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Women get the Lion’s Share of Migraines and Chronic Pain

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012


 


 

Women are most likely to suffer migraines…and chronic pain.  New research shows that when it comes to pain symptoms of chronic back pain, neck pain, arthritis, and hernias, women consistently report higher pain scores than men with the same exact condition.

WOMEN GET THE LION’S SHARE OF MIGRAINES AND CHRONIC PAIN, MIGRAVENT.COM

Study focuses on chronic pain

In a recent Stanford study on sex differences in pain, medical records of over 72,000 patients were reviewed, which included over 160,000 pain scores of men and women who suffered from a painful disease.  These findings, published by the Journal of Pain, make up the largest survey to date that investigates sex-specific variations in disease-associated pain intensity.

Scientists noted a significant difference in the way females suffering from musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, or gastrointestinal disorders reported their pain intensity.

Other conditions covered were infectious diseases, physical injuries, and poisoning.

On a 10-point pain scale, women averaged 1 point higher in pain intensity than male pain patients, with 0 signifying no pain at all, and 10 being the worst pain imaginable.

WOMEN GET THE LION’S SHARE OF MIGRAINES AND CHRONIC PAIN, MIGRAVENT.COM

Are Doctors Overprescribing Painkillers for Migraines? Fox News Report

What do these findings mean for chronic pain patients?

It means that when a woman who has given birth at least once in her lifetime rates migraine headache pain as the “worst pain imaginable,” you should probably take her word for it…migraine pain is debilitating, emotionally draining, and overwhelming, and aside from labor pains, it’s hard to imagine anything more excruciating…

…On the other hand, do these findings mean that women are more likely to complain about pain, whereas men are taught from birth to hide their pain?  Are women, perhaps, not as pain-tolerant as they believe…?

WOMEN GET THE LION’S SHARE OF MIGRAINES AND CHRONIC PAIN, MIGRAVENT.COM

Perhaps, medical staff- ER doctors, nurses, therapists- should consider one’s sex as an important factor when prescribing pain treatments.  One pain point might not seem like a lot, but it’s enough to tell a doctor if a certain pain medication is working…

Hopefully, one day, doctors will be able to use this data to decide which painkillers, migraine drugs, or headache remedies to prescribe for women with chronic pain…and which ones not to bother with at all.

WOMEN GET THE LION’S SHARE OF MIGRAINES AND CHRONIC PAIN, MIGRAVENT.COM

What do you think?  Please weigh in on this controversial issue.

Read more about chronic pain and migraines:

Fibromyalgia- Migraine Illness’s Evil Twin

Epic Fail! Top 10 Migraine Analgesic Errors Doctors Make

Rude Headaches, Ruder Pharmacists- 6 Ways to Avoid Conflict

Migraine Medications That are Dangerous During Pregnancy

Sources:

Sex Differences in Reported Pain Across 11,000 Patients Captured in Electronic Medical Records

Do Women Feel Pain More Intensely Than Men?

Women found to report much more pain than men

Stanford study shows women report more intense pain than men

Brain Tumor, Stroke and 8 other Illnesses you probably don’t have

Monday, June 13th, 2011


 


 

Does Dr. Wikipedia make House Calls? Today, it seems about anybody with access to a laptop or an iPod Touch can attempt to diagnose his own medical problems in the time it takes to access 911. You can look up your pain symptoms online at Wikipedia, Google your nearest pharmacy, or order over-the-counter medication at drugstore.com.

BRAIN TUMOR, STROKE AND 8 OTHER ILLNESSES YOU PROBABLY DON'T HAVE,WWW.MIGRAVENT.COM

Indeed, we are privileged to have immediate access to such a bountiful source of information. However,  there is a flip side to that. Spend enough time reading about lung cancer, brain tumors or Alzheimer’s; you might one day become convinced that you, yourself, suffer the exact symptoms described on WebMD. In fact, may physicians report receiving an unusually high number of visits from patients who mistakenly believe they suffer from certain life-threatening illnesses.

BRAIN TUMOR, STROKE AND 8 OTHER ILLNESSES YOU PROBABLY DON'T HAVE,WWW.MIGRAVENT.COM

Below are the 10 most common illnesses from which many people often erroneously believe they suffer, as reported by Dr. Sharon Orrange on Daily Strength:

1) Brain tumor: Some chronic headache sufferers have anxiety about brain tumors.  They believe constant head pain, vision problems, dizziness or numbness, must signal a brain tumor. While some of the symptoms associated with migraine with aura are similar to those of a brain tumor, the chances that your headaches result from a brain tumor are very rare.

2) Kidney disorder: Many individuals who suffer from lower back pain become concerned that they have kidney problems, or possibly a tumor in that region.  Pain alone does not signify a dysfunctional kidney, say most doctors.  Unless painful urination is a factor, your back pain is probably due to sore muscles.

3) Stroke: Numbness in the arms or legs can be an indication of stroke, though that is just one symptom of many. Additionally, the numbness associated with stroke symptoms occurs on only one side of the body, an important distinction. Still, if you suspect you have suffered a stroke, and then call 911.

4) Lymphoma: While not every bump under the skin’s surface indicates skin cancer, it is crucial to see a doctor if lymphoma is suspected. If you are concerned over a bump that you have had for months or years, then you most likely do not have lymphoma, which generally advances quickly.

