Is the pain the only indicator of chronic pancreatitis?

Im 26 years old, Im a binge drinker since 12 years ago, I drink almost every weekend to the point of loosing consciousness (now I reduce to 1 or 2 every month, every progress is a progress I think, but I cant drink just 1 or 2 beers, I always finish very drunk), In the last year I have several symptoms: A tipe of floating stinky very soft yellow stool, when its not a kind of diarrhea, flatulence and belch, tenesmus, and an esophagus sensation like a pill in my throat, I still dont have any hard pain in my stomach (maybe tiny), My last blood exams 2 months ago shows a high level of triglicerids >300 and cholesterol>200 and my weight is 94Kg and height 182 cm, high sugar count >100, what do you think? should I do the fat in stool exam? and eco??, do you think I have chronic pancreatitis? pancreatic insufficiency?, any similar case?

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17 days into keto. My struggle with T2 and chronic pancreatitis.

Hi. Just wanted to share a bit about my lifelong struggle with a lot of issues and how Keto is changing my life.

I had been always obese since when I was very young. In 2010 I reached my heaviest weight of 295 pounds. I was 34y then. 6 feet 1 inch, 46 waist and looked like 50 years old. I had T2 diabetes since I was 25, being born with chronic pancreatitis, I spent most of my childhood going back and forth in hospitals and under morphine to manage pain. Also dealing with severe migraine and fibromyalgia. At this time I was taking almost 150 units of insulin (basal and rapid) combined and still had poor control. My doctor suggested an insulin pump, which scared me enough to make a change.

Sometime in March of 2010, I bought a treadmill and started running. Slowly I fell in love with it and over the next 3 years I kept my addiction going with a very strict low fat diet. I lost 90 pounds and was a waist 35 by 2013. I felt super good, looked younger and couldn’t be happier. Running was an addiction and I ran almost 30-40 miles every week. But my weight loss has stopped. I was at 200 pounds and wanted to lose another 15. But no matter what I did, I didn’t go below 200. I got desperate. I found Keto. Sounded just wonderful and I started right away. In September 2014 I went a month with strict keto and lost 5 pounds. This is the time I started weight training and hired a personal trainer at my gym. 7 days into it, I realized it was a big mistake, since I was naive and the trainer trained me too hard. I had both shoulders frozen and extreme pain in both knees. I couldn’t run or workout. It took a year to heal (still not 100%) and I stopped running, went off keto and to regular diet.

I gained back to 220 pounds and since then have been stuck on that. To manage my diabetes since then I had been on Farxiga and Victoza. I tolerated them well for 5 years. Last year I started having pancreatitis pains again (which had stopped due to multiple celiac blocks I got in 2011). I found out that it was victoza inflaming my pancreas. And Farxiga creating other issues. I had to stop both and went back to high doses of basal and rapid insulins. Almost 150 units again with poor control.

Despite eating less (1600 calories) and on IF I gained 10 pounds within 1 month. I was at 230 pounds.

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Is it possible to have chronic pancreatitis with normal labs?

I am wondering if it is possible to have chronic pancreatitis with normal enzymes and other labs or rather have any of you experienced this? I have read online that in early stages it is difficult to get a diagnosis because labs can come back normal.

My question stems from a few experiences.

1 - I ended up in the ER with Epigastric pain that radiated to the left in nov 2019. Any food or substance including water would cause the pain and I would yell out loud when it came on because it was so painful. I ended up going NPO for about 2 days prior to the visit and consequently helped resolve my symptoms. The ER told me that it was gallbladder pain and when I pointed out the pain was in the wrong location, they told me it was referred pain. In the month prior to my visit my liver enzymes were 81/252 ast/alt. I didn't have any pain at the time so my doctor just rechecked in two weeks and it was 53/168. Since I had no pain my doctor didn't do any more testing or think anything of the elevated enzymes. I was so dehydrated in the ER that they couldn't draw blood. By the time I had enough fluids, I had been in the ER like 3 hours and they told me that there was some sludge in my gallbladder that caused the pain and sent me home. The doctor also said during the ultrasound that he had a hard time finding my gallbladder and then pointed out a shadow and said that he thought it was sludge.

