What blood test results will indicate a serious problem with the pancreas? I had blood drawn today and am waiting for results.
I am a 50-yr old male, 220 lbs, non-smkoer + non-drinker. 2 months ago I had stabbing pains in my upper left back, just below the left shoulder blade. It lasted about 10 days, off and on, then left as quickly as they came. Now for the past 2 weeks or so, I've had dull pain in my mid-back region, along with slight nausia off/on (nothing major, no vomiting). My stool has seemed to be getting lighter and somewhat yellowish, and my urine seems to be getting more yellow and stronger as well. I'm just concerned that I had some sort of bout with my pancrease back in March, and that it's been declining slowly ever since. Do these symptoms sound like pancreatic cancer or maybe pancreatitis? Anyone else have problem with pancreas that could possibly shed any light on these symptoms?
Does a problem with the pancreas hit all at once, or a slow degeneration? Again, what results should I zero in on for potential problems with the pancreas? Thanks for any replies.