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What are the tests for gulf war syndrome?

What are the tests for gulf war syndrome?

Gulf war: Anthrax vacinations can produce antisqualene antibodies but these have not been shown to be realted to the illness. There is no specific blood test for this disorder which remains controversial. There is probably a functional aspect (pstds etc.) to at least some of the cases that I have seen. Some may have been ill from residual aspects of toxins. ...Read more

Dr. Nancy Klimas
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Gulf War Syndrome (Definition)

Gulf War Syndrome is a condition of fatigue, rash, and pain that may be found in those who were present at the Gulf War of 1991 and may have been caused by ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of gulf war syndrome?

Gulf war symptoms: Fatigue skin disorders headaches muscle pain joint pain neurologic symptoms neuropsychological symptoms symptoms involving the respiratory system sleep disturbances gastrointestinal symptoms cardiovascular symptoms abnormal weight loss menstrual disorders. ...Read more

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What is "gulf war syndrome" and what are its know causes?

Much uncertainty: The "syndrome" of illnesses, connected to military service in the first gulf war still has a lot of confusion around it. The best place to go for information is this website: http://www.Publichealth.Va.Gov/exposures/gulfwar/medically-unexplained-illness.Asp. There are many different health problems like chronic fatigue, gi, and neuro problems. There is no proven cause. ...Read more

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Could fibromyalgia be linked to gulf war syndrome?

Could fibromyalgia be linked to gulf war syndrome?

Maybe : Trauma to the trunk (the neck and back) is thought to be a trigger for fibromyalgia in a genetically predisposed person. In the gulf war, some soldiers returned with symptoms similar to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The theory is that the trauma to the trunk from war triggered their symptoms. ...Read more

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What is nano virus and gulf war syndrome?

Unrelated: Nanoviruses are , in nature, single stranded dna plant viruses that exist in some app games in make believe and have nothing to with gulf war syndrome which is of unclear etiology. ...Read more

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How are uterine problems linked to gulf war syndrome?

Probably Not at all!: Gulf war syndrome is a multisymptom group of problems in returning vets after the persian gulf war. Most symptoms are neurologically related; some memory problems; psychiatric problems; post traumatic stress. Thus far, no increase in birth defects have been linked to gulf war syndrome! ...Read more

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What do sarcoidosis and persian gulf war syndrome mean?

What do sarcoidosis and persian gulf war syndrome mean?

Different disorders: Sarcoidosis is a disease of unknown cause where collections of inflammatory cells form nodules (granulomas) in the body, mainly the skin and lungs. Any organ can be affected, and the eyes can develop inflammation (iritis). Gulf war syndrome is a multisystem disorder affecting those returning from the gulf war. Symptoms include fatigue, muscle pain, rashes, diarrhea, and cognitive problems. ...Read more

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Are narcolepsy & gulf war syndrome related?

Are narcolepsy & gulf war syndrome related?

Hard to answer: I can't say no but also can't say yes. There are a lot of things that are unknown about the cause of each. It is clear that narcolepsy is relatively uncommon but that there are patients that have been diagnosed with gws and also have narcolepsy. More studying needs to be done on each condition separately and those that have both. ...Read more

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Can there be a connection between gulf war syndrome and bells palsy?

Can there be a connection between gulf war syndrome and bells palsy?

Bell's palsy: I am not aware of the gws being related bell's palsy. Bell's palsy is most common related to an infection or inflammation around the nerve that controls the face. ...Read more

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How does cfs relate to other illnesses such as fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, gulf war syndrome, neurally mediated hypotension, Lyme disease, and candida?

How does cfs relate to other illnesses such as fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, gulf war syndrome, neurally mediated hypotension, Lyme disease, and candida?

Simply put...: The underlying theme describes a constellation of signs and symptoms that we have absolutely no clear, concise idea how it biologically works, how to effectively treat it, and how to address its neuro-psychiatric effects, unfortunately, it is this ambiguity that is being exploited by some quacks, to spread misinformation about each of the diagnoses mentioned (and it's not exhaustive). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how has the war on terror affected military health care?

Can you tell me how has the war on terror affected military health care?

The WOT itself isn't: any different than other wars. What is different is #1 advancement of medicine worldwide & despite that #2 how SM & vets are affected by budgetary cuts authorized by current members of Congress & the Executive branch. For example, PTSD is not new - veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam & the GW suffer from this. The recent Walter Reed scandal, however, put a spotlight on it & forced policy changes. ...Read more

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What are common health problems seen in veterans?

What are common health problems seen in veterans?

Resources: Military service members and veterans face many of the same challenges as civilians, but also different issues that are related to their service. You'll find a list of diseases and conditions that are common among veterans here: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/diseases-conditions.asp, and a list of health concerns related to specifice conflicts here: http://www.va.gov/oaa/pocketcard/unique.asp ...Read more

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What can be done to help a veteran with mental health problems?

What can be done to help a veteran with mental health problems?

Completely depends : on the nature of the behavioral health condition. Rule #1: Stay safe. Make sure there are no red flags. If there are, get help. Rule #2: Stay strong. seek out Wounded Warriors. They have great resources. Caregivers need support in order to best take care of their loved ones. Rule #3: Stay positive. You've been given the privilege to heal an amazing soul willing to sacrifice it all for the mission. ...Read more

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Anxiety and ptsd. I'm a veteran with limited health care and I suffer from ptsd and extreme anxiety going out and even focusing. I work from home because I've lost every job I get seem to get because I can't calm down sometimes. I've taken Valium and xana

Anxiety and ptsd. I'm a veteran with limited health care and I suffer from ptsd and extreme anxiety going out and even focusing. I work from home because I've lost every job I get seem to get because I can't calm down sometimes. I've taken Valium and xana

Question?: Not sure of the question being asked. Have you been through a compensation and pension evaluation at the VA yet? If your PTSD is related to your time in the service - please apply to VA. Even a rating of 0% will entitle you to have that condition treated over your lifetime. It is also important to have treatment from providers that have expertise in working with PTSD. ...Read more

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How does post traumatic stress disorder affect war veterans?

How does post traumatic stress disorder affect war veterans?

Extremely painful: Ptsd is very painful and frightening for anyone -- including war veterans. It can make them unable to sleep; be constantly on guard for danger; have flashbacks of horrifying events; feel numb to many emotions; lash out in fear & anger; and can destroy relationships. There is help for this condition, through a variety of therapies and medications as needed. ...Read more

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How can post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans?

How can  post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans?

Harshly: Veterens with post-traumatic stress disorder ("ptsd") often have intrusive memories of an experience in which they felt extreme threat to their physical or psychological well-being. These intrusive memories can be in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, or even "re-living" the trauma in the present. Other symptoms can include avoiding places that remind of the trauma or just feeling numb. ...Read more

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How does post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans and families?

How does post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans and families?

PTSD effects on fami: Can be damaging for veteran and family. Combat capacity can be reduced, endurance reduced as soldier is not at perfect health before engaging action. Mind not as sharp though already in hyper-arousal state. Wrongful decision-making hurt split second decision in life and death matter. Family harmony disturbed by extreme tension of untreated ptsd which aggravates with time. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Veterans And Military Health (Definition)

Military health refers to the health care system of the military, including VA hospitals, and the health care provided in ...Read more