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Query about abdominal pain and no consumption of alcohol for 3 days - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello, I've had some abdominal pain lately along with floating stools. It's mainly the upper left abdomen and sometimes on the upper right side. I also have pain in my upper left back and a little fatigue. The last 6 months have been very stressful for me and there has been a lot of drinking. I have stopped drinking for 3 days now, but there has been no improvement. Any ideas?
Doctor :   hello
User :   Hi
User :   Hello Dr.
Doctor :   may i know ur age ?
User :   27
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   have u done any blood tests ?
User :   about a month ago I cholesterol was a little high
User :   my creatine was also a little high, but they said nothing worrisome
Doctor :   i would advce you to get some blood tests like liver function tests, liver utltrasound
Doctor :   to rule out liver issues
User :   ok
Doctor :   and based on the findings additional medications ca be prescribed
User :   could this be something with my gallbladder or pancreas? I read about something called pancreatitis and the symptoms seemed very similar to what I had going on
Doctor :   yes alcohol intake can cause Gb stones and pancreattis
Doctor :   lack of pancreatic enzymes an cause floating stools due to excretion of fats in stools
User :   what causes the lack of pancreatic enzymes?
Doctor :   pancreatitis, or liver bile salt secretion deficiency can cause fats in stools
User :   until I can get the tests done, what should my diet be like? Obviously no alcohol and fatty foods. How about coffee, tea, etc...
User :   i like hot tea and drink it every night
Doctor :   you can have tea cofee , those are fine
Doctor :   avod high fat diet
Doctor :   include simple carbs and protiens in the diet
User :   my Doctor also thinks that I have IBS caused by stress/anxiety. Could that be causing the pain in my abdomen and back?
User :   or the floating stools?
Doctor :   floating stools is nt a feature of IBS
Doctor :   cramps and constipation, or occasionla diarrhea are signs of ibs
User :   is this something that I should give some time before I see a specialist? It's been less than a week, and I just cut out the fatty foods/alcohol 3 days ago
Doctor :   you can take a time of one week to see your doctor , there is no need for urgency
User :   what are the best pain meds to help with the back?
Doctor :   ibuprofen or tylenol is a good pain killer
User :   ok, and if it is pancreatitis, how is it treated?
Doctor :   rest, and supportive medications and avoiding oral diet and iv nutrition is started to let the pancreas time to heal it self
User :   ok, with the information I've provided, it doesn't seem like something life threatening, right? I didn't think so, but with everything you read online, it gets me worried.
Doctor :   its not lifetreatening so far with ur issues right now
User :   ok, well thank you for your help
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   i hope i have solved ur query
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