calcified Pancreas

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calcified Pancreas

by savannahtx on Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:00 AM

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several years of unsolved complaining about discomfort right at bottom of left ribcage....pain sometimes like a knitting neddle being shoved through from front to back....long story short....GI dr. did more tests and said it shows I have a calcified pancreas.....I was not a drinker or drug user and he said the only thing he can figure is when my Thyroid was going out  that it caused it. Now what as I have read about calcification .....could that be the last step before cancer....I really need to understand this much better then I do...or there any other tests that should be completed ?  any info would be appreciated.

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by Georgie430 on Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 9/4/2009 savannahtx wrote:

several years of unsolved complaining about discomfort right at bottom of left ribcage....pain sometimes like a knitting neddle being shoved through from front to back....long story short....GI dr. did more tests and said it shows I have a calcified pancreas.....I was not a drinker or drug user and he said the only thing he can figure is when my Thyroid was going out  that it caused it. Now what as I have read about calcification .....could that be the last step before cancer....I really need to understand this much better then I do...or there any other tests that should be completed ?  any info would be appreciated.


 Hi savanna, I'm surprised the GI didn't mention Chronic Pancreatits and GI should have also told you that calcifacation does NOT equal cancer

There are 2 good panreatitis message boards on Yahoo health, or thereis a really good one in from the UK w/ many US members!

Hope to see you there, you will learn so very much, just curious, alcohol does indeed cause Chronic panc, but who mentioned drugs, your Dr?

Quick advise I can give is try to limit you fatty food intake, makes panc work harder and DO NOT drink, even socially!!

PM me if you want to talk,

                                       best intentions,

                                          Denise

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by bammy on Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hi Savannah

I just had whipple surgery July 9th in Tyler Texas. I had a series of test ct,mri and endoscope they found a cyst in the middle of on pancreas and thought it was cancer. They did a biopsy and show none but, My surgeon

Dr. Duane Andres best of them all suggested I go ahead with the surgery.

I was in surgery for 10 hrs and he found 2/3 of my pancreas was calcified.

This was not due to heavy drinking and could not really give me a reason. I do not have cancer thank God. and all is good after surgery. I never had pain anywhere. I became jaundice and was itching this is what caused them to do all the test. I suggest you see a great surgeon that do at least 100 whipple a year this is a very technical procedure but, will do wonders.

Good Luck

Bammie/Melinda

 

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by savannahtx on Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:00 AM

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Thanks to all who helped me...now,another question....should I have the test done where they go down your throat and then ...I think,they do ultrasound on the Pancreas when they are down there?

What should I be looking for that the calcified Pancreas would cause as the condition goes on ???  Can't find a true message board that even deals with my issue...any other forums or boards out thiere??

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by bammy on Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hi Savanna

Yes, have the ERCP ultrasound it shows show much. When I had the procedure they biopsy the cyst I had and showd no cancer. The ERCP shows all organs and gives your doctor the information needed for the correct treament. As I said before I have a great GI doc and surgeon. I have all test done and within a month I was in surgery this is a  conditoin they did not wait around to see what happened. My outcome was great as I stated before. No cancer not a diabetic no pain little tired thats it. Eat what I want the whipple surgery was hard but, feel so much better. Before I had constant diarreah and gas bloating and indigetion now I have none. I take an enzyme to help me digest food and a antacid but, all is well, For your peace of mind I would have the ERCP. Good Luck let me now the out come.

Bammie/Melinda 

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