I don't see a pancreas doctor until December, my family doctor doesn't seem to know how to properly answer questions. I was Diagnosed with CP a year ago, been hospitalized twice already. I am wondering if it is possible to have an excruciating attack with the labs being Normal? I know what the attacks feel like, this one feels far worse than ever before. But the hospital yesterday said my labs were normal so therefore I was sent home. I know I should be hospitalized with fluids and something for pain control. I can't eat, nor hardly move without getting sick. I can't sleep because I cant lay back, or I will fall asleep and roll in my sleep and wake up screaming because of the pain. So my question is about the normal blood work, and having an attack, is it possible and if it is possible, How do I educate my doctor?
I am a physician that is currently doing primary care, but did my residency in Laboratory Medicine. Clinicians are typically taught to go by the lab, but they fail to recognize the patients symptoms. I often have to remind physicians to treat the patient not the lab. That is an extremely difficult conversation to have with your doctor as the patient, because it puts you in a position of questioning their knowledge or decision making ability. A good question is to ask if the lab result is a false negative? You are clearly symptomatic, and that should drive therapy moreso than a lab result which helps support the diagnosis.
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