Viscerosomatic Inhibition

Patients with IBS or other disorders with visceral hypersensitivity report referred somatic hypersensitivity in the dermatomes where referred pain is perceived. However, outside the area of referred pain, as long as there is not a codiagnosis of another ailment such as fibro-myalgia, patients report normal or hyposensitivity to noxious electric and mechanical somatic stimuli 4,126-131 . In contrast, thermal stimulation is more painful in IBS patients compared to controls, although this...