2- Sept 2021 to Oct 2021 I had extreme nausea for days on end. I went through 60 Zofran tablets in that time period. I lost 12 pounds in about a week and a half. Had intermittent constipation and diarrhea. Also was extremely fatigued. Like get home from work and go to bed at 6pm and sleep til 6am everyday and still be tired. Once I felt better my friend commented that during that time period I looked extremely drained and unhealthy. I did not go to the doctor because I didn't have any pain.

3 - Dec 2021 I am nauseated after dinner and fatigued so I went to bed at 8pm.( I got a new vape and used it a lot in a short amount of time before the nausea set in) Around 1 am I am woken up from this gnawing Epigastric pain. Turning from side to side makes the pain worse. I laid on my back and it was worse as well so the fetal position was the only comfortable way to sleep. My stomach was extremely bloated in the same area that my pain was and when I pressed on it, it made me immediately start dry heaving. When I got up in the morning the pain felt a tiny bit better but not all the way gone

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Just diagnosed today: Chronic Pancreatitis

Just got out of ERCP/EUD anesthesia. Dr diagnosed chronic pancreatitis. Gave instructions to go home and recover from anesthesia, but what next? what can I expect? The doctor said "You have had this a long time" which was rather distressing. I have been ill for years, years, yet did not seek emergency care until I had attacks. I am thinking I have been ill about 7 years. What is the mortality? My symptoms are so weird and affect so many parts of my body it is too long to list. Any advice, what to expect I am very eager to hear from you. I am taking essential digestive enzymes which really really help with eating. I at first thought I had gallstones until this test today. Big downer guys.

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Diagnosis Chronic Pancreatitis

No stones. No alcoholism. Biopsies taken of stomache and pancreatic tissue. I'm unable to reply to messages or even edit my original post that was made 3 days ago (I even mesgd Mod) all my security in browser is OFF. OK- There is a misunderstanding apparently on my original post 3 days ago, as although my diagnosis is "new" it certainly is not new to me. Sufferer for approx. ten years, perhaps longer.

Procedure to investigate my (6mm!) dilated Common Bile Duct (this is what I thought I had, simple bile duct stricture and nothing more, and treated as such) became a discovery that I am actually suffering Chronic Pancreatitis. My pancreas is pretty far gone that is I no longer produce enzymes & my liver involved also as I am now anemic and blood not clotting. Clotting factor low or non existent! I woke up last week pillow soaked with blood! My nose sprung a leak for no reason. I take it the glands have burned off by now. For years I had assumed I had a gallbladder issue and treated it as such. To the surgery: Upon waking from anesthesia MD carefully and quietly said "you have Pancreatitis... and you've had it a very, very long time..." with a kind of knowing glance, I thought. Since there are no stones and no big alcohol history we are looking for Cancer. MD took a few biopsies and one from stomache which he said was very inflamed (I always suffered from sour stomache and I'm wondering what it's all about too, awaiting results) So Dr is looking for Cancer as to the cause right now, but honestly I will most likely die from Pancreatitis complications before anything else.

I have Low White Blood Cell Count and Low Neutrophils. There was some "alert" on my heart results too but I don't understand the jargon they used. I can not bear any type of heat or exertion! My face turns a bright red, I start to shake and become weakened even from such ordinary chores as pulling weeds or mopping a floor. I can not tolerate ANY lipids at all, even a "dot" of fat sends me into violent attacks but if you take Creon (very $$$$$ rx enzymes) I like the OTC Digestive Enzymes which are a miracle supplement and I am able to eat FOOD finally- I was fasting out of sheer terror, afraid one more attack would be my last, as the last one I had, I collapsed. The vomiting so severe it collapsed my internal nasal valve, now snot just drips continuously which is nice :( Anemia is my newest complaint, and almost overnight my teeth became smaller, and brown I guess from bile

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Does a diagnosis of EPI after having acute pancreatitis mean you will get chronic pancreatitis?

