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pancreatitis?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 1, 2007
  • 06:26 AM

Hi, I'm new to this but here goes. About twenty years ago I had emergency gall bladder surgery. For a year my doctor told me I had a hernia and had to learn to just live with the pain! I progressively got worse with naseau, vomiting, pain on my right side of my abdomin radiating to the back of my shoulder. I trusted this doctor so I just kept trying to live with it. At the time I had a one year old son that I was no longer able to care for because of the pain. Finally because of the excessive vomiting I had to visit the ER. The Dr. there did an ultra sound and in less than twenty minutes they knew it was my gallbladder. To say the least, I was very, very angry with my doctor for not ordering that test a year earlier! Any, my gallbladder had started leaking bile and my surgeon told me that I might have damage to my pancreas from the bile. I asked him how I would know if I did. His only remark was that if I had damage I would soon know. The surgery was successful in relieving my pain, that is until a year later I had another attack that felt exactly like my gall bladder attack, vomiting and all!! They ran all kinds of tests on me and found nothing. I was sent home with pain medication. I knocked myself out with the drugs because the pain was so bad and slept for about four days. The pain was gone and I felt fine. My family doctor thought it might be spasms of the bile duct that they had to reconstruct during my gall bladder surgery. I was fine for about a year and a half later the same thing. My doctor gave me pain medication and I slept it off. This has been going on now for about twenty years. I have been hospitalized with this 3 or 4 times. When I am able to get the pain medication when the pain first starts I usually make it at home , but if I ever start vomiting before I get the medicine you can forget it. I end up in the hospital. I have been hospitallized 3 times in the past 3 years and now my gastro. tells me these last 3 episodes has been pancreatis but the earlier episodes were not! The pain is always exactly the same each time. I have been haveing these episodes every few months now but manageing to stay out of the hosp. My dr. now wants to do a procedure where they use an endoscope to look inside my bile duct to see if there is some kind of obstruction. I haven't agreed to this procedure yet because he says that sometimes the procedure itself causes severe pancreatis. I don't know what to do. I hope someone out there knows of someone who has gone through this also. I'm in pain almost constantly now and feel like I'm going crazy!

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  • Is your stools a yellow or clay colour during an attack?Diarahia?After eating food does pain increase?
    TerryG 120 Replies
    • December 2, 2007
    • 00:11 AM
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