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Pain Management for Men
Men and women are not alike when it comes to their experience, perception and orientation to pain. This is a highly complicated topic. There are many sophisticated articles and research information about this important topic outlining how men and women are different. What is simple to understand is that men and women do not have the same responses to pain internally as directed by their individual biology. Men have less pain receptor sites for pain reducing medicine. In addition, men typically receive more medicine for the pain where men report pain . (site source) This is a general statement.
Men tend to not report the pain they are feeling. This is in part due to their psychosocial orientation and training. Men are encouraged to NOT report feelings period. And this extends to their feelings of pain, or when they are experiencing suffering. Men tend to not catastrophize the pain they experience. Where women use positive affirmation and social support to reduce the pain women experience, men tend to use behavioral distractions. Reports of childhood abuse and adulthood pain have a positive correlation and it is theorized that men experience less, on average childhood abuse this may account for fewer reports of pain by men. Although this is not completely clear.
Men and Pain: What will help?
- learn and practice better communication skills
- talk about pain where possible
- get more in touch with what is happening with the physical body
- say no, when you are redirected to NOT talk about pain
- ask your men friends about what pain they may be having
- listen to other men discuss and talk about pain
- do not criticize women or children when they talk about pain
- be open to learning what pain means to you individually
What is the next step?
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Pain Management Screening
Pain Management Assessment
2 - 4 hours