SYMPTOMS: early satiety, nausea, trapped gas, and bloating, constipation and diarrhea. A battery of tests were done, including colonoscopy, upper endoscopy (hiatal hernia) esophageal motility (muscle doesn't work well), stomach emptying. All normal. I've been hospitalized with pancreatitis twice in the last 2 years. I have type2 diabetes, I'm overweight. I am a 60 year old African American female.
DIAGNOSIS: My gastroenterologist came up with nothing Murilax and Amitiza. Not very effective. After doing research on my own, I discovered digestive enzymes. I've purchased some from Enzymedica that have helped tremendously, but not totally--because I don't know enough about my needs. I just discovered through research that there is a LIPASE TEST This test is done to check the pancreas for disease, most often acute pancreatitis. There are probably more tests to see if there are enzymatic deficiencies, I imagine.
QUESTION: Why didn't the gastroenterologist suggest any of these tests? What's the likely diagnosis & treatment? More importantly, where can I look to find physicians who incorporate this type of diagnostic tool to come up with a diagnosis in my area Chicago and NW Suburbs?