Health care providers may use the terms neuropathic, visceral and somatic to describe different types of pain. Neuropathic is a sharp, tingling, burning or shooting feeling. It is often related to pain caused by pressure on nerves or the spinal cord. It can also be caused by chemotherapy. Visceral is a sharp, aching, cramping or gnawing feeling. It is often related to pain caused when tumors spread to organs (such as the liver) or other tissues. Somatic is a stabbing, aching, pressure or throbbing feeling. The pain most often involves skin, muscle or bone. Other: Headaches, muscle strain and other types of pain that occur in daily life and may or may not be caused by breast cancer or treatment.
Source: Susan G. Komen 2019