I have had 1 episodes of acute followed about 10 months later by a fecal test diagnosing EPI and then 2 months after that another acute attack. I think the chronic diagnosis is any day now, i have a CT this month so that will tell I gues but wanted to know if anyone had similar experience /knowledge on this

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Chronic pancreatitis????

48 yo male, binge drinker mostly weekends for 15 years, last several have cut drinking drastically. Feel I had 5 or 6 bouts of AP over the years, burning gnawing, boring pain at center of torso at rib line, lasted 3-4 days each time, I just blew it off and carried on. Last several years have had right upper quadrant pain, told it was gallbladder, had that removed nov 2021, I still have the pain In right upper quadrant and now it is in my mid back right side near shoulder blade. These pains seem to be more often now, also suffer from shortness of breath with this from time to time, bloating issues, NO UPSET STOMACH, bowel movements can be constipation to diarrhea or both in the same movement, I sometimes see a slight film of oil in the bowl after a bowel movement, color of stools is brown to a yellow brown. My weigh is very stable 158-162 and has been that way for years. My pain is generally 3-4/10. I have stopped drinking, I also dealing with a case of some type of reflux/ food sensitivity, difficulty swallowing. I worried Dr may have missed something, they won't really entertain any thoughts I have about this. 2 CT scans in the past 2 years were clear, was told my blood work is good. I just feel I have CP, I'm not going to lie I worried about this, not to mention it's almost impossible to see my GI Dr for 6 months, thats how backed up the Drs are.

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Struggling to accept chronic pancreatitis?

I first had acute pancreatitis at 22years old after a 2week holiday with friends. I am now 29. I have had a couple of attacks every year since my first. I find it hard to stop drinking. I enjoy it and it is a social culture where I live.

Looking for some advice and help? I wouldn't say I am an alcoholic however I enjoy drinking. Everytime I am in hospital I am told never to touch alcohol ever again - to this day I have not listened to the Dr advice.

I had an attack this week and was sent to hospital the Wednesday I was given IV fluids and painkillers overnight and let out the following day. A quick recovery this time however they have not always been as quick. I have been told never to touch a single drop of alcohol for the rest of my life. Can anyone shed any light or have had any similar experiences? I am worried incase I fall into my usual rut

Many thanks in advance.

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What kind of a career can you have when dealing with chronic pancreatitis?

I’d imagine that having CP would limit the kinds of work that you can do since the symptoms can be really painful. Do you just work from home? I’m going to college right now for a biology degree but I’m wondering if the degree is pointless if I’m going to be in too much pain to do field work.

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Camostat mesilate does anyone have experience taking this medicine for chronic pancreatitis ?
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Is it really worth living with chronic pancreatitis

I remember watching Forrest Gump in school when I was a young, healthy, kid. When forrest says "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." Never knew how true that would turn out to be..

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Idiopathic Chronic Pancreatitis

Has anyone on here had experience with an idiopathic CP diagnosis? My partner was recently given that diagnosis after a year and a half of acute pancreatic episodes and no cessation of pain after his initial episode. They’re a non-smoker, haven’t had a single drink since the first hospitalization and is strictly following a low fat diet. The pain is so bad most days. Looking for advice, anecdotal things to try, or just general commiseration. Or if anyone has found a root cause for CP beyond alcohol, gallstones, and autoimmune (these have all been ruled out). We’ve had so many bad experiences with medical intervention, and are feeling a bit lost.

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How many grams of fat per day is fine for someone with chronic pancreatitis? Also, what do you eat?

What’s an example of a meal plan that you follow in a day? How many grams of fat are in that meal plan? I don’t really know how to cook but I’m going to try to learn and follow a pancreatitis diet as much as possible. Vegan or vegetarian meals are preferred - the only animal product I would consider eating would be fish.

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Hello all, happy new year to everyone, I’m hoping that somebody here can help me out . I suffer from chronic pancreatitis and have pancreatic fistulas that are extremely painful. I am still waiting on treatment. Is there anybody out there that has similar experience of these painful things? Thanks.
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Chronic Pancreatitis to becoming a pilot.

