Chronic Pain — 29 May 2013

bigstock-Rheumatism-31824317By Carol Levy, Columnist

The typical patient with chronic pain is a 55-year-old woman. The typical subject in a chronic pain study is an 8-week-old male mouse.

That was the finding of pain researcher Jeffrey Mogil at McGill University in Montreal in 2010.

A 2001 study in the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics found that women’s pain reports are taken less seriously than those of men and women receive less aggressive treatment for their pain than men.

The subject of gender bias came up in an online pain discussion group in which I am a member.  I was intrigued and appalled at a comment made by one of the men.  After all, he wrote, since all pain patients tend to have difficulty being believed and diagnosed who really cares?  Why does it matter if there is gender bias?

It does matter, a lot.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Carol Levy, Columnist

Carol has lived with trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic facial pain disorder, for over 30 years. She is the author of "A Pained Life, A Chronic Pain Journey." Carol was accredited to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, where she helped get chronic pain recognized as a disease. Carol is the founder of the Facebook support group "Women in Pain Awareness". Her blog “The Pained Life” can be found here.

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