The pancreas is a long gland that sits in the upper abdomen, just behind the stomach. It’s responsible for helping your stomach digest, as well as controlling the way that your body regulates and processes sugar.
Pancreatitis, as in the name, is an inflammation of the pancreas that can cause immediate pain and may cause permanent damage if left unchecked. This occurs when the enzymes created for digestion activate too soon, causing damage and a loss of proper function. Causes for pancreatitis may include: