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I'm writing because I was a heavy drinker for about 3-4 years (usually 10-12 drinks most nights). I'm currently 25 and have completely quit drinking. I'm scared because starting 4 months ago in January I got extremely sick / nauseaus and it took a long time to clear up. I was constantly gassy with loose stools which have not cleared up and was having very mild back pain just under my left shoulder blade.
Now 4 months later I feel better but still get nausea and fatigue on and off (really depends on the day). The back pain is still there but continues to be very dull and inconsistent. I also have some mild pressure on the front left side near my rib cage from time to time. I've always had a weird stomach and have been diagnosed with IBS for a long time but my stools continue to be very loose and light, sometimes floating.
I expressed these concerns to my GI doctor and he did a colonoscopy, blood work for liver / pancreas enzymes and an abdominal CT scan with contrast all of which came back fine. I'm doing an upper GI scope but not for another 2 months.
I've convinced myself I have chronic pancreatitis due to my drinking and I'm making myself so anxious / beating myself up for my years of heavy drinking. I have a great career, partner and social life and I'm terrified of this pain and nausea getting worse and developing into a disabling condition.
My question is essentially this - if I continue to abstain from drinking and eat a low fat diet (I lift weight and work part time as a personal trainer so I'd prefer not to go too low calorie and cut out protein), would it be possible even if this is a pancratic issue that it would never progress or get worse? I'm just so young and I don't want bad decisions I made for a few years to completely take away everything I have worked for.
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