Progress to help women in pain is too slow
Medical professionals offen defer female pain as an emotional issue
Submitted by Dr. Michael J. Cooney, D.C. on October 23rd, 2013
About 25 percent of Americans experience chronic pain, and a disproportionate number of them are women. Women suffering from autoimmune diseases almost doubles that of men. A report by the Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women found that inadequate physician training in diagnosing and treating just six pain disorders that affect women either exclusively or predominantly, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
I can tell you in my own chiropractic and Calmare Pain Therapy programs, most of the new female patients I see come with a basketful of prescription painkillers prescribed by doctors who don’t know how else to help them.
Here’s an interesting and detailed report in the NY Times on women in chronic pain written by a fellow sufferer. If I could, I would make sure every physician in America received a copy.
Finally, I also recommend Laurie Edwards' book, "In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America."