- A significant proportion of the population of the United States suffers from chronic pain, a category of disease that is not yet well understood by healthcare professionals. A majority of this group is made up of women; individuals who often have to convince healthcare professionals that their symptoms are real even when they come from well understood diseases. The reasons for this predicament are the lack of research on differing physiologies and anatomy between men and women, historically established stereotypes about female patients that mean they’re considered unreliable in reporting their own symptoms, and the interaction of these two problems for chronic pain. This interaction is a result of a disease that boasts few research findings and many stereotypes of patients (mostly female) that are particularly unreliable in a medical setting.
Key words: chronic pain, female patients, medicine