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Hi everyone, I am a 41 man.
2018 is being a year full of happenings.
At the beginning of the year, abdominal discomfort led me to find out I had gallstones and - almost by accident and thanks to a very scrupulous doctor - a 4cm mass in my colon - which fortunately was benign. Very rare for a 41!
But apparently I am going thorough more challenges.
Early in the summer, I started having occasional back pain. Nothing serious, just annoying, and it would come and go. During August, I had a mild pain on my upper-left abdomen, that lasted a couple of days. I dismissed that as not significant.
But then I noticed something strange in my stool.
After the colonoscopy, I took the habit to check my stool, and saw that at times they were very greasy, and that there was like an oily film on the toilet water.
4 weeks ago the pain in my back started to become more frequent, and intense, eventually waking me up at night. A nasty burning feeling between my shoulder blades.
My doctors said it could be something related to my pancreas and ordered blood tests; according to the results, he will evaluate if an endo-scan is going to be necessary.
I am now waiting for the blood test result.
I do not know how to deal with this, and I feel alone. My wife is very worried - as I am - that I might have PC.
I struggle to keep focus at work, mainly because in the recent days my back pain affects me during the day too and reminds me that there is something wrong.
My sleep is becoming poor as I wake up regularly at 3am with that burning pain between my shoulder blades, that seems to move around my spine according to the position I take in bed.
I have not said anything to my parents because I don’t want them to worry for (maybe) nothing, but I am not sure that this is fair.
What do you suggest? Should I talk to them now?
I'm also asking myself if I should speed up the process and ask my doctor to sign me for an endo-scan or CT straight away.
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