5) Gut parasites: If you have traveled to a foreign country in the past few years, then you might become anxious about developing a parasite in your gut, BRAIN TUMOR, STROKE AND 8 OTHER ILLNESSES YOU PROBABLY DON'T HAVE,WWW.MIGRAVENT.COMespecially if you suffer from diarrhea, indigestion or heartburn.  The chances of having a tapeworm in your digestive system are rare.  If stomach upset continues for months, then you might suffer from a gastrointestinal disorder, which can be determined by visiting a physician who specializes in gastroenterology.

6) Alzheimer’s disease: Brain fog, short-term memory loss or forgetfullness could suggest symptoms such as fibromyalgia, vitamin B12 deficiency, depression, or chronic fatigue. If you are under middle age, then the chances that you suffer from any sort of dementia similar to Alzheimer’s are exceptionally rare.

7) Shingles: Shingles is a  painful, itchy rash that can take weeks to heal. If you have ever had Chicken Pox, then you might develop shingles in later life.  One distinguishing trait of shingles is that it occurs only on one side of the body, usually in the upper region, but never on both sides at the same time.

BRAIN TUMOR, STROKE AND 8 OTHER ILLNESSES YOU PROBABLY DON'T HAVE,WWW.MIGRAVENT.COM

8) Colon cancer: The appearance of bright red blood after a stool movement is usually a symptom of hemorrhoids. In any case, only a doctor’s visit can rule out colon cancer.

9) Lung cancer: If you have had a bad cold or infection, then you’re likely to have a persistent cough that could take weeks to disappear. That does not necessarily mean you have pneumonia, and the chances of having lung cancer are even more remote. Nevertheless, keep your doctor informed about any health concerns you might have.

10) Herniated disc: Hernias are more common among men than they are in women. The symptoms of hernias are pain or tenderness in the lower abdomen or groins and heartburn.Visit your doctor for a checkup if you feel lasting pain in that region.

BRAIN TUMOR, STROKE AND 8 OTHER ILLNESSES YOU PROBABLY DON'T HAVE,WWW.MIGRAVENT.COM

Also read:

6 Migraine Myth-conceptions

Best 10 Hospitals in the USA for Chronic Migraine Patients

4 Headaches that Require Emergency Intervention

Migraine Pain, Portrayed through Art and Poetry

Sources:

Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/kMnHpU

Daily Strength http://bit.ly/m7apbx

Livestrong http://bit.ly/jFY1UC

NY Times http://bit.ly/bT2UE9

Medicine Net http://bit.ly/h2PSlS

7 Healing Headache Relief Treatments for Children

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Preventing Headaches for Children’s Health

7 HEALING HEADACHE RELIEF TREATMENTS FOR CHILDREN, MIGRAVENT

Millions of individuals suffer from headaches, and children are no exception.  Stress headaches account for 90% of pain symptoms in school-aged children. Migraine headaches, though less common, afflict 10% of adolescents. Therapists attribute children’s migraine and non-migraine headache symptoms to nerves, peer pressure, school performance, or fears. In certain situations, kids’ headaches may be treated without the use of pain medication.

How Migraines Appear in Children

Listed below are 7 alternative treatments for treating headache pain:

1) Prevention: Often, headaches are caused by a specific headache trigger, whether it be food, light, scents, weather changes or irregular sleep patterns. Identifying exactly which sensitivities are causing your child’s chronic pain is half the battle. Wine, Cheese, Perfume, and other Headache Triggers

2) Tell a story: Headache treatments which use subliminal suggestions are a popular form of alternative pain relief, albeit one which takes practice. Ask your child to imagine himself swallowing some pain medicine, and then have him tell a story about the pill’s headache-fighting powers, or its journey through the body as it combats evil headache henchmen and blasts away pain bubbles. If he prefers, he can just imagine a quiet, restful place or time.

3) Keep a headache journal: Ask your child to jot notes in a headache diary every time he feels head pain. Important details are time, day, pain level and relevant activities. Read this comprehensive list of 10 Clues your should Include in your Headache Diary Today.

4) Blow a mental balloon: Therapists often use the following method for inducing child headache sufferers in to state of relaxation and soothing headache pain. Ask the child to take deep abdominal breaths, focusing on a point a few inches below the belly button, while imagining a balloon expanding and releasing. Ask her the following three questions:

  • What color is the balloon?
  • What shape is it?
  • How heavy is it?

Have her continue taking some more deep breaths, and then ask her the three questions again. Repeat for 5-10 minutes. What are Abdominal Migraines?

5) Talk to the pain: Ask your child to pretend to have a conversation with the “pain,” asking it why it came, what it is trying to tell her, and what prescription it can give her for relief. Then, have her follow the pain’s orders, or pretend to. She might discover that all she had to do was relax, take a nap or have a healthy snack.

6) Use color imagery: Have your child describe the pain symptoms he’s having, and try to associate relief with a color. To put out a fiery headache, quench it with jets of cool blue water. For brain freeze, imagine warm golden sunshine.

7) Imagine the pain floating away: A common meditation used for pain relief is imagining the pain as a red bubble and consciously willing it to leave. Ask him to hold his hands parallel to his head, several inches away from the source of pain. Tell him to imagine that his hands are a magnet, and that his head pain is naturally drawn away from his head and towards his hands, where they disintegrate into nothingness.

Also read:

The Teen Headache Connection

Migraine Pain, Portrayed through Art and Poetry

Migraine Pop Quiz: How Well do you Understand your Headaches?

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charlotte-reznick-phd/kids-headaches_b_870013.html#s287277&title=Melt_away_the