I was diagnosed with chronic Pancreatitis at a very young age, was told it's life long and a deadly progressive disease. When this grim news was given to me I cried in the doctors office. I thought this was it for me. But after the initial shock settled I did my own research online to find people who had cured it/ were living healthy lives inspite of it. I came across a few blogs but nothing too promising.

Finally I came across Anita Moorjani's " Dying to be me". This book gave me the confidence, that if this lady could cure her cancer then pancreatitis is nothing. The book hardened my belief in miracles. I continued to downplay the severity of my disease and affirmed/ visualised / accepted that I was healthy. In the mean time I also read Louise Hay, which led me to Neville on YouTube and finally to this community here. I kept reading posts here, everyday as it built my confidence.

All my work was showing effects in the 3D, my symptoms reduced drastically, infact I was totally asymptomatic, no pain, my blood reports were clean. I thought I had finally overcome it.

Now comes the interesting part, I want to become a commercial pilot, which involves a medical exam. Even though I was absolutely healthy, the imaging reports still showed the previous damage done to my pancreas. And that would not be acceptable for my career. So, I do what I do best. Affirm. That I'm already a pilot. As circumstances don't matter. I also felt the universe gave me this desire of becoming a pilot so I could overcome this disease completely.

When I went for my medical tests, the imaging results showed no abnormalities at all!! Even though I had been affirming it, I was astounded when they cleared me for my flying training! I still remember every detail of that day!!

What seemed impossible, just a few months ago, happened so easily. Now I know, there is no need to strain for anything, everything is perfect, all I need is patience and surrender. I'm loved and cared for.

Thankyou to all of you, for making posts, with your success stories and your insights. Sometimes the same things said in a different way, just click, and I've had so many Ah-ha moments here on this sub reddit, which have helped me immensely.

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Chronic pancreatitis worsened during healthy keto... 😔

Hello friends! I am 37. I am a dietitian, m.d. from Russia. All my life I have been eating strictly low-fat carbohydrates with protein. Due to the increased risks of pancreatitis. Because I have a congenital kink of the gallbladder and poor bile flow. Of course, high protein and high carbohydrate low fat foods have a very high insulin index. Therefore, the pancreas worked for two. Until last year, when type 3 diabetes began, against the background of depletion of the insulin function of the pancreas. And, a year ago, in order to fix everything, I switched to healthy keto. Everything was fine, both blood glucose and insulin. I really like Keto. These are healthy fats and no sugar. Overall my health has improved tremendously with keto. Especially, carbohydrate metabolism improved, arthrosis disappeared, cravings for carbohydrates disappeared. The heart stopped hurting. In short, my health has experienced a rebirth. I have a healthy keto version + intermittent fasting. Lots of leafy vegetables, lots of fiber, no Omega-6 fats, lots of Omega-3 fats, and lots of Omega-9 fats. I take enough potassium, magnesium, vitamins and minerals. But, a misfortune happened. Less than six months of keto, pancreatitis worsened due to the increased fat content of the diet on keto. All the symptoms of pancreatitis are diarrhea, fatty stools (steatorrhea), bloating, and undigested food. Now the situation is such that I drink a lot of anti-inflammatory factors (herbs, phytonutrients, Omega-3, vitamins and minerals), I drink a lot of fiber, bifidobacterias and enzymes (amylases, lipases and proteases). All this reduced the symptoms of exacerbation of pancreatitis, but, of course, does not solve its cause. Dilemma... Back to carbohydrates - bring back diabetes mellitus and a host of health problems. Staying on keto - to get an exacerbation of pancreatitis, and a gradual extinction of the pancreas. Ultrasound revealed pinpoint calcifications in the body of the pancreas. This is the trouble. Note: I have never drunk alcohol or smoked. Help, give advice! How to adapt keto to your condition chronic pancreatitis? Maybe I should skip saturated fats, since they increase triglycerides that the pancreas responds to? And am I eating more unsaturated fats? Thanks to everyone who helps! 🙏🏼

Привет, друзья! Мне 37. Всю свою жизнь я питался строго обезжиренными углеводами с белком. Из-за повышенных рисков панкреатита. Потому что у меня врождённый перегиб жёлчного пузыря и плохой отток жёлчи. Ра

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Can you have chronic pancreatitis without ever having had acute pancreatitis?

