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    Old 01-15-2001, 01:47 PM   #1
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    I have been having stomach problems for several years now. My symptoms are:
    Moderate to severe pain in my upper left abdomen (pain sometimes lessens if I lay down). Frequent nausea. Strong and constant garlic like taste coming up from my throat, causing my breath to smell very badly (started a few months ago, just recently stopped). no appetite, bowel movements go back and forth from diarrhea to constipation. Has anyone else had these symptoms? Does anyone know what this might be? Thanks for your help.

     
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    Old 01-29-2001, 02:58 PM   #2
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    Have you ever had your liver evaluated? If your liver enzymes are elavated, it would definatly cause fatigue, nasuea, sometimes pain, and some of the GI symptoms. This is a disgusting question but, are your stools really pale in color - almost like a clay/sand color?? If so, that could be another indicator that your liver might be off. Another question, do you ever suffer from uncontrolled itching? Like you want to tear your skin off?? If so, I would run not walk to your docs office and have them draw a Chem 22 to check your ALT/AST/GGTP/Alk Phos/ etc... I have Crohns disease from my trachea to the rectum and it the crohns has done a number on my liver... probably need a new one in the next 8-10 years... so I sorta know what I am talking about!

    I hope this is helpful (by the way, all the symptoms that I spoke of up above are all in my inventory) and although the medical literature says that the liver is incapable of producing pain - it's a bunch of hogwash. I will walk into my docs office and point to the exact spot and sure enough my enzymes will be skyhigh (most should be 50 or under and I have hit the 900's before.

    Good luck, take care

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    Old 01-30-2001, 07:05 AM   #3
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    I had a blood test done last week and the doc called me yesterday and told me that my liver enzymes were high but not enough to worry about. My stools have been either a light grey or green. I do have itching all over too. I have another appointment with my doctor, next month (feb 15), should I make it sooner or will it be ok to wait until then?

     
    Old 01-30-2001, 08:59 AM   #4
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    I think waiting for the next round of blood tests is okay. My doc always tells me that the low numbers (meaning under 5000) is an indicator that something is sloooooowly happening and that it could be nothing at all. If the doc is saying your numbers are high but not high enough to get all excited about then I think you are ok. BUT I would call him and tell him about the itching - because there are meds they can put you on that will stop or at least ease the itching... the ones they have had me on are Zyrtec (an allergy med) and/or Atarax (generic name Hydroxyz HCl) both have saved my sanity more than once.

    I am glad to know that you have had a liver panel drawn and I would really wait until the next appointment to have your labs drawn again.. Also, I think it would be to your advantage if your doc did an exam of your abdomen to make sure your liver isn't palpably enlarged.

    It sucks that you are having these troubles, but it is nice to know that my diagnostic sense is still working!

    Hope all that helps - definatly call and make them give you something for the itching. Both the meds I listed are prescription only - the atarax is much much cheaper (I had more success with this one).

    Take care, be well, and God bless!

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    Old 01-30-2001, 01:22 PM   #5
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    Another possibility is that the pancreas is acting up. Recently I was diagnosed with late stage, idiopathic, chronic pancreatitis and I have most times diarrhea, sometimes constipation, but never any happy medium. My stools too tend to be gray or green or very dark, like there is blood from somewhere.

    How I found out about the pancreatitis is because I had an "oil slick" with the diarrhea. Looked very similiar the way fat will come to the top of cooling chicken broth. I too have a lot of pain on the left side. Sometimes it goes across my back and I can feel it on the right side as well.

    You may want to ask your doctor is this is a possibility.

    Hope your feeling better.

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    Old 02-19-2001, 11:21 AM   #6
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    ReeAnn,
    I too have Idiopathic Pancreatitis, I have had it for just oveer two years and it is ruining my life. I have been in the hospital for at least six months of each year (total, not one stretch). I am curious as to what your Dr. is doing for treatment. I don't know anyone else who has this and I wonder if I am getting the best treatment possible.I have had several surgeries and I don't seem to get well. I went from being 5'7" tall, 120 lbs., to being 78 lbs. I look like a walking corpse. I have heard that one can have the pancreas removed but my doctor will not even discuss it with me, he just says that it can cause severe diabetes and he will not consider it. I know people who have diabetes and they seem much better off than myself. I have racked up thousands of dollars in medical bills because insurance always finds reasons to deny claims for one reason or another. I have lost my husband and if my health does not improve soon I may lose my business. Each time I leave the hospital, I am a little worse off physically, emotionally and financially. I am only 33years old and I don't know how much longer I can go on like this. I guess I am hoping to find out that my doctors are ultra-conservative and that someone else may be able to do something for me. Please let me know how things are going with you and what your doctors are suggesting for you.I hope to hear back from you soon.
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    Old 02-19-2001, 12:04 PM   #7
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    Gemmi,
    I am so sorry to hear that you are going through so much. If you don't mind, I would like to keep you in my prayers.
    I went to my GI specialist last week and he scheduled me for an endoscopy for next week.He also gave me Prevacid to take every morning, he doesn't seem to think that it is my pancreas or liver. I have been having so much problems with nausea lately, I can't eat, I have gone days without eating, and I am down to 90 lbs I look horrible and it hurts when I sit down because I no longer have a rear to cushion my bones. In addition to my regular symptoms, I have also been having some problems with my esophogus, I feel like I have a lump deep down in my throat and it hurts every time I move my neck. I have also been waking up with broken blood vessels all around my eyes (3 times this month) and my right arm keeps going numb I don't know if any of that even makes sense, I told my doctor about all these weird symptoms I have been having lately, but he didn't tell me what he thought it might be, he just told me I need to have some tests done. The prevacid seems to help the nausea and pain for a few hours but it always comes back by the evening time. I am so tired of being in pain all the time, I just want to feel normal. Nobody seems to understand that I can't just make myself feel better. If you ever need anyone to talk to or just listen to you, let me know, I would be glad to.

     
    Old 02-19-2001, 04:47 PM   #8
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    I truly feel your pain, I am very sorry that you have this to deal with. I hope for your sake that it turns out not to have anything to do with your pancreas. Most of your symptoms suggest otherwise though. I don't have problems with my esophogus but the pain and constant nausea I am very familliar with. I know about the weight loss too and that may be why your arms keep falling asleep. I am very skinny now and when I go to sleep I have to make sure that my legs are not laying on top of each other because my the weight of my bones will cut off blood circulation. The same thing happens if I fall asleep with my arm under my head or my side, there is no longer any insultaion around my blood vessles so it is very easy to cut off blood flow. As for the broken blood vessels around your eyes, I only get that when I am throwing up a lot, which is pretty much when ever I eat. I have been on feeding tubes and TPN but they never put any weight on me. I have had about 8 endoscopies and if you have never had one, don't be afraid, they are no big deal unless you do in fact have pancreatitis, then they can cause a flare up, but for the most part you are asleep and it is painless. I wish you much luck and I hope they find out that you have something that is easy to fix.

    If anyone can tell me what sort of treatments they are receiving for chronic pancreatitis, I would greatly appreciate hearing about it. There has got to be something that I can do, I just need to find out about it.
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