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i have a few questions about the abdominal pain i

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Dr. Anders Mark Christensen

General Surgeon

Practicing since :2016

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Posted on Thu, 7 Feb 2019 in Abdominal Pain
Question: i have a few questions about the abdominal pain i have been experiencing since last Friday
upper and moddle abdominal pain
seems to go away when i work out. run
no real other symptoms. a lttle bloated. a little gassy. very little
stools look good. urine looks good
gas x or over the counter meds not relieving pain
apparite is fine. drinking water fine
just concerned could be pancreatic cancer
Answered by Dr. Anders Mark Christensen 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Pancreatic cancer is unlikely

Detailed Answer:
Hi Jmpringle,

Pancreatic cancer is very unlikely. What you describe sounds more like gastritis or small bowel bacterial overgrowth. You could try a proton pump inhibitor and a breath test by your doctor to see if it is bacterial overgrowth.

Pancreatic cancer typically does not present with the symptoms you describe. More often, the symptoms are vague, e.g. exhaustion, weight loss, jaundice, persistent, dull pain in the upper abdomen.

In your case, it all sounds very benign.
Please feel free to write again if you have further questions or concerns.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
Follow up: Dr. Anders Mark Christensen 58 minutes later
Thank you Dr Christensen..
Correct, no jaundice, or weight loss and in fact my swimming workouts have been some of the best I have had in a long time...just this last week... The pain goes away when I swim.
But that is why I am a little concerned... doesn't something like pancreatic cancer show up with just abdominal pain first and then the rest follows or is that not correct.
I went to doctor at start of the year for check up and he just did the standard blood work and said it looked fine.. anyway at my age I am just concerned.
thanks XXXXXXX
Answered by Dr. Anders Mark Christensen 35 hours later
Brief Answer:
How old are you?

Detailed Answer:
Hi again XXXXXXX

With the vague symptoms you describe, pancreatic cancer is still very unlikely. In terms of your specific risk of pancreatic cancer, how old are you? Depending on your health care plan, it may be possible to do a three-phased computed tomography scan of your pancreas - just to ease your mind, as this will find most small cancers. However, I must stress that your risk of cancer is exceedingly low, and a simple wait-and-watch approach (with more diagnostic work-up if your symptoms do not subside or if they worsen) is what I would recommend as a doctor.

Hope this helps. Do not hesitate to write if you have further questions.
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