I have symptoms reminiscent of chronic pancreatitis and have for like a year now (dull pain LUQ radiating to lower back that comes and goes, sometimes yellow/greasy stool) but I'm pretty sure I've never had an acute attack as the pain has never gotten worse than "annoying/distracting". I've had an ultrasound, several CT scans and a ton of blood tests taken. I did get my lipase and amylase taken back in spring and both were normal but I've heard in chronic pancreatitis sometimes blood levels don't change significantly. Pain has not changed significantly since then (it comes and goes but when it's there it's always about the same level).

Doctor thinks it's just a recurring muscle thing, I'd like to believe her but I am a worrier lol. I am diagnosed with IBS so judging things based off my poop is kinda hard because it's always weird.

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Gastroenterologist does not want to order an endoscopic ultrasound since he said it can “provoke pancreatitis”. But I’m already dealing with a ton of chronic pancreatitis symptoms and need a diagnosis. Should I give up on trying to get an endoscopic ultrasound for a diagnosis?

Title says it all.

I‘ve had a history of very heavy binge drinking for 5 years, and I was getting drunk 3 or 4 days a week (around 40 or more beers per week).

The pain I’ve been getting is in my upper left abdomen beneath the ribs and middle abdomen and it is constantly there. It has gotten a lot worse since I’ve last spoke with him about 3 months ago. It’s been going on for a year and a half, and the pain is often dull, but about 2 or 3 days a week I get a very sharp stabbing pain that starts at the pancreas and moves upward into my chest behind my xiphoid process and spreads into my back. And the frequency of these episodes has increased since we last spoke.

I also often have increased pain when I’m lying down on my back at night, and I experience a ton of nausea every day and often have loose stools. Episodes of pain often also follow after eating a meal with fat.

I’ve already had abdominal CT scan, MRI, and MRCP, but those all came back normal. I asked my doctor if I can get an endoscopic ultrasound, because I’ve head that it is much more sensitive compared to the other test and can show pancreas damage even if the other tests appear normal.

He said he does not want to order the ultrasound since it can provoke pancreatitis….but I’m already dealing with symptoms and I’m in pain every day, and really want to get a diagnosis so that I can start getting treated. Instead, he wants to order a liver blood test and check amylase and lipase. Should I give up on trying to get the EUS, or should I make an appointment with a different doctor?

Living with this pain as a full-time student has been a living hell and I’m so tired and sick all the time. I don’t know what to do for the pain. My next gastro appointment is in 2 months :(

What can I do to manage the pain in the meantime, especially when the severe flareups happen while I’m in school?

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Will I die because of my chronic pancreatitis ?

Diagnosed with acute pancreatitis at age 25 .

Then at age 26 diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and diabetes.

Now I am 27.

Culprit: high triglycerides

Also I just want to say that I was misdiagnosed 6 times every time I had the worst 'i want to die right now' pain.

Each doctor gave me a wrong diagnosis.

It was at my 6th visit to the hospital they finally got it right and I was then admitted as an inpatient.

Will I be eligible for compensation for this?

Also what are my chances of survival in the future ? I am trying my best to avoid foods high in fat, in fact I haven't had fried chicken or pizza in 10 months .

I think I have shown a lot of resilience to be alive right now because my physical illnesses are not the only issues i have in life.

Please help .

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A Very Long, Complicated Experience with (Possibly) Chronic Pancreatitis

I'm asking for advice. I'm a 20F who was hospitalized about a year ago for severe pancreatitis with no known cause. Since then, I've had consistent pancreas pain and my stomach is almost always hard and distended, although occasionally it will go away for no clear reason.

