Mid back pain in pancreas area

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Hi ladies, has anyone experienced mid back pain around your pancreas area, especially during your period or ovulation? It flares during these times and just started doing this 3 months ago. One month it was on my right side, and now its always on my left. Of course my health anxiety flares and I fret thinking I have pancreatic cancer. Anyone else get this so I can calm myself?

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    Yes I have had this. I've been told that it's "muscular" when I've never had back issues my entire life. I had an abdominal CT 2 years ago as it started under my ribs (left side), then radiated to my back. My doctor was investigating kidneys, but I was fearful of pancreatic issues as well. I now get it radiating up higher in my mid/upper back, so of course I waver back and forth between blaming all of this awful stuff on perimenopause and some deadly cancer. It sometimes gets hard to understand and fathom that all of these dreadful feelings can be triggered by peri, so of course one can only speculate that something sinister has been growing over months and hasn't been found yet. It causes great amounts of health anxiety which is so upsetting to cope with. If it's any consolation, I have had this for years now. I still get anxious about it from time to time but I'm getting really exhausted from expecting a terrible diagnosis only to be told that testing doesn't reveal anything serious. Not that I want a terrible diagnosis, of course, it's just hard to believe that this is "nothing". All the best to you.
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      Jenni, thank you so much for responding! You put my mind at rest this evening and that means so much to me, especially when this anxiety ramps up. My hubby told me its muscular too, but I needed to hear it from other women going thru it.
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      It's so hard to understand and believe, isn't it? I am a level headed, common sense kind of girl, but this really plays with my mind. I can't even believe it sometimes, during my gloomy spells. I say that I wouldn't be gloomy if it weren't for the physical anomalies. It just sometimes overwhelms me if I feel really awful physically with seemingly no explanation - which in turn makes me feel doomy mentally. It's as though my mind/body cannot manage stress any longer, and the physical stuff stresses me out. This in turn creates health anxiety in me and I am so unhappy that I can't manage it. I would like to be told that this will end once my periods end for good...
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      Add on - there is a possibility that these feelings can be due to a sluggish colon, or issues in that area. I have dealt with constipation over the past 5 years (not horrendous, but troublesome as the issue came on fairly suddenly and never left - one of the early peri signs for me). During one ultrasound, a tech said that there can be pains/pressure in that area up under the left ribs/back due to the direction of the decending colon (the part of the colon where the stool is stored). The direction takes a sharp turn down, and it starts up fairly high under the left side/abdo. I have had these feelings without eating though so I had convinced myself that this couldn't be the issue. Who knows though - pain can radiate from different areas not connected to the actual spot. Such a guessing game that messes with your head   sad Take good care!
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      Oh my, this sounds like me right now! I am having pains under my ribs, plus the upper back pain between shoulders. I am so afraid it's something deadly, but try not to think about it. Just had gallbladder out, so not sure if it is coming from that or not. I so miss feeling "normal "!
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      Oh thank you for that. I do suffer from constipation and notice that its much worse if I haven't gone in awhile. I do hope all of this ends once the periods stop.
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      The fear is the worst sad I didn't have this 4-5 years ago, and it's gotten worse this past year due to the increase in NEW sypmtoms and various layers of aches/pains/twinges and downright pain that I've not experienced before. When you have A twinge, or AN ache, no problem...they go away and on with life. When they don't go away and new things layer on, then you worry that something is spreading or that something is completely off with your system. Then the worry - and the hormonal support that normally keeps you in balance doesn't help you anymore. It is exhausting managing the exhaustion from it all. I thought this was supposed to be the best time of our lives? I want my money back after buying into that Oprah nonsense. Best to those of you managing your own issues alongside me, from across the miles. It has given me some comfort reading about others who have had some of the same "odd" issues, so I'm thankful for the support in sharing.
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      ;D

      Don't you remember Oprah's 50th - told everyone she felt the best she's felt in her entire life? Then Jamie Lee Curtis has a yoghurt and life is a bushel of roses for her too. Nevermind Gwen Stefani is a year or two older than me and has a perma-grin in every photo 'out there' with a baby on her hip. I don't know what I did to get initiated into THIS club, but I'm spend my Saturday nights looking up ovarian cancer and "why is my urine orange?". Things better perk up soon! 

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      Lol I'm sorry but you really made me lUgh too with the Saturday night comment, guess I'm a member of this club too...... My husband looks over my shoulder now every time I'm online just to make SURE I'm not RESEARCHING MORE Symptons frown
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    Yes.... And yes I've been convinced I have pancreatic "c" word too. Mine is more stabbing, then moves to the other side.

    Today I'm in a world of pain, bloated, cramps pains. 

    I'm in fact thinking about getting a celiac blood test done but dunno how accurate they are?

    But yes snow me too -SOMEBODY TURN OUR BRAINS OFF ALREADY.....

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