Somatic Referred Pain

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Somatic referred pain has a characteristic quality. It is deep, achy, expanding pressure, and is felt in a broad area. The location remains consistent. Patients can clearly identify the centre of pain, but find it hard to define the boundaries.

In contrast, radicular pain is shooting or lancinating, and extends along a narrow band. Neuropathic pain is burning and has sensory abnormalities. Somatic referred pain has no neurological deficit.