Smoking and Chronic Pain for Women

Blog Post created by Thomas3.20.2010 on Sep 29, 2011
Cigarette smoking may be associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain in women, according to a new study. University of Kentucky researchers surveyed more than 6,000 women over the age of 18 on their smoking habits and symptoms of chronic pain. They looked at syndromes including fibromyalgia, sciatica, chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, joint pain, chronic head pain, nerve problems and pain all over the body. The researchers said that the results of the survey showed that women who smoke, or used to smoke, have a greater chance of reporting at least one chronic pain syndrome, compared with never-smokers. Specifically, former smokers showed a 20-percent increased chance of chronic pain, occasional smokers showed a 68-percent increase and daily smokers’ chances more than doubled at 104 percent. Daily smoking was also associated more strongly with chronic pain than older age, lower education, obesity or living in an Appalachian county. Researchers are not certain whether smoking causes chronic pain, or if women suffering from the conditions smoke to cope with them. Read more: