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Soldier blames fibromyalgia on incident in Afghanistan

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Fibromylagia in Afghanistan

A soldier who served in Afghanistan believes the injuries he suffered during an unloading accident are responsible for his fibromyalgia. Kieran Murphy was part of the U.K. Territorial Army and was hurt while helping to unload materials. He is currently suing the Ministry of Defense for £250,000 ($386, 912) in damages.


Kieran Murphy believes the root cause of his fibromyalgia can be traced back to an incident in Afghanistan. The Newmarket Journal reports that he was hurt while unloading materials after one of the rolls fell on him. In addition to breaking several of his teeth, he injured his shoulders and neck. He also lost consciousness. Although the Army considered his injuries minor, Murphy believes that they were the start of ongoing chronic pain and other issues.

Murphy shares that he is still suffering years after the incident in Afghanistan. He has fibromyalgia and has difficulty handling any type of physical work. The former soldier believes his chronic pain will continue to affect the rest of his life. Although he is asking for £250,000 ($386, 912) in damages, the Ministry of Defense argues that his injuries did not cause fibromyalgia.

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Kieran Murphy is not the first soldier to blame war injuries on the development of fibromyalgia. In a previous report, Barney Tipping blamed his heatstroke in Kenya for the fibromyalgia that later appeared. The Arthritis Foundation mentions that trauma and injuries can lead to fibromyalgia. Other patients have reported that their illnesses started after traumatic experiences.

The Arthritis Foundation points out: “Studies suggest that an injury, trauma or infection may affect the central nervous system’s response to pain. Some researchers believe that trauma leads to biochemical changes in the muscles, and later, the central nervous system, leading to chronic pain. Others believe that an injury to the central nervous system interferes with brain wave patterns related to pain. Still others believe hormonal changes or infections, such as a flu virus, may trigger fibromyalgia.”

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