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What are somatic pains?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Some pains come from the outer body. These are called somatic pains. Fibromyalgia and chronic back pain fall into this category. In the case of chronic somatic pain, nerve fibers in your skin and muscles send pain signals to your brain. Because somatic pains are common, your brain can easily locate the source of the signal. Somatic pain tends to be in one or more specific locations. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are usually the first line of treatment for somatic pains. Acetaminophen is also an option.


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