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Pancreatic Pain

by jamiej44 - March 13, 2019


Is there any specific location of pancreatic pain? 

I have pain that is predominantly in my lower right and mid right abdomen, but also in my right side, upper left abdomen, all across my back around the height of my shoulder blades. The pain is not always there, though it has become more frequent and intense over time. It also seems to be better at night or when lying down (which I know is the opposite to what is written on the symptoms of PC)

Just wanted to know if anyone has experience or knowledge of this?


Accuracy of CT Scan

by jamiej44 - January 20, 2019


I'm interested to know if anyone knows how accurate a CT Scan is to detect pancreatic cancer? The doctor requested a ct scan with pancreatic protocol, I don't know exactly what that means, all it says on the radiologists report is 'multiple phase ct pancreas including non-contrast, post contrast during portal venous, arterial and delayed phases'. The scan came back clear.

I would like to know how certain the above is in ruling out pancreatic cancer.

A bit of background.... 

I am a 41 year old male. I consider myself to be fairly healthy, I like to eat relatively healthy, enjoy exercise and rarely drink alcohol. I am 180cm tall and weigh around 74kgs. 

About 4 months ago I started to experience a vague pain that moved around my lower abdomen, this pain is now predominately in my lower right abdomen (to the right of the belly button) and sometimes in my right hand side. It is not constantly there, it comes and goes. About two months ago I developed a dull pain/ache deep in my upper back, below my in right shoulder blade, again this is not there constantly, it comes and goes. I have had muscle pain in my back before from over exerting myself in sport or lifting a heavy object, this is different to that type of pain, no as intense.

During the past 4 months, I have had various other symptoms....

Episodes of light headiness and dizziness. 

A racing heart/heart palpitations.

An indigestion type feeling the indigestion feeling isn't a heartburn type feel, but more of a feeling that something is stuck in my throat that is ready to come up back up (but doesn't), I have been getting a mild feeling of nausea with this as well. I went through a period of a few weeks where I was belching excessively immediately after eating (this had now subsided, though has come back more mildly on a few occasions) 

Periods of fatigue. I am normally an active 'get up and go' kind of guy, though I started to feel very lethargic and unmotivated. 

Instances of getting a bad chemical taste in my mouth, I also noticed that when drinking beer it tasted disgusting and not at all as it normally does. 

Tongue Sores

My belly constantly pulses up and down, which is especially noticeable when sitting or lying down. I have been told this is completely normal though it's something I have never experienced before. I also know that I'm not overweight though I certainly have belly fat.

Changes to my normal bowel habits.

I have had blood tests, a colonoscopy and endoscopy and nothing untoward has showed up. I appreciate that I have had a lot of testing, which has come back clear, though I also know that PC is not always picked up from CT scans and that sometimes it is missed or that alternative testing is required. 

I'm not saying I'm convinced I have PC, though it certainly has been a worry for me. I would just like to know how confidently it could be ruled out.

Thank you

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