Visceral hyperalgesia is a higher sensitivity to the normal activity of organs inside the body. A person may notice normal intestinal activities that most people do not feel. These feelings may be painful. The pain when a person is sick is also stronger.
It may be felt in the pancreas, intestines, and stomach.
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EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
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