Several diseases can affect the health and function of your pancreas and most can lead to severe upper abdominal pain that makes it hard to sit still. The board-certified specialists at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, have the skills necessary to discover what’s affecting your pancreas and to design a treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs. Call today for an appointment or try their online scheduling tool to book your visit.
The pancreas is a gland that’s about six inches long and sits behind your stomach and under your liver. Its job includes secreting enzymes into the small intestine that aid in digestion. It’s also responsible for producing hormones, including insulin which helps your body regulate blood sugar levels.
Several pancreatic diseases can affect the health and function of your pancreas, including:
Treatment is typically supportive and usually includes withholding food for 24-48 hours to give your pancreas and bowels time to rest and recover.
Certain lifestyle changes might reduce your risk of developing acute or chronic pancreatitis. The No. 1 cause of chronic pancreatitis in the United States is excessive alcohol consumption. Limiting your intake or avoiding alcohol entirely can prevent alcohol-induced pancreatitis.
Controlling your weight with a healthy diet and lifestyle might prevent gallstones, which could decrease your risk of developing acute pancreatitis related to gallstones.
Schedule a visit to the Illinois Gastroenterology Group for expert treatment of pancreas disease. Call or book your appointment online.