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A little background. I am 37 years old. I have had a weight problem since I was a teenager. I am 6'2 and in March, I weighed about 325 pounds. I am not proud of this. I admit I did not live a healthy lifestyle. Usually during the summer, I lose around 10-15 pounds because of increased physical activity. I noticed my clothes were fitting looser in late July/early August. I weighed myself on the scale at my parents' house 2 weeks after Labor Day (I did not have a scale at my place. I was down to 292. I am very skeptical the increased physical activity can account for this . I had to go for a physical anyway to get the preferred health insurance rate at work. I was convinced it would be diabetes. I mentioned the sudden weight loss. On Web MD it says if you have more than 5% of unexplained weight loss, see a doctor. My bloodwork all came back normal besides a high calcium level. First I was relieved it wasn't diabetes, then worried it was something more serious, like cancer. The doctor at the urgent care who did the physical suggested I go to an internist. I saw one last week. He checked for blood in my stool and felt my glands and lymph nodes and felt nothing out of the ordinary. He also felt my abdomen and said my liver felt normal. he then had me make a follow up appointment for a month in the future and wrote a prescription for more bloodwork and an ultrasound chest xray. I had read on WebMD that pancreatic cancer causes sudden weight loss. I am not usually a hypocondriac but I do have anxiety issues. Whenever there is uncertainty in any situation, I always assume the worst. And the end result never turns out to be anywhere near as serious. He said, "First of all, pancreatic cancer is extremely rare in someone under 40. Second, if it started over the summer and caused you to lose over 10% of your weight, you would most likely be in a lot of pain by now." He also said, "Stop reading Web MD. You will drive yourself crazy." I also think that if he thought it was something very serious, he wouldn't say wait a month for a follow up. He'd say get the tests done right away. Before I noticed how much weight I lost, I had felt fine. Even when I thought it was diabetes, I felt fine. In the last week, I have felt a lot of fatigue. I think this is only psychosomatic. I also noticed the last few days greasy stools (normal color, not pale). And my stomach seems to be noisier than normal, with gurgling. I just noticed this the past week. And I started worrying more. My weight has stayed stable the past week. I actually gained a pound or 2. And one of my co workers who has noticed my weight loss said it did not happen overnight or in a week. You could see it little by little over the summer. I don't feel any back pain/abdomen pain. Do you think I should really be worried about Pancreatic Cancer, or could all this be caused by a digestive issue (Chron's Disease, GERD, gastritis, gallstones, IBD, IBS, a parasitic infection, Celiac). I know there are people on here who have had pancreatic cancer and had relatives with it, and I do not want to upset you. But I am pretty worried.
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