The pancreas performs many essential functions that help the body absorb essential nutrients. When the pancreas breaks down, many issues can arise. In this article, we are going to discuss a few of the warning signs that you may be experiencing an issue with your pancreas.
Unexpected Weight Loss
If you’re losing a surprising amount of weight and all other factors are equal (i.e. you aren’t dieting or on an intense workout program), it may be a sign of pancreatic insufficiency.
Strange Looking Poop
Your pancreas has many functions, including helping the body digest fats and vitamins. When an issue arises with the pancreas, it can manifest in some strange looking poop. If you notice that your poop is pale, greasy, oily, or floats, it may be the sign of an issue. When these issues continue over time, it’s time to talk with your physician.
Pain in your abdomen is a common symptom that could indicate a wide range of conditions – including pancreatitis or pancreas cancer. Determining the specifics of the abdominal pain can help you narrow down an underlying cause. If your pain appears suddenly in the middle of your stomach it may be a sign of pancreatitis. Conversely, if the pain radiates to your back or recurs over the course of weeks, it may be a sign of pancreas cancer.
Pancreas Doctor in Twin Cities
Pancreas issues can be quite serious and should be dealt with by an expert. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most skilled gastroenterology experts in Minnesota – having performed more than 40,000 advanced procedures over the course of his two decades in practice. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Bhatti GI Consultants. Our primary clinics are located in Chaska and Edina but we work with patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.