Women have more headaches, chronic pain than men

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Women have headaches

Guys, if you've ever wondered what was really going on when your girlfriend said she had a headache and wasn't in the mood, now we have the truth. (Well, at least pretty decent evidence she may have been telling the truth, if that helps).

A leading psychologists has found that women experience chronic pain – including headaches – for longer, more intensely and more often than men.

Dr Jennifer Kelly, who works with both sexes, said studies have shown that women are 50 per cent more likely to suffer headaches, neck, shoulder, knee and back pain.

Or is it more likely to mention them to a psychologist? Just a thought.

She said that they are also two and a half times more likely to be struck by a migraine.

The findings could explain why women sometimes use having a headache as a way of avoiding sex when men say it would never put them off.

Dr Kelly, of the Atlanta Centre for Behavioural Medicine in the United States, said the latest research offers interesting insights into how physicians and mental health providers can better treat women with chronic pain. [Telegraph]

It also offers insights into how some women definitely have a rougher go of it than men, so it's important that we do a decent job of helping them through it and not concluding that they are just "making excuses." PSA over.