Is Back Pain A Sure Sign of Pancreatic Cancer?

Q:

Is back pain a sure sign of pancreatic cancer?

A:

First of all, don’t panic. Millions of people experience back pain, which is mostly caused by sore muscles.

However, mid-back pain is indeed a sign of pancreatic cancer. Tumors in the pancreas may cause back pain by irritating the nerves in that region.  This pain is typically present at all times and does not come and go. It usually has nothing to do with the activity you are in or any food that you eat. Besides, pain caused by pancreatic cancer can be temporarily relieved by bending over, as opposed to typical back pain caused by sore muscles.

Therefore, if you have persistent pain that is not helped by anti-inflammatory meds and/or is accompanied by yellowing skin or pale stools, you’d better see your doctor to rule out pancreatic cancer.

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