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Alcohol drinker? – Chronic Pancreatitis Symptoms Checker

 

Chronic pancreatitis is a continuous and long-lasting swelling of the pancreas. Sadly, this damage to the pancreas is irreversible.

The pancreas is an organ that has two very important functions within the body. Firstly, it enables the digestion of food. Secondly, within this organ, and by producing two essential hormones, glucagon and insulin, it regulates the blood sugar levels.

Moreover, its location is in the center and back part of the abdominal cavity. The organ is surrounded by the liver, the first portion of the intestine (the duodenum), and the stomach. For food digestion, the pancreas produces special proteins (enzymes) that, thanks to a duct, will reach the duodenum, where food absorption begins.

However, it does not reach the duodenum alone. The pancreatic duct will also appear with the common bile duct coming from the liver, similarly releasing important food digestion elements.

All this information recalling the important functions of the pancreas is for one purpose, for people to know that when there is a chronic swelling of this organ, several of these functions will be lost. Therefore, numerous digestive symptoms could appear with this disease, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. Besides, depending on the severity, many other symptoms could appear similarly, like the ones concerning a dysfunctional hormonal system in charge of the blood sugar levels.

In comparison to an acute pancreatitis episode, which also has a pancreas swelling. Unfortunately, in this case, it is not reversible. Hence, these patients require monitoring due to the possible loss of pancreatic functions in the long run.

Several reasons exist for developing chronic pancreatitis, although more than half of the cases are due to excessive alcohol consumption. Additionally, despite all the possible reasons for this disease, approximately a quarter of them have no apparent origin at all. So, what is important is to find which people have this condition to treat them.

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

Chronic pancreatitis is a disease that tends to affect adults, both males and females, at an average of 45 and 35 years, respectively. However, this will vary greatly depending on the underlying cause of chronic pancreatitis.

Most people do not know they have the disease because the symptoms are not so alarming in the early stages. As the disease progresses, it will get worse and worse till people seek medical attention.

How long a person will live with this disease depends on several factors, including the patient’s adherence to treatment and absence and the prevention of many possible complications arising from chronic pancreatitis.

That is what this tool is all about, prevention. The chronic pancreatitis symptoms checker has questions that aim to identify the most important symptoms and risk factors for developing this condition.

Consequently, the tool will tell anybody who uses it the likelihood of their symptoms because of chronic pancreatitis. It could also be positive if somebody has several risk factors for the disease too.

Remember that for diagnosing this disease, a doctor must run several blood and imaging tests. Besides, this tool does not replace a proper assessment by a doctor. However, the tool will allow people to know if they have symptoms or strong risk factors for this disease. Using the tool is free and would only take a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Do you have between 30 and 60 years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Are you a male?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have had in the past a diagnosis of Acute Pancreatitis? (Its symptoms are nausea, vomits, and abdominal pain)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you have two or more episodes of acute pancreatitis?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have at least one family member diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you drink at least five or more alcoholic drinks a day?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you smoke at least half a pack of cigarettes every day?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you smoke at least one pack of cigarettes or more every day?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have pain in the upper part of your belly?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this abdominal or belly pain is severe in intensity?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you also feel this pain in the center of your back? (It would feel like a band from the front to the back portion of your body)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this pain last only a few minutes? (Less than 20)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this pain last more than 1 hour? (Also, click no if this pain lasts more than 24 hours continually)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this abdominal pain appear when you ingest food?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than six months with these recurrent abdominal pain episodes?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel your abdomen swollen or bloated after eating?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you also have severe flatulence with this abdominal swelling?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been losing weight unintentionally?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you noticed if your feces float when they are in the water of the sink?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are very thirsty, urinating much more than usual, and losing weight unintentionally?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been having diarrhea or changes in your usual stool habit or appearance?

    • 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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