Pancreatitis and nausea most of the day

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Hey guys,

Going through a really rough patch at the moment with what I believe is pancreatitis. Really sore and tender abdomen. Really sore pains after eating so keeping away from the high fats and having small meals. My question is though are any of you guys dealing with Nausea on and off all day? Its making day by day activities just about impossible.

Its really got me thinking the worst. Got blood tests today and ultra sound which i hear is just about useless for pancreatitis diagnoses. Hopefully i will hear back soon.

Just needing some reassurance im not the only one.

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    Hi Mike sorry you're having these symptoms. We aren't doctors, just patients so we can't diagnose. We seem to have different symptoms sometimes too some of which mirror yours, in my situation at least. I hope you get a diagnosis, it's not always simple or straight forward unfortunately.

    I was lucky to be diagnosed quite easily actually after having a CT followed up with an EUS. I have Auto Immune Chronic Pancreatitis. My bloods didn't show anything remarkable which is common with Chronic Pancreatitis and can put some doc's off the trail.

    Hopefully you are under a gastroenterologist who specialises in the pancreas, not just a gastroenterologist, it does make a huge difference. Get a referral to one if you can.

    I had pretty bad malabsorption issues, still do but not as bad since being on Creon. I had nausea quite severely too and was put on a PPI -Proton Pump Inhibitor - in my case Pantoprazole which i take twice a day. It reduces gastric acid and does seem to keep my nausea under control. I also have to take Vit D twice a day which barely gets me up to normal.

    Hopefully you see the right kind of doctor and tests show whether you have pancreatitis or not. One can buy digestive enzymes over the counter as well as a couple of PPI's, Omeprazole (Prislosec) is one. I'd not take either without discussing with your doctor and be warned the digestive enzymes aren't cheap. You might have something else entirely, so keep chasing your doctor, or get a referral to another, that's my advice.

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      Hi there Reefsider,

      Thank you so much for replying. Really solid advice. I will absolutely try to get a referral to a gastro. To be honest ive had stomach issues for quite a while and alot of the time seem to be going around in circles with the gps. They have prescribed me omeprazole so will see how that goes.

      Will update with anything further shortly. Sorry to hear about your medical issues too i hope things do improve for you.

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      You're most welcome Mike. I know I'm laboring the point but you need to be referred to a gastroenterologist who specialises in the pancreas not just a gastroenterologist as you mention in your response. My specialist spent an extra 8 years studying the pancreas and working with pancreas patients on top of his gastro degree.

      The first gastroenterologist I saw verbally abused me so loud everyone in the waiting room heard as I made my way to his room. I'd never even met him yet. He screamed about me being a drunk and demanded to know when I had my last drink. I was in total shock and I guess you can imagine how the consult went. BTW because of another condition I was born with I'd never consumed alcohol in my life. Four years on I'm still impacted by his outburst.

      My point is whilst this is probably an extreme response from a gastroenterologist it demonstrates the lack of knowledge most have of the pancreas. You don't need someone with a general knowledge of it you need an expert because it's a tricky organ and not easily diagnosed.

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    Get your blood tested for Serum Lipase and Amylase count, if the count is higher than normal than it indicates that you have an inflammation in the pancreas.

    I myself am dealing with Chronic Pancreatitis since last 10 years and would suggest you to go on a liquid diet till the pain in your abdomen subsides as that is the method which I use when I experience pancreatic pain.

    You need to visit a Pancreas Specialist to get yourself diagnosed, gastroenterologist wont do the job as most of them are oblivious to the intricacy at which a pancreas operate.

    Lastly stay away from Dr. Google, it will only get you worried for all the wrong reasons.

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