Chronic dyspepsia, early fullness. Possible outflow obstruction.
Really happy to be joining this community!
In 2013 I started experiencing symptoms of chronic dyspepsia as well as early fullness. Constantly feel discomfort in stomach, nausea and occasional constipation. The main problem is early fullness: I feel totally sick after a couple bites or sips of anything. In the last couple years I’ve lost a bunch of weight.
Four different medical teams have tried to figure out what’s wrong. Two CT scans, an MRI, 4 endoscopies, a colonoscopy, multiple pathology tests, a gastric emptying study, and four upper-GI series. I’ve not undergone any procedures or been put on medication for more than a week or two at a time.
At the moment two different medical teams are arguing about what’s wrong with me. One believes based on an MRI and CT scan that there is an outflow obstruction after the second part of my duodenum, which they think is annular pancreas or some close variant. They believe that by bypassing my duodenum they will relieve me of the symptoms. The other team (looking at the same images) thinks there isn’t evidence to justify an operation and thinks the problem is functional. Both teams agree that the duodenum is slightly dilated, and there is some amount of narrowing after the second phase.
I don’t know what to do since we’ve basically exhausted all of the different imaging and scope-based tests as far as I can tell.
If anyone has suffered from these symptoms before or been in a similar situation, I would greatly appreciate hearing your stories.
Thank you so much,