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Mil Med. 2014 Sep;179(9):e1065-8. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00130.

Mind body medicine in the care of a U.S. Marine with chronic pain: a case report.

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1
Naval Medical Center San Diego, 34800 Bob Wilson Drive, San Diego, CA 92134.
2
Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control, 34960 Bob Wilson Drive STE 400, San Diego, CA 92134.

Abstract

Many service members suffer from chronic pain that can be difficult to adequately treat. Frustration has led to more openness among service members to complementary and alternative medicine modalities. This report follows JK, a Marine with chronic pain related to an injury while on combat deployment through participation in a 6-week self-care-based Mind Body Medicine program and for 7 months after completion of the program. JK developed and sustained a regular meditation practice throughout the follow-up period. JK showed a noticeable reduction in perceived disability and improvements in psychological health, sleep latency/duration and quality of life. This report supports further study into the efficacy and feasibility of self-care-based mind body medicine in the treatment of chronic pain in the military medical setting.

PMID:
25181729
DOI:
10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00130
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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