Are these symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

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First of all it came on with upper abdomen pain a week ago, this is high up in the abdomen, it varies between middle, off centre more to the right at times, but sometimes a painful twinge high on the left as well.

I've started getting really large bulky stools which look a little pale. This doesn't make much sense to me, only 3 weeks ago they were small and even narrow.

Nausea is on and off as is fatigue and a general ill feeling. What else could it be? A liver or gallbladder problem? A pancreas problem seems much more scary. I used to drink a lot but not as much anymore, i've never had acute pancreatitis.

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    Hi David

    With these symptons it could be any of the ailments you've identified!! Do go to your dr and try to get some answers, in my experience you may well be fobbed off with ibs, this seems to be the first port of call!

    Good luck anyway and maybe keep a food diary.

    Best wishes

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    I’m afraid no one on here can diagnose you (or they shouldn’t!) so your first port of call needs to be your doctor. Note your symptoms, keep a food diary to see if there’s any correlations and DON’T GOOGLE. It could be any one of a number of things.
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    Pancreas issues are very difficult to diagnose. When my pancreas issues started, it started with debilitating pain. I also have other medical conditions and was already on pain medication at the time but it didn’t touch the pain. I was also vomiting and lost almost 50 pounds in a matter of months. I looked up my symptoms and of course Dr. Google pointed to PC. I had all the symptoms except jaundice. After a year of tests I finally got a diagnosis of Pancreas Divisum (born with two pancreatic ducts that never fused together) which caused me to also get chronic pancreatitis. I was stumping the doctors because my blood work was normal (this was before they knew I had pancreatitis). I had never been diagnosed with acute. My pancreas specialist advised me, unless you have a family history of PC, cystic fibrosis or Pancreas Divisum then PC isn’t very common in people under 50. My GI even thought my symptoms were IBS related even after my Pancreas Divisum diagnosis. There’s so many doctors who know about pancreatitis but don’t understand the pancreas. I no longer have my gallbladder but I remember I felt ill. I felt almost flu like symptoms and when I went to the hospital they pressed on my stomach and I yelled. They did an ultrasound and I had gallstones. I even had a gallstone laying on my pancreas and had to have emergency surgery the following day. The gallbladder pain was definitely on my right hand side and it radiated up to my shoulder and ear. I was vomiting and had a fever. A month later I had to have another surgery because I was having similar pain/symptoms. My blood must have showed something but they said they didn’t see anything when they did exploratory surgery, however they took my appendix out just to be safe. This was all back in 2003. I was fine for many years until 2014. In 2014 that’s when everything changed. I’m only 38 and it’s not common for someone my age to have chronic pancreatitis but I have it. I’m learning to live life regardless of my circumstances. PC is usually called the silent killer because the pancreas is past the point of functioning. There are exceptions like Niki who have experienced PC first hand. However before I spoke with my pancreas specialist I thought you couldn’t live without a pancreas … times have changed and it’s now possible to have a life without a pancreas. We are all unique and will have different experiences but if you’re concerned about your health then you need to see your doctor. Good luck. 
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