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Visceral Hyperalgesia

(Visceral Hypersensitivity)



Visceral hyperalgesia is an higher sensitivity of the organs inside the body. You may notice normal feelings that most people do not feel. The feeling of pain when you are sick is also stronger.

It may be felt in the pancreas, intestines, and stomach.

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Causes    TOP

It is not clear why this sensitivity happens. It often starts after an infection, illness, or injury.


Risk Factors    TOP

Certain abdominal problems may raise your risk:


Symptoms    TOP

The type of pain can differ from person to person. It may be dull and achy, sharp, or burning pain. The pain may be all the time or come and go.


Diagnosis    TOP

You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.

There is no test. It may be suspected when no other cause is found.


Treatment    TOP

Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. This may mean:

Pain Specialist

A pain specialist can help you learn ways to lessen the pain. The pain is caused by a health problem, but your thought patterns can impact it as well. You may have:

  • Relaxation tools
  • Biofeedback—a machine that can help you identify and control responses that are controlled on their own
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy —learning to control the way you look at and react to problems

These methods can also help you learn coping skills to go about your daily tasks. Family therapy may also help ease stress from relationships.


Medicine may be advised. Certain antidepressant and antiepileptic medicines can lower pain signals that are sent to the brain. It may also be advised for feelings of pain during normal tasks that impact day to day life.


Prevention    TOP

The cause is not clear. It cannot be prevented.


American Chronic Pain Syndrome

American Gastroenterological Association


Canadian Digestive Health Foundation

Health Canada


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Irritable Bowel Syndrome. London Gastroenterology Centre website. Available at:
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Visceral hyperalgesia. Cincinnati Children’s hospital website. Available at:
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Visceral hypersensitivity. Royal Melbourne Hospital website. Available at:
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Accessed July 17, 2018.

Last reviewed May 2018 by James Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 7/18/2018

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