30 Jun '14, 8pm

Report: Nearly half of combat veterans complain of chronic pain

Report: Nearly half of combat veterans complain of chronic pain

Noga Ami-rav/Srars and Stripes illustration Nearly half of a group of infantry soldiers who had seen combat in Afghanistan have reported experiencing chronic pain and 15 percent said they recently used opioid pain relievers, according to a study released Monday. Of 2,597 active-duty Army troops surveyed three months after their redeployment, 44 percent said they experienced recurring or unceasing pain after returning from Afghanistan, according to the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. The number of soldiers affected by chronic pain was a surprise to researchers, said Robin L. Toblin, the lead author of the study, one of the first to quantify the impact of recent wars on the prevalence of pain and narcotic use among soldiers. ”War is really hard on the body,” said, Toblin, who is affiliated with the Walter Reed Army Insti...

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