Pain in Women With Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis and in Healthy Women: A Comparative Study

Pamela Newland

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J Neurosci Nurs. 2008;40(5):262-268. 

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Summary

Women with RRMS present a unique challenge to nurses. Overall, women with RRMS have a greater presence of pain as well as greater pain intensity, pain interference, and different locations of pain than healthy women. The findings from this study support the premise that nurses need to monitor pain and address it accordingly. Research is warranted to determine whether the presence of pain, pain intensity, and pain interference vary among MS subtypes and demographic variables. Research should focus on designing interventions for managing pain in persons with MS. The findings from this study are an important initial step toward providing a better understanding of the pain experience in women with RRMS.

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