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Abdominal pain and vomits? – Acute Pancreatitis Symptoms Checker

 

Acute pancreatitis is an acute inflammation of the pancreas, an organ between the stomach and the liver. When there is severe acute pancreatitis, it is important to assess the patient due to possible life-threatening complications.

The pancreas is an organ in charge of multiple digestive and hormonal processes, besides its well-known and important function of regulating blood sugar by two hormones, glucagon and insulin. It produces enzymes (special proteins) that allow to break-down the food people eat for later absorption.

This organ has a close relationship with the liver and the first portion of the large intestine called the duodenum. As soon as the food reaches the stomach, the pancreas’ enzymes will go to a tube, which is the “pancreatic duct.” Subsequently, the pancreatic duct coincides with the bile duct that comes from the liver’s gallbladder. Both ducts will get to the duodenum together through Vater’s ampulla to release their substances, which are essential for overall food processing.

Moreover, in acute pancreatitis, these enzymes activate within the pancreas instead of the duodenum. This will ultimately lead to pancreas injury and swelling. Normally, the body uses mechanisms to prevent this from happening; however, some situations impair these mechanisms, like alcohol, specific drugs, and gallstones.

This disease can range from mild to severe and life-threatening disease. When it is mild, the symptoms mostly are from the gastrointestinal system. For example, there could be abdominal pain, nausea, vomits, etc. On the other hand, when it is severe, the disease can affect the entire body. It could severely affect the lungs and kidneys or lead to low blood pressure.

Patients with this disease require close monitoring and a high standard of care for avoiding complications. It mostly includes receiving hydration and feeding directly through the vein. However, depending on the underlying cause, other options like surgery may be necessary too.

This is an Acute Pancreatitis Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this disease.

Several symptoms and risk factors are typical from acute pancreatitis. Therefore, it is possible to tell if somebody has this disease just by their background and asking the right questions.

Keep in mind that this tool does not replace a doctor’s assessment. Similarly, it does not replace all the necessary blood and imaging exams for diagnosing this disease and staging its severity.

Nevertheless, the tool will tell a likelihood to anyone who uses it that their symptoms are because of acute pancreatitis. This thanks to the questions within that will aim to identify the most important elements of this disease.

Using this tool is free and would only take a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Do you have more than forty years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than sixty years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than five years of drinking alcohol at least five days a week?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than fifteen years of drinking alcohol at least five days a week?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Before the symptoms began, did you have a high amount of alcohol intake during the previous weekend?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you regularly or currently take any of these drugs? (The drugs: Azathioprine, Tetracycline, Valproic acid, Methyldopa, Furosemide, Estrogens, 6-Mercaptopurine, or steroids)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have obesity? (please search in google the “BMI formula,” and with your weight and height it will calculate you that diagnosis)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with dyslipidemia (or overall high blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with hypertension? (Also, click yes if you have not measured your blood pressure within two years)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with choledocolithiasis (also called bile duct stones or gallstones in the bile duct)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have abdominal pain?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is this pain in the upper portion of your abdomen?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel the pain in your back too? (Even though the pain is mainly in the upper abdomen, click yes if you also feel pain at the same height but in the middle of your back)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this pain feel dull, boring, and constant?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this pain started abruptly, coming and going, had gradually intensified, and now the pain is constant?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have nausea?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have vomits?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a low appetite right now?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do the white part of your eyes have become yellowish? (Look at the photo below)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have shortness of breath?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than 24 hours with these symptoms?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did the skin color of your belly change in color as in the photo below?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did the skin color of your belly change in color as in the photo below?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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