Acute Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is the sudden irritation (inflammation) of the pancreas. The pancreas produces digestive juices or enzymes that break down food. The pancreas also makes 2 hormones that control your blood sugar. If the pancreas is irritated, the enzymes attack internal structures and tissues become damaged. When this happens, the pancreas fails to make new enzymes that break down food.

HOME CARE

  • Eat small meals often. Avoid fatty, greasy, and fried foods.

  • Follow diet instructions given to you by your doctor.

  • Avoid foods or drinks that may have started the problem (like alcohol).

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Rest often.

  • Check your blood sugar at home if you are told to.

  • Keep all your follow-up visits. This is very important.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You do not get better in the time your doctor said you would.

  • You have pain, weakness, or feel sick to your stomach (nauseous).

  • You recover but then have another episode of pain.

  • You are unable to eat or keep liquids down.

  • Your pain gets worse or changes.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your skin or the white part of your eyes look yellow.

  • You start to throw up (vomit).

  • You feel dizzy or pass out (faint).

  • Your blood sugar is high (over 300).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.