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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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 isn't pancreatic cancer?

How do I know my back pain isn't 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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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

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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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Could my back pain be pancreatic cancer? 52 yo female, overweight; Pain in both shoulder blades & sore to the touch on latismus dorsi muscle. Some

Only one way: To find out: go see a healthcare provider who will examine you properly and tell you whether you need further tests to rule out pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer generally hurts A LOT and constantly, but it should not cause pain that can be elicited by touch on a muscle. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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27 male worried about Pancreatic cancer, upper ab discomfort under left ribs, upper/mid back pain, indigestion. Should I be worried? What are chances?

27 male worried about Pancreatic cancer, upper ab discomfort under left ribs, upper/mid back pain, indigestion. Should I be worried? What are chances?

Wait to worry: Pancreatic Cancer typically affects people over the age of 50 years, so it is unlikely to be a cause of your symptoms at your age. Your symptoms may be all due to Acid reflux causing indigestion. You should try taking antacids of one kind or another. You may use one of: Maalox, Zantac, Pepecid or prilosec and try it for one week. If the symptoms go away, then the likely cause is Acid reflux (GERD) ...Read more

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Left Back pain for 2 months, indigestion, smelly floaty stools, gas, LUQ discomfort. Worries about pancreatic cancer, what else could this be?

Left Back pain for 2 months, indigestion, smelly floaty stools, gas, LUQ discomfort. Worries about pancreatic cancer, what else could this be?

LUQ pain abn stool: May be gastritis (try ranitidine/ prevecid) or food intolerances (milk, gluten, soy) or pancreatic insufficiency (try creon), pancreatic mass or colonic issues. Would follow up with doctor since it is 2 months likely need imaging -CT, as well as upper /lower endoscopy. ...Read more

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For a month had upper left abd pain just below left chest. Sometimes lower left abd pain sometimes upper left back pain. Occasional gas esp after eating. Floating stool. Took blood test came back normal. Very scared of pancreatic cancer at 22.?

For a month had upper left abd pain just below left chest. Sometimes lower left abd pain sometimes upper left back pain. Occasional gas esp after eating. Floating stool. Took blood test came back normal. Very scared of pancreatic cancer at 22.?

Not cancer: If it was pancreatic cancer the blood test you had would come up at least one abnormal value. You are too young to get pancreatic cancer. IBS at your age can cause similar symptoms. See a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Dark yellow/orange loose stool. Gas, upper left abd/up left back pain. Sometimes lower left pain. Panicking about pancreatic cancer. Very stressed?

Dark yellow/orange loose stool. Gas, upper left abd/up left back pain. Sometimes lower left pain. Panicking about pancreatic cancer. Very stressed?

Cancer unlikely: You are at very low risk for pancreatic cancer at your age.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Upper abdominal and back pain which moves around, intermittent and sharp. Terrified of pancreatic cancer. Please help. Would pain from cancer move?

Upper abdominal and back pain which moves around, intermittent and sharp. Terrified of pancreatic cancer. Please help. Would pain from cancer move?

Need for examination: Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to diagnose. There are many causes of abdominal pain and it is not feasible to provide an opinion without examining you and may be performing imaging study. Please see your doctor for a proper evaluation, . ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer? Upper abdomen pain, some burning, mid back pain & hip, I do have poor posture.

Pancreatic cancer? Upper abdomen pain, some burning, mid back pain & hip, I do have poor posture.

RARE: Pancreatic cancer is rare comparing to other digestive disease cancer.
it could be your pancreas causing the pain,
it could be an ulcer, or gallbladder disease they all can cause same symptoms.
see your doctor, they will evaluate either assure you, or treat you.
start by watching your diet, take anti acid and medication from OTC, like zantaz, or prilosec.
either way see your doctor please.
good luck. ...Read more

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3 months of nausea, upper stomach mild cramping, off and on yellow stools, off and on back pain, is this pancreatic cancer?

3 months of nausea, upper stomach mild cramping, off and on yellow stools, off and on back pain, is this pancreatic cancer?

