Pancreatitis - Your Questions Answered

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Pancreatitis is very well known as an unpredictable, 'hard to treat' condition in both of its forms (acute and chronic). However, as a result the research and experiences of an Australian sufferer (talking to many other victims and other medical and health professionals), the best procedures needed to treat this nasty condition have been discovered.

The most common of all Pancreatitis early symptoms is abdominal pain.

The pancreas is quite a large gland that aids in the secretion of  digestive enzymes that are sent to the small intestines where it assists the small intestines with food digestion in a more effective and efficient way. Also, the pancreas send hormones into the bloodstream to help the body utilize glucose that is garnered from foods and which in turn gives a person energy.

If the pancreas is inflamed and the enzymes don't  reach their destination a person's health will be adversely affected due to the dysfunction in the digestive system. Early symptoms of Pancreatitis include pain that is normally felt in the upper region of the abdomen and this pain is often so severe that life becomes unbearable.

However, this pain can also be mild though it may worsen whenever food is eaten or a fluid is drunk. Pain that is one of the most common of all Pancreatitis early symptoms can also affect other parts of the body and may not always be localized to the abdominal region. This pain can also be felt in the back area as well as in other parts of the body. It should also be mentioned that in rare cases, pain that is a normal pancreatitis early symptom can also not be felt - mainly because of the fact that the pancreas have ceased to produce the digestive enzymes.

Other pancreatitis early symptoms include swelling as well as tenderness of the abdomen and in some instances the pancreatitis early symptoms also involve feeling nauseous. In addition, pancreatitis early symptoms also involve vomiting and experiencing fever as well as developing rapid pulse rate.

Among the more severe pancreatitis early symptoms you should include dehydration, low blood pressure, weight loss, fatty stool, diabetes as well as failure of vital organs including lungs, heart and kidneys.

Some of these pancreatitis early symptoms may not actually be caused by pancreatitis because other conditions can also make these symptoms occur. A doctor is the best person who will first study your pancreatitis early symptoms and then diagnose whether or not the symptoms are being caused by pancreatitis or by some other health problem.

People that notice pancreatitis early symptoms often also notice that they have begun to lose weight and their appetite too may become less though their eating habits will continue to remain normal. The weight loss can be attributed to the fact that lack of pancreatic enzyme secretion prevents normal breakdown of foods leading to nutrients not being absorbed in a normal manner. Poor digestion then causes fat excretion as well as leads to other problems.

We know that there can be two types of pancreatitis, acute and chronic. But we must also be aware of not only the differences between the two conditions but also the sometimes extreme variations between the two. The inflammation of the pancreas organ, which is pancreatitis, can manifest itself in a broad range of severity. Some attacks of acute pancreatitis can be one-off events and provide little future trouble for the patient. Other instances can be severe and on-going bouts of pain and inflammation. As we know the causes of pancreatitis can vary just as much as the severity.

For acute pancreatitis causes can include:

* blockage of the bile duct that may lead to acute pancreatitis
* obstruction of the pancreatic duct
* abscess or tumor
* physical injury to the abdomen which causes damage to the pancreas
* overindulgence in alcoholic beverages
* hypercalcemia that predisposes a person to stone formation in the pancreatic duct
* adverse reactions to drugs or medications such as valproic acid and sulfasalazine
* various viral infections including mumps, bacterial infections
* duodenal ulcer perforation into the pancreas
* peptic ulcer that has damaged the pancreas, and
* certain metabolic issues

For Chronic Pancreatitis these include:

* pancreatic pseudocysts
* traumatic injury to pancreas
* high Cholesterol
* alcoholism (major cause)
* Sjogren's syndrome (auto-immune disease)
* Alpha I trypsin deficiency
* Hyperparathyroidism
* tobacco usage; and
* cystic fibrosis

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This article was published on 2010/04/04