Can pancreatitis cause dizziness?

Dizziness is a commonplace symptom that can have many causes, from inner ear problems to low blood pressure. One of the lesser known culprits for it is pancreatitis! Yes, you read that right! Who would’ve ever thought your pancreas could become so mischievous? Don’t worry; we’ll get to why and how this happens in just a moment. But first…

What Is Pancreatitis Again?

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas gland, which produces important enzymes and hormones required for digestion and regulating blood sugar levels. There are two types: acute (short-term) or chronic (long-lasting). Acute pancreatitis can sometimes be life-threatening if not treated promptly.

Symptoms Of Acute Pancreatitis

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fever/sweating/chills
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Tender abdomen

Please Hold The Phone! How Does This Relate To Dizziness?

Well, there’s an indirect but noticeable link between these two ailments caused by changes they each bring about in the body. Simply put, when something isn’t quite right with any organ or system in our body, other systems may compensate by disrupting regular function elsewhere — enter dizziness!

So here are three ways that someone with severe pancreatic issues might experience dizziness:

1.Vagal Reflex Stimulation

When your digestive system senses physical pain such as the kind felt during a bout of acute pancreatitis, vagus nerve receptors bind to those in inflamed areas (this results in stimulation) sending signals to reduce acid production/secretion via parietal cells within your stomach lining. This process helps protect vulnerable inflamed tissue from further harm.

But since this interruption affects both acids produced as well as food transit times through gut motility regulation mechanisms operated by neuronal pathways like the vagus nerve, it can lead to feelings of lightheadedness or dizziness.

2. Malabsorption Syndrome

Pancreatitis impairs the pancreas’ ability to produce and release digestive enzymes such as lipase, amylase, trypsin which aid in breaking down nutrients from foods consumed.
So if proper digestion doesn’t happen within your small intestine because there’s a lack of pancreatic enzymes present at that stage to process what is being released slowly into this part of your gut along with bile pigments from liver (which are also out of whack due to the inflammation), mal-absorption syndrome ensues!

Want more complications? Here they are: electrolyte imbalances may occur too! Both calcium and magnesium irregularities can cause dizzy spells. Also keep in mind compromised fat absorption decreases the number & size of micelles present necessary for healthy fatty acid uptake into brain cells which directly affects certain hormones/neurotransmitters linked to mood and memory function.

3.Fluid Build-Up

Fluids moving outside regular vessels or blood flow shifts through tissue disruptions like those involved during acute pancreatitis/chronic stages brings about edema. This means an increase in interstitial space between cellular tissues making everything puffy!!
This puffiness will inhibit venous return by increasing pressure while slowing down drainage resulting in dizziness so be careful when standing up quickly!


There you have it- a brief explanation behind how its possible for the good “old” Pancreas – our strange-looking neighbor next door- can be blamed for some cases involving vertigo associated symptoms due specifically its co-morbidity relationship with other bodily functions occurring/happening aside Painful Inflammation episodes!
See? An organ normally overlooked gets another mention!!

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