The Major Warning Signs of Pancreatitis and When You Should Consult A Doctor

4When should you consult a doctor?

If you have persistent abdominal pain which shows no sign of getting any better, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can. If your abdominal pain is so severe that you cannot sit still or find a position which helps make you comfortable and alleviate the pain a bit, seek immediate medical help.

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5The causes of pancreatitis

When the digestive enzymes get activated while these are still in the pancreas, it irritates the cells of your pancreas which causes inflammation thereby leading to pancreatitis. Repeated bouts of acute pancreatitis can gradually lead to the development of chronic pancreatitis due to repeated damage to the pancreas. The pancreas can slowly lose its function due to the formation of scar tissues from the repeated damage. This causes the pancreas to function poorly leading to digestion problems and even diabetes.

Causes of pancreatitis

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6There are various conditions or factors than can lead to pancreatitis-

  • Infections
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Gallstones
  • Abdomen injuries
  • High calcium levels in the blood (hypercalcemia), caused by an overactive parathyroid gland
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • High levels of triglyceride in the blood (hypertriglyceridemia)
  • Certain medications
  • Alcohol abuse
    • Certain surgeries like endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which is meant for treating gallstones can also lead to pancreatitis. However, sometimes there is never a clear cause for pancreatitis.

      various conditions or factors than can lead to pancreatitis

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