What is visceral pain?

Visceral pain (internal body pain) is pain felt on the inside of the body. It originates at nerve receptors called nociceptors and travels up the spine to send pain signals to the brain. Because there are fewer nociceptors in the internal organs as compared to those in the skin and muscles, visceral pain is often diffuse and hard to pinpoint. Visceral pain is most severe in the intestines, bladder, and uterus.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Visceral pain comes from your internal organs (stomach, colon, etc). This type of pain is more difficult for your brain to locate because visceral pain is much less common and the nerve circuits are more complex. Visceral pains from pancreatitis or hepatitis may require lifelong treatment. Other kinds, such as pain from gallstones or appendicitis, may require surgery.

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