Understanding the Difference Between Internal and Muscle Pain

When it comes to pain, it can be difficult to differentiate between bone and muscle pain. Both types of pain can affect similar parts of the body, and they can have a similar intensity. However, bone pain tends to be sharper, deeper, and more debilitating than muscle pain. Somatic pain is caused by skin, muscles, and soft tissue, while visceral pain is caused by internal organs.

For example, low calcium consumption can cause somatic pain due to osteoporosis, while an increase in smoking can cause visceral pain due to stomach cancer. If you experience severe or persistent pain for at least one week, you should see your doctor. They will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that reduces pain by treating the underlying cause and directly reducing the sensation of pain. Injury-related pain usually occurs in a specific part of the body, such as a tendon or joint.

It can be more intense and constant than muscle pain, ranging from constant pain (even without movement) to sharp pain during movement or exercise, or after a particular movement. It can also keep you awake at night and cause joints or muscles to become very stiff if you rest or sit for a long time. Treatment for muscle injuries includes heat or cold therapy to calm the affected muscle, light stretching if the pain is tolerable, over-the-counter pain relievers, and rest. Fibromyalgia is an increasingly common type of muscle pain that causes severe and widespread pain throughout the body.

A typical pain sensation due to an injury, such as hitting your knee or cutting your lip, causes sudden, sharp pain. By accurately reporting what the pain feels like, you can help your healthcare provider diagnose your problem and prescribe the best treatment regimen. See the handy chart below for an overview and summarize the difference between muscle pain and internal pain.

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