I'm a 44 year old female with a history of hypothyroidism and high blood pressure, but otherwise healthy. Jan 1, 2009 I had an attack of stomach pain (center abdomen just below ribs and to my right). The attack was horrible and wouldn't stop no matter what I took to try to relieve it (pepto, mylanta, tums, etc.). After two weeks of off and on pain, diarrhea, nausea I decided to visit my internist. Initially she thought pancreatitis, but after blood work she decided that must not be it. But, the pain (in episodes) kept happening - I couldn't eat or sleep - it was terrible. After a CT w/ dye the radiologist noted that I had a pancreas divisum. Now, after about 4 weeks of this pain I had to be hospitalized because nothing was taking this pain away (it wasn't constant, but every few days it hit again and then would last for several days). By the time I was admitted I had lost 10lbs. In the hospital my calcium was high, magnesium low, but amylase and lipase normal. Now, 5 months later I'm still suffering - again, not constant, but consistent. I have constant gas that I can't relieve, diarrhea that comes as soon as the pain hits, but no diagnosis. The GI doc I'm seeing doesn't believe it could be caused by the pancreas divisum because the normal levels of amylase and lipase.
My question is this: with a divisum, can only one of these ducts be having trouble and therefore causing me pain and illness without affecting my blood work? If one of the ducts is working fine could that be creating a seemingly normal evaluation, but the other duct (too small maybe) be blocked or backed up and causing all this? The GI doc has reviewed my CT and does infact see the divisum so we know it's there, but she's not sure if she wants to go further with testing. I've had the CT, ultrasound, endoscopy without a diagnosis other than the divisum. Sorry to go on so long, but I feel like I'm gettiing sicker and don't know where to turn.