Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Can You Have Pancreatitis Without Knowing It, Without Pain?

I have several emails consistently asking whether it is possible to have pancreatitis without knowing it, without any pain. Let me answer this question by describing my condition which was defined as ‘mild acute pancreatitis’, which haunted my holiday to the United States some years ago. My condition i may point out lasted for around five days and went away after two nights in hospital when i got back from holidays.

This pain i felt was nothing like any pain I had felt before. I knew something was wrong as the pain I had was ten times that of any stomach bug or sickness that I had contracted in the past. It would have been impossible for me to have pancreatitis without knowing it, such was the extreme pain I was having. Considering my condition was mild I find it highly unlikely (not impossible), that you could have pancreatitis without feeling some of the symptoms. It may be possible to have the condition and not know, through mixing up the symptoms with another illness or condition. However the pain I suffered was so excruciating that I had to rush back to my hotel room and call a doctor as soon as I got back. I only felt like sleeping and I was getting hot and cold sweats and I had to either take clothes off or put them on and it was one of the worst experiences of my life.

So using my experience which was a nightmare when travelling, it would have been difficult for me to not know I had pancreatitis. However everyone is unique and some people don’t feel pain at all, so if you have a high pain threshold then i think you may have a bigger chance of having the condition and not knowing it. So once again this all comes down to what I have advised throughout this site, see a local medical professional as soon as possible if you are worried you may have the condition. Best case scenario is that you are perfectly fine, however your mind will be at ease knowing you don’t have pancreatitis.

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