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Gastrointestinal problems... this is my last hope!

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  • Posted By: wurrywort
  • April 20, 2007
  • 11:14 AM

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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  • It kinda sounds like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). With IBS you can be constipated one minute and have diarhea the next. It can cause extreme weight loss and severe bloating. Sometimes with IBS you can get what is called Diverticulitis which is small pockets in your Intestinal track or colon which can cause severe pain from food or feces particles getting stuck. Since your colon is located on your left side that could explain the pain located there. I have chronic colitis and some diverticuli also and alot of my pain is in that area too. If the flagyl doesnt work then you dont have a parasite and try something called zelnorm it helps with IBS. My doctor put me on it for my IBS and he also put me on levbid for the spasms that my colon has from all the inflamation. I am not a dr. but I have had plenty of experience with stomach problems. It took my doctors two years and 6 doctors later they finally found it. So good luck and I hope u get to feeling better soon!
    clp083 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I say pancreatitis.. Ask for a 2 hour Urine amylase test next time you are having the pain.. binge drinking (not alcholism) can sometimes contribute to pancreatitis. sometimes pancreatitis does not show up in the blood, but does spill amylase into the urine. Also could be pseudocysts on the pancreas causing your pain.
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  • What are some of the invariable symptoms of pancreatitis? I mean, is there anything you could tell me that might help me be more certain? Isn't the pain of pancreatitis supposed to be in your upper abdomen and what would a typical stool look like if that were the case? Thanks a lot for the responses, and I wish you good health.
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