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Women Experience More Chronic Pain Than Men

They are also more likely to have multiple painful conditions at the same time, expert says

Among the variables between the sexes are hormonal and genetic factors.

Also…

“Women tend to focus on the emotional aspects of pain,” ….. “Men tend to focus on the physical sensations they experience. Women who concentrate on the emotional aspects of their pain may actually experience more pain as a result, possibly because the emotions associated with pain are negative.”

Among other things, Kelly [Jennifer Kelly, of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine] encouraged practitioners to allow patients, especially women, to take an active role in their treatment, to provide psychological support and to offer relaxation techniques and biofeedback.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about chronic pain.

August 16, 2010 - Posted by | Consumer Health |

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