The pancreas is an essential organ for the body. Knowing the symptoms of its malfunction could help you several times to foresee or prevent more serious problems.

One of the best known problems of the pancreas is pancreatitis , which alters many digestive functions and is sometimes associated with poor eating habits.

Symptoms of problems in the pancreas

The pancreas is located behind the stomach and is responsible for producing enzymes, such as insulin and glucagon, for example. They are necessary for digestion and reach the small intestine. From there it promotes food synthesis. A change in this organ could produce quite serious effects . These same enzymes can even turn against the pancreas and can attack it. Let’s see what the most common symptoms of pancreas problems can be.


Enzymes that attack the pancreas cause inflammation and therefore a fever is normal . When you feel pain or discomfort, don’t forget to take your temperature. If your body temperature is elevated by a few degrees, it is advisable to consult your doctor. Your doctor is the only one who can rule out any problems and he or she can answer your questions . Fever symptoms can sometimes be associated with other health conditions.

Abdominal pain

The pain appears in the upper abdomen and behind the stomach . Remember that this discomfort only appears on the left side of the body, below the ribs, and feels like it is burning or burning.

This pain can be easier to detect right after eating or even after drinking. It is even more pronounced if you have eaten high-fat foods .

Stages of pain

  • This pain could start the day after a meal, which could last for several days and could even increase in intensity.
  • The pain is more intense when you get into the face down position . The pancreas feels squeezed and the pain is more acute.
  • The pain radiates behind the back or behind the left shoulder blade.


A problem in the pancreas may or may not cause vomiting , depending on several factors. When the digestive system is disturbed, food is not digested very well and the pancreas becomes inflamed. For this reason, the feeling of discomfort may be related to problems in the pancreas.


When there is a problem in the pancreas, it can be normal to feel tired, irritable, with difficulty concentrating and sudden headaches . This is all because the immune system is under attack and the effects produced are immediately felt.


If food cannot be synthesized correctly, you will not get the nutrients correctly because the pancreas is destroyed by its own enzymes, or it could be blocked by gallbladder stones. It is normal for people suffering from a disease related to the pancreas to begin to lose weight, despite continuing to eat the same diet as before.


The heart rate is accelerated, causing more fatigue and causing us to breathe more quickly. This is because the body could be weakening the immune system by depleting it of energy, thus causing tachycardia. You may feel like you are suffocating and have an abnormal pulse. You will need to consult with a specialist if you have any of these problems mentioned.

Cause of diseases of the pancreas

Studies show that 80% of pancreatitis problems are mainly due to gallbladder stones and poor health-related habits. Gallbladder stones, for example, block the channels and prevent the pancreas from performing its functions normally.

Regarding diet, consuming high amounts of fat and alcohol ends up causing irreparable damage to the pancreas , which is why you must take this into account if you want to avoid these complications. Other causes that could affect it are, for example, kidney failure, lupus , cystic fibrosis and the consumption of certain medications.

How to protect the pancreas?

  • Limit the consumption of refined sugars and flour.
  • Try to prevent diabetes .
  • Consume especially cruciferous: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, watercress and Brussels sprouts. These vegetables are perfect to take care of the pancreas and to prevent cancer .
  • Quit smoking . This is absolutely necessary to prevent pancreatic cancer and related problems.
  • Eat foods that are high in fiber, especially whole grains.
  • Avoid alcohol. According to some nutritionists, consuming a glass of wine a day can be healthy, but if you continually exceed this dose, the effect on the pancreas is immediate.
  • Avoid weight gain.
  • Avoid eating red meat.
  • Protein consumption is essential for the treatment and prevention of pancreatic diseases . Always try to get your protein from legumes and fish.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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