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Hi, I'm a 27 yo male with a history of moderate to heavy drinking in my twenties. I've also had poor eating habits over the past years.
My symptoms started 5 months ago. I noticed a progressive discomfort in my epigastrum. A couple of weeks later, my stools had changed to a light brown/yellowish with poorly digested particles. To this day, my stools are still the same, ranging from diarrhea to soft and sticky. There's also a strong and acidic smell.
About two months ago, I've started feeling the pain under my right ribs and eventually to my midback and between shoulder blades. Sometimes, It also appears to be a moving pain under my chest/ribcage/back. I can feel tenderness when I press on my thoracic discs. I also feel something inflamed or out of place around the liver. I can't bend over or tie my shoes without pain.
I have frequent indigestion, gas ,bloating and early satiety. My appetite has notably decreased. I am down 15 lbs over the past 3 months. The abdominal discomfort is present from the time I wake up until I go to bed at night with spikes of pain after meals.
My mouth is frequently dry and I have thick and beige/brown mucus like expectorations which taste and smell weird. A smell similar to bile or other digestive fluid.
I try to drink lots of water and herbal teas to stay well hydrated. My urines are sometimes darker and smellier than what I'm used to.
Over the past months, I had two episodes of acute and severe mid back pain (stabbing pain) that could be felt through my upper abdomen/ lower chest. Both attacks lasted around 45-60 minutes before gradually easing. The pain was accompanied with general unwellness, rapid heartbeats and confusion. I first thought they were back spasms/ contractions since I had been dealing with frequent back aches. I work in an office and tend to have generally poor posture. I now fear that they were undiagnosed acute attacks.
I've consulted my family doctor and been to the ER multiple times which led to a quick consultation with a team of gastroenterologists. They've yet to find anything other than a light inflammation in my small bowel. I've had blood works, abdominal ultrasound, abdominal x-rays, CT scan, colonoscopy and gastroscopy. They all came back without abnormalities.
I had my elastase level checked. Expecting results within 2-3 weeks.
What are your thoughts on that? Any advice or recommendation? I'm scared and stressed out.
Thanks for your help, it will be much appreciated.
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