Stool changes.

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ive asked several questions here before , so heres one more !!

may to sept last year i had a dramitic change in stools It started with a couple of weeks of very light coloured stools , which over the weeks got darker EVENTUALLY after about 4 months and a ct colonoscopy everything seemed to get better Firm bowel movements of normal colour ( during the 4 month i had lots of mucus and wind too) sept - jan perfectly normal Then last week woke up horrible loose stool almost yellow in colour , almost a week has passed and bavk to normal colour etc but still a bit softer than normal !

my question is ! IF this were a pancreatic tumour would it have got better for 4 months ? ? OR could this be pancreatitis but i dont get terribel stomach pain . i get nausous and ive noticed lots of mucus again

dr is orderiig an amylase test etc but any ideas ?

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    You need to be asking a doctor these questions, not random people on the internet. No one here can diagnose you (and they shouldn't!). However it's unlikey you'd get better if you had a tumour (having had pancreatic cancer I know, believe me). It could be something as simple as what you've eaten or a simple bug. Get to a doctor.

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      Thanks for your reply . i ve been to the dr many times and seen vertually the entire practice . I ve just run out of energy trying to get this sorted . But i just feel so unwell and because i had anxiety at one stage they all put it down to that .

      i dont / didnt mean to offend anyone on here and apologes if thats happened , i was just trying to get some feed back , as so frustrated

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    The pancreas is one of the hardest organs to diagnose due to its location. It took my specialists over a year to diagnose me and I was born with a rare pancreas condition. What I learned through my journey, stressing can literally cause you IBS symptoms. If it were your pancreas and you've been dealing with it for this long then stressing over it won't do you any good. What you can start to do is journal your foods and symptoms. See if there's any foods that trigger your symptoms. There's many medical conditions that can mimic pancreatitis. My specialist has me on a low fat/sugar lifestyle. I have to take digestive enzymes every time I eat. I have to substitute applesauce instead of apples, frozen veggies instead of raw. Everyone's body is different but I don't suffer from different color bowel movements. My bowels are either clay/pale color or brown. I don't get loose ones because I am on such a low fat diet. If I eat something really greasy then I will get loose stool but I don't have a gallbladder or appendix. I also have to eat six smaller meals rather than three bigger ones because it's easer on your tummy to digest. There's no cure regardless, so I try not to dwell on my medical especially since I have had ten surgeries on my pancreas and I will have to have it removed after my last ERCP. You can live without a pancreas nowadays. I don't know your age but unless you have a family history of PC or CP, Pancreas Divisium or cystic fibrosis, it's not common for people to get CP (unless you're a heavy hard core drinker and have been for many many years and I mean hard core) if you're relatively young. PC is even more uncommon if you're under 50. I also don't know what tests they have ran on you but to ease your mind, you can ask for a CT or MRCP. Those were the only two noninvasive tests that showed anything for me. They don't usually order an EUS or ERCP unless they're going to use it as a treatment method because those two tests can cause a pancreatitis attack. I know it's easier said then done but try not stressing because it's not going to help you or change the outcome if it ends up being your pancreas. It will take the doctors a long time to diagnose you if it is your pancreas and you need to be patient. Make sure you're seeing a GI specialist not just a regular doctor.

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      This is a very helpful reply, and I thank you for it. I've started my journey to see if my pain is related to the liver, pancreas, gallbladder or Lord knows what else. So far, I have been told I have fatty liver, which is enlarged but not severely. Gallbladder is fully dissented, with a slightly think wall. No one seems concerned about that. Pancreas looked OK on the ultrasound, but the new pain on my left and right sides is certainly not fun, and eating has proved difficult. Can't tell earnestly if it's related to health issues or anxiety. Health anxiety is no joke, and it's so much easier said than done not to worry about it constantly, or over analyze every little thing. I was a heavy drinker for years, so we will see where the chips fall. But in lieu of answers it's so easy to assume the worst. Dr. Google doesn't do anyone any favors, but he's always available.

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      With CP there's so many symptoms … drastic weight loss (I lost 50 pounds in a matter of months being bedridden), nausea, vomiting, itching, hair loss, hair stopped growing on my legs/under arms, pain after eating which was so intense I was scared to eat, horrible abdominal pain (I was already on pain meds for another medical condition but it didn't touch the pancreas pain), migraines, clay colored stools (means bile isn't flowing correctly and fatigue/exhaustion. I'm sure there's more but it's my new normal, therefore I tend to forget a lot of what I deal with. When my gallbladder was acting up before it was removed, I felt like I had the stomach flu from hell and the pain radiated up my left shoulder to my ear. I really thought I had an ear infection the pain was so bad and I had a fever. The ultrasound revealed gallstones and then they removed my gallbladder. What I didn't know back then was referred pain. You may feel pain in one area but it's literally coming from a completely different place. I do know it's easier said than done but start journaling your symptoms and foods. If it's your pancreas, rest the pancreas. You do this by not eating solid foods for a couple days, drink broth or Ensure and lots of water. After a couple days introduce bland low fat/carb foods. The gallbladder can mimic pancreas pain and the liver is connected with the bile ducts, etc. STAY AWAY from Dr. Google and listen to your specialists. It took me a long time to get where I'm at today but it taught me a lot of patience. Medical is out of our control, no matter how hard we try to control it.

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