Ouch! The pain gap widens

January 24, 2012

Women feel the pain more than men — or so a new Stanford study suggests. Asked to score the level of their pain resulting from a cross-section of 250 human ailments, women reported more severe pain than did men, by 20 percent. [SF Chronicle]

The survey scoured 160,000 patients’ records, and its lead author, Dr. Atul Butte, said he wanted to make one thing clear: women’s accounts of experiencing more severe pain doesn’t necessarily translate into an actual assessment of pain tolerance.

While women do seek medical attention more readily than men, they also are more prone to painful diseases like arthritis.

Researchers for the study garnered “pain scores” from 72,000 patients.


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  1. Spirit Filled says:

    A long time ago I had a milogram to find out what was wrong with my back. Laying on a table, naked as a new born baby, ink injected into your spinal column while being moved up and down on a table so the ink would show up moving around. I actually flew off the table when they hit the wrong spot while putting the needle in. Lady told me later when she had a milogram the pain was as bad as when she had her babies. Oh my God, thank the Lord women have the kids. I think most families would end up being a family of two if men had the kids.

    Women are extremely tough. My wife never and I mean never complains about aches and pains. I do. Loud and clear. Getting old is not for sissy’s. If I’m in pain I let everyone know, wife, kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. And my doc’s. Even the nurses at the doctors offices.

    One day my wife got a huge splinter under her finger nail. It broke off so you couldn’t get a good hold on it. I noticed her holding her hand in a protective way so I asked her what was wrong. She said it was nothing and walked away. I followed and convinced her to show me the problem. I looked at that finger all swollen and discolored and told her to get her butt in the car I am taking you to the doctor. She insisted that she wanted to soak it some more and if it didn’t work she’d go to the doc the next day.

    The next day I took her to Dr. Schechter’s office in Atascadero. The nurse took one look at it and blanched. (I think that’s the word). Anyway I asked my wife if she wanted me to hold her other hand while she got worked on. (I was really hoping she didn’t want me in there with her). I hate to see her in pain. Actually she told me she was okay go ahead and go out. I think she realized I didn’t want to be there. Then she asked me if I minded being there with her so of course i stayed. I told the nurse to shoot her up with pain killers but she just reached out and grabbed the piece of wood and pulled. My wife turned many shades of pain but never said a word or cried at all. I did the crying. Broke my heart to see her in such pain. In fact she drew blood on my hand from squeezing so hard with her finger nails.

    She did not want to go to the doc. I had to force her. She only gave in because she couldn’t take care of it herself.

    She’s like a farm wife. Extremely strong and self preserving. Never complains without a damn good reason. Usually I’m the one that becomes the damn good reason.

    Women should be kept on a pedestal. Hugged loved and thanked every day. Spoiled not by gifts but by sharing and gently loving them each day. And listening to them like they are important to us men.
    Women take care of others before they take care of themselves. You guys know it. You had or have a mom. I feel honored to be with a woman that loves me. I am onery and usually pretty much full of shit so I especially give thanks for the Eve in my life. God Bless all women.

    By the way, children born are not ten pounds of blob. The are ten pounds of baby. No offense meant just wanted to clarify that.

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  2. Maxfusion says:

    Next step: figure out how to blame it on men.

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  3. Ted Slanders says:

    Well, of course women are to feel more pain than men, they’re suppose too because Eve, a woman, was the impetus of the “original sin” scenario. With the ungodly and insolent act conducted by Eve in the Garden of Eden, our loving Hebrew God at the time gave her, and all women hence, INCREASED PAIN at the onset with their childbearing!

    To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, AND HE WILL RULE OVER YOU.” ( Genesis 3:16)

    Since Eve screwed up regarding the forbidden fruit scenario, pain, as shown biblically above, obviously is to be more present in women! Furthermore, because Eve screwed up, we men have the caveat of ruling over them as God stated in the above passage! We do have our perks in being Christian men, and let us not forget this fact! Amen, and amen!

    As any godly and logical thinker knows, this loving act of our God shown above is but another example within scripture to show that women are second class citizens. The sooner the women of today accept this biblical axiom in the godly scheme of things, the better for all mankind, praise!

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    • Slowerfaster says:

      Brother TS…something to be aware of in this ‘Original’ narrative:

      The MAN ( Adam ) was not condemned by God to a life of pain, because the MAN did not lie to God …
      Gen 3:12 ” And the man said; The woman whom thou gavest to b with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”

      The WOMAN , on the other hand , said that she was beguiled by a ‘serpent’, a TALKING SNAKE !
      Now come on…WHO has ever run into a TALKING SNAKE !
      That is the reason for God’s eternal declaration.

      [ One might subjectively determine that, while MAN is not subject to earthly pain in the same regard as women … it could be that a life of perpetual mental anguish and misery to be their lot. ]

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        Brother Slowerfaster,

        Granted, it was the woman EVE that transgressed and caused the “original sin”, therefore, us men have been paying for it ever since!! Thank you Sisters of Eve!

        “For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. (1Timothy 2:13-15)

        On another note, are there any Paleontologists present that have found any snake remains with the evidence of vocal chords?

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  4. hotdog says:

    Though some men might take these results as accusing women of being ‘whiners’, I have been forever thankful I will never experience giving birth to a 10 pound blob. I really can’t imagine what many hours of labor would be like, women are tough!

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    • Side_Show_Bob says:

      God has given us the Kidney Stone as a way to share in the experience.

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  5. pasoparent5 says:

    Thank you for changing the photo.. Much better!

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  6. pasoparent5 says:

    What’s with the weird self-mutilation photo?

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