I've been wondering if there's a possibility that I may have some sort of pancreatic disorder, as I've experienced several episodes of severe pain in my upper abdomen that radiates through to my back.The pain gets really intense - I have difficulty breathing, become nauseous, and start to sweat.Although, except for the one time that the pain lasted 1-2 hours, whenever this occurs, it only lasts about 20 minutes. I've also been feeling like I am experiencing a lot more heartburn than usual. In case it's relevant, I don't smoke and I don't drink much (1-2 glasses of wine every couple of months or so), but I do think that drinking any alcohol causes the heartburn to increase.I'm just afraid the problem may be getting worse, since I've experienced this pain twice in the last few days. This is very uncommon for me.Is this something I should have checked out, or could it simply be a common experience?
Unfortunately, more than one type of illness could lead to the symptoms that you describe, including pancreatitis or other pancreatic abnormalities, peptic ulcers, gastroesphageal reflux disorder, gallstones or other gallbladder abnormalities, and kidney stones, to name a few.
You might ask your personal physician to evaluate these symptoms and, if necessary, to refer you to a GI physician.
Don't muck about.
Get your GP to refer you to a Gastro plumber,.,pronto !!!
You are describing all the same sytoms I had and ended up being diagnosed with chronic Pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis and severe back pain can mask each other.
Also there is no definite rhyme or reason for getting the Chronic version of Pancreatitis.Just bad luck.
Unlike the Acute version which is a life style affliction and it can flare up and kill you very quickly.
Best of luck and a sense of humour is my one way to try and get a bit of respite from this dreadful condition.
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