Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by Haleysdad01 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 03:47 AM
I will tell you I am definitely a hypochondriac. I have been experiencing upper abdominal pain that goes through to my back and excessive gas. I have been afraid off and on for the last two years that I have some type of cancer. I had a CT scan 18 months ago and it was completely clear. I had blood work done 4 months ago that was completely normal and they also tested my pancreatic enzymes and everything was normal. My dr told me it is very unlikely I have PC and that there are other things that are more likely such as chronic pancreatitis, however I am scared to death. I have an upper endoscopy next month and he said if that comes back negative we will do an abdominal CT scan. I forgot to mention I am a 27 year old male and I used to weigh about 485 lbs. I am now at a steady weight of 325 lbs. I am 6'4 so I have a large frame and I have a new baby on the way and I am just scared this is going to be pancreatic cancer and I will not live long enough to meet my new child. Please if someone has any insight I would greatly appreciate it.
by ws1953 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 06:19 AM
I sympathize with you but your fears are without any merits. Please relax and let all the test complete and hopefully nothing serious will come out. Just stay upbeat and hope for the best.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Good luck and best wishes. Keep us posted.
by bestfriendmom on Fri Nov 23, 2012 04:04 PM
The good news is that all of your test so far have come back normal. If the doctor thinks that it is unlikely that you have PC and that you have chronic pancreatitis then you probably do. The only thing that you have to watch when you get older is that you don't get PC. My mother did not smoke was never over weight, the only thing that she ever had that could have lead to PC was a chronic case of pancreatitis when she had gall stones in her 50's. The doctor's beleive that is why she is now battling this horrible cancer. You and your family are in my prayers. Keep us posted on how you are doing.
by ashleymarie on Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:52 PM
That is good news!! I was always very very healthy, ate very clean, avid runner, played sports and I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer at the age of 26. I've been dealing with this for a year now. Not fun! :(
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