I recently had an attack of panreatitis. It can't be alchohol related as I really only have an occasional glass of wine high days and holidays and I usually fill the glass with water because I don't really like drinking. Recently about two months on I have been having serious pain in my back that radiates to the front around the base of my ribs and just above my naval. The pain is worse when I'm moving about, so much so that I find myself stopping and having to lean forward to ease it. Its like the pain gathers itself into a ball.I had an endoscopy where they found a small tear<5cms and a sliding haitus. Today I had an ultra sound scan and that has shown clear i.e. no stones. I am worried because if its not my gall bladder what is wrong with me?
Unfortunately, there are multiple potential causes of pancreatitis, including gallstones, alcohol exposure (sometimes, even after only limited alcohol intake), certain medications, elevated fat levels in the blood, certain chronic inflammatory diseases, and inherited autoimmune pancreatitis syndromes, to name the more common known causes. Unofrtunately, there are also many cases of pancreatitis that occur where no apparent cause can be found.
Referral to a GI specialist for further evaluation might be appropriate.
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