My gallbladder is fine; we did ultrasounds and endoscopes and everything to prove that there were no stones or issues. I've been to three GIs: one wanted to diagnose with autoimmune pancreatitis, and the other two basically said I had to have another severe case because they would diagnose me with anything. The most recent one said that she thinks I just have really small stones in my gallbladder that no one can see, but this seems so unlikely to me given how much pain I'm in. None of them will do any further testing until I get severe pancreatitis again, even though I'm in near constant pain. I don't want to have to wait until I'm forced onto pancreatic rest again for answers.

I've had what I now realize is pancreas related issues for a long time, but they were misdiagnosed as generic stomach issues/pain. My GIs agreed that those past cases throughout the years were also probably pancreatitis, but they still won't consider them "proof enough" that something is wrong. I've never drank or smoked, and a lot of my family medical history is missing.

Every time they preform blood tests in the past few months (for suspected less severe cases) nothing comes back indicating pancreatitis but I'm malnourished every single time (I'm chubby so they act like this must be a mistake but I'm just as confused as they are). I'm getting to a point where I can't eat without any pain. I've been diagnosed with IBS in the past, as well as PCOS and POTS. I'm very frustrated and near a breaking point with my physical health. I'm always in pain and I can't even eat anymore. I don't know what to do, and ever since I was diagnosed with anxiety most doctors won't take me seriously, despite my anxiety not being health related. They all just tell me I'm too young and that it's nothing but I'm getting very depressed over the whole situation. Any advice would be welcomed.

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Which would be better for diagnosing chronic pancreatitis - endoscopic ultrasound or exocrine function test?

Hi guys,

29M here.

For a year and a half, I’ve been getting a constant dull pain in my upper left abdomen, with moments of really intense stabbing pain that move up into my chest and spreads to my mid-upper back. It gets worse when laying down on my back and also when I eat, but the stabbing pain also sometimes appears even if I haven’t eaten anything in a while. I also have had 5 years of bad gallbladder pain that gets worse with fatty meals. I believe this is all due to my drinking habits in the past. I was getting drunk 3 or 4 days a week for 5 years (so around 40 drinks per week, more or less). I stopped drinking about 2 years ago, but my symptoms persist.

Anyway, I’ve done CT, MRI, MRCP, and none of those showed anything wrong with my pancreas, at least visually. However, I’m not convinced that there’s nothing wrong with my pancreas because it hurts all the time and is really affecting my quality of life.

I’ve heard that endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is better at detecting chronic pancreatitis than any of the other imaging tests. On the other hand, I‘ve also heard that getting an exocrine function test may also be very helpful with getting a diagnosis.

I’m seeing my gastroenterologist in a couple of days, and I would like to know which test I should request in order to hopefully get diagnosed. Which would be better, EUS or exocrine function? Also, WHICH exocrine test would be best (if there are more than one)?

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Potentially Chronic Pancreatitis

I'm 27 years old and have had a bad drinking problem ever since covid started. I drank almost half a handle a day, on and off here and there.

Two weeks ago I had a really bad attack and I couldn't stand the pain any longer and went to the hospital. I've been in the hospital ever since and am still here. My enzymes have returned to normal levels and most of the intense pain is gone. I've been getting CT scans to monitor progress. After a week they did a CT scan (yesterday) and today I was told that there hasn't been any changes.

I'm worried that this is going to become a chronic case and I'm stressing out, I don't know what to do or how to cope with this. I'm reading that chronic pancreatitis can cause diabetes and I'm just scared for my life right now.

Can anyone provide me some advice? I wish my stupid self never drank like I did, I don't know if I'm prepared to live with this for the rest of my life. Thank you in advance.

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📅︎ Nov 03 2021
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Has anyone with chronic pancreatitis been able to exercise?does it hurt when you when you lift weights or run?
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Chronic Pancreatitis diagnosis / Inconsistent imaging

Is imaging always necessary to diagnose CP?

My doctor told me I have CP based on my drinking history, 1+ year of GI symptoms, pain and several failed stool tests showing excess fat despite normal elastase.

