Referred pain, simply stated, is pain that is felt somewhere other
than the place of origin.1
Here are a few examples of how we might experience referred pain.
- Certain conditions, like arthritis, can change how we walk. As
a result, other areas of our body can begin to hurt. That doesn’t
necessarily mean that we have a problem with one of these body
parts. It could simply be referred pain experienced from the
- Some heart attack symptoms are also an
example of referred pain. In this case, it’s not uncommon to
experience pain in your neck, shoulders, or back instead of feeling
it in your chest where you might expect.
- A problem with the
kidneys, like having a kidney stone, can cause pain in your back,
stomach, and even down into your thighs.
These are three different examples of how referred pain can work. In
reality, referred pain can be experienced in many other scenarios. If
you’re experiencing pain in one or more parts of your body, talk to
your doctor. It’s possible that you could be experiencing referred
pain from another condition or body part altogether.