Chronic Pain Can be Paralyzing for Women

Chronic pain affects a larger proportion of women than men. Women have more recurrent pain and more disabilities from pain, and women's chronic pain also tends to be more intense and last longer.

One possible reason is hormones; the menstrual cycle can be associated with changes in discomfort among women with chronic pain.

According to CNN:

“Women tend to focus on emotional aspects of pain, worrying about how it will affect their responsibilities, whereas men focus on the sensory aspect ... That's why it is especially important for physicians to help women challenge their negative thoughts that make the situation worse”.

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