The main symptom of pancreatitis is abdominal pain felt in the upper left side or middle of the abdomen.
May be worse within minutes after eating or drinking at first, especially if foods have a high fat content
Becomes constant and more severe, lasting for several days
May be worse when lying flat on the back
May spread (radiate) to the back or below the left shoulder blade
People with acute pancreatitis often look ill and have a fever, nausea, vomiting, and sweating.
Other symptoms that may occur with this disease include:
Gaseous abdominal fullness
Mild yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
Skin rash or sore (lesion)
Signs and tests
The doctor will perform a physical exam, which may show that you have:
Abdominal tenderness or lump (mass)
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