Imagine having what you perceived was a mere stomach ache, develop into an ailment that is fatal in just a matter of hours? That is precisely what pancreatitis is capable of; a disease that most adults are totally unaware of.
Your pancreas isn’t exactly something people think about on a daily basis, but it is a vital piece of maintaining your health. It is the organ that neighbors the gall bladder and the stomach with a primary function to keep your blood sugar levels in check, and to aide in proper digestion. Over 200,000 cases of pancreatitis are diagnosed each year in the United States, which results in a hospital stay to stabilize the patient’s pain level, and perform imaging tests to determine if the patient requires gallbladder surgery.
If you feel you are experiencing one or more of these noted symptoms, please consult with your doctor.
Here are the 10 most common signs of pancreatitis:
Stomach pain is without question the most obvious and present symptom of those who have suffered an attack of the pancreas.
This pain can be localized just under your rib cage, and often feel like it is radiating to your back.
At first, one can tolerate the pain; but leaving an inflamed pancreas go without treatment for hours or days will result in excruciating pain that requires morphine for most patients.
Head to the emergency room if you feel you are experiencing this type of pain. It will certainly be much worse than any other routine stomach ache you've had.