Pancreatic Pseudocyst or Something Else

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Hi there for nearly 6 weeks i have had a swelling under my left rib. It is painful to touch and when i lean forward or bend over the pain is much worse. It feels as if something is being pressed on. I have absolutely no appetite and have lost 6lbs in weight. I suffer from Pancreatic Insufficiency and i was told it was just my Pancreas and to increase the Creon dosage. My point is it shouldn't have a swelling and it shouldn't be sore to touch. The pain when bending or leaning forward is really bad. Should i be worried its a Pseudocyst or is it just nothing?

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    Usually leaning forward alleviates pain if you have pancreatic pain. Only a doctor can diagnose you in regards to a cyst. What recent scans have you had done?

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      I don't understand how the doctor can say it's your pancreas without doing any scans. The pancreas is the hardest organ to diagnose due to its location and it takes a long time to diagnose. I would look for a different doctor.

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      I would really recommend seeing a pancreas specialist … I haven't heard of a doctor saying you have PI without doing further tests/scans. How did your doctor diagnose you with PI in the first place? Is it a regular doctor or specialist? With my experience, I had blood work, fecal testing, regular ultrasound, regular endoscopy, CT Entergraphy, MRCP, then 10 ERCPs for treatment. I also had a ton of blood work but I was already chronic so it came back normal and because I am young the doctors were dismissing me for chronic pancreatitis until my CT showed atrophy and my MRCP revealed I was born with two ducts which caused my chronic pancreatitis because the bile can't flow correctly. I have to take enzymes too since my pancreas isn't making enough and deteriorating. Honestly it took over a year for my diagnosis and I was born with it. I wouldn't trust someone who assumes anything when it comes to my health, but that's just my opinion. If you're comfortable with the doctor then talk with them but not all doctors are educated in the pancreas, not even my GI specialist thought I had CP even after my MRCP, she thought it was IBS related. My pancreas specialist diagnosed me with CP.

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      The Dr i saw was a Pancreas Specialist. I had 2 Faecal Elastase tests and my second one was just above normal. My specialist said some people can have EPI and have normal faecal elastase results. As the Creon work and going by my symptoms he said it was EPI. I had been suffering the symptoms for 3 years. My specialist is highly trained so i trust him. I was just wondering about the swelling.

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      Trust is very important, I don't know why you would have swelling though … it's common for bloating but not swelling. I would talk to your specialist. Your pancreas could be inflamed, you can try resting it, you do that by not eating solid foods for a couple days, drink broth or Ensure and see if the swelling goes down. I also use heat packs on my pancreas which helps too.

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