Referred pain is located not where the health problem is, but can indicate other issues and can be very tricky to identify. It is highly important to understand the most common examples of this sort of pain. This article will show you 9 types of referred pain which you should know about and never ignore.

Early diagnosis is extremely important, especially with life-threatening issues and here at Bright Side, we want to share some information with you how about how to identify these possible health problems.

Referred pain chart

Referred pain is pain we feel somewhere else in the body other than its source. The problem with this is that you may not even realize that you have a potentially serious health issue, thinking that it’s just muscle pain. Let’s have a look at each point.

1. Heart

Heart pain could be located on the left side of the chest, as expected. However, you may also feel shooting pain on the internal side of the left hand or in the upper-middle part of the back.

2. Lung and diaphragm

If you have constant dull pain in the neck and shoulder, it is time to take a trip to a doctor to check your lungs and diaphragm. This pain might be the result of breathing problems or the phrenic nerve which goes from the spine to the diaphragm, through the lungs.

3. Liver and gallbladder

This pain is not easy to identify because problems with the liver or gallbladder can cause pain in the shoulders or neck as the person is more likely to blame it on lack of exercising or spending too much time on the computer. Listen to your body and if the pain doesn’t go away, check it out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

4. Stomach and pancreas

Normally this pain is relatively easy to identify, but about 50% of people with acute pancreatitis also have radiating back pain.

5. Small intestine

The sharp pain in the abdominal area near the belly button might be caused by issues with the small intestine.

6. Appendix and colon

Appendicitis and trouble with the colon are normally relatively easy to identify as the pain is located on the right side of the middle-lower abdomen. Appendicitis is a life-threatening issue and if you have pain there, seek medical examination as soon as possible.

7. Kidney

This one can be a bit tricky because the pain basically covers the whole lower back, abs, hips, and pelvis. If the pain doesn’t go away, the solution is simple: visit a doctor to check it out.

8. Bladder

The pain caused by an infection in the bladder is often located in the lower pelvis, on the front or back side.

9. Ovaries

This one is only applicable to women for obvious reasons. Sharp stabbing pain in the sides of the lower abdomen can be a sign of a problem and you should see a doctor.

It is very critical to be able to recognize the cause of referred pain as it can be an early stage of something very serious. If you think that we missed something, please write about it in the comments below. Be sure to share this information with your friends and family.