. For information on how this is done, see: Venipuncture . How to prepare for the test Do not eat for 8 hours before the test. Your health care provider may ask you to stop taking drugs that may affect the test, such as: Bethanechol Birth control pills Cholinergic medications Codeine Indomethacin Meperidine Methacholine Morphine Thiazide diuretics How the test will feel When the needle is inserted to draw blood, some people feel moderate pain, while others feel only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may be some throbbing. Why the test is performed This test is done to check the pancreas for disease, most often acute pancreatitis . Lipase appears in the blood when the pancreas is damaged.
I did not go to work today. I was in too much pain, and very lacking in sleep. I did keep my physical therapy appointment, though. I learned some things today that I wanted to share.
While I was sitting in the waiting room a young man sat down beside me. He was on crutches and soon began to tell me his story. According to this young man, he has been diagnosed with RA in his knees and hands. He said he also has OA. He has had two recent surgeries on one of his knees. I asked what rheumatologist he was seeing. To my amazement, he told me he was not seeing a rheumatologist. I then asked if he were taking anti-inflammatory medicine, prednisone, or a DMARD. He said no to all. I was, quite frankly, stunned. This young man is in the care of an orthopedic surgeon who practices in a well-known orthopedic group in a college town about an hour away. For whatever reason, this young man was not being referred to a rheumatologist...
If you have a heart problem you go to a cardiologist and get
it taken care of. If you have complex
diabetes , you go to an endocrinologist and get it taken care of. If you have cancer, you go to an oncologist
and get it taken care of. Where do you
go if you have pain?
You might think you
go to a "Pain Specialist." Who might
that be? Here's a short list of
possibilities: A psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist, a physiatrist, a
neurologist, a psychologist; or different individuals who practice massage,
acupuncture, or hypnosis; or interventional pain physicians, or a physician who
favors the use of medicines, or physicians who prefer not to use pain medicines . This is the short list of
If you are like many,
perhaps most, people living with chronic pain , you have tried the whole list
and then some---and this journey may have taken years. Each stop along the way typically there is
hope; there are tests and trea...
You should know
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