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Pain experience of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with comorbid chronic pain and posttraumatic stress

Samantha D. Outcalt, PhD, et al.

Many Veterans live with both chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, we do not have enough information about how these conditions are related. Increasing our understanding of this relationship could lead to more effective treatment for Veterans with both conditions. This study interviewed 241 Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom Veterans, 173 with only chronic pain and 68 with pain and PTSD. We compared the two groups to identify differences in pain severity and disability, ways of thinking about pain, and emotional symptoms. We found that those with pain and PTSD reported a worse overall experience than those with pain alone.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.06.0134

Volume 51 Number 4, 2014
   Pages 559 — 570


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This article and any supplemental material should be cited as follows:
Outcalt SD, Ang DC, Wu J, Sargent C, Yu Z, Bair MJ. Pain experience of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with comorbid chronic pain and posttraumatic stress. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(4):559–70.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.06.0134
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