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For those of you that have Chronic Pancreatitis (or a strong suspicion that you do) , did/do you notice that your symptoms were any better or worse when:
- You first woke up in the morning?
- Directly after you ate (if so, how long did it take for the pain to start, on first bite or after awhile)?
- Position that you were sitting (straight up vs reclining)?
- Sitting vs laying down?
- Laying on your left side?
- Movement or exercise - did it make it better or worse? When you are moving around, do you notice the pain less?
I'm suspicious I may have early/mild chronic pancreatitis. I have persistent upper left quadrant pain (3/10), and pain in the back almost at the same position as the front. I have a history of slightly elevated lipase, but no doctors want to diagnose anything with the pancreas because ultrasounds & CT scans have been clear. Any answers to the above questions you could give would help me out a lot.
Here are my answers:
You first woke up in the morning?
It's always better for me in the morning. It takes 10-30 minutes to really kick in.
Directly after you ate (if so, how long did it take for the pain to start, on first bite or after awhile)?
For me, it seems to get worse pretty fast after I start eating, and escalating slightly after that.
Position that you were sitting (straight up vs reclining)?
I generally feel much better reclining, and much worse (the worst) sitting straight up or standing straight up.
Sitting vs laying down?
Laying/lying down is better for me.
Driving tends to aggravate my pain in the left upper quadrant / abdominal area.
Laying on your left side?
Laying on the left side at night seems to be tender, feels like there is pressure and mild pain all over that side.
Movement or exercise - did it make it better or worse? When you are moving around, do you notice the pain less?
I usually feel pretty good when I am moving or exercising, not sure if that's because my mind is off the pain or because of the movement itself.
Thanks in advance for your help.... Wishing you all the best as you try to find answers and heal!
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