It is a situation where your pancreas becomes swollen over a period of time causing you severe pain in the center of your abdomen. The pancreas is a small internal organ that is behind the stomach that assists with digestion through the production of pancreatic juice. This contains enzymes that help break down food in your tummy for absorption.
It can occur as acute or chronic disease. The acute pancreatitis means that it occurred just over a short period meaning that this is the first time you may be experiencing it. While chronic means its been there for a long time and you’ve repeatedly felt the pain over some years. Often times the pancreas has been inflamed and damaged over the many years.
How do I know If I have it.
It comes with several symptoms. However it is best to not look at them in isolation but rather consider them together. Some of the symptoms are:
- You may experience nausea and vomiting.
- Abdominal pain may radiate in your back
- Experiencing some pains after eating
- Chills and fever
- A feeling of tenderness of abdomen after touching
- A general feeling of lethargy and weakness.
- In severe cases abdominal pain, unintentional weight loss and foul smelling oil stool.
How is pancreatitis tested for?
It takes a blood test and imaging test to determine whether you it or not. So go see your doctor for the tests to be done as you cant self diagnose this.
Some complications that may develop from it are; diabetes, pancreatic cancer, malnutrition
infection and pseudo cyst formation.
So what are some causes of pancreatitis?
Lifestyle choices can also lead to pancreatitis. Normally though, digestive enzymes released by the pancreas are not activated to break down fats and proteins until they reach the small intestine. However, when these digestive enzymes are activated while still in the pancreas, inflammation and local damage to the pancreas occurs leading to pancreatitis.
The causes of pancreatitis include:
- Alcohol consumption
- High triglyceride levels
- Abdominal injury or surgery
- Certain medications
- Exposure to certain chemicals
- Family history of pancreatitis
- Cystic fibrosis
- Pancreatic cancer
Is Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer Related
Yes they are related. Pancreatic cancer can cause pancreatitis.