Age, race and gender may affect the likelihood of pain treatment

It can be tough to get someone to believe in your chronic pain. The only one who is experiencing it is you—and it’s probably completely invisible to others. When the person who doesn’t believe you is your doctor, you may not get the help you need. But the reasons you aren’t getting treatment might have nothing to do with the actual cause of your pain. Certain groups are often ignored Many studies show that doctors are biased against some groups. The most common one is women—who tend to receive medication for their chronic pain less often than men. One study found that 91% of women felt that doctors discriminated against them because of their gender, and almost half were told that the pain was just in their head. Compared to men, women wait longer on average to receive medication in the emergency room—if they receive medication at all. The bias extends to different racial and age groups as well. Research shows that black patients…

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