Visceral pain may not be a well known term, but it is a very common experience and a leading cause of visits to hospital emergency departments. Visceral pain means pain occuring from any internal organ, and it can result from any kind of malfunction or problem within an organ. It includes chronic chest pain, chronic pelvic pain, functional abdominal pain, pancreatitis, bladder pain and bowel pain. In some cases, there is no obvious reason for the pain.
If visceral pain is related to a non-life threatening condition, then it should be treated accordingly. If the condition has been identified, then there will be a clear pathway for management and possibly recovery. In other cases, the most effective approach will be through multidisciplinary pain management combined with self-management.