Is he jumping the gun?

I had 2 EUs and multiple CT/MRI which shown nothing wrong but absolutely nothing else was diagnosed through all my tests.

I was prescribed digestive enzymes to see if I get some relief and regain weight.

Anyone in a similar situation ?

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GI problems, chronic pancreatitis or something else?

I'm a 27 yr f. 300 lb. 5'9 I just got back from vacation after visiting family overseas for a month. During that month, I drank a shit ton going out (history of binge drinking in college and moderate alcohol use in the past as well but not as often and as heavy as I did this last month), I smoked cigarettes (Only this last month while on vacation) and I ate like crap. So basically I think I fucked up my body.

Once I got back from vacation, approx. a week now. I had lots of bloating and back pain. Stomach pain feels like fullness right above the navel, back pain is mid to lower back. Sometimes it radiates a little to the right. The pain is not that bad for both stomach and back. About a 3 on the pain scale. Of course I went to the internet and starting reading about causes. Some of the first few to pop up were pancreatitis. I had a friend who had acute pancreatitis from alcohol before so I thought that was what I had since I drank so heavy the last month. I had never had AP before. I ordered myself some labs and my metabolic panel, liver enzymes, and lipase was normal. However, I started having oily poops bad smelling poops (steatorrhea which I learned it is called) and thats under Chronic Pancreatitis.

I read that it takes a long time to get CP from alcohol, or repeated AP attacks which I've had none. I went to urgent care and the NP thought I had Cholecystitis and just said no fat and alcohol. She listened to my bowel and felt around but thats it. A small voice in my head keeps telling me thats not the case but I'm a worst case scenario type of person.

I haven't had vomiting, minimal nausea, I've kept food down, tolerable pain in my back and abdomen. Just bloating and the steatorrhea. I stopped drinking alcohol right when I came from vacation and have dramatically reduced my fat intake. Now my stools look more green and a bit more formed. Lighter but similar odor. Is it possible to jump directly to CP from no issues? This is the first time I've had issues with my stool like this before and I'm scared I might have done permanent damage in the last month. I have an appointment with my doctor on wed and hope to get some abdominal CTs or MRIs to figure out whats going on. But I'm driving myself absolutely crazy not knowing what is it. It's all I think about. Any advice would be great.

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Chronic pancreatitis? 23yo male with chronic epigastric pain and nausea following alcohol binge

23yo Male, 173cm, 80kgs, Nil medications (creatine supplement)

Previous smoker (1 pack year), Medical Hx of anxiety

I'm a medical student and this probably sounds like the typical medical student hypochondria, but it's causing me a significant amount of anxiety. In 2016 I had an alcohol problem, I wouldn't drink everyday but I would regularly drink to excess every fortnight or so. One weekend on a trip with friends I had around 1 and half cartoons of beer over 4 days and I think I had withdrawals after I stopped. This should have been the big warning for me to stop but two weeks later I was at it again with a bottle of vodka. Around a week after this binge I developed significant nausea and abdominal pain which I thought was gastroenteritis but I still went to my GP because it was very severe. He thought the same, however, after this I developed chronic epigastric pain and nausea after meals which lasted about 2 years before completely disappearing. During this time I had multiple tests done and saw multiple doctors. The diagnosis of gastritis got thrown around a lot and I had a lot of tests done which were routinely normal (very slight elevation in liver enzymes, like ALT = 42). I had stool tests for H. pylori... I even saw a gastroenterologist who did a gastroscopy on me which found nothing. The gastroenterologist thought that my pain was just a post-infectious thing from the initial gastroenteritis.

After 2 years the pain and nausea went away and I'm living completely normally, but I still don't really know what was happening with me back then. In my studies I recently stumbled across chronic pancreatitis and the features of constant epigastric pain, nausea after meals and 'burn-out' after a given period really do match what I was going through. Just wondering if anyone on reddit thinks the same? Surely the gastroenterologist would have excluded that? Would my stool sample been tested for fat content to test for chronic pancreatitis?

