The pancreas is a large gland that is behind your stomach and when you have pancreatitis, the pancreas becomes inflamed and swollen. There are two types of pancreatitis: Acute and Chronic.
Acute pancreatitis is when the pancreas becomes suddenly inflamed that generally only lasts for a short period. However, in some cases, if it isn’t treated correctly, it can cause more dangerous health problems as well as harming some other vital organs.
Chronic pancreatitis is when the pancreas is inflamed for a very long period of time and most commonly happens as a result of acute pancreatitis.
The two major causes of pancreatitis are heavy drinking and gallstones but medication, infections, metabolic disorders and trauma as well as your diet can also instigate the illness. It is also a hereditary problem.
SYMPTOMS OF PANCREATITIS
The symptoms for acute and chronic pancreatitis are more or less the same. People who suffer with this will experience stomach pains that will sometimes inflict pain on your back (especially after eating), bloating and cramps, vomiting and a higher heart rate than usual as well as a fever. If it has progressed to chronic pancreatitis, people experience upper stomach pain, weight loss, tiredness and weakness.