Chronic Back Pain After Whipple Procedure

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Chronic Back Pain After Whipple Procedure

by jackieevans311 on Mon Dec 18, 2017 07:30 AM

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Has anyone experience horriblle back pain from the Whipple procedure? I had my surgery in July 2010 and has dealt with this pain.  The surgery as well as the pain has taken my life away.  This is too much to deal with for 7 years. 

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by AliveInOldeTown on Mon Dec 18, 2017 02:06 PM

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I had back pain assocaited with the area where the epidural needle was placed for surgery.  It lasted for a couple of years, and on a pain scale of 10, it was about a 3.  It was constant, but not bad enough to keep me from routine life.  Whipple surgery often results in weakened abdominal muscles, which can result in back pain,  I have had since Whipple some problems with back muscle spasms which are extremely painful (8 to 9 on the pain 10 scale.)  I have found it necessary to routinely do an exercise including relaxation, gentle streching and gentle abdominal strengthening.  I'm OK as long as I do this, otherwise if I skip it for too long, the spasms will come back.  Is it possible you had some nerve damage during surgery that causes the pain?  I am sorry to hear about your problems and I hope you can find some relief from the pain soon. 

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by mojonisa on Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:55 AM

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I had the whipple on Nov 8, 2017 with the head of panreas removed.  High displasia and no signs of cancer.  However, I too, had extreme back pain where the epideral was located.  The upper back pain comes and goes and lately it is here to stay.  Had cat scan (no info.) and looking forward to an MRI of the thorasic muscles.  I wish I knew what might have caused this pain.

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by Visschercrew on Thu Apr 25, 2019 03:44 PM

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Hi. My doctors have been watching a pancreatic "cyst" for the last 2 years post kidney cancer.  The "cyst" was unable to be biopsied @ 4.5 mm but has grown in 1 year to 9mm and is now close to the duct.  They are going to try another biopsy on May 15th.  Doc seems to brush this off as just a cyst with no confirmation. I was wondering if they can get some fluid and determine if it's cancer (hopefully not) and is a cyst but has the tendency to turn to cancer would they recommend surgery in most cases? I know I am getting ahead of myself but this thing is scaring the crap out of me!

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