Understanding Visceral Pain: What Type of Pain Comes from Internal Organs?

Visceral pain is the most common type of pain, and it originates in the organs of the chest, abdomen, or pelvis. We have all experienced pain that comes from our internal organs, from the mild discomfort of indigestion to the agony of renal colic. This type of pain is experienced by both men and women and is one of the most common reasons to see a doctor. Visceral pain is described as a deep sensation, similar to pressure, that is not localized to a certain point in the body.

It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as low calcium consumption due to osteoporosis or an increase in smoking leading to stomach cancer. The internal organs don't have as many nerves to detect pain, so visceral pain tends to be vague or to have a feeling of compression or pain. When organic pathology is ruled out and patients are discharged from the acute specialty with no obvious reason for the pain found, they may still experience persistent pain. In this case, it is important to seek out a treatment plan that reduces pain by treating the underlying cause and directly reducing the sensation of pain.

Somatic nociceptive pain originates in pain receptors located on the surface of the body or in musculoskeletal tissues. This type of pain is usually sudden and sharp, such as when you hit your knee or cut your lip. It can be acute, chronic, or intercurrent in nature. When seeking treatment for visceral pain, it is important to accurately report what the pain feels like so that your healthcare provider can diagnose your problem and prescribe the best treatment regimen.

Otherwise, patients may be stigmatized for having psychological pain and their complaints may not be taken seriously. It is estimated that 30% of patients who undergo coronary angiography for chest pain undergo normal coronary angiography and that the prevalence of non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) in 14 different populations is estimated at 13%. Approximately one third of women with pelvic pain will have no obvious gynecological pathology and one third will have persistent pain despite hysterectomy. Pain management services can help build confidence by developing a unique experience with these complex issues.

Most somatic pain responds well to over-the-counter medications, such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or other pain relievers.


Marcie Macvicar
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