Chronic Pancreatitis or Gallbladder

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I had been a alcohol drinker for twenty plus years, but I recently quit. I notice pain on right side bottom of my rib cage. The pain is not bad enough to send you to the ER but it's nagging. I do notice after I eat fried or greasy food the pain comes. I'am now a dietabic because of drinking. My stools or oily and float, and I be constipated a lot so I take Latulose. I see my gastro doctor in two weeks, what test should he do. what do you guys think? what should I do??? thanks in advance for the good advice!!!

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    Hi Marc,yes thats where my baffled pain is to.its been touch and go if I call the paramedics for the last month,its worse when I lie down at night,I am woken often with pain,it scares me like mad as I live on my own.IV been to the g.p twice and take buscapan and paracetamol every 4 hours..I dread eating,.keep going back to your g.p.change your diet completely.dont eat fat or dairy food , or do smoothies in a liquidizer for a few weeks untill it subsidizes.hope this helps a little ANNE.XXX
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    Hi Marc,yes thats where my baffled pain is to.its been touch and go if I call the paramedics for the last month,its worse when I lie down at night,I am woken often with pain,it scares me like mad as I live on my own.IV been to the g.p twice and take buscapan and paracetamol every 4 hours..I dread eating,.keep going back to your g.p.change your diet completely.dont eat fat or dairy food , or do smoothies in a liquidizer for a few weeks untill it subsidizes.hope this helps a

    little ANNE.XXX.

    Sorry Marc my I pad keeps going onto predictive text so some words look mixed up.I tried to say thats where my pain is to,under my ribs and then strikes across.

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    Hi Mark,

    It sounds like pancreatitis to me. But, then I'm not an expert. I suffer from acute pancreatitis. The pain I had originally was bad enough to send me into the hospital . Afterwards, I had and still continue to have a nagging pain as you describe. alcohol was the basis of my problem although I drank only occasionally.Fatty foods are also hard to digest .I had various scans in the hospital. A CT scan, abdominal X ray and blood tests for amlayse and lipase which are produced by the pancreas. Later  I had an ultra sound scan. I spent four/five days in the hospital without eating to rest the pancreas and was told not to drink alcohol and to avoid fatty foods, eat little and more often not ot overtax the pancreas. I found later that digestive enxymes helped to limit the pain I get. So, good luck to you and I hope you will feel better soon.   

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    thanks pete and Anne!

    So far the pain is bareable....but thanks for the good advice!

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    Mark all the symptoms you are describing are similar to pancratitis, however my pain is on the left where the pancreas is not on the right where you describe.  I went to see the specialist this weekend, he confirmed that it indeed is pancreatitis, Chronic Mild Pancreatitis due to alcohol.  I saw the GI first then the NP, she is the one who had me do this test and sure enough, it was my pancreas which I have asked 5 different GI physicians for the past 15 years and all said it was IBS.  I do not have oily and floaty stools, the only symptom I had was left upper quadrant, under the rib cage pain,  Severe pain especially at night and a fast heart rate which sent me to a cardiologist.  This whole time it was my pancreas.  I too have quit drinking.  Not just anyone does an EUS test that I had.  That stands for Endoscopic Ultra Sound a specailized test.  I got lucky that this specialist doctor was in the same paractice as my GI.    It is not reversable, its has scared me. I am also being checked for Pancreatic Cancer which pancreatitis can lead to if severe.  Wish you the best.
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    thanks Pattygirl! I guess it's cut and dry like that. I will see on the 23 th and prepare for the same test ....thanks a lot!
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    Hey mark, syptoms sound like gall stones or gallbladder disease, pancreatitis is really painful. make sure you get youre blood lipase and mylase levels checked and get a scan to check if you have gallstones and to see if theyres any damage to youre pancreas.

    Keep us updated to further expand knowledge and awarenes.

    Take care and god bless

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    I hope so Henry! thanks for responding back and I will keep you up dated....sometimes it feel like my left side what's to act and sometime a light guick pain come in the back but goes...I just don't know what it is...thanks again man
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