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What Is the Difference between Visceral & Somatic Pain?

When you’re in pain, the type of pain you’re experiencing comes second to the hurt you’re feeling. However, when looking for pain relief, knowing the type of pain you’re having helps your doctor determine what the problem is, as well as offer treatment for pain management in St. Augustine. Essentially, there are two types of pain:

Visceral Pain — This type of pain may be dull and vague as it originates with injuries, problems, or damage to internal tissues and organs. You may experience this as an internal ache, squeeze, or pressure. The causes of visceral pain may include everything from kidney injuries to menstrual pain to prostrate damage and stomach cancer. Doctors may recommend over-the-counter medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or even opioids to deal with the pain.

Somatic Pain — Often, this type of pain is described as sharp and localized when felt on the skin, bones, joints, or muscle. You’ve experienced these superficially when you have had a cut on the skin or a headache, or deeply when you’ve broken a bone or suffer from arthritis. Your doctor looks at the cause of the pain and works on addressing the basic cause. Over-the-counter medication can help. When the pain is severe, prescription drugs may be recommended, but caution is always recommended as treatment for this type of pain will usually include opioids.

When you are dealing with chronic pain, you need physicians who will take a personalized, multi-faceted approach to your care. Make an appointment at First Coast Pain today by calling 904.800.7246.