It should not be surprising that there are lingering effects from a battle concussion, what may be surprising is the sheer amount of service men and women that may be affected daily by just headaches. Recent data published in Headache by Army researchers shows that nearly 20% of soldiers that sustained a concussive episode had been diagnosed with “chronic daily headache”;
Of those, a quarter had the headaches every day. More soldiers with chronic headaches had symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than those who did not suffer frequent headaches. [...]
The chronic headache group was also more likely to score higher on a test for signs of PTSD. Nearly twice as many with chronic headache – 41 percent – screened positive for PTSD, compared with 18 percent who didn’t have headaches as often.
The finding that more soldiers with chronic daily headache also had PTSD symptoms supports the idea that the headaches could be related to the actual physical brain injury or to the psychological trauma of the event that caused the concussion.
It is unknown how these data match up with the general population or the population of sports concussions, regardless this can be a very interesting finding. Some questions come to mind:
- Does the HA affect performance in theater?
- Does the HA impact the surrounding unit?
- Will intervention of the HA cause an issue with deployment and responsibilities?
Again the military is using the resources at its disposal to stay in front of the developing issues.