In other words, you have pain in the upper left abdomen which radiates into your back.
This pain may get worse when you are eating, especially when eating foods with high amounts of fat. If you experience this type of pain, you most likely have pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis is a disease that causes the pancreas to become inflamed and is most often caused by two things: gallstones or excessive alcohol use.
What is the pancreas? The pancreas is the large gland that sits behind the stomach and next to the small intestine. It has two main functions: It helps us digest food and helps us control how we use food for energy.
In order to help us digest food, the pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine. If these digestive enzymes are switched before being released into the small intestine, the pancreas can become damaged.
Pancreatitis can either be acute or chronic. Acute pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes suddenly inflamed, which only lasts for a few days. Symptoms can be mild, severe, and even life-threatening. With proper treatment, acute pancreatitis can be treated. But if acute pancreatitis is left untreated, this can lead to infection, bleeding, cysts, or severe tissue damage, and can also begin to affect the kidneys, heart, or lungs.
Chronic pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas remains inflamed for a long period of time. This type of pancreatitis often occurs as a result of acute pancreatitis, or after long-term excessive alcohol consumption.