Pancreatitis is a painful digestive disorder that affects your pancreas, the gland responsible for producing digestive juices (enzymes) and hormones that regulate blood sugar. It occurs when enzymes, intended to help you digest food, start digesting your pancreas instead. Your belly might swell on the upper left side, where your pancreas sits. Pancreatitis can be deadly if left untreated.
Symptoms may vary, depending on the type of pancreatitis you have:
- Acute (sudden): may come and go quickly within a few days, with treatment
- Chronic (long-lasting, slow to develop): an ongoing condition that gets worse over time
- Familial (hereditary): An inherited form of pancreatitis that is passed down in families
- Usually, symptoms of family pancreatitis begin at a young age, and the condition progresses to chronic pancreatitis
Typical signs and symptoms include:
- Fluid buildup in your belly
- Lowered blood pressure
- Severe stomachache that may spread to your back or chest (it may feel worse after you eat)
- Rapid heart rate
- Swelling and feeling sore or tender in your upper belly or abdomen
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
In addition to the symptoms above, chronic pancreatitis signs and symptoms also include:
- Losing weight without trying
- Oily, smelly stools (steatorrhea)
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