Inflammation of the pancreas is called pancreatitis, characterized by pain in the pancreas area. The pain may be recurrent as pancreatitis may be acute or chronic. The cause of pancreatitis are numerous, including of which are alcohol abuse, trauma to the pancreas, abuse of steroidal drugs, disease of the gallbladder, and many other factors. The worst of which is cancer in the pancreas – that is, the malignant neoplasm of the pancreas. The main factors of acquiring cancer of the pancreas are attributed to old age, obesity, smoking, and diabetes mellitus. The symptoms of pain in the pancreas are different depending on the condition or causes.
Symptoms of Pancreas Pain
Pain in the abdominal area is not conclusive of pain in the pancreas. This is due to various underlying causes which cannot be ascertained until after thorough examination or medical procedure. Also, pain in other parts of the body aside from the abdomen may suggest that the pancreas is in trouble.
Enumerated herein below are the different symptoms of pain in the pancreas:
Pancreas Pain Treatment
In treating pain in the pancreas, a diagnosis must first be made. A pain in the abdominal region is not conclusive of pancreas problem as there are many organs within the abdominal region. In most cases, however, elevated levels of amylase and lipase are clear indicia of problem with the pancreas. The underlying cause of pancreatitis must be dealt with appropriately such as gallstones. Diet of persons with pancreatitis must be monitored to keep the symptoms to minimal. Analgesic medication provide immediate relief for pancreatitis pain. But in severe cases such as cancer of the pancreas, surgery or chemotherapy are the treatment options. However, there is relatively low prognosis for cancer of the pancreas.