I am a 50yo male, around 220lbs. I have GERD and take 40mg Pantoprazole daily. I had a CT scan approximately 1 year ago after abdominal discomfort and elevated lipase with the following results:
Pancreas: Mild early fatty infiltration most prominent in the head and to lesser
extent the body seen. No evidence of focal lesion or ductal dilatation. No
surrounding inflammation/scarring of the adjacent peripancreatic fat.
Vasculature appears unremarkable.
Now a year later I have had mild nausea and loss of appetite for two weeks along with back pain. No strain or injury related to back pain. Pain is most prominent in the middle of the back to the left of the spine, but sometimes extends upward to just behind the edge of the left shoulder blade. Hard to get comfortable. Worse when lying down at night (may just be more noticeable because I am still and quiet). At night back pain pulses with heartbeat.
I have an appointment with my gastroenterologist in 12 days, but this is a long time to worry. Should I be concerned?
In a worst case scenario, how far could pancreatic cancer progress in the year since my CT?