Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Are men or women more stoic about pain?

Rachel Dowd, managing editor of Pain Solutions Magazine, writes about how men and women experience pain differently.

Anyone who has been around the opposite sex knows there is a difference.

For one thing, Dowd writes, women tend to feel more types of pain—fibromyalgia, migraines, irritable bowel, everything.

Women also have wider fluctuations in hormones, which may account for more pain, although this is not clear.

Women may have more mood disorders—and these correlate to feelings of pain.

When men get anxious, it may be because they have pain. In other words, they don’t know how to deal with it and fall apart.

It’s also more socially acceptable for the “weaker sex” to talk about pain. OK, complain about it.

Women have social structure to fall back on when in pain and vocalize about it.

But they also just cope. They vocalize about that, too.

What choice do we have, ladies? Someone has to run the place.

Check out this new magazine…I like it.

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