• Just wondering...can anyone with pancreatic cancer remember any precursors,symptoms before you were diagnosed.

    Asked by tibby150 on Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Just wondering...can anyone with pancreatic cancer remember any precursors,symptoms before you were diagnosed.

    How were your eating habits and were any of you under a lot of stress?

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    • JMS's Avatar

      Yes, I do remember and I've actually written out a narrative of the past 10 months of my life (since diagnosis) that records exactly the kinds of things you're talking about, as well as what happened during and after the surgery and treatments. I was diagnosed in mid-April last year. About 6 weeks before the diagnosis, I began to lose a bit of weight (about 4 pounds); I became markedly more tired (wasn't "feeling like myself"); and then began to experience mild - but noticeable - heartburn that went on for several weeks. For the first time in my life, I experienced seasonal allergies, and if I handled highly seasoned foods (specifically jalapeno peppers), my skin actually "burned". What finally sent me to the emergency room was a very itchy rash that appeared overnight, followed a couple of days later by jaundice. I don't recall that my eating habits changed, nor that I was under more stress than usual (which is pretty high). Hope this is helpful. JMS

      over 3 years ago
    • janabel681's Avatar

      When I was diagnosed it was because I turned yellow. The tumor was sitting on the bile duct and completely blocking it. The first surgery I was was to put a temporary stint. They later put in a perminent stint. As for eating, I could not really enjoy food. I was very, very tired all the time. I did not want to eat.... It took too much energy.
      That is about all I can remember right now.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ivy11's Avatar

      Before I was diagnosed, I had one sharp pain in my abdomen which sent me to my Dr. He initially thought it was a gallbladder condition. I had also been craving lemon and lemon peel for several months, so I'd eat small slices of lemon with the peel attached and sprinkled with salt. I have now had the Whipple procedure and still crave lemons.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ivy11's Avatar

      I do think prolonged stress, a sense of life losing meaning, or a feeling of hopelessness can be tripping points for illnesses. The older I get, the more I feel that it is vitally important to stay engaged with others and in a rhythm that is comfortable for you. Living what we perceive as a meaningful life is insurance against illness.

      over 3 years ago
    • hilary's Avatar

      Dad had itchy skin and was yellow... turns out he was also in kidney failure...

      over 3 years ago

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