The pancreas is an important part of the body. This organ is responsible for the release of insulin and digestive enzymes to help your body break down and use food. Pancreatitis, or an inflamed pancreas, can cause digestive issues and many other health problems. Keep reading to learn more about this condition.
Acute Vs Chronic Pancreatitis
There are two types of pancreatitis: acute and chronic. Acute pancreatitis is the sudden inflammation of the pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis is a long-lasting form of inflammation that often develops as a result of acute pancreatitis. Both forms of pancreatitis require medical care and patients often need to make lifestyle changes to manage their symptoms.
Pancreatitis Symptoms and Warning Signs
Both forms of pancreatitis have similar symptoms. Common symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, and nausea and/or vomiting. Pain near the pancreas (located in the upper part of the abdomen) is also very common. This pain can include swelling and tenderness. It might also get worse after eating or drinking.
If you suspect you have pancreatitis, examine your medical history and lifestyle. While some people develop this disease for unknown reasons, many sufferers develop it as a result of chronic alcohol usage or as the result of a medical condition like gallstones.
If you suspect you have pancreatitis, you must call a doctor. This disease requires medical treatment and can be life-threatening if ignored. If you have a question about pancreatitis or any other GI issue, call the Gastroenterology Diagnostic Center at 281-357-1977. Our team is here to help.