Visceral pain is a type of nociceptive pain that is felt in the internal organs, such as the stomach, bladder, uterus, or rectum. It is caused by medical conditions that lead to inflammation, pressure, or injury. When the nervous system is in a hyperreactive state, it can cause pain to start at the site of the organ or in the brain as a response to stress.Healthcare providers have noticed that visceral hypersensitivity often develops after a certain event. For instance, an injury, infection, or severe stress may have caused acute pain and inflammation in one of the organs.
Even after the emergency has passed, the nerves may still interpret normal sensations as pain and send those signals to the brain.Abdominal pain is felt anywhere from under the ribs to the pelvis and is also known as a stomachache. The abdomen houses many organs such as the stomach, liver, pancreas, small and large intestine, and reproductive organs. Additionally, there are important blood vessels in this area. Serious causes of abdominal pain include appendicitis and pregnancy problems.Most abdominal pain is harmless and goes away without surgery.
People just need to relieve their symptoms. Sometimes, abdominal pain may go away and the cause will never be known or it may become more evident over time.Somatic pain occurs when pain receptors in tissues (including skin, muscles, skeleton, joints, and connective tissues) are activated. Pain in the center of the abdomen is more likely to come from the intestines; however, men may also feel testicular pain in this area.When visiting a healthcare provider for abdominal pain, they will ask about your symptoms such as where it is located, how severe it is, how often it occurs, and what affects it. Treatment plans are tailored to reduce pain by treating the underlying cause and directly reducing the sensation of pain.
For example, low calcium consumption can be used to treat somatic pain caused by osteoporosis while an increase in smoking can be used for visceral pain caused by stomach cancer.Pain from other organs may be constant such as with stomach ulcers, pancreatitis, or an abdominal infection. Kidney stones cause pain on either side of the abdomen that radiates down to the groin on the same side.Deep somatic pain occurs when stimuli activate the body's deepest pain receptors including tendons, joints, bones, and muscles.