When it comes to chronic pain, there are real and several differences between men and women. Many researches show that women experience pain more often and more intensely than men do as well as how they respond to pain management therapies and pain medications.
Despite such studies that prove that women experience more pain than men, they are still often under treated. Another research shows that there are gender bias among doctors when it comes to pain treatment in women. Women are less likely to be treated for their pain, and the treatment they receive tends to be less aggressive than that of men.
Medical experts have done various kinds of researches and among the data they have gathered show the possible reasons why women experience pain and respond to pain medications differently than men. These include:
Sex hormones. Medical experts believe that there is a strong connection between pain and reception and the female hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Female hormones can easily cause neurochemical changes that intensify pain sensations among women.
Brain structure and chemistry. According to research, a woman’s brain show greater activity in the central pain processors rather that those of men who experience similar levels of pain. Other studies show that women and men respond to painkillers differently because they often work on different areas of the brain.
Genetics. Genetics is also responsible for chronic pain. They are often linked to genetics, and those conditions vary between genders.
Biological differences. The fact that women experience menstruation, pregnancy, and childbirth already proves that women experience more pain due to their biology.
Societal conditioning and gender roles. Some doctors believe that women report pain more often because society teaches them to be more expressive than men. They also may be more self-aware than men and more in touch with their bodies.
It is very difficult to comfort women not just physically but emotionally as well. When such incidents come, women who feel their pain is not being treated seriously should:
Express concerns to their doctor. She should be able to talk comfortably to her doctor regarding all her concerns about her pain. She should not feel as if she is not being taken seriously just because she is a woman. One
better suggestion is to talk to a physician of the same gender so that you would be able to communicate freely regarding the matter, specially if it is quite personal.
Change doctors. If you express dissatisfaction with your current doctor, it is always recommended to change or at least try experiencing how other doctors can help you with your pain.
Reach out to a pain advocacy group. If a person believes they are being treated unreasonably, there are people they can speak with to get some help and perspective. Such advocacy groups not only discusses matter on pain but also on various struggles that women encounter and making it difficult for them to live up with their everyday lives, such participants include former US comfort women.
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There are many causes of back pains which include light and heavy activities but what is more important is how are we going to treat them. There are various kinds of back pains and not all kinds of treatment really soothe the pain. You first need to know what kind of pain you are actually feeling before the doctor or a specialist treat or recommend something for you to do in order to relieve the pain.
Here are just a few of the easiest and most common treatments for acute and chronic back pain:
1. Soothe Your Spine
2. Let The Pain Go Away
Acute back pain comes on suddenly but improves over time; chronic pain worsens and can last for months.
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Next to your heart, the feet is the second-hardest working part of your body. Just think about how much you use your feel in your daily activities and the mere thought of walking around town or your house or even just by getting a cup of coffee from your own kitchen, your feet really does a lot of effort for you. Your feet are your foundation; if they hurt, you are going to be a very unhappy person. So here are just a few of what your need to know in order to make your feet feel good all day, every day, no matter what and how much you pet them through:
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Whether you are a weekend warrior, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, there will always be a strong chance that eventually, you will experience back pain, too. The reason for such is because of the activities you do everyday without thinking. Simple activities such as doing light household chores, crawling into bed at night, slipping on your slippers or even as simple as sitting in front of the computer can cause you back pain. Common back pains are caused by strains (injured muscles or tendons) or sprains (damage to the tough fibrous tissue or ligaments, located where your vertebrae connect to joints). Such injuries are often the effect of overuse of the body, unfamiliar activities, excessive lifting specially those who workout a lot, or an accident.
Here is a list of the common causes of back pains among people:
Staying in front of a computer (tablets or smartphones) for too long. According to a recent study, a person spends an average of nine hours hunched over or slouched in front of a screen each day. It is creating more aches and pains not just to your backs but to your shoulders and necks as well.
You lack core exercise. Many people doesn’t know that when you define the word core, it does not only comprise of the abs alone but it also includes the back, side, pelvic, and buttock muscles.
Sleeping on your stomach. The bedtime belly flop places pressure on joints and muscles, but sleeping on your side or back keeps your spine elongated and neutral. If you must snooze on your tummy, slide a thin pillow under your hips to alleviate pressure on disks, ligaments and muscles.
Cigarettes. Cigarettes does not only cause illnesses on your lungs and heart but to your back as well. Nicotine is the one to blame because it restricts blood to flow to vertebrae and disks which in effect may shorten aging and breakdown of bones.
Slaving yourself for fashion. We have that saying that “fashion is no comfort” but will you still continue to slave yourself after experiencing pain? Sky-high stilettos really do cause pain to your feet but what you do not know is that flats can cause trouble, too. Continuous wear can lead to back, knee and foot problems.
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As published in an issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, many Americans have been considering the use of alternative medicine instead of going to physical therapists or taking medicines to relieve pain. According to a professor of medicine at Columbia University and co-author of Alternative Medicine for Dummies, Dr. James Dillard, says that one reason why many Americans likes the idea of alternative therapy is because of the benefits of these treatments to the body and it does not cost as much as when going to a physical therapist or in buying medicines. Americans also do not prefer the use of medicine because they might get dependent on it and when the time comes that they really need the medicine for pain, it might not have an effect on them anymore because their body is already used to the drug.
