Many Vietnam Vets Live With Chronic Pain Their Entire Lives
Many Vietnam War veterans experience chronic pain related to injuries sustained during training or combat. Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists for longer than three months, either continuously or intermittently. Nearly two-thirds of vets report chronic pain, significantly higher than rates in the civilian population. Vietnam War vets are no exception. In Vietnam vets, chronic pain is usually related to bone, muscle, or nerve injuries during service and shrapnel wounds. Chronic joint and back pain are the most common types experienced by veterans. Chronic pain takes a serious toll on a patient’s mental health and is often diagnosed alongside mental health conditions like PTSD and depression.