Symptoms, blood tests etc

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Ok so my mum (46yr old) went for routine bloods... They came back:

Alk Phos very high at 1800

All LFTs high

Low iron

High cholesterol

Low vitamin D.

Symptom wise she thought she had indigestion, central pain in between front/bottom of ribs getting more and more frequest. Describes as a winded tugging pain.

GP examined her and she was very tender when he pushed in around her gallbladder. Suspected gallstones.

Emergency scan this morning, sonographer said forget gallbladder it's your pancreas and it's serious, you require an urgent CT scan. Gp hasn't yet seen the scan report but has referred for an emergency specialist appt. Left in limbo, haven't a clue what the scan showed regarding the pancreas.

Upon a lot of research it seemed to me like pancreatitis however the GP said she'd be doubled over in pain if that was the case. Seems he's just thinking the dreaded C word...

Hoping someone can advise of similar...

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    How long does an emergency specialist appt take?  Mum wouldn't necessarily be doubled over in pain.  I would take her to the emergency room at your nearest large hospital asap where they have the staff and equipment to deal with an emergency situation if necessary.

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      No longer than 2 weeks... She is quite stubborn in regards to taking her to A&E, she has agreed if the pain gets worse but it's stayed the same level of pain for a few weeks now

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    It's up to her of course however my experience with all things medical due to my lengthy medical history is that radiographers or whoever does a scan, absolutely never let on about what they've just seen.  NEVER, they aren't allowed! 

    This person told her it was her pancreas and serious and important to have an urgent scan.  Sounds pretty clear to me, hear the message and do something.  I can't believe you're both content to just sit back actually.  If you knew anything about the pancreas you'd not hesitate to act.  

    Are you're reading the doc's mind or did he say he thinks Mum has cancer?  Please be advised that if there is a serious issue with the pancreas it can be life threatening and very quickly!  Sudden complications can kill quicker than cancer.  Act on the advice given. 

    Read some of the posts here and learn just how urgent pancreatic complications can be. 


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    Hi Kerrie, from what I’ve been reading, there is accuse and chronic pancreatitis. The being doubled over in pain symptom would apply to accrue pancreatitis.  However, chronic pancreatitis would have milder symptoms they include upper belly pain and bloat.

    Pancreatitis is believed to be caused by alcohol consumption or medications.

    There are done articles connecting pancreatitis with gallbladder issues.

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