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Women in Chronic Pain/Auto Immune Diseases

There is a gender bias in medicine, If you are a woman suffering from chronic pain you will agree. Women all over the world are reaching out to their medical doctors in search for answers and/or relief only to hear that there is nothing wrong with them or that it is all in their heads. This leaves the patient feeling extremely frustrated and many times feeling hopeless. p

According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), “Chronic pain affects a higher proportion of women than men around the world; however women are less likely to receive treatment. Research has shown that women generally experience more recurrent pain, more severe pain and longer lasting pain than men.” Unfortunately, most research on pain is conducted on men leading to many disparities in experience and treatment.

Other therapists might not be knowledgeable on the emotional and psychological toll that living with chronic pain takes and how it also affects relationships. Consequently, many of their methods that they use in therapy might end up being perceived as insensitive leaving you with a feeling of anger, frustration and hopelessness. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia some years ago and I know the challenges of living with chronic pain. I understand what you go through on a daily basis.<>/p>

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