Use the Symptom
Checker to have a
more informed
conversation with
your doctor about EPI


Answer the questions below and share the information with your doctor

Your symptoms

Do your stools look oily, smell foul, and float?
Do you have frequent gas?
Do you have unexplained stomach pains, especially when you eat?
Do you feel frequently bloated?
Do your symptoms usually occur after eating?
Have you experienced unexplained weight loss?
Have you been unable to hold bowel movements or had to rush to the bathroom, especially in the middle of the night?
Are you currently taking any medication(s) or supplement(s)?
When did your symptoms start?
On a scale of 1-10, how severe do you consider your symptoms?

Questions to ask your doctor

Could my symptoms be caused by something I'm eating?
Could my symptoms be caused by medications or supplements I'm taking?
Do you think my symptoms could be caused by a GI condition?

Questions to ask if you have been diagnosed with EPI

Do I need to change my diet?
Are there lifestyle changes I should make?
What are my treatment options?

Could it be EPI?

EPI can be mistaken for other GI conditions

EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) can often be confused with other GI conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis because it shares many of the same symptoms.

The pancreas can affect digestion

EPI can happen when your pancreas isn't making enough digestive enzymes to break down the food you eat.

Symptoms of EPI include:

  • frequent diarrhea
  • gas
  • bloating
  • stomach pain
  • oily stools
  • unexplained weight loss

Talk to your doctor about EPI

EPI is a manageable condition. If you have one or more of these symptoms, it's important to talk to your doctor about EPI. Make sure to include all your symptoms and when you are experiencing them, your medical history, and any medications, vitamins or supplements that you may be taking.

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