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What are the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis?

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Dr. Ratnakar Kini


Practicing since :1996

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Posted on Mon, 23 Feb 2015 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: Hello Doc,

I have been having problems with my stomach for about two weeks now. It started with my discomfort and then progressed to churning, hunger and now pain. During the beginning stages I noticed I would get dizzy when I was hungry. I thought it may be diabetes related although I have not been diagnosed but it does run in my family. I decided to take Nexium OTC. I had an A1C taken but it came back normal. It has been helping somewhat but I am still getting stomach pains. Sometimes as soon as I eat I feel the pain. Usually, the morning time is the only time I don't feel pain, all i feel is just dullness in my stomach. Once I drink my nexium with water, pain usually begins with my stomach feeling upset and making sounds. The dizziness has stopped since taking Nexium but now I am having stomach pains and the same feelings of upset stomach. I have been taking Nexium for about a week. My stool has been somewhat normal. I have had normal colored stool. I have also had pale colored stool that floats and greasy looking at times. Tis fluctuates. With this said, I have two questions: What would cause my dizziness when I would get very hungry as if I had not eaten anything? 2. Should I rule out Panceratic cancer at my age?
Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Chronic pancreatitis is a possibility.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for posting your query.
I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.

Chronic pancreatitis is a possibility.
Abdominal pain, pale stools, greasy stools and floating stools all may indicate fat malabsorption due to chronic pancreatitis.
A CT scan may be done to confirm it.
It is difficult to say why you developed dizziness initially when you were empty stomach. It might have been due to hypoglycemia.

Pancreatic cancer is less likely. Chronic pancreatitis is more likely.

I hope that answers your question.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
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