Understanding Visceral Pain Visceral pain originates in the organs of the chest, abdomen, or pelvis. Visceral pain, the pain we feel when our internal organs are inflamed, diseased, damaged, or injured, is by far the most common type of pain. We have all experienced pain that emanates from our internal organs, from the mild discomfort of indigestion to the agony of renal colic. Although many types of visceral pain are particularly common in women, for both men and women internal pain is one of the most common reasons to see a doctor.
Visceral pain refers to pain that results from pain receptors located in internal organs within a body cavity. This type of pain is generally described as a deep sensation, similar to pressure, that is not localized to a certain point in the body. Examples include the low consumption of calcium for somatic pain caused by osteoporosis and the increase in smoking for visceral pain caused by 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.
However, organic pathology is often ruled out and patients are discharged from the acute specialty with the assurance that no obvious reason for the pain can be found, or they are given treatments with the expectation that the pain will go away, but it persists. 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. A typical pain sensation due to an injury, such as hitting your knee or cutting your lip, causes sudden, sharp pain. Somatic nociceptive pain originates in pain receptors located on the surface of the body or in musculoskeletal tissues.
They'll ask you about your symptoms, where the pain is, how severe it is, how often it occurs, and what affects you. The terms acute, chronic and intercurrent pain are useful in describing different types of pain when doctors make decisions about a patient's treatment. By accurately reporting what the pain feels like, you can help your healthcare provider diagnose your problem and prescribe the best treatment regimen. Otherwise, patients will be stigmatized for having psychological pain, their complaints and distress will not be taken seriously, and pharmaceutical companies will not invest in the development of drugs for visceral pain.
However, every year, 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%. Somatic pain occurs when pain receptors in tissues (including skin, muscles, skeleton, joints, and connective tissues) are activated. Approximately one third of women with pelvic pain will have no obvious gynecological pathology and one third will have persistent pain despite hysterectomy. This is where pain management services can build your 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.