I think honestly that men and women feel pain differently.
Men seem to be able to take sudden pain better, or bear the brunt of a sudden attack.
Women seem to be able to endure higher levels of pain for longer periods. It is like comparing apples and oranges.
I think sadly, that many men do not openly voice their pain, for fear of seeming weak or wimpy. It might be a learned behaviour. It might be nature.
Women are more likely to express when they have physical pain.
I spend a lot of time at my son's elementary school, volunteering. Something I noticed was that younger boys are probably twice as likely to cry when
getting hurt as opposed to the girls. I think they are still young enough to be able to express their pain rather than holding it in. Time and again,
I have seen boys skin knees, fall off of things, get hit with soccer balls, etc., and burst out in tears. Likewise, I have seen girls totally eat
dirt, get slammed in the head, knocked flat, and the like and get up with just a pained look on their face. The older the grade, the tougher the boys
begin to appear.
And I have to agree with the illness comments. As Janes Addiction once said:
"It's true I am a villain when you fall ill, that's probably because men never can be. Not like a girl."
I have had swine flu and still run the household, not even joking. Husband had a cold and drove himself to the ER, saying he was dying. I think it
really has to do with the duration of the illness. He could probably take a bullet better than me and still get up and walk, but when it would come to
extended pain, such as childbirth, he would not sustain more than half an hour. I guess there is probably a reason we are made this way..it kind of
makes sense, as we women bear the young and nurse, have periods, etc. Men need to be tough to be protective, probably have a better adrenaline going.
Kind of neat when you think about it! Either way, we are made for each other.