Fat malabsorption

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What is fat malabsorption?

Malabsorption of fat is the body's inability to digest or absorb fat. Fat malabsorption may occur because of reduced pancreatic secretions that are necessary for normal digestion of fat (for example, due to pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer) or by other intestinal diseases.

Common symptoms reported by people with fat malabsorption

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with fat malabsorption

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1) fat malabsorption (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Epsom salt lotion)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Actiq)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1) fat malabsorption (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Type
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Centrum Multivitamin)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Creon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fat malabsorption (1)

Data from patients with fat malabsorption, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with fat malabsorption

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1) fat malabsorption (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Epsom salt lotion)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Actiq)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
bowel irritability constipation
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (1) fat malabsorption (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Centrum Multivitamin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (4 evaluations)
Side effects
loose bowel movements sugar intolerance
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Creon)
Perceived effectiveness
for fat malabsorption (1 evaluation)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fat malabsorption (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with fat malabsorption, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has fat malabsorption on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 5
30s 14
40s 8
50s 6
60s 3
70+ 3
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 2
30-39 years 3
40-49 years 3
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

66% Female
34% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 16
Not Diagnosed 8

These charts show data from fat malabsorption patients who have completed their condition history
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