Pancreatitis is simply an inflammation of pancreas. It plays vital role in digestion. Pancreatitis is a condition in which there is increased level of pancreatic enzymes in blood. Normally these enzymes are in inactive form, but sometimes they get activated in pancreas itself and start digestion of pancreatic tissues. Pancreatitis can be sudden and last for short duration called as acute pancreatitis. In this condition pancreas usually return back to normal. This condition when persist for long term causes permanent damage to the pancreas called chronic pancreatitis. It is more common in man than in women, less common in pediatric population.
Causes of pancreatitis
Various factors are responsible for triggering inflammation of the pancreas
- Alcohol abuse
- Gall stone
- Auto immune disease
- Certain drugs
- Excess of iron in blood
- Infections such as mumps
- Endioscopic procedures
- Trauma to pancreas
- Lipid disorder
- Familial and genetic factors
Sign and symptoms of pancreatitis
- Severe and sudden pain- Severe upper abdominal pain, with radiation through to the back, is the hallmark of pancreatitis.
- Abdominal pain radiating to back
- Pain aggravate after eating food
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tender and swollen abdomen – Abdominal tenderness is usually found but may be less severe than expected given the patient’s degree of abdominal pain.
- Low grade fever with chills
- Hematemesis or bloody vomiting
- Blood in stool
- Bowel sounds may be reduced as a reflection of the reflex bowel paralysis (i.e. ileus) that may accompany any abdominal catastrophe.
- Foul and bulky stool
- Hypotension – The blood pressure may be high (when pain is prominent) or low (if internal bleeding or dehydration has occurred).
- Features of shock like feeble pulse, cold extremities, tachycardia.
- Deficiency of insulin
- Digestive disorders
- Faint jaundice
Diagnosis of pancreatitis
Various tests are available for confirmation of pancreatitis like:
- Complete blood count
- Serum lipase
- Serum amylase
- Serum calcium
- CT scan
- ERCP or endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography
Homeopathic treatment of Pancreatitis
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat pancreatitis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available pancreatitis treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person.
Organic degenerations with great restlessness and despair; ulceration of duodenum, which, by extension, involves the pancreatic duct, perhaps the result of burns, of malignant disease, etc.; neuralgia of the coeliac plexus; stools undigested, containing fat.
Catarrh of the salivary ducts; peculiar odor from mouth, with but slightly coated tongue; thick, white mucus collects in mouth and throat, with constant inclination to hawk and swallow; constriction of abdomen around navel, inclination to hawk and
swallow; constriction of abdomen around navel, as if a ball or lump would form.
Flat, unpleasant taste; saliva runs together in mouth like water, with tasteless belching; dull, pressing stitches below stomach; with cutting across abdomen; undigested stools with emaciation, palpitation and oppression of chest; albuminuria; bodily and mental relaxation.
Indurated pancreas; profuse, tasteless, thin saliva of sweetish, putrid odor; sensation of coldness apparently rising from the abdomen into throat and mouth; eating causes distress and burning in the stomach; long-lasting nausea after meat; vomiting; oppression in epigastrium.
Raising of a watery fluid from stomach; foul taste and offensive odor from mouth; pains deep in between stomach and abdomen; distention of stomach and abdomen; aversion to meat and fat things; to milk, which causes flatulence; plainest food disagrees; burning, light-colored, foetid stools; praecordial anguish.
ACUTE PANCREATITIS; sudden attacks of vomiting and diarrhoea at night; vomiting of a white substance consisting of saliva without any admixture of the contents of either stomach or bowels; trembling of abdomen.
Great emaciation; hungry, anxious, if he cannot get food at the regular hour; eats enormously yet grows thin; pancreas enlarged; abdominal pulsations; soapy taste; FAT IN STOOLS; glands enlarged or atrophied; lungs affected; depressed and irritable; phthisis pulmonum; tabes mesenterica.
Burning distress in region of pancreas; vomiting of a sweetish water; SALIVA HAS A GREASY TASTE; green, watery diarrhoea, (<) 2 to 3 A.M.; offensive flatus, smelling like copper; diarrhoea, contains undigested fat; bilious vomiting; sick-headache periodically every week; dull, throbbing or shooting over one eye, usually right, with dim vision, nausea and vomiting.
ULCERATION OF DUODENUM; tongue coated thick yellow, more towards base, edges red and full of small, painful ulcers; burning in pharynx and stomach; dislike to meat, longing for beer and acid drinks; FEELING OF COLDNESS IN STOMACH AND BOWELS; dull pain and stitches in right hypochondrium, limited to a small spot; clay- colored stools; chronic diarrhoea.
Rancid taste in mouth after eating or drinking; viscid, saltish saliva, gulping up of large quantities of air; burning in pit of stomach; cutting and burning around navel, emaciation and loss of appetite. Morbus Brightii.
Chronic duodenitis, pressure on hypochondrium produces tender pains in epigastrium and vice versa; dyspepsia, jaundice, calculi pancreatic.
TUBERCULOSIS AND FATTY DEGENERATION IN DIFFERENT ORGANS, especially of heart, liver, pancreas or kidney; distressing burning pains in coeliac axis; stools undigested, containing particles of fat or looking like cooked sago; pale, yellow face; anaemia; atrophy of pancreas with diabetes mellitus; neuralgia of coeliac; plexus; morbus Brightii.
Pain in region of coeliac plexus; sweetish taste; accumulation of sweetish saliva in mouth; empty, sweetish eructations; violent colic, abdomen drawn in to the spine; jaundice; light-colored stools; gangrene.
Offensive odor from mouth; copious salivation; satiety from small quantity of food, followed by nausea and vomiting one hour after eating, craving food afterwards; foetid flatulency; stool hard, clayey or frequent; painless, watery diarrhoea; jaundice; gall-stones.
Fatty degeneration or cancer of pancreas; suppuration of salivary glands; canine hunger with nervous, irritable persons; aversion to warm cooked food, disgust for meat; sour eructations; nausea with violent palpitations; induration of pylorus; clothing across abdomen feels too tight; stools contain undigested of pylorus; clothing across abdomen feels too tight; stools contain undigested food, with great exhaustion, but painless.
Ulceration of duodenum and pyloric end of stomach; vomiting of a white fluid; putrid eructations, pains (<) from fasting; urine deposits a muco-purulent sediment, containing albumen, phosphates, lithic acid in excess; glycosuria.
Hard tumefaction over and below stomach, left lobe of the liver or pancreas involved; sweetish, metallic taste, like spoiled cheese; increased flow of saliva; aversion to meat, fish and sweet things, to cooked or warm things; pressure and tension in abdomen; dropsy from hepatic or renal causes.
Treatment of pancreatitis
- Acute pancreatitis resolves itself and hospital care is required when complications occur.
- Treatment in case of pancreatitis is mainly supportive which mainly include
- Emptying of stomach, no oral feeding
- Blood transfusion of electrolytes