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If you have ever been sunburned, then you have experienced hypersensitivity. Your skin was very sensitive to light touch, warm water and clothing for days. Well, imagine if that sensitivity was being experienced in your gut. Some people are troubled by such a problem called visceral hypersensitivity .
The phenomenon of hypersensitivity involves the nervous system. At some point, the irritation to a particular organ system like the skin or the gut leads to the sensitization of the nervous system , the alarm system. In severe cases, the central nervous system becomes so hypersensitive that everything seems to hurt. Painful stimuli become even more painful; that sensitivity is called hyperalgesia . Even non-painful stimuli like touch become painful; this sensitivity is called allodynia . In the case of visceral hypersensitivity, everything from digestion to urination can become painful. Thus, many conditions are linked to visceral hypersensitivity like: noncardiac chest pain, nonulcer...
Abdominal rigidity is stiffness of the muscles in the belly area, which can be felt when touched or pressed.
Rigidity of the abdomen
When there is a sore area inside the belly or abdomen, the pain will get worse when a hand presses against muscles of the abdomen.
Your fear or nervousness about being touched (palpated) may cause this symptom, but there should be no pain.
If you have pain when you are touched and you tighten the muscles to "guard" against more pain, it is more likely caused by a physical condition inside your body. The condition may affect one or both sides of your body.
Abdominal rigidity may occur along with:
Abscess inside the abdomen
caused by gallstones
Full Question: For as long as I can remember I have been having bouts of abdominal pain, nausea and occasionally vomiting. I am now 69 and the vomiting is mainly absent. As a child the vomiting was sometimes severe with delirium on a few occasions. About five years ago, a physician diagnosed abdominal migraine which he told me was relatively common in children but that most adults "got over it." Any comments appreciated and advice about medication/prevention, etc. Mary. Answer: Dear Mary; Your observation is correct: a lot of the severe abdominal symptoms seem to diminish over time. I like metochlopramide (Reglan) which is cheap, effective and free of sedating side effects. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists . Another good source of information and support is our forum . To post to the forum, you'll need to r...
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