After months of bowel issues, abdominal pain and now back ache (mostly ignored by GP) I finally referred myself to a private Gastroentrologist who actually "listened" to me and suggested an upper endoscopy with ultrasound to investigate my pancreas which was my main worry. He agreed with me that my symptoms should have been investigated with an upper GI first rather than a colonoscopy - which I'd already had done thanks to a GP who never listens!
So under his advise, I had the endoscopy done just today and was discharged from the hospital with a brief report. Apparantly, the doctor did try to rouse me from my sedation to discuss the results but accordingly to one of the nurses I was acting "drunk" (Cringe Cringe...Hope I didn't embarrass myself too much!!). Thankfully, I can't remember a thing, and only woke up 2 hours after the procedure!
The report says:
Procedure: pancreatic EUS
OGD (oesophagogastroduodenoscopy): normal including normal papilla
EUS: ...some stuff about Pancreatic ducts..major vessels...liver hilum..kidney etc..
conclusion says "normal pancreas".
So, here's my question. Although the procedure was primarily to investigate my pancreas, would the doc not have had a good look at my stomach lining for signs of ulcers, polyps, etc...or other areas for signs no pancreas problems/diseases? There's no mention of stomach on report. I mean if they're going to stick a scope down your throat don't they check other structures as a matter of routine? Or are these tests specific and you only get what you pay for?
I might even have expected some imaging of liver for masses but the report just says "Normal liver Hilum/ left lobe" (what about the right lobe???) and "Normal major and splanchnic vessels".
I don't know. What do you think?