The main symptom of sudden (acute)
pancreatitis is sudden moderate to severe
pain in the
upper area of the belly (abdomen). Occasionally the pain is mild. But the pain
may feel as though it bores through the abdomen to the back. Sitting up or
leaning forward sometimes makes the pain less. Other symptoms of an attack of
Long-term (chronic) pancreatitis also causes severe pain in
the upper abdomen. As the condition progresses, fat may be released into your
stools, indicating that your body is not absorbing fat and protein. As a
result, you may have diarrhea and lose weight. You also could develop
diabetes if your pancreas no longer produces enough
Other conditions that have similar symptoms include
peptic ulcer disease, and
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
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