Most Pain is Referred Pain – Explained By Dr

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What is referred pain? Here’s what could actually be causing your pain, and what to do about it. 

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0:02 What is referred pain?
0:19 A closer look at where referred pain occurs
5:02 Referred pain causes
5:19 Referred pain vs. the pain source
5:52 What to do for referred pain
6:40 My personal experience 

Today we’re going to talk about referred pain. 

What is referred pain? 
Basically, referred pain is pain that is coming from a different location than where you hurt. 

Referred pain examples:

1. Pancreas
May have referred pain to the left shoulder or the back. It may also not be referred pain and hurt right over the pancreas.

2. Spleen 
May refer pain to the left shoulder.

3. Heart
May refer pain to the left arm, shoulder, or jaw.

4. Gallbladder 
May refer pain to the shoulder area.

5. Liver
May refer pain to the right shoulder. 

6. Ovary
May refer pain to the lower back.

7. Prostate
May refer pain to the lower back.

8. Kidney 
May refer pain anywhere underneath the last rib to the spine. A kidney stone can cause pain in the groin area, but the problem is not in the groin. 

What causes referred pain?
They don’t really know what causes referred pain. 

A very large percentage of people have referred pain versus pain from the actual pain source. If you haven’t had an injury to a certain area, but it starts hurting for no reason, it’s likely referred pain. 

What to do for referred pain:
• Healthy keto
• Intermittent fasting 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 56 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

This is the summary of what referred pain is and what you should do about it.

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