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Why does pancreatic cancer cause back pain?

Why does pancreatic  cancer cause back pain?

Good: Question and has to do with retro peritoneal structures, that unlike those held by the omentum in front, these structures have nerves that send pain from back. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How do I know my back pain isnt pancreatic cancer?

How do I know my back pain isnt pancreatic cancer?

You get tested: Hi. Fortunately, pancreatic cancer is rare...but not rare enough. A CT of your pancreas will determine the presence of pancreatic adenocarcinoma (we're not considering pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors in a case like this). But be aware that most Americans have back pain and fortunately, very, very few of them have it because of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Get an abdominal CT if indicated. Good luck ...Read more

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If pancreatic cancer causes back pain why would bending forward take the pain away?

Nerve root relief: Back pain associated with pancreatic cancer is due to compression by the tumor on the celiac plexus nerves that run along the spine. Leaning forward could theoretically cause pain relief by opening the disk spaces and relieving the tension off of the celiac plexus. Leanin forward will also allow the pancreas to fall forward, thus relieving pressure off of the nerves that transmit the pain. ...Read more

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When pancreatic cancer starts causing back pain, does it come and go, or does it stay constant?

When pancreatic cancer starts causing back pain, does it come and go, or does it stay constant?

Usually constant: It is not always there and it may fluccctuate in intensity but it is progressive and will require pain medicines if it is from advanced cancer. ...Read more

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How likely is getting pancreatic cancer at 22? Also would symptoms like left side and mid left back pain happen suddenly?

Very rare: Pancreatic cancer in a 22 year old is very rare. sudden pain in the left side/back is more likely to be due to injury or overuse. I would also consider a urinary tract infection or kidney stone, which both way more likely than cancer. ...Read more

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Does pancreatic cancer cause muscle spasm type back pain?

Yes: Some times pancreatic cancers present as back pain , speak to your doctor , but every back pain is not a pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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I am terrified I have pancreatic cancer - mid epigastric burning every early morning (around 3-4am - it wakes me up). I also have mid back pain. 30 yr?

I am terrified I have pancreatic cancer - mid epigastric burning every early morning (around 3-4am - it wakes me up). I also have mid back pain. 30 yr?

2B brave act brave: Pancreatic cancer is unlikely but gastric reflux is very likely. You'll get endoscoped and probably treated. Get seen. In the meantime, see if propping the head of your bed up on cinder blocks and/or antacids over-the-counter helps. ...Read more

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If a person had pancreatic cancer that is causing left side pain (under the rib cage) and back pain, should you be experiencing weight loss too?

Pancreatic Cancer: Unfortunately even in this era of tremendous advances in oncology field pancreatic cancer is still a gruesome diagnosis. The most common symptom is jaundice and pain is rather rare and can be associated with very advanced disease with significant weight loss. Pain is more often associated with pancreatitis and specific tests should be done to rule out inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). ...Read more

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right abdomen pain and right back pain at times what symptoms would you have with pancreatic cancer? If pain was in this area? Feels tight all around

right abdomen pain and right back pain at times what symptoms would you have with pancreatic cancer? If pain was in this area? Feels tight all around

Unlikely: Pancreatic Cancer is rare under the age of 40, so I seriously doubt that you have this diagnosis. If your symptoms do not settle down with antacids like Zantac (ranitidine) daily, then you should have a physician examine you and may also do a CT Scan of the abdomen which is the best way to check for any hidden tumor/growth or Cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Cancer of the pancreas are fast growing abnormal cells. These can be adenocarcinoma that can grow quickly, difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing & may produce hormones & are surgically removed. Cystic cancers also may have better success with surgery. All of these can be difficult ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more