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I am a 64 yr old male- good health- 6'2, 205lbs. non smoker-social drinker. Have had a history of stomach-digestive issues over the past couple years- were kind of attributed to IBS, dyspepsia, or gastritis. They usually resolved on their own. About 3 months ago they returned- started out mild but have gotten to the point of being very uncomfortable. My symptoms are: pretty steady gas like pains throughout stomach but focused above navel area- feeling of needing to belch but not getting enough out, nausea, significant bloating after eating a substantial meal and then resulting in several runs of soft diahreaa that get progressively more watery. Went to GI doc- put me on several course of acid inhibitors and bentyl- without success- had an endoscope last week- all negative results. now waiting for pathology from biopsies taken. My question- could this be gallbladder related or possibly pancreas problem?
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Oncology
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most likely not if you are worried about pancreatic cancer or gall bladder cancer.

if you had pancreatic insuffiency, then pancreatic enzymes would help you digest food. you would have not watery diarrhea, but steatorrhea or fatty diarrhea. gall bladder issues tend to affect women in their 40s who are obese.

I think your GI work up has been very good. I'm sure your doctor has done blood work as well and found out your liver function and kidney function testing. your symptoms are more common with irritable bowel disease and that can be confirmed on the biopsy as well. Hopefully, that will tell us why you are having these symptoms.

Good luck to you.
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