Pancreas

Posted by trellg132 @trellg132, 5 days ago

So my endocrinologist advised me that I should go see a gastroenterologist about so issues with my pancreas

Hello @trellg132,

I'm sure you are concerned about any problem with your pancreas. In order to know what other members might be able to help you, could you provide a bit more information? For example, was your doctor's concern about your pancreas related to a blood test, any pain you are having, or the results of a CT scan?

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I am new to this group. For the last six months I have had orange oily floating diarrhea, frequently. I have lost 20 lbs. Sadly, my doctor is close to retiring and he doesn't bother too much with this. I have gone to ER of various hospitals, and had just had colonoscopy, endoscopy, CT scan, all of which were normal. Ixo have been looking after my husband who has end-stage Parkinson's Disease at home, until recently, and it has been very stressful. I think I have Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, i.e., lack of sufficient enzymes secreted by pancreas, but no doctor has as yet diagnosed me with this. Many doctors ask me if I drink heavily every day (No) and want to know when I stopped smoking (never ever smoked),. I am wondering what are other causes of insufficient digestive enzymes. I wonder if it can be caused by stress. actually, I have been caring for my husband for the last 11 years and have been neglecting my own health, e.g., my diet. Can stress or neglecting diet cause insufficient digestive enzyme? does anyone know this?

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@kathybowes

I am new to this group. For the last six months I have had orange oily floating diarrhea, frequently. I have lost 20 lbs. Sadly, my doctor is close to retiring and he doesn't bother too much with this. I have gone to ER of various hospitals, and had just had colonoscopy, endoscopy, CT scan, all of which were normal. Ixo have been looking after my husband who has end-stage Parkinson's Disease at home, until recently, and it has been very stressful. I think I have Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, i.e., lack of sufficient enzymes secreted by pancreas, but no doctor has as yet diagnosed me with this. Many doctors ask me if I drink heavily every day (No) and want to know when I stopped smoking (never ever smoked),. I am wondering what are other causes of insufficient digestive enzymes. I wonder if it can be caused by stress. actually, I have been caring for my husband for the last 11 years and have been neglecting my own health, e.g., my diet. Can stress or neglecting diet cause insufficient digestive enzyme? does anyone know this?

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I don't know about your issues, but I am convinced my low blood sugar was due to terrible stress in my married life at a young age, less than 45. I was eating a healthy diet with a huge garden and meat we raised on the farm. When I changed my diet and took on a different lifestyle, the problem went away. But I am also convinced my heavy duty baking sweets to feed a big family also contributed to my eventual diabetes diagnosis a year after my husband died. I believe type 2 diabetes can be prevented as we learn more about a healthy lifestyle. My husband did not control his heavy eating, his diabetes, his drinking, his obesity, and his cancer treatment. I did, however. Dorisena

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@dorisena

I don't know about your issues, but I am convinced my low blood sugar was due to terrible stress in my married life at a young age, less than 45. I was eating a healthy diet with a huge garden and meat we raised on the farm. When I changed my diet and took on a different lifestyle, the problem went away. But I am also convinced my heavy duty baking sweets to feed a big family also contributed to my eventual diabetes diagnosis a year after my husband died. I believe type 2 diabetes can be prevented as we learn more about a healthy lifestyle. My husband did not control his heavy eating, his diabetes, his drinking, his obesity, and his cancer treatment. I did, however. Dorisena

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Thank you Dorisena. I am trying to take more time for myself to prepare meals and I am tracking everything I eat. But perhaps I am doing this quite late in the game. It is so hard when you see your husband dying day-by-day. I dont know how to reduce my stress, and that's why I think that it might be having an effect on my pancreas. Thanks for your input.

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@kathybowes

Thank you Dorisena. I am trying to take more time for myself to prepare meals and I am tracking everything I eat. But perhaps I am doing this quite late in the game. It is so hard when you see your husband dying day-by-day. I dont know how to reduce my stress, and that's why I think that it might be having an effect on my pancreas. Thanks for your input.

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Kathy, I went through a period of watching my husband die, as well, so I understand where you are in life. He was not cooperative with the doctors and was hospitalized four times in a year. He had dementia and lied every day about everything. In the end he was paralyzed with a tumor growing up his spine, and thank God he was in the hospital. He died in Hospice but that was only about a month.
You need to lean on a buddy if you have one, because this is no job for one person alone. Know that I am on your team even at a distance. I poured my heart out to a stranger and had a sobbing spell, and then felt better for a while. We can be your support group on the web, so let it all out when you need to complain. Dorisena

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@kathybowes

I am new to this group. For the last six months I have had orange oily floating diarrhea, frequently. I have lost 20 lbs. Sadly, my doctor is close to retiring and he doesn't bother too much with this. I have gone to ER of various hospitals, and had just had colonoscopy, endoscopy, CT scan, all of which were normal. Ixo have been looking after my husband who has end-stage Parkinson's Disease at home, until recently, and it has been very stressful. I think I have Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, i.e., lack of sufficient enzymes secreted by pancreas, but no doctor has as yet diagnosed me with this. Many doctors ask me if I drink heavily every day (No) and want to know when I stopped smoking (never ever smoked),. I am wondering what are other causes of insufficient digestive enzymes. I wonder if it can be caused by stress. actually, I have been caring for my husband for the last 11 years and have been neglecting my own health, e.g., my diet. Can stress or neglecting diet cause insufficient digestive enzyme? does anyone know this?

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Hello @kathybowes,

I am so sorry to hear of your husband's difficult diagnosis and the difficult job you have as a caregiver. I can also understand your concern about the possible pancreas issue. I see that your current doctor is retiring. Have you considered getting a second opinion?

I would suggest seeing a Gastroenterologist. Have you seen a Gi specialist already? If not, that would be my next thought. If you can go to a multi-disciplinary health center (like Mayo Clinic or a university medical school) that would be a good choice. These health centers have ongoing research and doctors who are very well versed in treating hard-to-diagnose problems.

In any event, please take care of yourself! You are more than just your husband's caregiver.

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