10 Warning Signs of Pancreatitis

Health ailments affect all of us, but sometimes those problems hide, and they remain unnoticed over the course of some time, until they become serious enough to cause major complications. By staying educated about some of the associated symptoms of those ailments, we can protect our health, and stay functioning in our everyday lives. Pancreatitis is one of those conditions that likes to hide until it has become serious.

About the Pancreas

The pancreas is located in the center of the middle back, mostly between the stomach, and the spine. It is an organ of the lymphatic system, and it produces a lot of digestive hormones (like insulin) that regulate how we feel hunger, break down food, absorb nutrients, and excrete wastes. When pancreatitis occurs, the pancreas will quit working properly, so complications with the digestive system will arise.

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Trouble With the Pancreas

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas caused when the digestive enzymes in the pancreas become activated before they leave the pancreas. Ultimately, the buildup of activated hormonal enzymes begin digesting the pancreas itself, which leads to the irritation. The buildup tends to occur when vessels become constricted, so blood flow traveling to and from the organ becomes reduced.

High blood pressure and alcoholism are common causes of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can occur in different forms like acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, and levels in between.

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Acute Pancreatitis

A suddenly occurring form of pancreatitis, acute pancreatitis is likely to go unnoticed or be mistaken for simple digestion issues. The inflammation associated with acute pancreatitis is short-lived, but it can be life threatening if the breakout is too heavy. Most people recover from acute pancreatitis completely, without complications in the long term.

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