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I am a 31 year old female. For the past 3 years I have had

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I am a 31 year old female. For the past 3 years I have had chronic diarrhea, left side jaw pain mostly around my chin high bp and heart palpitations. I have had several test done including EK, ct scans, routine labs, hepatitis screening and all is negative. I have even had my gallbladder removed and they said it was completely normal. Please help!
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Ken replied 10 months ago.
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Did diarrhea start after gall bladder removal? Were investigations like colonoscopy/ stool analysis done?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.

Diarrhea started before gallbladder removed. I had a colonoscopy and stool cultures done and all was negative

Expert:  Ken replied 10 months ago.
Do you have anxiety/ stress or any thyroid issue?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.

I didn't before all this started but they say I do now and that is what they are treating me for but I worry with the jaw pain its not anxiety. My thyroid level was 5.2 and they put me on synthroid and it is 4.0 now

Expert:  Ken replied 10 months ago.
Diarrhea can be due to varied causes - Infection/ allergy/ inflammatory bowel disease/ ischemia of the bowel loops/ hormonal causes/ psychological causes, extra.

Infection looks not likely with you considering chronic nature of the symptoms.

I would get a repeat colonoscopy with may be biopsy to look for the cause. A CT angiogram to look for blood supply of the bowel loops should also help and give us more answers.

I am happy that thyroid issue has been resolved. You also need to manage stress. Along with medicines try - Yoga, meditation. They help a lot.

Wish you well.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.

I have been reading and one thing I'm worried about is chronic pancreatitis. I don't drink a lot but maybe twice as a month with friends. If I had that and that is what is causing the diarrhea would it show up on the CT scan? I just worry because it says it is hard to diagnose

Expert:  Ken replied 10 months ago.
Pancreas is the organ in the abdomen {upper abdomen - just below your breast bone}. It is easily seen on CT scan. Pancreatitis can not be missed on CT scan. Having alcohol twice a month would not cause pancreatitis.

In nutshell - Negative CT scan rules out pancreatitis {acute or chronic}.

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