PTSD Can Lead To Other Medical Problems

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become a major issue for many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. PTSD symptoms can present as either very mild or completely debilitating. The symptoms by themselves present enough problems for those veterans suffering from the disorder. Now, a new study has shown those soldiers and veterans diagnosed with PTSD have higher incidences of other medical illnesses than  veterans without PTSD.

The study consisted of analyzing the medical histories and illnesses of over 90,000 soldiers, both male and female, who utilize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. Additionally, the researchers found women were more likely than men to suffer from this effect.

The most recurrent conditions the veterans suffered from were:

  • Lower spine disorders;
  • Headaches; and
  • Lower extremity joint disorders.

Males suffering from PTSD were eventually diagnosed with more medical conditions than men not diagnosed with PTSD or other mental health issues. The difference between these two groups, however,  is smaller than the difference between females and males. Between the two groups of males, the most common medical conditions found were:

  • Lower spine disorders;
  • Lower extremity disorders; and
  • Hearing problems.

Health providers, then, must take precautions when treating patients diagnosed with PTSD. The mental health treatment provided for these soldiers and veterans must be coupled with medical care. Anything less does nothing but put soldiers and veterans at increased risk for medical problems.

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