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24 October 2005 @ 07:55 pm
Update and Science News....  
Firstly, I was just about to take Lily to the vets, when I gave her one last chance to start eating more, and she DID. Not as much as I'd like, but in theory either she's getting better on her own or the garlic is purifying her liver. Hopefully #1, because #2 means there's still some kind of mold weirdness probably.... We'll keep an eye on her and if she keeps getting better *crosses fingers* we'll be able to avoid throwing money at vets...


[begin science_news]

Check out this article...


Apparently, women aren't whinier about their aches and pains then men... okay maybe they ARE, but there is a sound scientific reason. Women have TWICE as many nerve receptors as men, at least facially, and they believe this carries over everywhere on the female body because women report feeling pain twice as often and for longer durations than men (see one of the four related articles under the main article for more info than that).

Now the really interesting part of this is that they usually test medicines, such as pain relievers on men and then just give a comparable dose to women, and they generally test procedures on men and then extrapolate for women, etc. Which in the light of this seems sorta backward, don't you think? And I'm not trying to diminish the pain men feel, I'm just saying for all those guys who when they have a headache and their gal has a headache and they're still trying to get stuff done and the woman just wants to lay down... well, maybe you shouldn't mentally discount her because she can't "suck it up" or "play through the pain" like you can. Maybe she's really in a lot more pain. (Not that I'm saying any of my friends do this...)

And what about the people who claim they were born female when they have male genitalia? Do some of them have a different amount of nerve receptors? Does feeling more pain make you more in touch with your feelings?? And also, doesn't it seem REALLY unfair, Adam and Eve aside from this, that women feel more pain yet we're the ones expected to give childbirth? There are just so many things that this might make us need to re-evaluate...
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Rachellovebill on October 25th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
I'm glad the kitty seems to be doing better *crossing fingers for you*

...what about the fact that women have a higher pain threshold than men? I think the main reason most men don't complain as much about being in pain is because of the macho factor...the same reason most don't cry. Because men don't cry (or rarely) does not mean they don't have as many feelings, they just surpress it.

I'm confusing myself. I don't really know what to make of that article, if females have more pain receptors you would think that would result in a LOWER threshold?
Fritters: TT BB Confused by shamanic_nurikofritters on October 25th, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)
what about the fact that women have a higher pain threshold than men?

I thought the second article said that MEN have a higher threshold for pain, which would match along with the less nerve receptors. Am I forgetting part of one? (not being a bitch, I have a terrible memory!)

And if you felt less pain, wouldn't it be easier to be macho? So many things to think about...
Rachellovebill on October 25th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
I don't know...I've just heard my entire life that women have higher thresholds...from doctors, teachers, what-have-you. Hmmm. I think I will ask my OB/GYN about this.

And if you felt less pain, wouldn't it be easier to be macho? So many things to think about...

Ya, it would. But generally women are more emotional creatures and willing to announce how they feel than men are.
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on October 25th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
I've just heard my entire life that women have higher thresholds...from doctors, teachers, what-have-you.

Well, this is a brand new study. So it's possible that may be the conventional wisdom but not entirely true...

And are women more emotional because even physically we HAVE to feel so much more?
Lady Pixelladypixel on October 25th, 2005 07:48 am (UTC)
Women have a higher pain threshhold than men. It's been proven.

Women also do have a lot more pain receptors. This means that they feel pain a lot more than men do.

This is why, specifically, women can handle more pain than men... they /get/ more pain than men. Ironically, many women also "muscle through the pain" better than men do. If Gary's back hurts, he's a whiny little bitch... but if my knees and back hurt and I'm fighting a headache at the same time, I'm just starting to get whiny.

As for birthing pains - you've never experienced those, but I have. I can tell you, firsthand, that while yes, it hurts while you're doing it... well, oddly enough, it's also vaguely pleasant. Hard to explain. But because it's very hard on the body, the mind almost immediately blocks out the reminder of how bad it hurt; you /know/ it hurt, but you don't really remember the depth of the pain afterwards. It's a whole different type of pain than anything else a female could ever experience.
Fritters: Zim google-eyes by inanefritters on October 25th, 2005 07:49 am (UTC)
That is very weird. No specific part, all of it.
AlucarDmilesaroo on October 25th, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
heee hopefully Lily does get better :D :D :D

hm.. doesn't make sense to test painkiller and that on men than you're right
MollieAdognotspicy on October 25th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Ha hah! I can't even imagine men having to go through PMS and cramps every month!!! LOL!!! They couldn't handle it, IMO!