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Unable to stop drinking, stomach enlarges and hurts. Had pancreatitis twice. Symptoms of pancreatitis again?

I am an alcoholic. I started drinking again probably about 10 or 12 days ago. I tried to stop today but couldn't. I'm not a large person...I have had pancreatitis twice. I'm a 53 year old woman who is about 5 feet 1 inch and I weigh about 127. My stomach is enlarging and I am so uncomfortable...It's huge now. I'm also feeling horrible, I don't have health insurance and am also on Inderal for a fast heart rate and have been on that for two years. I haven't even eaten today and my stomach is just big and hurts....is this another sign of pancreatitis.
Asked On : Sun, 13 Oct 2013
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Hi,

Just bloating of abdomen does not indicate that you have pancreatitis. It may be because of other reasons like dyspepsia and gastritis which also can be caused by heavy alcohol intake. Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen can also cause it but it occurs after significant liver damage. Pancreatitis is more likely if you have severe pain in the abdomen radiating to the back and pale, oily stools. Blood levels of amylase and lipase are raised in pancreatitis. You must stop drinking to avoid further harmful consequences. Since you are unable to stop drinking yourself, please see a doctor, preferably a psychiatrist, who can help you stop drinking by prescribing medicines. Till you get to see a doctor, take over the counter antacids for relief in bloating and discomfort.

You can also consider joining the Alcoholics Anonymous. While they cannot help you with medical treatment, they provide you with support that helps one stay sober for long.

Hope this helps you. Best wishes.
Answered: Thu, 17 Oct 2013
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