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Symptoms of Pancreatitis

Discover the symptoms of pancreatitis like severe belly pain, nausea, and fever. Timely medical intervention is vital for managing this condition effectively.

  • 13 Feb 2024
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Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes red and swollen due of an attack by digestive juices or enzymes. The pancreas have two primary functions: producing enzymes to aid in food digestion by releasing them into the small intestine, and secreting hormones like insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream to regulate blood sugar levels. 

 

Pancreatitis disrupts these functions and can lead to other complications such as digestive issues, diabetes and in severe cases, organ failure. So it is important to know the symptoms of pancreatitis for prompt medical attention and treatment.

What are the symptoms of pancreatitis?

Symptoms can differ from person to person, and may manifest in various ways:

 

  • Severe belly pain that may spread to your back or chest (it may feel worse after you eat)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fever
  • Swelling and tenderness in the upper belly
  • Fluid retention in the abdomen
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

 

Always consult your healthcare provider for confirmation because the symptoms of pancreatitis may resemble those of other medical conditions.

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Conclusion

It's easy to overlook your pancreas until it becomes a source of pain, presenting itself in a worrying and stressful manner. Ideally, such discomfort is a one-time occurrence. If you notice any of the symptoms of pancreatitis as mentioned, it's crucial to seek medical attention. Most cases of acute pancreatitis resolve within days. Understanding the cause and taking preventive measures can often spare you from a repeat episode. 

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