Upper left side abdominal pain for months and loose stools.. I'm worried

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hi all! new here.. im a 27 year old female and about 8 months ago i started getting really bad upper left abdominal pain that radiates to my back on the left side. i met with my doctor who thought trapped gas but it did not go away so she sent me to a gastro specialist. He did an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy which both came back fine. He put me on omeprazole and sent me on my way. I have since then ended up in the ER for this once due to the pain. They did some bloodwork and a CT scan without contrast which also came back good. My pain has gotten worse the last month and i am at a loss on what to do. I am typically a very healthy person. I dont have a gallbladder, and i have noticed the last week ive been having loose stools daily (3-6 times a day) and everytime its yellow. Sometimes its straight liquid and still yellow. Sorry TMI.. it almost looks like its bile?.. anyway i am really concerned about this lately with the pain. It is constantly there, everytime i try and google everything says pancreatic cancer. I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old so its tearing me up thinking i have something wrong with my pancreas. any advice?

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    I've had your same symptoms for almost the same amount of time! I'm 30 with 3 kids and one on the way i was diagnosed with GERD and gastritis via endoscopy in september and they did an ultrasound which they said came back as showing the pancreas fine im at a loss and i have been so scared i have something worse going on because i too have googled and it always pops up the big C its frustrating and so scary not knowing exactly whats going on. i would look up bile acid malabsorption which i heard is a huge problem for people without gallbladders i also dont have mine anymore.

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      mine is mostly in my upper left abdomen and sometimes its in the middle. it was a constant pain and scared me everyday but i took myself off of ppi's and it has improved i still get the pain often but it is no longer constant. i took myself off of them because i realized when i would miss a day or two of taking them my stools werent as loose and my stomach cramping would ease up. sometimes i find myself still convincing myself that im going to die and theres nothing drs will do about it anymore its awful!

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      I am the same way.. I hate to say it but i am constantly worrying that I am going to get diagnosed with something like Pancreatic cancer and die. I know thats terrible to think and probably overthinking it but i cant figure out what is causing the pain. It has really been affecting my mood lately because I have been so worried about it. I will notice that every now and then i go a week without it but it comes right back.

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      you are not alone. i have felt the same way every day i wake up i cant help but wonder if this is the day ill get devastating news because i have been thinking i have Pancreatic cancer too. when you google your symptoms it always comes up but just try to think of other things because you've had scans just keep pushing your doctors for a diagnosis because you wont feel any better until you have some sort of diagnosis i know i felt better when i got my diagnosis not 100% better but better then i was.

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    hi there

    You are not alone, I had my gallbladdder removed a year ago and this is exactly what I am experiencing. i am waiting for referal but am concerned too. I think it must e a pancreatic disorder. Always when I eat fat.

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    Not having a gallbladder can cause bile acid malabsorption which triggers diarrhoea. It can be confirmed via a SECHAT scan. The other possibility is IBS which causes pain just about anywhere and doesn't show on any scan. Ask your doctor about these possibilities and do not think the worst. Your doctor will reassure, diagnose and give you treatment. Anything serious would have shown up in the scans you have had, particularly your CT scan. Do not google your symptoms because it will make you panic. I googled my abdominal pain and I terrified myself about the possibility of pancreatic cancer. I was diagnosed with IBS.

    Only your doctor can tell you what you have.

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    hi does your pain go right in the midfle of your ribs feels like something solid pushing againt them

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      No, my pain stays on the left side under my ribs and radiates into my back. It usually doesnt go into the middle area. Its more of a constant dull ache but its always there and it hurts! Enough to even affect my mood lately.

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      Hi Tera! I 've always had a dull pain on the left under my ribs. The endoscopy showed GERD and small hiatal hernia. I hope and pray everyday that's it's just that and nothing more serious. I have never had any scans though. Maybe I should just to put my mind at ease. The only that gives me some kind of hope is the fact that I have been having this pain for almost 2 years now. Had it been something serious, it would have given me a lot more other health issues. That's just a way of encouraging myself.

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      You have already had an endoscopy which is a very accurate procedure and which has shown up your problem. SInce you have a diagnosis, you should have nothing to worry about because the conditions you have are both treatable and manageable. Your doctor would have told you if you had something serious. I have had GERD for years and I treat it with antacids and milk and don't stress about it. Take these things into account too. Try to keep as calm as possible because anxiety can aggravate gut symptoms.

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