What is it?

Visceral hyperalgesia is an increased sensitivity to pain in the internal organs of the body, like the stomach, pancreas or intestines.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Visceral Hypersensitivity

Signs & symptoms

Patients experience pain which they describe in many ways. The pain may feel sharp, dull or burning. It may be constant or may come and go. Patients may also experience other symptoms such as:
* Constipation
* Bloating
* Diarrhea
* Nausea and vomiting


There is no specific test to diagnose visceral hyperalgesia. It is generally diagnosed after tests for other causes come back negative. Patients should always have a complete medical history and exam done by a doctor to help diagnose this condition.


Treatment is focused on the different ways to help manage the pain. Patients will see a pain psychologist to help them learn how to lessen their pain response. Their doctor may also prescribe certain medications to calm the nervous system.
Sometimes medications are used to calm the nervous system response when typical activities, such as eating, create a sensation of pain. These medications include:
* Amitriptyline or nortriptyline - antidepressants that help with pain
* Gabapentin or Lyrica - help with nerve pain
Typical pain medicines do not help with this type of pain. Strong pain medications, like narcotics, are not used because they can slow down the digestive system and cause increased pain.

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

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