End Pain Care Bias Toward Women In Chronic Pain

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Jen Karney
1 year ago
I’m signing this because I suffer from chronic pain including TMJD, fibromyalgia, etc- and am discriminated against anyhow because I’m a woman. “It must be psychosomatic.” Yeah right!!

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Amy McEwen
1 year ago
20 yr extensive medical history. 2 chronic illnesses. 39 yrs old disabled and untreated untreated. My civil, and human rights have been violated. Mistreated and discriminated against.

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Vivian Allen
1 year ago
I am signing not only on my behalf but mama who lives in so much pain with no options. I have been told so many times it was in my head it is time for this to stop!

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Maureen Murphy
3 years ago
I have been a Chronic Pain Patient since my first ruptured disk at 18yrs old. Thirty eight years later and 5 spinal surgeries, some failures, some with complications and I'm still in pain today. Now the CDC and Medicare are trying to limit my medication. Medication that takes the edge off so I can some what engage in society. I may be able to go to lunch with a friend and then I'm done for the day. I have also had one surgeon say I wasn't healing because of my mental health and I needed to take care of that. The audacity of blaming me when he might have done something wrong during surgery. The bias was so blatant. And heartbreaking.

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Shawn Rembelinsky
3 years ago
My sister in-law has suffered with this disease for years. She struggles everyday but still tries to go on for her family
Please let's start helping patients with this disease

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Kim Deissroth
3 years ago
I’ve had RSD since 1997, 30 doctors and shrinks telling me in the late 90’s it was all mental isn’t inexcusable! There must more more reconigtion for this disease and it’s treatmens and medications. It ranks the highest in any pain charts etc
And the first thing when they treat woman is..” are You pregnant, mental, etc..,”
We need National acknowledgement now!!

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Eve Ahl
3 years ago
I’m a chronic pain patient as well and can relate to this

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Lori Andrews
3 years ago
I was also dismissed and now I'm told that if I had gotten help sooner my injuries wouldn't be permanent. The sad thing is I was getting treatment the whole time.

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Nancy Hodgeson
3 years ago
I am signing because I live in chronic pain. I am older, in my 50's and used to the stigma, and appalling treatment females get when they tell doctors they are hurting. They are profiled immediately simply because of they are females. These younger women deserve better. The long term psychological effects of being left to suffer is nothing short of TORTURE" And they too will become as I am, in deep fear of doctors and nurses who profile them and discriminate. This has to stop. Please do not do this to the younger generations. I cannot bear to see another woman try to kill herself like I did several times because she could not stand the thought of living her life in excruciating pain and treated so dismissively by the so many in the medical community (not all doctors are like this I know, but ER's are notoriously discriminating against females, this is what I saw) Please help them, research, learn, listen, do not allow them to suffer. You can save their minds, their suffering and even their lives. I cannot write for the tears in my eyes. I can only sign...
Nancy Hodgeson Ransome

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Jess Stewart
3 years ago
I am a chronic pain patient who also has a mental illness. Emotions are inevitable with my illness due to the mood swings. I am very animated when I speak and can be very passionate. I am also a woman, mother, and wife. For 7 years my PCP told me I had various conditions, primarily blaming my pain on stress. Finally an ortho ordered a MRI and my condition was validated. So many years spent feeling like no one would listen to me, constantly doubting myself and frequently blaming myself for my pain. The pain is excruciating.

Doctors should always order the proper tests when a patient is experiencing pain. Never assuming or judging. This topic is real. Women are truly judged differently. This needs to stop.