Treatments for women in pain must differ from men's treatment, and often is, according to a study by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Pain in women is often more common and mismanaged, according to research published by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).
The researchers conducted a review of literature relevant to women and pain, which included studies on treatments for labor pains, phantom limb pain, post surgery pain, menstrual pain, back pain, pregnancy pain, and fibromyalgia pain. The investigators then issued the Women’s Pain Update to raise awareness for treatment options regarding women to control both acute and chronic pain. Women are encouraged to see pain specialists to choose the proper treatment for each unique patient. The goals of treatments are to get pain under enough control so that a patient can regain their own management of daily lifestyle, such as physical therapy, exercise, and other lifestyle adjustments. Treatments for the various forms of pain can range from medications, injections, biofeedback, and acupuncture.
The authors determined that several types of pain can be eased with the help of music, yoga, and rose oil. The investigators also learned that opioids are often prescribed inappropriately. Lastly, they found that the type of anesthesia during breast cancer surgery is associated with how quickly and comfortably women recover from operations.
“It’s fairly clean cut when someone has phantom pain after a limb amputation, but it’s often overlooked when a woman has the same pain after a mastectomy or lumpectomy and she suffers unnecessarily,” Donna-Ann Thomas, MD, a member of ASA’s Committee on Pain Medicine, explained in a press release. “I can’t tell you the number of women I see how have been told they just have to live with the pain.”
The investigators found: