Does it bother any of you to lay on your left side?

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I find laying on my left side uncomfortable - like something is poking me in the rib area. This has been a problem for years and years and I wonder if it might be due to a long history of pancreatitis. I also find sitting uncomfortable at times, for the same reason. I have to move so that I'm "stretching" the left side.

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    Hi, wih CP you will find it hard to find any position comfortable, but what your telling me happens to me also! Have you had tests at yor local Hospital? Get straight to your GP and talk to him about it! Good luck
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      Hi Jason...thanks for the reply. It's been a number of years that I've had any tests. Last time I was tested, I was suffering from a bad gall bladder (it was removed then). I was doing pretty good and now suffering some health problems over the past few years again (some I could probably tie to pancreatic or digestive issues, but others don't seem to fit with those issues).

      My diagnosis back when I had the bad gall bladder was confusing...some said acute pancreatitis, others said chronic pancreatitis. They told me my EUS was fine, but I recently got those records and looking back, they said that my pancreatic duct was narrowed and my common bile duct was blocked (yet they told me then that my gall bladder was fine, so I suffered many more months of pain until I finally got the problem diagnosed!). They also ran tests for AI pancreatitis, which confuse me - My IGG 4 was high, over 250. IGG3 was below normal, around 10. ANA was negative. The doc I saw at the time didn't explain anything about those tests, just kept telling me that I was fine. Anyway, have contected the GP that I've been working with to request a referal to a Gastro.

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    Hi again, it sounds like your GP is fobbing you off a little! Unless you have a good GP behind you, it is very difficult to sort things out to a comfortable level! I`ve suffered with CP for 30 years, and at the onset, the hospital thought I was drinking and it took a long while before they believed that I was T-total! Good luck
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      It's complicated because when I first saw him, I had been through a number of other doctors and was really sick, struggling to recover from either the flu or Listeria (not certain what I had). The theory we had been working on with the last doctor had been Lyme Disease, so the first priority was to bring me back among the living and see an infectious disease doctor. As things have improved somewhat and I'm on medication that treats a big part of my health issues (low blood pressure problems that had me nearly passing out when I would stand up), we are now digging down into some of the other health issues that continue on. They did send a referral to a gastro today!

      I had a similar experience when I was first diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. Since I was college-aged, the doc didn't believe that I wasn't a drinker. It's a terrible feeling for the doctor, who should be on your side, to blow you off believing you are self-destructive or a hypochondriac.

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    Hi onebratt,

    Yes I have had CP for 15+ years it hurts when I sleep on my left side. Or stretch. I also can no longer wear pants I have to wear dresses 24/7 I can handle no pressure in my stomach/ pancreas areas. I also have a sort of pinching or poking sensation when I move wrong. Think it is "normal" for us anyways. Keep your head up and good luck to you!!

    Manda

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      Hi Manda - I have the same issues - laying on left side - hard time wearing pants - I noticed you said you have has CP for 15 years. How long did it take for you to get diagnosed? I have had terrible pain in the left side of the aupper abdomen and burning pain up the left side of my back for 4 months. Some days are better than others but all my tests have come back clear. It's very frustrating.
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      Hi , Natural,

      Well it's been a long road 20 years ago when I was 20 they said I had Gerd. 15 years ago told I had a virus. So I gave up a while... Then 6 years ago I started getting way worse, sever pain weight loss throwing up. They did MRI, hyda scan, endoscopy, an ultra sound lots of blood test they found out I had RA.... Well I was still very sick so they said oh its a virus. Then I gave up was at a really low point. My friend begged me to try one more time. I went to the ER again they did an MRI they saw major scar tissue and stone calcification. I was rushed to st

      Louis for surgery. Then I started seeing a Dr

      In Nebraska very good Dr. Getting ready to have more surgery..... So it did take a really long time. He could tell from the scar tissue and other things I have had it at least 15 years meaning I got it in my early 20's.....keep your head up and keep going in. They will figure it out. Oh too my enzymes were supposed to be under 300 mine were almost 3,000

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