Problems with pancreas after having acute choleysistitis?

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Has anyone had problems with their Pancreas after having gall bladder trouble? I've recently had gallstones removed, the gallbladder had too many adhesions to remove it. The choleysistitis issue has settled but the I'm feeling discomfort in the upper left side under the ribcage as if something is pressing on my stomach . The Gastroenterologist has referred me for a CT scan and an endoscopy. I've had acid reflux for a while but that could be due to other long standing conditions plus side effects of the medication I'm on. Both my sisters had their gall bladder removed but nothing else since. Thank you in advance

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    I had my gallbladder removed back in 2003. About a month later I started feeling flu like symptoms (same symptoms I had that brought me to the ER where I found out I had gallstones on my pancreas and needed emergency surgery). Since my gallbladder was gone they did exploratory surgery and removed my appendix and found adhesions. I didn't know back then I actually have Pancreas Divisium (rare congential anomoly where you're born with two ducts that never fuse together). In my case it caused chronic pancreatitis (14 years later, I'm only 38 now). I'm actually very young to have CP but it's my life now. The doctors may have nicked your nerve which can cause SOD Sphicter of Oddi condition, it's also common to get an acute attack if they performed an EUS or ERCP to treat the gallbladder but the symptoms will go away after about a week. If it is your pancreas don't eat solid foods for a couple days, foods will aggravate your pancreas. Make sure to write down your symptoms and when they happen (after you eat, mornings nights, etc., it'll give the doctors a better understanding of what's going on).

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      Hi

      many thanks for the reply and the info. You've had a rough ride. I'm going for a CT scan tomorrow so hopefully I will get some answers soon. The gallbladder op wasn't straightforward, it was infected, had adhered to organs around it and was on the verge of bursting. They washed out the stones, removed what they could and put in a drain. I have Lupus so they were expecting some difficulties. It could be the SLE that has aggravated my GI, meds I'm on upsetting the Pancreas. SLE flares can make me feel fluey and the op set it off, it can make working out what's causing what, thankfully they are following up with tests. I will definitely have a go with a non-solid diet for a few days. Thank you again, hope you are getting support with your condition.

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      I'm glad they're doing more tests. I have another medical condition that flares every time I have a surgery and it takes recovery even longer. I am familiar with Lupus but don't suffer from it, I support your journey, as it isn't easy living with such a medical condition. Pancreas issues are very difficult to diagnose, don't get discouraged. It took the doctors over a hear to diagnose me but I was already chronic. Feel better soon.

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      Hi

      late diagnosis is a big problem with chronic, complex conditions. I hope you are getting help and support now.

      At least I'm seeing a GI consultant who is being thorough. Many thanks, best wishes

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      Yes I'm getting treatment for my pancreas, but my condition is not a usual one … due to my two ducts, I continue to suffer attacks regardless of treatment therefore my pancreas specialist has recommended removing my pancreas. I will find out those details next month. I have done everything there is to do and my body can only endure so much but I will handle it. In your case, an MRCP might be a good test to run, it's the only noninvasive test that really looks at the pancreas without causing an attack. I would also inquire if your GI specializes in the pancreas, as well. There's many doctors who do not understand the pancreas and it prolongs diagnosis. My own GI didn't have the necessary knowledge and it prolonged my diagnosis but everything happens for a reason. Hope you feel better soon.

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