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In 2007 and was flying from a business trip and had several shots of whiskey. I fell asleep and woke up with some abdominal discomfort, a sense of fulness and lost of appetite. I went to the ER and blood test revealed mild elevations of serum lipase (less than twice the normal). Amylase was normal. I was referred to the GI for further evaluation. GI recommended that gallbladder was removed as a precautionary measure. Three weeks ager the gallbladder was removed, I still had elevated levels of lipase while amylase remained normal. (still not pain, except the post surgery pain once feel).
In 2008 a CT scan was performed which showed no abnormalities in the pancreas. An EUS was also perfomed which showed three minor criteria for Chronic Pancreatitis. The diagnosis was labeled "indetermined"
I decided to move on with my life and for the past 10 years I have feel relatively well. I stopped drinking but never placed restrictions on my diet. I may have had sporadic episodes of pain during the course of the last ten years, but nothing significant.
In recent weeks, however, I have experience mild pain on the upper left side of the abdomen. Sometimes I feel in in the middle of the night or after a meal but it only last 10-15 munutes and it is intermitente. I went to the ER and a CT scan was performed which showd no abnormalities in the pancreas but lipase is still slightly elevated and amylase was perhaps 10 points outside normal. I have not had an EUS in ten years,
What should I make of all of this? Is it possible that my CP is not progressing or that it is so mild that it has not produced significant damages. I would think that ten years of inflamation, some changes should have come up in the CT scan with contrast?
I would really appreciate your input,
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