What is it?

Abdominal Cutaneous Nerve Syndrome (ACNES) is a condition in which there is chronic pain in the abdominal wall due to entrapment of the abdominal cutaneous nerves. These nerves are responsible for transmitting sensation from the skin of the abdominal wall to the brain.

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Signs & symptoms

The most common symptom of Abdominal Cutaneous Nerve Syndrome (ACNES) is chronic abdominal pain, which is often described as a burning or sharp sensation. The pain is typically localized to a specific area of the abdominal wall and may be worsened by pressure or movement. Other symptoms of ACNES may include:
* Tenderness to touch or pressure in the affected area
* Aching or throbbing pain
* Numbness or tingling in the affected area
* Muscle weakness or fatigue in the abdominal wall
* A feeling of tightness or constriction in the abdomen
* Swelling or inflammation in the affected area


The diagnosis of ACNES is made based on a thorough medical history and physical examination. Additional diagnostic tests, such as ultrasound or nerve blocks, may also be used to confirm the diagnosis.


Treatment for ACNES typically involves a combination of medications, physical therapy, and nerve blocks. Medications may include pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Physical therapy may include exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles and improve posture. Nerve blocks involve the injection of a local anesthetic or steroid medication into the affected nerves to alleviate pain.

In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to release the entrapped nerves and alleviate symptoms. It is important for individuals with ACNES to work closely with their healthcare providers to develop a personalized treatment plan that is appropriate for their individual needs and medical history.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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