Possible Pancreas Problem
I’ve been reading several posts on this board for weeks to try and learn more about what is going on with me. I’ve decided to finally register and post my “story” and ask some questions and to help others who find this who may have similar issues and concerns.
I had a my yearly physical back on June 14th and was a bit freaked out when the doctor called me at 7 AM a few days later to tell me my blood results came back and that my liver enzymes were elevated. He scheduled me to go see a GT. Interestingly enough, at my appointment with my GT, he informed me that my ALT was slightly elevated at 47 and nothing to worry about and that my Triglycerides were borderline high at 156. He didn’t seem concerned at all but went ahead and ordered more bood work and ultrasound of my liver and gallbladder. And of course told me to loose weight and go on a low fat diet.
The ultrasound only showed some small deposits of fattiness in the liver however I “failed” the blood test for Antinuclear Antibody (ANA). My result was 1:320 and it is supposed to be less than 1:80. So the doc ordered two more tests, Anti-mitochondrial antibody test (AMA), Anti-Smooth Muscle Antibody test (SMA). Also a hida scan on my gallblader and that was the end of all that.
The reason for the hida scan was because I kept having cramps on my right side. It had been two months since my physical and I had been running a lot and dieting since I my weight was 235 (lost close to 20 lbs as of now).
Since the hida scan on August on August 20th, 2010. The cramping on my right side is now more of a “discomfort” that sits in my upper middle abdomen (near my chest bone) and spreads over to my left upper abdomen area and sometimes down near my kidney area. Sometimes the discomfort is in my lower left or right abdomen near my belly button or back to the right side where I originally was cramping. I guess it just likes to travel. But mostly I would say it is in the upper middle/upper left abdomen now.
What is scarring me of course , from all the reading I do online, is the upper abdominal pain in the middle and left side. I don’t like to call it pain as it doesn’t limit me from doing anything at all ... I’m just aware of it. I do not no have any other “symptoms” , no blood in my stools, normal color, but not perfect I guess (which is the norm for me), no loss of appetite, nothing, just discomfort.
So I scheduled another appointment with the GT, this time seeing his nurse practitioner. Told him my symptoms and he felt around my abdomen and said he didn’t think there was anything wrong with me. But, to put my “mind at ease” he ordered a CT scan that I went to on Oct. 6th. Obviously, from all my research I know it is about impossible for a doc to feel anything out of the ordinary with your pancreas during a physical exam.
The same GT diagnosed me with IBS in my late 20’s and I get the feeling that is why they don’t seem to alarmed by any of my symptoms. However, I know, it doesn’t feel the same as when I was diagnosed with IBS. The pain (discomfort) is in different places and is nowhere near as intense when I was having issues with IBS.
I plan to call Monday to get in the queue for my test results. I will hope for the best.
Last edited by indytechguy; 10-10-2010 at 09:01 AM.