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I feel a little bit silly posting again but I just found this forum and I'm feeling so terrible lately and in need of help and reassurance. I'm so fearful that I have pancreatic cancer and lately my back has been hurting a lot - a lot of soreness in the upper back and shoulders and there is also a spot in the middle of my spine that when I press on it it really hurts. The upper back soreness feels a lot like tense muscles but the spot on my spine is different, it really only hurts when I press on it. I have read that pancreatic cancer causes back pain so of course this is where my mind is going, but I can't find anything that explains what that type of back pain feels like. Just wondering if anyone has experienced having a tender or sore spot on their spine and what it could be? 

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Don't know what it could be, but I'm sure there are tons of valid and benign explanations. Yes, it happens to me occasionally. Probably a sore/tense muscle, or a light bruise or other injury. Just because "back pain can be a symptom of pancreatic cancer" does not mean it's remotely likely. A cough can be a sign of lung cancer, leg pain can be a symptom of bone, soft tissue cancer or a blood clot, etc. But they almost always are NOT those things.

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I asked my physician about pancreatic cancer and he told me that usually it is abdominal pain which radiates to the back and not back pain by itself. 

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Thanks both of you for replying. I actually do have abdominal pain intermittently which is what sparked the fear as I know that that combined with back pain can be a symptom of pancreatic cancer. But it doesn't feel like the abdominal pain is radiating exactly, it feels like they're two separate things. I'm so mentally exhausted from this. I would give anything to let it go. I just wish I knew how. I have two counselling appointments set up for next week as well as a follow-up with my GP so I'm hoping next week I'll be able to start to get a handle on my anxiety.

I have had a normal ultrasound and a bunch of normal blood tests. My doctor didn't want to do a CT scan as she felt it wasn't necessary. She did say if my stomach wasn't improving that she would refer me for an upper endoscopy but that "it would take months". I'm unsure as to whether I should push for a CT scan or not? Would it just make things worse for me? The anticipatory anxiety would be almost unbearable I think, as well as waiting to hear the results, and who knows whether or not I would be reassured anyway. Should I just try to believe her or would it be worth it to ask for more testing? I just don't know.

Thanks again

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My back is hurting a lot today and I'm fixating on it. It feels like the muscles on either side of my upper back, right next to my spine, are sore. Mostly my left, and I can feel it a bit in my left arm and hand as well - not pain or tingling exactly, but just "there". I haven't done anything to injure my back but I'm always hunching my shoulders due to stress and don't have great sitting posture so I'm wondering if that could be what's causing the strain. I read (I know :( ) that upper back pain is caused by "sinister" things more than lower back pain, so of course my mind won't stop.

It's not like I've never had back pain before, but I'm in a terrible period of anxiety right now so I can't stop thinking about it. I'm wondering, is it really possible for pain to worsen just by thinking about it constantly? 

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The other morning I turned in an odd way and boy did I get a whopper of a lower back pain. If it did not last just a few seconds I would have gone to the ER as it was that bad. 

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I had similar pain.  Turns out I have arthritis and a couple of bulging discs (and some spinal deformities, go me!)  

I threw my back out a few days ago; I was literally crawling around the house because I couldn't stand or walk.  Doc set me up with some anti-inflammatories and told me to call back if it wasn't any better the next day.   

Back pain is super common and has tons of causes, most of them not serious.

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11 minutes ago, mollyfin said:

I had similar pain.  Turns out I have arthritis and a couple of bulging discs (and some spinal deformities, go me!)  

I threw my back out a few days ago; I was literally crawling around the house because I couldn't stand or walk.  Doc set me up with some anti-inflammatories and told me to call back if it wasn't any better the next day.   

Back pain is super common and has tons of causes, most of them not serious.

Who diagnosed you with arthritis and what tests diagnose you for it?

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I got an MRI of my spine and pelvis.  It was intended to look for a trapped nerve or other causes of numbness and back pain, but it showed that, which explains why my lower back hurts so dang often.

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I should add you said your pain was intermittent. Cancer pain tends to be both progressive and constant. The people I know who were unfortunate enough to suffer with cancer did not have pain that came and went.

 

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My back pain is directly linked to my stress/anxiety level. My back tightens up when I’m stressed and then it hurts. When I’m feeling good it doesn’t do that. Back pain is the most common reason people are their doc, it is very common.

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