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What is referred pain?

Because internal body pain, or visceral pain, is less common than other forms, the pain does not always correspond well to its cause. Referred pain describes a situation where one organ's pain is interpreted as coming from somewhere else. A classic example is the pain in the left arm resulting from a heart attack. Because the brain is not used to receiving pain signals from the heart, it processes it according to more familiar channels.

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Referred pain is a phenomena whereby the site of irritation is not where pain is felt. Instead, pain is felt further from the site. For instance, in the case of a rotator cuff injury at the top of the shoulder, pain may be felt further down the arm or even in the elbow. Similarly, a hip joint injury may be felt as groin pain.
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