I've got a Myeloproliferative Neoplasm (rare blood cancer) which caused a blood clot in my portal vein and damage to my liver.
As a result, every few months I get really bad heartburn and feel unwell for a few days. But then it goes away and all is well.
However, a few weeks ago I got the heartburn but a few days later I ended up with jaundice for the first time. I went to my GP and ended up being admitted to hospital for a few days due to raised LFTs and high INR.
But whilst in hospital my jaundice started to disappear along with my stool colour and urine returning to normal.
I had another bout of indigestion a couple of weeks ago and my stool turned pale etc, but then returned to normal after 3-4 days.
My doc thinks it's related to gallstones as I had a CT scan & ultrasound in hospital and apart from a slightly inflamed pancreas there wasn't anything else detected apart from my enlarged spleen and damage to my liver.
I just wondered if it's fairly normal to get jaundice that comes and goes or could it be a bit more serious, like pancreatic cancer as I've read about painless obstructive jaundice?
I don't get searing pain that some get from gallstones, more of a minor nagging one in my back and feeling winded that keeps me awake.