A person should see a doctor for pancreatitis when they have persistent abdominal pain, notes Mayo Clinic. Emergency care is needed when abdominal pain is severe enough that a person cannot find a position that is comfortable or provides relief.
Some symptoms of pancreatitis include upper abdominal pain, abdominal pain that radiates to the back and abdominal pain that worsens after meals, states Mayo Clinic. Nausea and vomiting, tenderness of the abdomen, weight loss and oily smelly stools are symptoms of chronic pancreatitis. Immediate treatments for severe pancreatitis include hospitalization, fasting and intravenous fluids. If gall stones are the cause of pancreatitis, the gall bladder may be removed surgically. Surgery to remove dead tissue from the pancreas or drain excess fluid is also common.