WHY IS CHRONIC PAIN WORSE IN WOMEN THAN IN MEN (OR SO THEY SAY)…

End Women’s Pain is a campaign to end chronic pain in women. From 2010 to 2012, the Chronic Pain Research Alliance (formerly named the Overlapping Conditions Alliance) received funding to conduct the Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women. The Campaign was jointly led by organizational leaders of the CFIDS Association of America (now named the Solve ME/CFS Initiative), Endometriosis Association, National Vulvodynia Association and The TMJ Association.

The Campaign’s major aim was to improve the health and well-being of women living with one or more chronic pain disorders that solely or disproportionately affect women, including myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular disorders, vulvodynia, endometriosis and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.  Because the U.S. government and private sector have shortchanged research on these disorders, they are all poorly understood. Health care providers receive inadequate training on their diagnosis and treatment, and effective, evidence-based treatments are lacking. Additionally, evidence suggests a discriminatory pattern in the medical care provided to women with chronic pain.

During the Campaign, End Women’s Pain were able to significantly increase awareness of these issues among key stakeholder groups, including policymakers, representatives of federal health research agencies and industry, clinicians, scientists, media professionals and the public. This work continues through the efforts of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance.

A great website Healthy Women is available to research on all aspects of pain and health-related conditions. HealthyWomen is the nation’s leading independent, nonprofit health information source for women. Their mission is to educate and empower women to make informed health choices for themselves and their families. For nearly 30 years, millions of women have turned to HealthyWomen for answers to their most personal health care questions. HealthyWomen provides objective, research-based health information reviewed by medical experts to ensure its accuracy.

It’s a fact that more women than men suffer from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but why? According to BLB Solicitors, it has been established that the onset of Fibromyalgia peaks in women during their reproductive years. There is also a body of opinion that hormonal changes in the body resulting from stress are actually a cause of Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Treating say that it’s reported that Fibromyalgia is being diagnosed in women more often than men. In fact, the government reports that 80-90% of fibro patients are women. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, female hormones have been shown to have profound effects on the central nervous system and thus, on pain. So, whether women are still experiencing periods or not, they are still going to have more intense and longer durations of pain than men, simply by virtue of their hormonal structure. Second, fibro patients going through menopause or even post-menopause experience worse pain and symptoms than those without fibromyalgia.

However, according to the Pain News Network a new study explains the real reason why women suffer more pain than men is simply because their brains work differently !!!! So who do we believe?

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