Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. It happens when digestive enzymes start digesting the pancreas itself. Pancreatitis can be acute or chronic.

Acute pancreatitis occurs suddenly and usually goes away in a few days if treated with intravenous (IV) fluids and antibiotics.  Common symptoms include:
•    Severe pain in the upper abdomen
•    Nausea
•    Vomiting

Chronic pancreatitis gets worse over time and leads to permanent damage unless treated with intravenous (IV) fluids and antibiotics along with enzymes, vitamins, minerals and dietary changes.   It can be caused by heavy alcohol usage, but it can also be caused by high levels of calcium or fats in the blood and autoimmune disease.

Common symptoms include:
•    Nausea
•    Weight loss
•    Vomiting

Treatment may also be a few days in the hospital for intravenous (IV) fluids, medicines to relieve pain, and nutritional support. After that, you may need to start taking enzymes and eat a special diet. It is also important to not smoke or drink alcohol.