I'll explain what's been going on and hopefully someone here can help. I live in Thailand, and about a month and a half ago, I had a long night of drinking. I drank too much as I usually do for some reason, even though it's not very frequently at all. That night seems to have changed my life permanently! I'm 25 years old with no history of gastrointestinal or kidney problems. The day after I had a bowel movement that seemed to be every color of the rainbow and every consistency one could imagine, all in the same sitting. That wasn't my only symptom however. There was also a dark, pigmented spot on my lower lip that was never there before. Shortly after I slowly started experiencing severe constipation, interspersed with diarrhea, weight loss, and signs of malabsorption. At times it seemed like my stomach wasn't working at all! I did some research that I wish I hadn't and to my horror, found that everything that was going on was characteristic of a condition called Peutz-Jehger syndrome. Even though it's rare I thought, what else could it be? So, I got all of my money together and went to the only hospital here that's worth a ***n, and had an upper endoscopy, which was negative for Intestinal Polyps. That ruled out the Peutz-Jehger possibilty and I was diagnosed with Chronic Gastritis. When I mentioned Pancreatitis to the doctor he smiled and said, "Not have pancreatitis" though no tests were ever done to confirm this. So my symptoms continued and I still have the pigmentation on my lower lip... a coincidence I guess. Eventually the pain seemed to become more isolated in my left side and back, and I occasionally experience spasms there. When I push in on my left side close to my spine there is a deep pain in coming from whatever organ is located there. My drinking habits go a little something like 3 months with no drinking at all, followed by a night or two of drinking too much, followed by maybe a week of not drinking, and then another night of excess. I don't really match the description of a long term alcohol abuser, but I just don't know! I've been taking the antacids he gave me and they're doing no good, although my stool has regained some of it's color where before it was pale and bulky. I don't really have any family left in the states so I'm on my own. I can't afford to continue getting tested here since everything has to be paid up front and I don't know where to begin anyway. I've started to take Flagyl in hopes that I just have a parasite or something and it will help. I've been on that 3 days so I'm not sure yet. I'll wrap this up now: Can anyone give me any advice at all? What are the chances of this being Pancreatitis? What does this sound like? I don't believe my family had much of a history with anything other than kidney stones, but I don't know how that would relate to all the digestive problems. I'm sorry for the lengthy post but this is really my last hope before I just give up and let this thing finish me off:(. Thank you so, so much for any advice you may have...
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