Referred pain: Information for clinicians

This advice is sourced from Dr Ros Taylor a senior palliative physician

Q. What patterns of referred pain do you commonly see in palliative illness?

A. Frequently we see referred pain from spinal metastases causing sciatic pain down the leg.

Arm pain from brachial plexus involvement in breast cancer is also very common.

Liver and gall badder pain refer to the right shoulder. 

Pain from pancreatic disease can be felt in the mid back.

Head and neck cancers often cause severe referred pain to the ear

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