Chronic Pancreatitis or Acid Reflux????

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23551
   Posted 5/20/2011 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
*Sorry if this is TMI for some*


I have had Ulcerative colitis for 19 years, acid reflux for 5 years and recently diagnosed with Diverticulosis and IBS. I have been having this issue though for the past year or so. I have random bouts of yellow/green liquid with my stool, which is somewhat yellow in color. Sometimes when I go to the bathroom, which is hardly ever firm, some of the stool will stick to the bowl. I also have random pain, just below my ribs and sometimes it feels like it wraps around to my back just under the ribs. I also get slightly nauseous. I have mentioned all this to my GI but he just tells me it's my acid reflux and to increase my Prilosec. However, I don't feel it's just the acid reflux. I am just confused because if it is pancreatitis, even acute, wouldn't I have more pain? The pain I feel is relatively mild and it happens for a few days then goes away. Btw, I am not a big alcohol drinker - maybe a couple drinks on the weekends. I try to restrict my drinking because I am on 6mp. I get my liver and CBC checked every 3 months and the blood tests always come back normal.

Does this sound like something I should pursue with my doctor? Or could it just be acid reflux??? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
SHERRY
Moderator-Allergies/Asthma and Alzheimer's, Co-moderator-UC
~Left sided Uc-'92**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**
Colazal(9 daily)/6mp(50mgs)/Bentyl-Prilosec~allergies-Singulair/Zyrtec~Reynauds~OA-Tylonel Arthritis~Scoliosis~Sacroilitis~Dry eye-Restasis~GAD-Klonopin (.25mgs)~Rosacea-Metrogel/Elidel~IBS~Diverticulosis~Fibromyalgia

dencha
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7181
   Posted 5/20/2011 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherry,
Welcome back to the GERD corner of Healing Well! Sorry you find the need to come!

Have you considered Gallbladder issues?
Here is a link...
www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_symptoms_of_gallstones_gallbladder_disease_000010_2.htm

Some descriptions include a change in bowel movements to a lighter color...

Just a thought. Hope you feel better soon!
Denise

stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/21/2011 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning Sherry,
 
I would go with checking your GB too but also be aware of chronic pancreatitis.  Pancreatitis can occur as chronic pancreatitis, which describes pancreatitis that occurs over many years. Mild cases of pancreatitis may go away without treatment, but severe cases can cause life-threatening complications.
 

Chronic pancreatitis signs and symptoms include:

  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Indigestion
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Oily, smelly stools (steatorrhea)

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have persistent abdominal pain. Seek immediate medical help if your abdominal pain is so severe that you can't sit still or find a position that makes you more comfortable.

Gallstones  have been identified as one of the causes  for acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis.

Be well and I am glad to see you here in the GERD forum.

Kindly,

Kitt


~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety/Panic, Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.
www.healingwell.com

"If you can't change the world, change your world"

mock turtle
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 5/21/2011 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Red

i sympathize , like you, i have a constellation if digestive "issues"

so in addition to the above excellent advice let me add that some of what you describe sounds like gluten intolerance

two problematic proteins, gluten and gliadin are found in wheat, rye, barley, and a similar molecule in oats may be a problem too for some people

several of the symptoms you describe suggest possible gluten intolerance...the pain, odor and consistency issues especially.

gluten intolerance has a cascading effect on the lower gi. people who are celiacs (those who are gluten intolerant) their body sees gluten as a foreign invading organism and when absorbed into the surface of the digestive tract the immune system attacks the digestive tract to get at the gluten. in the process the villi of the intestine are damaged vastly reducing the bodies production of lactase and thus one who is gluten intolerant soon becomes milk, cheese , ice cream etc intolerant as well

this results in severe pain, gas bloating and bowel movements that are are sometimes greasy, inconsistent, sticky , smell very bad.

diet changes should likely answer the question in a week or two

to test this theory you may eat of what ever of the following you want... lean meat, fish, fruit, salad potatoes, rice, all manner of beans, and a variety of non wheat flours such as amaranth buckwheat, quinola, and of course nuts etc

be careful of breakfast cereals that say rice...make sure labeled gluten free,

so to review, no milk or other "dairy" products, (eggs ok), no wheat, no rye, no barley, and just to be safe avoid oats...

note, many stores carry gluten free bread often made with some combination of flour from rice, potatoes, tapioca, almonds amaranth or buckwheat....good substitute!

none of what i just shared is to suggest that your suspicions about pancreatitus are wrong....just offering another idea that might apply to some of the symptoms you describe

good luck
hang in there...we are with you

Post Edited (mock turtle) : 5/21/2011 10:33:07 AM (GMT-6)


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23551
   Posted 5/23/2011 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the ideas. I will ask my GI about my gall bladder or gluten intolerance. Btw, I recently had a CT scan and no stones were found.
SHERRY
Moderator-Allergies/Asthma and Alzheimer's, Co-moderator-UC
~Left sided Uc-'92**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**
Colazal(9 daily)/6mp(50mgs)/Bentyl-Prilosec~allergies-Singulair/Zyrtec~Reynauds~OA-Tylonel Arthritis~Scoliosis~Sacroilitis~Dry eye-Restasis~GAD-Klonopin (.25mgs)~Rosacea-Metrogel/Elidel~IBS~Diverticulosis~Fibromyalgia
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Wednesday, June 20, 2018 8:57 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,973,881 posts in 326,143 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161146 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, frasierkazuko.
447 Guest(s), 8 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
breakthecycle, Dale B, LucyDog, GNYC, Gladioli66, The Dude Abides, Girlie, maldugs