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Take-Home Message: Post-Deployment Syndrome

Take-Home Message: Post-Deployment Syndrome

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As key take-home messages for the care of Post-Deployment Syndrome, Number one...number one through ten is get into a good sleep pattern. That will help almost all of your symptoms to improve--might not get rid of them all; we still need to treat. So that's number one. Don't expect your clinician--or don't expect as a clinician to treat five things on that initial visit. It will not work. So sleep is the key. Look at the key symptoms. Treat those. And then the third important point is headaches limit folk's ability to do things. And again, just like sleep, headaches aren't just treated with pills. Getting your body, your muscles, your blood vessels in your head-- getting them to a point where they're feeling more normal, they're moving more freely, they are being used regularly throughout the day in a pattern that's normal for your body will diminish your--the headaches that occur from Post-Deployment Syndrome as well as the diagnoses that go with it. Very often just causing relaxation of the muscles and the other tissues and having physically used your body during the day will eliminate a lot of the headache symptoms. In addition, there are five or six different types of headaches. Make sure the clinician has identified the type so that we're using the right treatment, whether that's medications or otherwise. So sleep, single-symptom treatment or two-symptom treatment, and headache care are vital for Post-Deployment Syndrome.

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Start by creating good sleep patterns and addressing headaches; then it's time to tackle the other symptoms.


Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Brian King, BrainLine.

David Cifu, MD David Cifu, MD is chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia, and national director of the PM&R program office for the Veterans Health Administration.

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Thankyou for this series of You Tube clips. My partner is returning to Australia after 9 months in Afghanistan and I\'m very interested to learn how best I can support him. He\'s experienced a range of traumas and high uncertainty along with sleep deprivation etc. I believe that if I provide the correct support as soon he returns it will maximise his recovery timeframe - along the same lines as the golden hour, maybe? I\'m not a healthcare professional so I\'m starting from ground zero....if you felt motivated to post some tips and pointers for the return home phase, and ways that I can support my husband to minimise damage, I would be eternally grateful. Keep up the great work.

Jun 3rd, 2011 7:00pm


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