The Scoop on Pancreatitis
The pancreas is an important organ in the body, located near the stomach. It produces insulin as well as enzymes needed to digest protein, fats and carbohydrates. But sometimes the pancreas becomes inflamed and the digestive enzymes cannot be released as usual. Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas is a very serious problem.Pancreatitis can develop from
- chronic excessive alcohol intake
- a blockage of the bile duct or gallstones
- an infections
Symptoms of pancreatitis are similar to many other health issues: abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, fever and dehydration. See your doc to find out what is wrong. Other problems from pancreatitis…sepsis and organ damage, eating is altered or stopscompletely, there is unintentional weight loss, and electrolyte imbalance.Pain medications and occasionally IV fluids are started with pancreatitis. Usually a liquid diet is suggested at diagnosis to ease up digestion. And then low-fat solid foods are slowly added back in.
Life after pancreatitis:
- Alcohol is to be avoided completely.
- Oral pancreatic enzymes are taken at meals to help digest the food.
- A continued low-fat, healthy diet.
- Possibly continued medical treatment to keep the inflammation settled down pronto.