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I'm male, and 29 years old. Earlier this year around February I woke up with the most excuciating abdominal pain on my upper left side (it felt like hundreds of little needles stabbing me from the inside out). It passed after a few hours, and I assumed it had been something that I ate. About a month later I had another similar attack, and between Feburary to August I had around 6-7 total. Each instance lasted about 3-4 hours, before the pain receded to a dull ache.
When I first went to the local clinic they thought it might be an ulcer, and so prescribed me the H Pylori treatment (PPI and two antibiotics) to be taken for 14 days. Ever since (June) I have had constant upper abdominal pain, that sometimes goes into my back between my shoulder blades. My stools vary between different shades of yellow (from a dark mustard colour to a brighter yellow). For the most part they are formed, and I don't have diarhea. In short, life has been utter hell, and I struggle everyday to find the strength to keep going.
I've had a CT Scan, 3 ultrasounds, an upper endoscopy, chest x ray, countless blood tests, and a stool test. Each test has come back negative, although the first two ultrasounds saw a small cyst on my pancreatic tail. Subsequent scans showed that the cyst was no longer there. I have an upcoming MRI next week as well (not sure if it's a regular MRI with contrast or an MRCP).
I'm not a heavy drinker, and haven't had any alcohol since April 2016. I did drink more when I was younger (late teens to early 20s), but generally not excessive (usually no more than 5-6 beers a week, with ocassional binges on the weekend).
I'm very much afraid I have chronic pancreatitis, and I know that the prognosis is not good. For those of you with confirmed diagnoses, do any of my symptoms fit? And what other tests can I do to confirm or rule out CP? I'm planning to ask for an endoscopic ultrasound depending on the results of the MRI.
Any thoughts or help would be much appreciated.
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