Gulf War syndrome is a widely used term to refer to the unexplained illnesses occurring in veterans of the 1991 Gulf War.
The following are the most common symptoms of Gulf War syndrome. However, each person experiences symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Cognitive problems
- Skin rashes
Symptoms of Gulf War syndrome may resemble other medical conditions. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Symptoms continue to pose a frustrating problem for affected veterans and their healthcare providers. Despite extensive research, the cause of the syndrome remains unexplained.
According to a report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2013, about one-third of Gulf War veterans suffer from chronic multisymptom illness (CMI). Many of these have never seen active combat. This is a series of symptoms that cannot be medically explained.
Or can they???
Gulf War veterans were also given a large number of vaccines. Service members may have received as many as 17 vaccines in a short period of time.
Possible causes include:
- Chemical warfare agents, particularly nerve gas, or pyridostigmine bromide, which was given as a preventive measure to soldiers likely to be exposed to chemical warfare agents.
- Psychological factors, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans with Gulf War syndrome symptoms have high rates of accompanying psychiatric disorders.
- Other chemical agents, such as smoke from oil well fires, pesticides, depleted uranium or exposure to solvents and corrosive liquids, used during repair and maintenance.
- Whatever inoculations were given were not only ineffective but seen to be the underlying cause for the Gulf War Syndrome that the Military is trying to cover-up.
What is the treatment for Gulf War syndrome?
While there is no specific treatment for Gulf War syndrome, research suggests that an approach called cognitive-behavioral therapy may help patients with nonspecific symptoms lead more productive lives by actively managing their symptoms.
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