Intense, long-lasting abdominal pain that may radiate to the back and chest. The pain may be persistent or intermittent.
Excessively foul, bulky stools.
Nausea or vomiting.
Weight loss due to malabsorption of food.
Development of diabetes if insulin-producing cells of the pancreas become damaged.
Call Your Doctor if:
You think you may have pancreatitis. Patients with acute pancreatitis must have professional care to avoid serious, possibly life-threatening complications. Chronic pancreatitis also requires professional evaluation and treatment.
You continue to lose weight after treatment for pancreatitis; you may have a complication that prevents the body from digesting food properly.
You are pale, cold, clammy, have a rapid heartbeat, or are breathing rapidly; you may be in shock and need emergency care.