Fibromyalgia patients are very familiar with pain. Living with this chronic condition can lead to several painful symptoms. Are you aware that pain is available in different forms? In an effort to help people suffering from chronic pain, doctors came up with a system for classifying pain. One of the categories is known as visceral pain. This pain is among the most painful of all and can indicate serious problems with the body.
What Is Visceral Pain?
Pain is classified into two major categories – neuropathic and nociceptive. Nociceptive pain refers to the normal response of the body against an injury as a result of the damage to the body tissues. On the other hand, neuropathic pain comes from the nervous system.
Visceral pain falls under nociceptive pain which mostly originates from within the body tissues. Visceral pain generally affects the body’s inner organs also known as viscera. This refers to the organs within the abdomen such as the kidneys, lungs, heart and liver. Due to the way our nerves form around the viscera, the inner organs feel pain differently from other parts of the body. For instance, these organs feel more pain when being stretched or twisted as compared to being sliced or cut. This because the nerves of the inner organs are more sensitive to some types of pain. Hence, visceral pain can feel very different from other forms of pain.