The pancreas is inflamed when you have pancreatitis or pancreatic inflammation. The pancreas is a long, flat gland located in the upper belly just behind the stomach. When you eat, your pancreas creates enzymes that aid digestion and hormones that govern the amount of sugar your body can absorb (glucose). 

Signs and Symptoms 

Acute and chronic pancreatitis share many of the same symptoms: 

  • Your upper abdomen is always aching, and the ache travels to your back. It’s possible that the discomfort I’m experiencing is incapacitating. 
  • Diarrhea and weight loss as a result of insufficient pancreatic enzyme release to break down food 
  • Vomiting due to an upset stomach. 
  • Acute pancreatitis symptoms include: 
  • High fever
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Nausea, vomiting 
  • A swollen and sensitive abdomen  
  • Back pain 
  • Eating, especially high-fat foods, can worsen the symptoms. 

Chronic pancreatitis is characterized by a variety of symptoms. 

  • Back pain that originates in the upper abdomen and radiates to other areas. 
  • Stomach ache that is exacerbated by food or alcohol. 
  • Constipation or diarrhea that is greasy. 
  • Vomiting and diarrhea. 
  • Abdominal (belly) pain that lasts for a long time or comes and goes. 
  • Weight reduction. 

Foods that cause pancreatitis can be identified. Some of the worst offenders are items that are fried or extensively processed, such as french fries and hamburgers from fast food restaurants.  

In addition to organ meats and full-fat dairy products, potato chips and mayonnaise should be avoided. A flare-up of pancreatitis can be triggered by cooked or deep-fried foods. 

2 Types of Pancreatitis  

Acute pancreatitis is a quick, brief inflammation of the pancreas. It can range from a minor inconvenience to a serious and possibly fatal condition. Acute pancreatitis can be cured in the vast majority of cases with proper care. Acute pancreatitis, if left untreated, can lead to severe bleeding, tissue damage, infection, and cyst formation. When pancreatitis is bad enough to require hospitalization, it can damage the heart, lungs, and kidneys.  

Long-term pancreatitis is defined as chronic pancreatitis. It is more likely to occur after a bout of acute pancreatitis. Another major contributing factor is excessive alcohol use over an extended period of time. If you’ve been drinking heavily, your pancreas may have been damaged for years, but you may suddenly begin to have severe pancreatitis symptoms. 

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