Possible pancreatitis????

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Hi all for 9 weeks I've been struggling with right sided upper right quadrant pain that radiates round and up my back on the right side. All tests so far have come back normal other than a slightly dilated bile duct and one incidence where my billarubin levels were slightly elevated. Endoscopy came back fine and I'm awaiting an appointment from the general surgeon and have an appointment on 30th June with a gastro specialist and I'm guessing they'll be more focused on my gall bladder. However today I've been in absolute agony. Not only in my right side where the pain normally is but all across my back and it's hurting more in my back on the left just under the shoulder blade and round under my ribs on the left side. It seems to have suddenly got worse after I ate earlier and seems to be getting more and more painful as the night goes on. My heart rate has also been constantly high too prompting 2 ecg's both showing normal heartbeat just very fast which I've read is also a sign of pancreatitis. I feel like sometimes I worry too much I just really am fed up with this pain and now it's in my left side too 😕 does this sound like an angry pancreas to anyone? I'd say the pain is about 7-8/10 so really debating a&e nothing seems to be helping 😢

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    Hi Alison - You might want to consider the ER when you have episodes so severe that you're in agony like that. I'm certainly not a doctor but your symptoms sound like classic gallbladder. Do certain kinds of foods make it worse? Do you feel as though if you burped, you could let some of the pressure off? I had similar pain and it was my gallbladder. I had sludge on the bottom of my gallbladdere which set off a pancreatitis. If all your tests, including, the amylase test came back normal, maybe the pancreas is not being affected and you have a stone or stones getting lodged and then they move. You didn't mention an ultra sound of the stomach so I am imagining that's next.

    Again, go to the ER when you are in that kind of pain and get immediate medical attention.. Good Luck and I hope you feel bettter

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      Thanks for your reply 😊 I had an ultrasound first off and everything was fine except the dilated bile duct. Had a ct scan last week but that was normal. Endoscopy and normal x- rays have been normal too. One blood test came back with slightly elevated wbc but on the following blood test wbc was normal but bilirubin levels were slightly elevated. Got a snotty doc in surgical admissions that told me it couldn't possibly gall bladder because of the ulttasound and probably gastritis or infection in my duodenum which I knew it wasn't but had the endoscopy to rule that out anyway. I'm barely eating at the moment and when I do its always low/no fat, nothing spicy... nothing tasty etc etc lol. I've been to a&e 3 times in 9 weeks and twice just sent home after a minimum 10 hr wait with nothing but "wait for your tests" and the offer of painkillers that aren't even as strong as what I'm already taking and not working. My gp is adamant it's gall bladder but at the minute I'm in for a long wait til June 30th to see the gastro specialist. I've the pain gets worse ill give in and head off to a&e later or try and ride it out til I can see my gp tomorrow and try and get her to admit me to surgical assessment again 😕
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      I'm so sorry that you have to suffer like this. Certainly sounds like gallbladder to me. I can't understand how these ER Docs can get snotty. They took an oath to do no harm and help people. If they can't make the grade, mabye they should get into another field. My PCP told me when I got one of those attacks just go to the ER.. This was before I was scheduled to have my gallbladder out. The pain was intense in the middle of my back and chest that I honestly thought I was having a heart attack. My amylase count shot way up and that tipped them off that I had a pancreatitis was going on from sludge in the gallbladder.

      I wish you the very best and hope you're pain free soon. Keep us posted!


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    If you won't go to the ER I hope you're well enough to see your PCP today for his/her assessment and treatment.  Whilst there request your doc inquire about an earlier, urgent appointment with the GI as they generally have space for emergencies.

    No-one just reading your symptoms can tell whether you are having pancreatic issues Alison, it can take ages to get that diagnosis for some, and given the level of your discomfort you definitely need to be examined now.  It's probably better whilst you are having symptoms. 

    One thing that is fairly universal however is that stress tends to exacerbate most symptoms so try to relax.  Good luck.

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