Is Exocrine pancreas insufficiency common in IBS sufferers

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hi all

my consultant has not been able to find a cause for my recently diagnosed EPI, ie all scans etc negative for CP and other pancreatic/duct/gallbladder issues. She has said it is common for there to be no cause found and that around 30% of IBS sufferers have EPI. this is news to me, everything i have read has said EPI always has a cause either relayed to another pancreatic problem, gallstones, or certain genetic conditions- and i cannot find anything anywhere that links this condition with IBS and have done so much reading. does anyone have any knowledge around this or experiences both conditions themselves (with no other cause for EPI found?)

any comments very welcome!

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    What scans have you had done?

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    What type of specialist are you seeing? Is it a regular GI or pancreas specialist?

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    its a regular GI. Have had abdominal MRI, abdominal ultrasound and an MRCP so far.

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      Have been taking creon for about 3 weeks at a high dosage but its making no difference to the pain i get from eating and still not put any weight on which would have thought i should if EPI is the reason for my weight loss..?

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    Hi Anna this is interesting. I have a similar condition. I have EPI that was diagnosed through the faecal elastase test. This happened last year after a period of intense abdomen discomfort and loose and greasy stools. Doctors could not find the cause for it - all scans turned out negative same as you. I have small gallstones but doctors did not related it to EPI.

    I have also been tested for D vitamin that turned out low level probably due to the EPI. Do you have the same?

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