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Chronic Pain (cont.)

Visceral Pain (pain from the internal organs)

Pain originating in the internal organs is more difficult for a person to pinpoint. The connections from pain sensors in the internal organs to the brain are less sophisticated than the nerve connections from the skin and muscles. So, for example, gallbladder problems can cause right shoulder pain. Pain from acid indigestion or constipation is an example of visceral pain that is common and easy to recognize. These pains are easily treated and improve quickly either on their own or with treatment using nonprescription medicines.

  • The pain from chronic pancreatitis (an inflammation of the pancreas) or chronic active hepatitis (an inflammation of the liver) can last a long time and be difficult to treat.
  • Visceral pain from gallstones or appendicitis, for example, can be treated with surgery. Other visceral pains can be treated with various non-opioid pain medications. Sometimes opioids may be needed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/19/2014

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