Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas.
When the pancreas becomes inflamed, the digestive enzymes attack the tissue that produces them. Trypsin is an enzyme that activates digestive enzymes. Trypsin is supposed to activate in the intestines. If it activates within the pancreas, it can cause tissue damage and bleeding, and can cause the pancreas blood cells and blood vessels to swell. The process is called autolysis.
Digestive enzymes are not supposed to activate until they reach your intestines. When the pancreas becomes inflamed those enzymes activate while still inside the pancreas. The inflammation causes digestive enzyme activation. Eliminating the inflammation deactivates the digestive enzymes (they stop devouring the pancreas) and the pain disappears.
Pancreatitis is a vicious cycle. If digestive enzymes are activated while still in the pancreas, they start breaking down pancreas cells, digesting the pancreas itself, causing further irritation and more inflammation.
As you view the many pages on my website, you will note some trends. One of those is the link between Acidosis and Inflammation. There is not much medical attention to the causes of gastro-intestinal organs and acidosis. Despite this, the medical reports and scholarly texts that I have found point directly to a relationship. On this page, I have added several links (the top five links) that point to this and should be read closely.
This page is incomplete, check back again as it is updated regularly.
Hindawi, International Journal of Inflammation, acidosis and inflammation
Acidosis and chronic renal failure
Journal of Leukocyte Biology, effects of acidosis and immune system
Journal of Biological Chemistry, danger of acidosis and immunity
Kidney International, prevalence of acidosis and inflammation
Medical Courses: University of Washington
Gastroenterology Clinics of North America