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I've had some troublesome symptoms for about two years now. I have...
1. A dull ache just below my left lower rib that increases in severity depending on how I eat. I can't tell exactly what makes it hurt more.. what I eat, how often I eat.. how much.. I can just tell that sometimes its worse. Though a post meal smoothie with lots of greens seems to help a lot.
2. Gallstones. Pain on the right side near the bottom of my ribs. Sometimes the pain radiates up into my right shoulder blade.
3. Itching without any rash. I itch all over my body. It seems to be greatly reduced by exercise.. the more intense the exercise it seems like the greater the relief. Before I figured this out I was scratching sores into my skin to the point where I have permanent scars now.
4. Weight loss. I started losing weight initially after recognizing I needed to make a lifestyle change. I was 6'5" and 240 - 250 lbs and obese. I started losing weight rapidly with minimal effort and only minor lifestyle changes. In 6 months I'd dropped to 230 lbs. Starting in January I got a lot more concerned about my health and got a lot more diligent about dieting and exercise. I lost about 40 lbs since January leaving me with 190 lbs on my 6'5" frame.
5. Tapeworms. I've seen several tapeworms in my stool. These were passed during enemas. In this loose material the tapeworms were easy to spot and identify. I have pictures.
6. Oily foul smelling stools. I've since started taking pancreatic enzymes which greatly relieved this symptom but the original cause is most likely still there.
7. Hiatal hernia. I don't notice many symptoms from this.
8. Acid Reflux. Since my diet/lifestyle changes I don't notice much from this either.
9. Chronic Constipation. I've had chronic constipation for the last 20 years.
I've had an ultrasound that revealed gallstones and an upper endoscopy that revealed the hiatal hernia and what the GI said was inflammation he would expect to see in most anyone's stomach. A colonoscopy performed at the same time showed my colon to be "pristine" according to the GI.
All blood work is normal. Amylase/lipase levels normal, normal liver function, normal kidney function, excellent lipid panel, excellent CBC.
I was diagnosed by two mental health professionals with OCD. I know anxiety such as mine can greatly affect my ability to deal with this rationally but that doesn't necessarily de-legitimize my fears. I know a lot of things fly under the radar for a long time, sometimes beyond the point where anything can be done. I'm concerned about chronic pancreatitis. Or possibly, the pain I feel in my left side could be caused by the mild inflammation the GI saw in my stomach.
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