Experience of Childhood Abuse and Military Sexual Trauma Among Women Veterans with Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic, disabling disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain often accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues.1 Fibromyalgia is female-predominant with a US prevalence of 2% of the adult population (3.4% females and 0.5% males)1 and has been associated with interpersonal trauma exposure, notably abuse in childhood. Child abuse may result in long-term physiologic adaptations that promote chronic pain.1
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KEY WORDSwomen’s health veterans chronic pain child abuse trauma fibromyalgia
Funding for this project was provided as part of an operational quality initiative through Women’s Health Services, Veteran’s Health Administration. The research described here was also supported in part by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (Award Number 1IK2RX000704-01A2).
Compliance with Ethical Standards
The institutional review board approved the study.
Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.
The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position or policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government.
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