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Women and pain: Disparities in experience and treatment

October 9, 2017

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Ann Lee
November 6, 2017

My name is Ann Lee, i was doing very great until one morning i woke up with painful joints all over couldn’t even move an inch, my mum called our family doctor for check-up and i was took to the hospital later did i found out that i was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, i bought lots of medicine as told but nothing worked out a friend of mine told me to contact Standard Herbs Home for herbal remedy which a friend of his also contacted when he was diagnosed of Rheumatoid Arthritis and they really helped him, so i contacted Standard Herbs Home and i purchased the herbal remedy and after 4 months i went for check-up and i was cured from Rheumatoid Arthritis, God bless you Standard Herbs Home.

October 16, 2017

I have been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis for my whole life, it started about in my early 30s back in the 90s. I would have my hand swell up to big red balloons around my knuckles and I wouldn’t be able to move the hands at all. What I did notice that helped relieve the pain, but not the swelling was Absorbine Jr. The arthritis cream made it easier with the stiffness and the pain when I had the worst conditions. The swelling and the movement were still bad though and sometimes that made it hard to do the easiest of tasks around the house. The thing I noticed at first and the early signs were pain and the swelling. The swelling where my knuckles would get red where the first indications that I had rheumatoid arthritis I searched for alternative treatments and started on rheumatoid arthritis herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the rheumatoid arthritis disease natural herbal formula.i read reviews from other previous patients who used the herbal formula,i am now active, i can now go about daily exercise!! Visit there website herbs are truly gift from God.

Robert Lucas
October 15, 2017

Recent surveys have concluded that female doctors are more attentive, compassionate, and thorough than male doctors. I have been very fortunate to have such an outstanding female doctor who tends to me like she would her father. And yes, I have experienced the non- chalant and brusque attitude of a number of male doctors. I would suggest these women in pain seek the care and compassion of their own gender whenever possible.

Andra Heath
October 14, 2017

Women have known about this dismissal for many generations!
Most women will not even bring up “womanly” symptoms or pain because they don’t want the psychological diagnosis. If they do bring up their symptoms they are dismissed anyway so what good is it?
Now that we are getting female doctors in the business we are starting to get more action.
Wake up, Men! You are loosing business!

October 13, 2017

Many women with chronic pain do not have “clearly definable conditions” yet still suffer immeasurably. Lest not ignore them in favor of only women who are “lucky” enough to have diagnoses.

Judith Chaplin
October 14, 2017

My pain was excruciating. 9 on the scale of 0 to 10. I went to a major teaching university & hospital in Boston only to be told that the pain was caused by depression. About 3 years later I was finally diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. A year later, nerve pain meds finally reduced my pain to about a 6 on the pain scale. Male doctors the whole way. Here to tell ya… !

Jeannie J Gitano
October 11, 2017

Well said. I had a pain specialist that was assigned to me with bad bedside manners. Very dismissive with superiority attitude. I guess because of what I am, Asian female. I complained about his behavior and was assigned to a whole different team of doctors. I couldn’t ask for better treatment had I not complaint about this person.

October 11, 2017

I can understand the real value of this blog because i often suffers with pain. Last year i start some workout to lose weight and then some muscle issues occurred. I am suffering with backbone pain since that time. I am totally agree here pain in women is common as compared to men.

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