Post deployment illness Gulf War

The ground war lasted four days and resulted in 147 battlefield deaths, but almost 199,000 of the 698,000 people who were deployed have since qualified for some degree of service-related disability. Of those, 13,317 people are disabled by "undiagnosed conditions"; Medically Unexplained Symptoms; Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS) or Unexplained Symptoms

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Chronic widespread pain, physical role function in OEF/OIF veterans

Chronic Wide pain
[1] "CWP was common and related to poorer physical role function," it appears that this study acknowledges that these patients are not feeling well.

[2] "independent of comorbid mental health concerns."
it sounds like the word independent means NOT a mental health issue.

Look how the civilian medical community perceives this pain.
Definition: Somatic pain is a type of nociceptive pain. Unlike visceral pain (another type of nociceptive pain), the nerves that detect somatic pain are
located in the skin and deep tissues. These specialized nerves, called nociceptors,
pick up sensations related to temperature, vibration and swelling in the skin, joints and muscles.
If you cut your skin, the pain you experience is somatic pain.
You also experience somatic pain if you stretch a muscle too far or exercise
for a long period of time. Nociceptors send impulses to the brain when
they detect some kind of tissue damage.

Why are government practioniers look for mental illness LESS for neurological disorders?
Chronic body-wide pain prevalent, impacts work

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many adults suffer from chronic widespread body pain, which often hampers their work life, according to the results of a survey of a cross-section of Swedish adults.

Widespread pain including fibromyalgia syndrome -- one of the most severe forms of widespread pain -- has been variously defined in the literature as pain at more than three locations in the upper and lower half of the body, or pain in at least two sections of two opposite limbs and around the spine.
Most GPs and nurses do not have training or deep experience in pain management. Look for humility in an experienced pain manager. There are some docs trained in chronic pain management, and some pain centers. Ask about credentials and experience treating chronic pain. Educate yourself at sites like:

» American Pain Society
» National Pain Foundation
» American Pain Foundation



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