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Suggest treatment for severe abdominal pain and diarrhea

Hi I am 40 yrs. old & got put in the hospital the other day for sever abdominal pain starting in the middle of my chest going to my right side & into my back. I was told that I have pancreatitis and my Lipase was really high. They did a MIR & found no blockages but as soon as I was allowed to eat my lipase went even higher & is now 4976.. the hospital isn t doing anymore test on me they are just giving me pain medicine but I feel there is something more serious than what they are seeing cause my gal bladder was taken out like 10 years ago & for the last 2 years I ve had diarrhea but a couple of days before my pain got bad my bowel movements completely stopped so could you please give me your opinion on what s going on with me. I ve been in the hospital 4 days now with excruciating pain on & off & they are doing nothing except managing my pain & have me on a liquid diet.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hi,

Your symptoms are nonspecific but suggestive of benign digestion disorder called IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. This is manifested with bloating or diarrheas with pain and abdominal discomfort.

As remedies you should: Look at your diet. If it contains a large amount of carbohydrates that are difficult to digest, try to replace them. Carbohydrates that are easier to digest, such as potatoes, rice, and bananas, are good substitutes. Also, try to eat around five to six small meals a day instead of three larger ones to help your digestive process.

Chew properly to avoid doing anything that may increase the amount of air that you swallow. This includes making sure that you are chewing your food properly, and avoiding chewing gum or smoking. Also, drink some peppermint tea, chamomile tea and ginger. In severe cases, colonoscopy should be done and some medications recommended.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein, General Surgeon
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