Acute Pancreatitis

ExitCare ImageAcute pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreas becomes suddenly irritated (inflamed). The pancreas is a large gland behind your stomach. The pancreas makes enzymes that help digest food. The pancreas also makes 2 hormones that help control your blood sugar. Acute pancreatitis happens when the enzymes attack and damage the pancreas. Most attacks last a couple of days and can cause serious problems.


  • Follow your doctor's diet instructions. You may need to avoid alcohol and limit fat in your diet.

  • Eat small meals often.

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

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol if it caused your disease.

  • Do not smoke.

  • Get plenty of rest.

  • Check your blood sugar at home as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.


  • You are unable to eat or keep fluids down.

  • Your pain becomes severe.

  • You have a fever or lasting symptoms for more than 2 to 3 days.

  • You have a fever and your symptoms suddenly get worse.

  • Your skin or the white part of your eyes turn yellow (jaundice).

  • You throw up (vomit).

  • You feel dizzy, or you pass out (faint).

  • Your blood sugar is high (over 300 mg/dL).

  • You do not get better as quickly as expected.

  • You have new or worsening symptoms.

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

  • You get better and then have another pain attack.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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