abdominal pain ? pancreatitis

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I've had left sided upper abdominal pain that wraps around to my back for 10 days now. The entire time I've had this pain, I've felt extremely nauseous. Any time I eat or drink, the pain worsens within minutes. It started on a Monday afternoon and increased in intensity over the next few days, so I made an appointment to see my physician that Thursday. At that appointment, my heart rate and blood pressure were elevated, so my doctor had me go to the ER. They did blood work (had highly elevated WBCs), a CT scan with contrast and chest x-ray at the ER. I was diagnosed with pneumonia (I've had no respiratory issues) and started on Levaquin 750mg once daily for 7 days. I followed-up with another doctor at my physician's practice the following day (Friday). She said since all tests came back ok, she started me on Omeprazole 40mg in the morning and sucralfate 4x a day to see if this was due to an ulcer. The pain increased in intensity again, so on Sunday I went back to the ER. More tests that showed nothing. They gave me 3 liters of fluid and diagnosed me with pleurisy. Also prescribed Percocet and metoclopramide for pain and nausea. The metoclopramide helps with the nausea, but I still get the increase in pain within minutes of eating or drinking. On Tuesday night, I vomited for the first time. I went back to my doctor's today (a little over a week and a half after this all started) with the same level of pain and no new answers. The doctors' keep saying my tests all show nothing wrong with me. I haven't had anything more than a few crackers to eat in 7 days and have subsequently lost 8 pounds. The pain is worse when I lay down, so I haven't been sleeping well. I've had a low grade fever (around 99F) since the pain started. This all started a day after I had a lot of alcohol at party, but I'm not normally a heavy drinker. Any insight? I'm beyond the point of pain and frustration. 

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    it does sound like an episode of pancreatitis.  Blood test should be able to tell. Also a CT scan would show...the symptoms sound suspiciously like the ones my husband had with his pancreatitis.  Best to go to a gastroenterlogist esp one that specializes in pancreatitis.  Sadly doctors dont know much about this awful disease.  Best of luck best wishes    keep us posted   XOXO
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    very good .... hopefully you can get in soon smile
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    You might be suffering from pancreatitis. Your doctor must ask you to go for an amylase test and LFT. Stop drinking alcohol and try to eat less and try these blood tests asap. The pain that never goes away and worsens on eating is probably a pancreatitis pain. My prayers are with you.
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    It does indeed sound like pancreatitis.  I recommend that you keep a log of what and how much you eat and drink.  Stay away from fatty foods and those with a high amount of carbohydrates.  Seeing a GI specialist is necessary as they have more insight into this disease than the "common" physician.  Trying doing some relaxation and meditation exercises.  Lowering your strees level can help some.  God Bless and I hope everyting works out.
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