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Ultram and pain between the sexes

Ultram and pain between the sexes

This is very politically incorrect. We are all supposed to think about the equality between people, to see only the ways in which people are the same, and to deny that any differences influence us in way that discriminates unfairly. So, to understand this, let’s start with two simple definitions. When we talk about “sex” we mean the basic biology that distinguishes men from women.

This is not simply about the obvious external physical equipment. In fact, this can be ambiguous with people born with both male and female sex organs. For the record, we used to perform sex selection surgery immediately after birth to prefer the female form. History now tell us this was a mistake and, in most countries, any surgery is delayed until the person is old enough to understand the choice. Which leads us to the second term, “gender”.

This has nothing to do with the biology and defines what roles different people may have in our society. This is under continuous review as we decide what to accept in both public and private. In more liberal societies, styles of dress and behavior increasingly allow a blurring of the genders. J Edgar Hoover had to hide his desire to cross-dress, now it’s much more mainstream with James Franco posing on magazine covers. If he was so inclined, reassignment surgery completes the transformation.

Now we understand there is a range of behavior from the most macho of men to the most girly of women, we can ask whether there’s any difference in the reaction to pain. The answer seems to be that women are significantly more likely to report feeling pain.

This may just be cultural. Historically, men were the warriors who defended the home. To maintain the image of toughness, they could hardly walk around complaining about every last ache and pain. Under no pressure to keep up appearances, women have always been allowed to admit weakness. If nothing else, this makes the men feel superior.

However, there may also be biology involved because, as mothers, they must be sensitive to any difficulties during pregnancy to protect the unborn children. Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that women use far more of the healthcare resources than men. They are more likely to seek early help from the primary care physicians and run to the emergency rooms far faster than men. This puts government under pressure because there are more women than men in the population (although the number of men is increasing as medical science now keeps more of them alive).

Fortunately, when it comes to pain, the peripheral nervous system is identical in all human bodies. Shakespeare was right. His version was, “If you prick us do we not bleed?” Well, prick people with a big enough pointy thing and they usually feel pain. So if the nerves are going to deliver a pain message to the brain regardless of sex or gender, Ultram is ready to stop the message from being received. Ultram is the best of the painkillers in the moderate range and you can rely on it no matter who you are.