A 2007 Rhode Island study looked at 30 men and 30 women who had just had coronary-artery bypass surgery and tracked the medications they were given. The researchers were astonished to find that men got pain medications, while women got sedatives. With chronic pain problems, women’s symptoms are often minimized.
Judy Foreman, author of A Nation in Pain: Healing our Biggest Health Problem, looks at the prevalence of chronic pain and how we treat it differently in men and women. (via oupacademic)
I’m horrified but not astonished.
This is very VERY common. There have been tons of articles written about this. Generally physicians (typically male physicians but some female doctors do this as well), see women as over exaggerating their pain levels or even flat out lying about it, since pain is not an observable symptom. Also, women are more vocal about their pain while men tend to keep it to themselves. Since men are perceived as being able to handle higher levels of pain than women, when they do complain about it they are taken much more seriously. In short, it’s bullshit and a lot of women are suffering with chronic pain just because they are women.