For decades, the "redheads require more pain medication" myth was a kind of medical tale that was passed down from seasoned nurses to new nurses. What the study revealed was this: Redheads in the study required more pain medication than the brunettes studied. The study states not that redheads have more pain, but that more pain medication is required to control the pain they do have. So science says that this former urban legend is actually fact, that pain management can be more challenging in natural redheads.
Redheads: do they respond differently to pain?
Fact or fiction: Do redheads feel more pain? | PBS NewsHour
Julia Griffin Julia Griffin. Nsikan Akpan Nsikan Akpan. It was not until a second full injection made my toe the size of a golf ball that I became blissfully unaware of the pain. Was my hair color to blame?
Is it True That Redheads Feel Pain Differently?
It turns out the genes that produce redheads also lead them to experience pain differently than the rest of us. Redheads are harder to sedate, but they have a different tolerance for pain, says UCI Health pain management specialist Dr. Shalini Shah.
Skip to: Main Navigation Main Content. Tony Abbott's marathons might have taught him a thing or two about tolerating pain. But could Julia Gillard have her own secret weapon against the agonies of the federal election campaign trail? After all, Gillard is a natural redhead despite some help from dye these days. And red hair gives you more than a reportedly fiery temperament, it seems.