Nearly everyone expects that tomorrow will be as good as or better than today. Conservatives, who purportedly are happier than most, perhaps have simpler expectations. Conservatives mostly don’t like change at all; barring rare outside forces majeure like 9/11 and Katrina, their lives and ours don’t change much day to day; and conservatives are happy with that. You should read the fearful projections of doom from conservatives who anticipate the most dire consequences from saving our economy and providing health care for everyone. Change brings uncertainty. It is better to keep the devil we know than face a new one.
Diagnosing acute pancreatitis can be difficult because the signs and symptoms of pancreatitis are similar to other medical conditions. The diagnosis is usually based upon a medical history, physical examination, and the results of diagnostic tests. Two of the following three are required to make a diagnosis: (1) typical abdominal pain; (2) threefold or more elevation of pancreatic enzyme values in the blood; and (3) inflammation of the gland on computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. The number and type of tests is tailored to the severity of acute pancreatitis and the most likely underlying causes. (See "Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of acute pancreatitis" .)