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Hi all, I'm new here. So, about 4 years ago I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, and educated to lose 50 pounds, and I was put on metformin for insulin resistance. About 6 months after starting metformin, I began having random pains in my mid chest, right under my sternum that would radiate around my right side, up my esophagus and into my right jaw, and pierce through my back. I let this pain go on for about 2 years because it would only last a few days. About 2 years ago, I got sick of it, decided it was my gallbladder and had that removed. I felt great for about 9 months, then I had all the same symptoms come back, and I thought this cant be, I had my gallbladder out... why in the eff do I feel this pain again. Once again, it lasted about 4 days, I wouldnt eat anything then the pain would go away. I went to the doctor, drew some labs, had an ultrasound, upper endoscopy...the works. They decided I must be having esophogeal spasms.
SO... I have had about 4 attacks since then, they all last for about 3-5 days and as long as I dont eat or drink carbonated things I'm ok. This last one started 4 days ago, and it dawned on me that I am horribly nauseated and have pain that goes onto the left and right side now, and have nasty loose stools that are bright yellow. I'm also very, very tender under my sternum and along my bottom left rib cage (not to mention fatigued). Holy crap, maybe I have pancreatitis. I am a nurse, and I dont know why it took me so long to realize that! *worlds worst patient right here*
Anyways, I got to researching about how different medications can cause pancreatititis, and I ran into a few articles on how people developed pancreatitits due to taking metformin because it overstimulates the pancreas. I rarely drink (maybe a few drinks 1-2 times a year), I eat pretty healthy, I could cut the fat out more, but for some reason I feel like I'm putting all the pieces together. All of my pain started shortly after beginning metformin for PCOS, and what I thought was gallbladder pain, probably was not.
What I do know, is this pain sucks. Not much makes me cry in a fetal position, but this pain does. I am so sorry for anyone that suffers from this chronically, it must be a living hell... and I'm joining you on that road. Just curious if anyone else has had medication induced pancreatitis.
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