Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic Pancreatitis is a long-term inflammation of the pancreas that can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  1. Abdominal pain: The most common symptom of chronic pancreatitis is a constant, dull pain in the upper abdomen that may radiate to the back or chest. The pain may be severe and may be worsened by eating or drinking.
  2. Nausea and vomiting: People with chronic pancreatitis may experience nausea and vomiting.
  3. Weight loss: Loss of appetite and weight loss are common symptoms of chronic pancreatitis.
  4. Steatorrhea: Excess fat in the feces (steatorrhea) is a common symptom of chronic pancreatitis, caused by the pancreas’ inability to produce enough enzymes to digest food.
  5. Diabetes: Chronic pancreatitis can also cause diabetes, a condition in which the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.
  6. Jaundice: yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) may occur due to blockage of the bile ducts.
  7. Malnutrition: chronic pancreatitis can cause malnutrition due to the pancreas’ inability to produce enough enzymes to digest food properly.

It’s worth noting that, symptoms of chronic pancreatitis may vary from person to person and can be similar to those of other conditions. Additionally, it’s important to work with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause of chronic pancreatitis and develop an appropriate treatment plan that may include addressing the underlying causes of chronic pancreatitis, managing the symptoms and side effects of the disease and addressing mental health concerns.