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Hello everyone! I'm new to this website and hoping to gain some form of clarity about my situation, you all seem like such resilient and strong people!
For background: I'm a 27 year old caucasian male, I have completely stopped drinking, but even before that id only drink roughly 10 days out of the year. I was a smoker for about 8 years but quit cold turkey.
For roughly the past 5-6 years i have been dealing with this constant 24/7 dull discomfort underneath my right rib cage, radiating to my back between my right shoulder blade and my spine. if i press down on my abdomen there is definite tenderness, only discomfort if not pressed on. The discomfort has never been unbearable unless i go and press on that loation, but i have noticed these bouts where i become completely sensitive to fatty or greasy foods, wherein about 15-20 minutes after eating i develop a nagging pain at about a 3-4/10, i become anxious, i start belching and bloating terribly. The feeling is quite difficult to describe but absolutely makes me want to avoid my next meal. my stools fluctuate between normal and abnormal. In the last week my stools have been pale colored like a clayish beige tone, sometimes float and dont really smell awful per se, but im not sure... it's poop lol! anyway, my appetite is not totally gone but has definitely taken a big hit in the last two weeks, ive lost some weight.
As far as tests go, i did a quick review and found SLIGHTLY elevated lipase and amylase tests (about 20 units over) from 2015 that were not really discussed with me at the time, so i decided to go to the ER 3 days ago given this new bout of yuckiness. I advised the docs of my fear of chronic pancreatitis and they performed an ultrasound and an abdominal CT scan with contrast (i must say my stomach was not empty and i worry about whether they got a clear image). Both tests indicate the pancreas, gall bladder and liver within normal limits.
Everyone, I am at my absolute wit's end with this.. I'm crippled with anxiety over this and would love some thoughts/commentary... anything would help. Thank you all for your time in advance.
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