The pancreas is an organ that sits right behind your stomach and releases enzymes like insulin into your system. The pancreas is the main organ for healthy digestion, but when it becomes inflamed, it can cause severe pain and even vomiting. This inflammation is referred to as pancreatitis, which can heal with proper diagnosis and treatment. However, chronic pancreatitis is a different ailment and may get worse over time.
Some of the most common symptoms of pancreatitis are:
Another warning sign of pancreatitis is if your stools appear lighter, flakier, and float more. This is a sign that your body did not properly absorb the food’s nutrients. Doctors also say to look out for a film of oily or greasy sheen in the toilet water, as this is likely fats that were not broken down properly.
People who drink or smoke heavily are more likely to develop pancreatitis than those who don’t. It could also be attributed to some infections or medications. Additionally, men are more likely to develop pancreatitis than women are.
Abdominal pain is one of the most common warning signs of problems with your pancreas. Many people may worry that pancreatic cancer is the cause, but it could be an easily treatable case of acute pancreatitis. If the pain appeared suddenly and is basically contained to one area of the abdomen, it is more likely that it is acute pancreatitis.
Still, doctors warn that abdominal pain could be related to any number of other health issues, many of which are very treatable. It is best to make an appointment with your doctor to determine if pancreatitis is the cause of this pain.
If you have experienced some of the symptoms listed above and are concerned you might be suffering from pancreatitis, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at GastroCare LI. Our Valley Stream office is open and ready to treat patients. We have implemented safety measures to better protect our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Don’t wait to get the gastro care you need to start living a healthier, happier life. Contact us if you would like to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with a member of our team at (516) 265-7049 or reach out online.