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15 September 2010 @ 09:22 am
Gender Differences in Pain  

All pain is not the same: Psychologist discusses gender differences in chronic pain


Treating both physical and mental symptons is best, she says

SAN DIEGO – Women experience chronic pain longer, more intensely and more often than men, according to a psychologist who works with both men and women dealing with diseases and conditions that leave them suffering.

"Chronic pain affects a higher proportion of women than men around the world," said Jennifer Kelly, PhD, of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine. "We need to encourage women to take a more active role in their treatment and reduce the stigma and embarrassment of this problem."

Speaking Thursday at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Kelly said the latest research offers interesting insights into how physicians and mental health providers can better treat women with chronic pain.

Pain is considered chronic when it lasts six months or longer and most medical treatment options have been exhausted. Chronic pain conditions that are more prevalent in women than in men include fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and migraines, said Kelly, referencing the International Association for the Study of Pain’s 2007-2008 report on pain in women.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on September 15th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)

why do people do studies to figure this no-brainer stuff out? oh wait ...
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on September 15th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
this reminds me of the study i posted at OC earlier this year - the one where they've concluded that menstrual pain can cause changes in our brain chemistry.
Tapatitapati on September 16th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Any chronic pain can do that!
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on September 16th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
i know i was like "duh"??
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Tapatitapati on September 16th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
For years so much medical research was simply done on men and applied to women like we're identical or something. It's great that they are now including women in more studies and looking at gender differences.