There are varieties of alternative therapies available out there. Here the best and highly recommended alternative therapies together with its purpose and how it can help you deal with your pain:
Acupuncture may help you relieve pain from menstrual cramps, tennis elbow and tendonitis injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness or chemotherapy. Thin and disposable needles are inserted into your skin at key points within the body.
Biofeedbacks help anxiety, tension and migraine headaches, incontinence, Reynaud’s disease (a circulation disorder), hypertension, insomnia, and attention deficit disorder. Electronic devices are being attached to the skin to help you monitor and gain control over body functions such as heart rate and blood pressure.
Massage Therapy & Chiropractic Care
This kind of therapy usually help lower back pain, whiplash and other musculoskeletal injuries. Segments of the spine can stiffen and irritate joints and ligaments in the area, causing pain. Chiropractors manipulate the spine to loosen stiff or misaligned vertebrae, which repositions and resets the joints.
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More than half of those people who suffer from migraine are not diagnosed or misdiagnosed with tension or sinus headaches. According to the National Headache Foundation, here are just a few simple point that can help you identify what kind of ache you are experiencing, especially to those people who does not go the their respective doctors regularly and have been relying on the what the internet has been diagnosing them with.
Tension – Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches among people. Those who have tension headaches tend to experience a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. Tension headaches, however, are not as severe as migraines, and they do not usually cause nausea or vomiting. Tension headaches are not worsened by activity.
Migraine – Migraines are commonly experienced by women. Migraine sufferers experience moderate to severe pain on one side of the forehead or in one temple that worsens with activity. They are likely to experience nausea and/or vomiting and have increased sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can also run in families and are easily diagnosed using certain criteria. One is that the throbbing pain can last for 4 to 72 hours.
Sinus – Sinus headache is a rather rare compared with the other two. Sufferers of sinus headaches experience pains and pressure around the eyes, cheeks and forehead, along with nasal stuffiness, yellow or green discharge, and ever fever and chill. These symptoms can be treated with antibiotics and decongestants.
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There are many things that cause headaches and people may not be fully aware of what those are. Some are often the results of too much work or stress while others may be symptoms to different kinds of illnesses.
It is always better to be fully aware of what kinds of pain we are experiencing to be able to determine its causes as well as to prevent it from happening again. Here are just a few of the common causes of headaches:
Stresses with your Job - We all know that work stress can definitely lead to splitting headaches in people. Surprisingly, it can also cause another kind of headache known as let-down headaches. These often occur when you just finished a demanding project or even when you’re finally in a point of de-stressing. The plunging levels of stress hormones may also be to blame which can affect your sensitive brain chemistry.
Improper Diet – We all know that skipping or delaying meals can cause a headache to a person due to an imbalance or sudden decrease in the person’s blood sugar which can spark headaches. However, there are also certain kinds of foods that can trigger them too. According to studies, migraines are often results of improper diet. Among those which can trigger headaches are naturally occurring substances found in deli meats, sauerkraut, soy sauce and aged cheeses. Onions and citrus fruits may also bring headaches to other people.
Social Life – For those of you who likes going out on Friday nights to meet up with friends and of course, to have a few drinks or so and stay out late then sleep in on a Saturday, you are most likely to experience with a migraine. Alcohol is a migraine trigger in about one third of those who suffer migraines. Fumes from cigarettes can also cause or worsen headaches. Lack of sleep is also a cause of migraine among many people.
Weight – Being overweight increases the risk of developing chronic headaches. According to studies, fat cells secrete high levels of proteins, such as adiponectin and leptin, which may contribute to inflammation in your body which therefore often affect a migraine.
Hormones – Hormones usually affect women when it comes to headaches. Menstrual migraines are the often causes in female migraine sufferers. This is due to the fact that before a woman’s period, estrogen levels drop which then causes brain changes that trigger a migraine.
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Athlete’s foot may be considered as one of the common types of foot pain. Being named as “Athlete’s Foot”, these are common experienced by athletes or those who enjoy doing exercise with their feet enclosed inside their shoes.
Athlete’s Foot and Toenail Infections are fungal infections of the skin or nail bed. People who suffer from such diseases experience itching of the skin between the toes as well as being blistered. Toenail infections, on the other hand, are more unsightly than uncomfortable. Toenail infections make a person’s toenails turn thick, yellow and brittle.
Fungi can be found everywhere especially in areas where the environment is kept warm and moist. Places which may likely be prone to these kinds of bacteria are communal areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers or bathhouses. Also, another thing that may provoke these kinds of diseases are going sockless in closed shoes and having pedicures with unsterilized instruments. The kind of fungi that cause Athlete’s Foot and Toe nail infection commonly grow on or in the top layer of the human skin.
There are still ways on how to treat these kinds of diseases. As for the Athlete’s Foot, your doctor may prescribe antifungal cream for you to use. On the fungal toenails on the other hand, he may prescribe a paint-on medication or three months long use of Lamisil pills. Lamisil pills, however, can only be used by people who are does not have any complication on the liver or kidney.
To prevent such diseases to happen to you, there are also preventive measures that you can do. Always keep your feet dry and clean. Also, one of the most things that people tend to forget is to dry the skin between your toes after you shower and afterwards, put on foot powder. Always wear clean cotton socks, not nylon or tights, to make feet less welcoming to fungi. Lastly, to those people who regularly have their nails done, especially women, make sure that both the instruments used and the foot bath you soak your feet into have been sterilized.
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