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Women smokers suffer up to twice as much with chronic pain

Women smokers suffer up to twice as much with chronic pain

According to a study by the University of Kentucky in the United States, women who smoke heavily have more chronic pain in their muscles and bones. Among the common syndromes in these women are fibromyalgia, sciatica (leg pain from the sciatic nerve), chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, joint pain, chronic headache, nerve problems and pain throughout the body. The findings came from the analysis of more than 60,000 women aged 18-89 who are part of the

Kentucky Women's Health Registry database. They were asked about their cigarette habits and persistent pain. The results showed that women who smoke or have smoked are more likely to suffer from chronic pain compared to those who do not smoke. Ex-smokers showed a 20% increase in pain, occasional smokers suffer 68% more pain, and among those who light the cigarette daily, the pain goes from double - 104%.

For researchers, this is due to a mechanism of protection of the body. It is as if acute pain were an organism's response to smoking, and when it persists, the pain becomes chronic.

Smoking is a disease

Do not be deceived: smoking is a disease, yes, and it needs treatment. In Brazil, the number of people suffering from this problem represents 22% of the population. In the world, it is estimated that more than one billion people smoke. The fact is that the addiction, despite having no legal restrictions, is behind many cases of heart attack, stroke, lung emphysema and tumors. With just four cigarettes a day, your risk of having a heart attack already triggers and decreasing that amount does not refresh the situation. Half of smokers will die from addiction, which means 3.5 million deaths worldwide each year or about 10,000 a day.

The problem is that cigarette-related illnesses can take more than 20 years to explain, in part, why many smokers simply do not want to stop. They have the false illusion that it is a future problem. Ledo mistakes: with each swallow, the organism already feels the consequences of the more than four thousand toxic substances that the cigarette has, and stopping after so many years is a very difficult task.


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