Hypoechoic Pancreas?

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Hi all, I was wondering if any of you happen to know what this means?

I have a copy of my ultrasound imaging, and the first scan in August showed a 12mm cyst on the tail and the pancreas was "generally hypoechoic," and other than the cystic legion was "unremarkable."

A CT scan 2 weeks later showed no cyst, and everything with the pancreas looks normal. I also had a follow up ultrasound and MRI, both of which were negative. The more recent ultrasound says "the previous syst noted..is no longer visible." However,

the pancreas appears now to remain sligtly hypoechoic but normal in size and morphology otherwise."

My current symtoms are constant upper abdominal pain with occasional loose, yellow stools. My doctors have told me that I do not have any problems with my pancreas, but your input would be much appreciated.

 

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    Maybe you can talk with someone (medical) about your diet and how you manage pain?  Sometimes if you take too much ibuprophen, it can effect your digestive system and result in those symptoms.   It is certainly worth a shot.
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      Hi Diane. Thanks for your advice. I do not take ibuprophen, but do take amitriptyline, gabapentin, and nabilone. I really want to come off the medication that I'm on, but am afraid the pain might become worse.

      I also do not have an official diagnosis yet, as all of my tests so far have been normal (blood/imaging).

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    Did you ever get any of this figured out? I’ve recently (in the last year) begin having problems with my pancreas. I had an eus performed which showed the hypoechoic pancreas, and an Mrcp which showed I had a variant for pancreatic divisum. But my local Gi brushes things off because my blood work is normal. He did put me on pancreatic enzymes, which have been working Amazingly! I’m just curious if you’ve had any of these things done or if a dr Ever gave you an answer 
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      Did your doctor end up diagnosing you with anything or have you been mostly pain free now that you are taking pancreatic enzymes? I have had a lot of tests done for abdominal pain radiating to my back & nausea, and found out that I have pancreas divisium but my GI specialist keeps telling me that because my lipase has only ever been slightly elevated, that my pancreas would not be causing the pain. He has diagnosed me with functional dyspepsia, and can't give me an answer as to why my pain is predominately towards my back. Just wondering if you ever got an answer?

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    the yellow stool is usually fat (does it float?) and should warrant further evaluation. Regular US is a poor choice for viewing the pancreas. I would go for a second opinion with a pancreas specialist and push for an EUS or ERCP
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