What Does Acute Pancreatitis Feel Like?

Where is the pain of pancreatitis felt?

The main symptom of pancreatitis is pain felt in the upper left side or middle of the abdomen. The pain: May be worse within minutes after eating or drinking at first, more commonly if foods have a high fat content. Becomes constant and more severe, lasting for several days.

What are the warning signs of pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis signs and symptoms include:

  • Upper abdominal pain.
  • Abdominal pain that radiates to your back.
  • Abdominal pain that feels worse after eating.
  • Fever.
  • Rapid pulse.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Tenderness when touching the abdomen.

What causes acute pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis causes include:

  1. Autoimmune diseases.
  2. Drinking lots of alcohol.
  3. Infections.
  4. Gallstones.
  5. Medications.
  6. Metabolic disorders.
  7. Surgery.
  8. Trauma.

Can you die from acute pancreatitis?

When acute pancreatitis is mild, the death rate is about 5% or less. However, in pancreatitis with severe damage, or when the inflammation is not confined to the pancreas, the death rate can be much higher. Death after the first week is usually caused by pancreatic infection or by a pseudocyst that bleeds or ruptures.