Pancreas problem?

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I'm 34 just started getting upper abdomen pain, the pain radiates to the back and left shoulder when eating. Is this a pancreas problem? I'm not sure what else it could be.



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    Only a doctor can tell you if it's your pancreas but from my experience with Pancreas Divisum (rare condition where you're born with two pancreatic ducts) which caused chronic pancreatitis, it's highly unlikely given your age. I am 39 and I was 37 when diagnosed with PD/CP. The doctors kept dismissing me because of my age. Pancreas conditions are common amongst the elderly unless you have a family history, cystic fibrosis or Pancreas Divisum. There's also referred pain, where you feel pain in one area but it's actually coming from somewhere else. I don't know if you have your gallbladder but the two tend to mimic one another. You should see a GI specialist and start journaling your symptoms to see if something is triggering your pain (certain foods, etc.). Even gluten can have a horrible affect on the body and you can develop it at any age.

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    Do you still have your gallbladder ?

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    Yes. I had an ultrasound on the pancreas about one year ago. I cannot be sure it is a pancreas problem. I just seem to need the bathroom more, and get left sided abdomen back pain, worse on eating.

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    Hi David I had pain in my upper abdomen (and other symptoms) last year. An ultrasound scan revealed little stones and dense bile in my gallbladder. This has been treated (a specific pill twice a day that I am still taking) and symptoms have gone after a couple of weeks.

    If you want more info check my posts on this website.

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