Pancreatitis - Topic Overview
Most attacks of pancreatitis
need treatment in the hospital. Your doctor will give you pain medicine and
fluids through a vein (IV) until the pain and swelling go
Fluids and air can build up in your stomach when there are
problems with your pancreas. This buildup can cause severe vomiting. If buildup
occurs, your doctor may place a tube through your nose and into your stomach to
remove the extra fluids and air. This will help make the pancreas less active
Although most people get well after an attack of
pancreatitis, problems can occur. Problems may include cysts, infection, or
death of tissue in the pancreas.
You may need surgery to remove
your gallbladder or a part of the pancreas that has been damaged.
If your pancreas has been severely damaged, you may need to take insulin
to help your body control blood sugar. You also may need to take pancreatic
enzyme pills to help your body digest fat and protein.
If you have
chronic pancreatitis, you will need to follow a low-fat diet and stop drinking
alcohol. You may also take medicine to manage your pain. Making changes like
these may seem hard. But with planning, talking with your doctor, and getting
support from family and friends, these changes are possible.