Unlikely: I would be more concerned with the gallbladder. See your doctor and s/he will probably order an x-ray and/or ultrasound. ...Read more

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Chronic low grade fevers and nausea for 3 months. Back pain 1 week, mild cramping upper tumy sometimes. Blood work, CT of ab and ultrasound good 1 month ago. Weight loss. Diareah pancreatic cancer?

Chronic low grade fevers and nausea for 3 months. Back pain 1 week, mild cramping upper tumy sometimes. Blood work, CT of ab and ultrasound good 1 month ago. Weight loss. Diareah pancreatic cancer?

More info?: The first thing one thinks of is gallbladder but... When do you get pain? What type? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Anything make it worse? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Pancreatic ca (thankfully) is very rare. And if it were causing symptoms I would expect 2 see a mass on ct. ...Read more

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Nausea-ulq pain-upper back pain/burning after eating-appetite loss/20 lb wt. Loss in 6 mos-bowel changes. Ct/eus/ca19-9 normal early pancreatic cancer?

Seek a Good doctor: You need monitoring and advice from a good internist who can investigate you for all possible reasons for weight loss. There are many such reasons besides cancer. He/she will know what to do and try to treat your symptoms until an obvious cause can be discovered. The only way to resolve this problem is through close follow up with your doctor...This may require repeat ct scan of the abdomen to. ...Read more

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Pain under left rib. Upper left and mid back pain occasional gas and yellowish-brown stool. Worried pancreatic cancer. No stomach pain no fam history?

Pain under left rib. Upper left and mid back pain occasional gas and yellowish-brown stool. Worried pancreatic cancer. No stomach pain no fam history?

Don't worry!: It would exceedingly unusual for someone in their 20s to get pancreatic cancer! And there are many more things that cause the symptoms you describe, from irritable bowel syndrome to dietary intolerances to gallbladder inflammation. Talk to your provider. And try to focus on other things! ...Read more

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My mid to upper back has been in pain. Can that be a sign of pancreatic cancer?

Could Be Or Not: Mid to upper back pain can be associated with a number of illness, from muscle strains, somatic dysfunctions, cardiac problems (including heart attacks), lung diseases, referred pain from the abdomen, metastatic disease, and pancreatic cancer (although it would not be my first thought).

The pain needs to be combined with other symptoms and history to properly diagnose the cause. See your doc. ...Read more

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My mid to upper back has been in pain. Can that be a sign of pancreatic cancer?

My mid to upper back has been in pain. Can that be a sign of pancreatic cancer?

Not likely: While many patients with pancreatic cancer complain of back pain, by itself back pain is very non-specific for pancreatic cancer. This is to say that there are some many causes of back pain, that the percentage of people with back pain who have pancreatic cancer is really really low. Together with other symptoms, like weight loss, jaundice, trouble eating, etc. It may be worth investigating. ...Read more

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My labs came back should I be worried my lipase are elevated to 59, wondering what could it be. Hoping its not pancreatic cancer?

Why was it tested?: That's the most important question to ask. The context in which the lab was drawn will inform how it is interpreted. Lots of things can raise your lipase (e.g. Alcohol use, gallstones, medications, etc.) while pancreatic cancer is a (remote) possibility, have a positive attitude and follow up with your doctor. They can better help interpret the test. 59 is normal in my hospital, btw. ...Read more

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Does pain from pancreatic cancer exhibit itself in the middle of the back, or can it be on my left side right below the shoulder blade?

Does pain from pancreatic cancer exhibit itself in the middle of the back, or can it be on my left side right below the shoulder blade?

Upper abdomen: It can be felt any where in the upper abdomen or mid back area. Are you trying to self diagnose yourself? . It is extermley rare for a young person to get it. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic cancer cause an intermittent pain on left shoulder blade?

Can pancreatic cancer cause an intermittent pain on left shoulder blade?

No: Pancreas cancer arises in 3 areas of the gland, the head producing painless jaundice, mid body invading celiac plexus to cause severe back pain and tail lesions near the spleen obstructing splenic vein to cause gastric varies from vasa brevia. Pain in left shoulder blade is due to irritation of the left diaphragmatic crura due to inflammation at the site not from distal pancreas Ca ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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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


Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Fast growing abnormal cells that are difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing ...Read more