Hello. My name is Sarah and two weeks ago I developed a pain in my middle left back just where the ribs finish (the pancreas is just below it). It doesn't go away and gets worse when I sit and a bit better if I stand or lie down. My gastroenterologist wants me to have a CT scan, but I had a CT/PET three months ago and a previous CT a year and a half ago. I'm really worried about extra radiation, particularly if it's not really needed.
I was diagnosed with Lumbar disk degeneration following an MRI about six months ago and I have facet joint arthritis
I think the reason my gastroenterologist wanted a CT was that I did have some blood in my stools. I am on warfarin, and following a general anaesthetic some weeks ago, I did have constipation which may have been the cause of the blood. I haven't had any blood for three days now and the stools are a normal colour.
What do you think? Would an MRI (no radiation) be of any use? They did previously use one to look at my pancreas when I expressed my fear of more CT scans. Do you think the gastroenterologist wanted the CT scan because he was concerned about the blood? Can my sort of back pain be caused by disk degeneration or facet joint arthritis?
I'm desperately worried and would be really grateful for any advice you might have. The CT is scheduled for next Friday and I have to make a decision. Thank you for any help you can give me.