How Doctors Take Women’s Pain Less Seriously
It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, but I’ve been reading this story http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/10/emergency-room-wait-times-sexism/410515/ and couldn’t help but feel for this woman.
I am a chronic pain sufferer. I suffer from chronic back pain. I went to my doctor to get an answer. I got nothing except “Be more active, lose weight (Note: I’m not obese even if I were that is treating the fat not the patient) go to a chiropractor, go get a massage” I’m stuck taking woefully inadequate over the counter anti-inflammatory medication to just get through the day.
There are some days I literally can’t get out of bed. There are some days where I can hardly walk and I’m crying just to be able to get up to tend to my children.
I’m not taken seriously. All I want is a prescription to help me with my chronic pain so I CAN get up and move like I’m told to. There is no pushing through this pain.
Women in pain aren’t taken seriously. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of suffering. What can I do? Any time a woman presents with some kind of illness the medical profession brushes her off.
I also don’t want to be treated like a pill seeker, a person who is addicted to narcotic pain pills. I don’t WANT or NEED narcotics, I NEED an anti-inflammatory that is stronger than Aleve, with MAYBE a muscle relaxant component tossed in for good measure.
I’m only 36. I have a long life ahead of me and if I’m going to spend it in chronic pain, then what’s the use. (Don’t worry I’m NOT going to end it.) I WANT to fix this, I WANT to enjoy life again. When I have my good days they are *very* good, but when I have bad ones they are HORRID.
I know I have many friends out there (Who either identify as cis female or are FTM trans) who are chronic pain/illness sufferers who can totally commiserate. I just wanted to bring attention to this article.
This is a real problem. We shouldn’t be silent anymore. Our pain is valid. We deserve to live a pain free, or at least a tolerable level of pain, life.