Aa
A
A
A
Close
Gastroenterology Community
31.5k Members
658828 tn?1225050195

Pancreatitis, Fibro, or just plain IBS?

I have been experiencing stomach pain, abdominal bloating, constipation, belching, and back pain for over a week now. It started after I got sick from drinking too much alcohol. I vomited that night and the next day I thought i was just suffering from a hangover but my back started to kill me, even more so than my stomach. The stomach feeling is more so a sour feeling rather than pain. To tell you a little about my medical history I was diagnosed with a chronic bladder condition called Interstitial Cystitis and my doctor thinks I most likely have IBS as well b/c of the bloating, problems with bowel movements being different etc. She tested my urine for a kidney infection b/c of the back pain but there was nothing indicative of an infection. I do not have any symptoms of kidney or liver problems (believe I have read about them!) No jaundice, edema, loss of appetite. I have gained weight not lost it! If I feel down below my rib cage on my back, it is tender to the touch. My kidney area and upper back hurts badly and it feels kind of like a burning sensation, even my shoulder blades hurt. I have been reading online and think I may have Pancreatitis? Are these symptoms consistent with Pancreatitis? I also have read about Fibromyalgia as well b/c these autoimmune diseases seem to occur together, but I just cant get myself to think that this is just a muscoskeletal pain problem especially since its mainly in  the area where my kidneys are located. I have an appt with a GI dr next week so I am hoping i can get some answers. I had a Complete metabolic panel test done and all levels were normal that was in June. Could this one episode be the cause of a serious condition such as Pancreatitis? I have been reading about Ulcers as well. I dont have a churning gnawing pain in my gut or blood in my stool etc.. I do have a little indigestion though. Oh and can IBS even give you back pain like this?

Thank you so much I hope to hear from someone soon!
2 Responses
Avatar universal
sounds like your gallbladder. burning behind rib cage usually right side. could be gallstones.
140029 tn?1393301742
ha..sounds like a bunch i've been going through..mass tests..at one point they thought I had intersital cys..yeah I can't spell that.  Anyway consipation..nausea..stomach pains..gas...

Turns out i'm highly intolerant to either soy or fructose (doesn't show up on any medical test) and I was having white blood cells/red blood cells in the urine (i'm guessing they put you on elmiron as well?)

anyway one idea..is to go on a diet of zero wheat/fruit/sugar/dairy/soy...like eggs..salads..spinach..meats..for like 2 weeks and see if you improve.  Like I said there's no for sure test out there that tells you "this is the culprit" but since you're so sick and sitting around you might as well try it :)  I also thought I had pancreatitis...SOD...kidney issues (did I IVP xray..) ...remember if it's celiac or wheat..or some take a good month or so to see improvement so find a safe gluten free vitamin to try or test for celiac in the meantime...

(just a thought)
Have an Answer?
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Learn which OTC medications can help relieve your digestive troubles.
Is a gluten-free diet right for you?
Discover common causes of and remedies for heartburn.
This common yet mysterious bowel condition plagues millions of Americans
Don't get burned again. Banish nighttime heartburn with these quick tips
Get answers to your top questions about this pervasive digestive problem