If my CT scan and abdominal ultrasound is normal then why I'm having problems still?

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I might end up paying more due to these visits. I have Medicare and Medicaid and I'm being treated like I'm a normal being.

Why l'm having pale stool for over 3 days? I heard that hemorrhagic pancreatitis causes tarry stools, I had tarry stools before it changed to pale/grayish.

I might just leave America because I'm not treated right and having wrong diagnosis. This world ain't good in my book.

Though I heard that endoscopic ultrasound is the best to diagnose. My pancreas has to be damaged. I sometimes get chills at night and bloating.

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    They won't perform an EUS because it can cause a pancreatitis attack in most cases … it also depends on your age and all your symptoms. The best noninvasive test to look at the pancreas is a MRCP. A CT is okay but it doesn't catch everything and it also depends on what doctor is ordering it. Most primary doctors aren't educated enough to know what to look for. My CT showed atrophy of my pancreas and my primary saw no reason for my abdominal pain until I brought it to their attention atrophy is associated with chronic pancreatitis and then I was referred to a GI. My regular ultrasound and endoscopy and blood work all came back normal until the MRCP.

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      Every person will be different. Normally if you're already chronic your blood work will decline instead of increase. You need to see a specialist because there's many conditions that can mimic the pancreas and/or pancreatic symptoms especially the gallbladder. What other symptoms are you having? Stools and chills wouldn't be just the pancreas … people who suffer from CP have a ton of symptoms.

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      I had a sudden weight loss last year and it's back to normal. I have left abdominal pain that comes and goes. And I sometimes have pain in the right side. I get bloated sometimes as well.

      Though the test results are normal, and they say that they are planning to remove my gallbladder, but no stones revealed in ct scan and abdominal ultrasound.

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      The gallbladder can cause havoc even if there's no stones (I had mine removed in 2003). With CP I suffer from nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, hair loss, itching, pain after eating that is so intense you're scared to eat, bloating so bad you feel like your stomach is going to explode, pale/clay color stools because the bile isn't flowing correctly, debilitating pain even if you're already taking pain medication, pain that radiates to the left side of your back that feels like someone is stabbing you, migraines and I'm sure there's more symptoms but those are just my everyday things I deal with. I am used to CP so I forget about some of my other symptoms. Gallbladder pain will actually cause referred pain. When my gallbladder was inflamed I felt pain all the way in my shoulder up to my neck and ear … it was so bad, I thought I had an ear infection. The gallbladder will have an affect on your stools, stomach, back and even shoulders. Plus the bile ducts are connected so it makes sense that you would feel pain there but trust your doctors.

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      So I should get my gallbladder removed?

      I just don't get why my gallbladder looks normal according to the results, and it's true that the gallbladder can cause stool changes?

      Today I had greenish stool with a little gray and white on it. I never had brown stools this week at all.

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      Only your doctor can answer the question but if they're recommending removal, it's usually due to a reason. If bile isn't flowing correctly then it can cause your stool to change colors but so can eating certain foods. The gallbladder also gives pain on the right side and you stated above you get pain there too. You don't have to have stones for your gallbladder to give you issues. If you haven't researched gallbladder symptoms, look them up and see if they apply to you. You know your body best.

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    Hi Marcus.

    Last year I had often abdomen discomfort, digestion problems, gas, pale and oily stools. They found very small gallstones and dense bile. Tests and scans by pure accident revealed a big polyp in my colon. I say by accident because this (the polyp) was not related to any of the symptoms.

    But in some way added stress to me. I never had health issues before. I ended up being very stressed and worried I had something. I did a MR scan that was negative. Once I had got the result, I started feeling better.

    I have also started to take pills for my gallstones and the stools went back to normal.

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    I have my pancreatic elastase test results and its showing a 164(low) in the moderate range. And my appointment to the doctor is next month.

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