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So i been having abdominal issues lately. So i saw a GI specialist he ordered an MRCP. Because i dont have a gallbladder. And the pain is where my gallbladder was. Its almost the same pain as gall stones but not as bad there mild pains. He said there must be a chance that a stone got stuck but wouldnt i still felt pain after the surgery? I was perfectly fine until that its been 2 years since the surgery and i heard its rare to grow a stone without a gall bladder. Im so scared. Could it be pancreatic cancer??. I started having steorehea. It got better when i started dieting. My stools arent brown but they are a light tan brown. Im so scared. I have the MRCP scheduled this thrusday im so afraid. Could it be pancreatic or liver cancer? Why wouldnt he just do an endoscopy instead? Im soo afraid i want to cry because im only 20 years old.

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    it may be fatty liver which an ultrasound would confirm. I hope for the best for a quick recovery


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      Thank you richard i had an us already. It did indeed show a a slight fatty liver. But i heard most of the times fatty liver isn't painful unless its fatty liver disease or cirrhorsis. sad..

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    Hi Erika

     I know it can be very worrying not to know why we have a pain, believe me I've been there several times  but you have to try to stay positive and think it's not cancer. I think that kind of cancer is rare, and it might just be a small stone that can be removed. MRCP is good exam to see your biliary trust and stones if there's any. Better than an endoscopy . I had my gb surgery 3 years ago and sometimes I feel a pressure pain in my right side and wonder what is but I try not to think is something bad. I wish all the best and please post the results.

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      I hope its not and it turns out to be some gas or ibs like my dr said . i heard its normal my mom says she still feels pain sometimes. But what concerns me are my light brown stool. If i didn't have light brown stool i would be like okay its just the scarring that hurts but since its light colored im worried. sad i will post results. I got blood test today and x ray on the sides and chest. I will post my results once i know them

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    Erika I have the same problem for many years back to 2011. I just recently last Saturday had an ercp all of the problems are gone thank God the MRCP was negative for anything so they had to do an ercp to figure out what the problem was and it turned out to be papillary stenosis which caused my bile ducts to dilate. I feel so much better now it's been since 2011 since I was miserable eveyday all day long.

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      Hi Heidi  just for curiosity what treatment have you had for that? Have they open the sphincter of oddi for better drainage or something else? What symptoms did you have?  Thanks
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      Yes they cut the sphincter open to allow flow. Vomitting, nausea, severe epigastric pain. Chronic diarrhea. I have been hospitalized 4 times for acute pancreatitis due to pressurized bile ducts. It's been miserable. I have my life back. I can eat whatever I want now !

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      Thats the first time i ever heard of papillary stenosis. Hopefully its something benign. sad.
  • Posted

    Pancreatic or liver cancer would be very rare at your age.  Gallbladder surgery can cause IBS.
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    Hi erika,

    I know you're worried, but I really wouldn't be. This is likely to be something perfectly benign. Cancer would be extremely rare in someone your age, it also wouldn't really present in the way you have described. 

    It is slightly surprising you have fatty liver and have had a cholecystectomy by the age of 20! What's going on


    In terms of why haven't you had an endoscopy, an MRCP is a much better investigation here. Endoscopy itself would not show the structure of the liver and biliary tree. You would require an ERCP, which still wouldn't be as useful and is only really now performed post MRCP if an intervention is required. 

    Light brown stool is not uncommon in your case. You have no gall bladder, therefore your bile production is low, and as a result you can't absorb fat as well so it stays in your stool.

    Hope this helps. If you have anymore questions just ask.


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    Hi Erika have you found out what was wrong? I hope you better now smile

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