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J Rheumatol. 2000 May;27(5):1315-7.

Chronic pain in a family of 6 in the context of litigation.

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Comprehensive Pain Program, Toronto Western Hospital, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

We describe a family of 6 (2 parents and 4 children), evaluated 6 and 8 years after a minor car accident for chronic pain. A near identical complex of multiple physical, constitutional, and psychological symptoms were shared by all family members, all of whom bore the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The case was brought to court after nearly a decade of symptomatology and extensive use of the health care system. The minor compensation awarded was consumed ultimately by legal fees. Psychosocial/personality issues and iatrogenic and medico-legal contributions in the evolution and resolution of the legal claim are discussed.

PMID:
10813310
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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