Sex differences in pain indices, exercise, and use of analgesics

Amos Zeichner, Michael Loftin, Georgia Panopoulos, Sabina C Widner, Joseph Allen

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Abstract

To understand better reported sex differences in sensitivity to pain, this study examined daily pain frequency and intensity, use of analgesics, physical activity, and both subjective and physiological response to acute pain in 18 men and 24 women, healthy people who provided information about their daily pain symptoms and physical activity before completing a cold pressor task. Compared to men, women reported more frequent and intense pain symptoms, as well as more frequent use of analgesics and lower physical activity. Women evinced higher physiological arousal during the cold pressor task but similar subjective pain. The findings highlight the different ways men and women cope with pain and the effect on their responses to acute pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-133
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume86
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Sex Characteristics
Analgesics
Exercise
Pain
Acute Pain
Arousal

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Sex differences in pain indices, exercise, and use of analgesics. / Zeichner, Amos; Loftin, Michael; Panopoulos, Georgia; Widner, Sabina C; Allen, Joseph.

In: Psychological Reports, Vol. 86, No. 1, 01.01.2000, p. 129-133.

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Zeichner, Amos ; Loftin, Michael ; Panopoulos, Georgia ; Widner, Sabina C ; Allen, Joseph. / Sex differences in pain indices, exercise, and use of analgesics. In: Psychological Reports. 2000 ; Vol. 86, No. 1. pp. 129-133.
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