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[From Daily Mail]

It’s an age-old debate that divides the sexes –do women feel pain more profoundly than men?

And now – although experts are still divided – new evidence is emerging that women may indeed be more long-suffering.

A study presented recently to the International Association for the Study of Pain in Glasgow concludes that women generally experience more recurrent pain, more severe pain and longer lasting pain than men.

Not only this, but they feel pain in different ways to the opposite sex, offering different symptoms for the same conditions.

For example, a study in Sweden last year showed that women having heart attacks presented generalised pain in their shoulders and back, rather than shooting pain in the chest and left arm.

But headache expert Dr Andrew Dowson of East Kent Headache Services, says that gender can influence how readily you will admit to pain.

‘Figures show women are three times as likely to suffer from migraines – a serious, debilitating headache – than men are, which is partly due to their monthly hormonal cycle,’ he says.

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