By symptoms and exam
For acute pancreatitis, there might be pain close to the belly button that radiates to the back.
There may be nausea
, and/or fever
. If pancreatitis is suspected, then blood and imaging
studies may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. Symptoms and causes for chronic pancreatitis
differ. It is best when talking to your doc, to describe your symptoms rather than go in with a set diagnosis.