Originally Posted by Tallon
They told her that they were just fatty deposits. She was 5'7" and weighed 120 lbs how could they be fat?
Because fat on the liver doesn't mean necessarily that you're fat on the outside, instead, it means that there are some changes to the liver tissue itself. For people that binge drink a few days in a row, if you were to take a look at their liver, there would be fatty deposits due to the release of these lipids from the liver cells. Within days to weeks, this goes away (in a young person).
But let's go back to the original question to the person who started this thread. Coach's wife...why, when you feel this pain behind your left rib cage, do you automatically think it's pancreatic cancer? Why not a burst spleen? Why not pneumonia? Why not a pleural effusion? Why not pancreatitis? Why not gas? The point I am trying to make here is that, in medicine, if someone has a symptom, there is something called a differential diagnosis that you think about which is a list of all the possibilities of what could be causing the symptoms. I suspect that you were surfing the internet about left sided pain and you found that this is a symptom of pancreatic cancer and now you have worried yourself sick that you have it.
The reason why computers will never replace doctors because a computer can give you a list of symptoms as part of a disease, but that's it. The doctor, in addition to this list, can look at all the clincal factors and then make his/her decision.
Pancreatic cancer is very rare in a person your age, and you're not sick enough to have it. Usually people with pancreatic cancer will have intractable nausea and vomiting, constant, 10 out of 10 pain in their abdomen etc. etc. You have none of this. (and if you did, you wouldn't feel up to posting on this forum
Anyway, I think you shouldn't be worried about pancreatic cancer (or any of the other things that I mentioned above).
How long has your pain been going on?
Does it get worse or better with eating?
Have you had any nausea and/or vomiting?
Any bloody diarrhea?
Any shortness of breath?
Any chest pain?
One more question...seriously, why did pancreatic cancer jump to your head as the first possibility as to the cause of your pain?