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weight was posted 02/06/2018 09:51 pm by Anonymous
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Nothing you have mentioned makes me think you should be considering pancreatic cancer. It does not start with dramatic weight loss as you describe. I suspect it is your nervousness from having worked in health care... as you describe checking CA19-9 in that past.... that is haunting you. But this is not the test for you. Fortunately.

You need to talk to a gastroenterologist. Do not blame your primary care doctor, as their job is to refer you to specialists when more knowledge is needed. Your primary care doctor actually sounds like they are pretty good and already ordered many more tests than most would - a CT and a colonoscopy.

There are many things that can be causing your symptoms, some of which were mentioned in the previous post. Talk to a doctor specialized in GI, and while systematically looking at what you are eating and what symptoms occur when will be helpful. Keep a careful diary. See if your symptoms correlate with high fat, high fiber, dairy, or gluten. Your gastroenterologist will consider many things from gastroparesis to reflux to gall bladder disease to diverticulosis to food intolerances to celiac etc..... There are many possible explanations that are not cancer.

And our bodies can change a lot over time.

From what you describe, you are eating less because you having discomfort. Of course, eating less can lead to weight loss. And are you exercising/active? If you aren't, you can lose a ton of muscle mass when you are older... even just in a week of inactivity. My Dad lost 10 pounds from a week with pneumonia, at home, inactive, not eating well. It can happen fast. Believe me.

And see your GI. Try to get off the internet for awhile, and make an effort to get a little exercise walking and see if you can increase your appetite. Smaller meals, spread throughout the day can sometimes be helpful. And Put this in the hands of the specialists.

Cancer doesn't stay hidden for 3.5 years, and then re-materialize. It just doesn't.

So you are lucky.

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