About 25 percent of Americans experience chronic pain, and a disproportionate number of them are women. Women suffering from autoimmune diseases almost doubles that of men. A report by the Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women found that inadequate physician training in diagnosing and treating just six pain disorders that affect women either exclusively or predominantly, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
I can tell you in my own chiropractic and Calmare Therapy programs, most of the new female patients I see come with a basketful of prescription painkillers prescribed by doctors who don’t know how else to help them.
Here’s an interesting and detailed report in the NY Times on women in chronic pain written by a fellow sufferer. If I could, I would make sure every physician in America received a copy.