Any advice or information would be appreciated :)

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Having chronic pancreatitis withiut any reason

Hi. I am new here. I have GERD, irritable bowel, gastritis and a unsual form of gallbladder(without stones). I went for the first time in my life at the doctor with my gerd problem. I had an ultrasound, they found moderate modifications on my pancreas. At that time i did not have too much pain, only ocasionally but i used to associate it with gerd and gastritis. So, i was on a diet for gerd and some medications which did help a lot with acidity and bloating but i used to have more and more left sided pancreatic pain. I went again, they did another ultrasound and they said things look not too good. It looks like i have chronic pancreatitis. I do not get it, i do not drink at all, i am alergic to alchohol, i never ever drink even a beer. My diet wad always usual, even better than others. Why? I do not get it, i am only 30.

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Has anyone been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis?

I’ve been dealing with abdominal pain for years and I’ve recently been trying to cut back on my alcohol consumption (8+ years of heavy drinking on the weekends) I’ve had an upper and lower colonoscopy and an abdominal ultrasound with clear results but in doing research, I’ve seen a clear connect between heavy alcohol consumption and chronic pancreatitis.

So my question is: has anyone been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis? What tests confirmed your diagnosis? I am worried that my doctors are missing something serious. Thanks in advance!

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How is chronic pancreatitis diagnosed?

23 M, recently quit smoking and drinking, 6’0 and 250 pounds

I was recently hospitalized for acute pancreatitis with fluid around the pancreas. I’m told I’ve recovered and I suppose I feel better because I don’t have a fever anymore but I don’t and never had the trademark pain that accompanies pancreatitis. I just felt full and uncomfortable and not hungry. My question is, how exactly is chronic pancreatitis diagnosed? Is it just a case of acute pancreatitis that keeps reoccurring or would a CT have shown that the pancreas was damaged enough to be considered “chronic”?

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Is it possible for chronic pancreatitis pain to spread into the chest?

Hi,

29M here.

For the last year and a half, I have been dealing with abdominal pain on the left side underneath my ribs and the middle of my abdomen. The pain is always there and it’s dull, and it spreads into my back on the opposite side. Stabbing gallbladder pain for 5 or 6 years. Also have frequent loose stools and nausea.

I also get really sharp stabbing pains that spread into the chest, right behind my xiphoid process…it doesn’t feel muscle related, but it‘s a deep visceral pain. Feels like a weird combination of bleeding and burning, but does not feel like its gastritis related. I’ve already been to a cardiologist but they couldn’t find anything wrong (CT, MRI, Echocardiogram).

I haven’t been officially diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis yet by my gastroenterologist (I’ve done MRCP, MRI, CT scans and nothing showed…still going to request a endoscopic ultrasond), but I’ve had this pain for a year and a half. For 5ish years, I was drinking alcohol very heavily (3 or 4 binge sessions a week with around 12 beers each session) and eating a ton of fast food, so I am inclined to believe I have an early stage of chronic pancreatitis that hasn’t been diagnosed yet. I haven’t drank in almost 2 years, but still my symptoms persist.

So, can CP pain spread into the chest, or is it likely unrelated?

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Chronic Pancreatitis and Diabetes

Hello everyone.

Recently i was experiencing frequent urination and rapid weight loss wich i thought were caused by diabetes but those symptoms were a result of very high dose of vitamin b12 prescribed by the GI doc i was consulting. I found the whole experience disturbing and the doctor's behaviour as unprofessional.

But after something like thatr i am pondering if Chronic Pancreatitis is a progressive disease then it would give one diabetes eventually

So how long after CP did you get diabetes? What precautions would you suggest so as to postpone or maybe totally evade it for good?

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📅︎ Nov 21 2021
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Could acute pancreatitis cause chronic pancreatitis? I had an acute pancreatitis in early 2021. My Lipase was over 30,000. I spent a few days in the hospital. It took about 3 weeks to eat normal food.
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For those that have chronic pancreatitis, when you’re having an attack is it always painful when you press on the painful area? I get no pain generally.
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