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Gulf War illnesses: causation & treatment - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia related research

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www.ProHealth.com • June 15, 1999


Soldiers returning from the Gulf War in 1991 described a range of
symptoms, including some consistent with the chronic fatigue
syndrome, fibromyalgia, and multiple chemical sensitivity.

Well-defined adverse health events attributable to service in
the Gulf occurred. However, controlled epidemiological studies
in Gulf War veterans and controls describe significant
excesses of symptoms that were not clearly associated with
pathologic disease. At least 12% of veterans currently receive
some form of disability from the Department of Veterans
Affairs. A number of reports outline theories proposed to
explain the excess, but few are scientifically supported.

Management guidelines for this spectrum of disorders resembles
that of many of "emerging overlap syndromes," including
multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, and
fibromyalgia. They include the establishment of a trusting
doctor-patient relationship, negotiations around a common
ground of scientific and etiologic beliefs, non-labeling of
the disorder, and work toward recovery in the absence of clear
etiologic answers.

Hodgson MJ, Kipen HM




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