10 Pancreatitis Symptoms

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By albert
May 20, 2018
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Pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreas is inflamed or swollen due to the enzymatic autodigestion of the gland. There are two types of pancreatitis, namely acute pancreatitis, and chronic pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis has a sudden onset and usually heals without impairment of function, while chronic pancreatitis is a recurrent condition that develops over a period of time.

It is uncertain what events trigger the onset of pancreatitis. However, several factors increase the risk of its onset. Accumulation of gallstones increases the risk of acute pancreatitis. Gallstones are formed from bile; and when large in size, they can block the main pancreatic duct where it joins with the bile duct to form the ampulla of Vater. Another main factor that leads to the development of acute and chronic pancreatitis is the long-term consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol. Smoking, certain medications, endoscopic procedures (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) and abdominal trauma increase the risk of developing pancreatitis. Pancreatitis may also develop due to high blood calcium levels, hypertriglyceridemia, and some hereditary factors.

Symptom #1: Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is a common symptom for both acute and chronic pancreatitis. In both cases, the pain occurs in the upper middle (epigastric region) and left side of the abdomen. The pain may reach the left shoulder blade and spread downwards into the lower back.

Stomach pain associated with pancreatitis can be different from ordinary stomach-ache because pancreatic abdominal pain persists and worsens for several days without treatment. The pain is usually worse after a meal and when you lie down flat. However, getting into the certain positions (i.e. fetal position) may provide some relief. If you experience abdominal pain that won’t go away, it is recommended that you seek medical attention1.

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