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I've been suffering from a basic IBS-D since last aummer: a rapid transit, mucus and soft stools which were fixed using a clay-based drug (very popular for diarrhea in my country). I also have flares from time to time, usually some kind of virus that people around me usually suffer from at the same time except I'm the one who suffers the most. These flares are atomic diarrhea without much pain that last for a day or two. My stools have been looser for a couple months now as well.
Thing is, I had a weird flare up a couple of weeks ago... I'm not the one who calls that a flare but the 3 or 4 doctors I've inquired...
It all started on a Monday evening. I hadn't felt that well all day long. A slight discomfort in my stomach and excessive belching that smelt like sulfur.
After a late dinner the discomfort turned into severe pain and diarrhea within a couple of hours. I spent the night like this, and basic drugs for stomach pain reliefs wouldn't do anything. The pain eventually calmed down in the early morning and I spent a regular Tuesday. I did still suffered but it was a lot more manageable. I could even eat some cookies without any problem.
The evening I decided to eat a regular meal and the pain struck back even stronger. I tried a paracetamol 1000mg and it worked somewhat. The pain eventually came back and I spent a dreadful, painful night. The diarrhea had calmed down a bit but was still very much there.
In the morning (Wednesday) I felt kind of better. I tried to walk to the drugstore but I was in so much pain... But I felt a lot better on my way back to my surprise. As I was still in a bit of pain I took another paracetamol and I was... Okay.
Except that meanwhile I had called the E.R., went there and was sent back home as I now felt totally fine. They told me it was my IBS and no way it could be my pancreas.
I've asked 3 other physicians since and all said it was my IBS. I've been tols a pancreatic pain doesnt have ups and downs or disappear in such a short amount of time.
The pain was quite intense and hard to subside with drugs, and even though I had ups and down and a spontaneous recovery, I can't believe it was something as simple as IBS and not the first attack of a pancreas cancer. I've read dreadful stories about how it could start with a very painful flare-up, then nothing, and eventually a dreadful diagnosis.
I suffer from anxiety A LOT and when it comes to health I really can't think for myself, I'm too hypochondriac for that.
Does it really sound like an IBS flare up or a bug and not something pancreas-related?
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