Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that has no known cure. It is a common disease that affects between 2 – 6 percent of all people. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain in the tendons, ligaments and muscles, and also causes sleeping problems which can leave the affected person feeling constantly fatigued.
Medical researchers are still not clear on what causes fibromyalgia. That being said, it is believed that a number of different factors can contribute to the disease including problems with joints in the low back and neck, surgery, work related injuries, physical or emotional stress or emotional trauma. These factors may explain why some Gulf War veterans suffer from Fibromyalgia.
A health study was done on Gulf War veterans, over a decade after they served in the first Persian Gulf War in 1991. It was discovered that Gulf War vets are more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome compared to other veterans who did not take part in that war.
The study that came to this conclusion was done over the course of three years at 16 Veteran medical centers across America, and involved over 1000 gulf war veterans and over 1000 non-Gulf War vets. What was found was that while just over 1% of non-gulf war vets have fibromyalgia, 2% of Gulf War vets are affected by the pain characterized by the disease. This is a significantly higher percentage.
Due to the fact that fibromyalgia can develop in regular citizens and non-Gulf War veterans, scientists are not certain what particular factors have put Gulf War vets at a higher risk for this debilitating disease. Although it is clear that Gulf War syndrome may be the reason, research has yet to confirm that this is true.
What is Gulf War syndrome? It is a term given to illness that cause certain symptoms, some of which include: chronic fatigue, migraines, dizziness, loss of balance and/or muscle control, muscle and joint pain, problems with memory, shortness of breath, indigestion and skin problems. It is believed that Gulf War syndrome was caused by some of the drug experimentation that was performed on the veterans during their time of service.
Thus, some researchers think that Gulf War syndrome may be the reason why some of the vets deployed in this war have developed fibromyalgia. In fact, it is now being suspected and recognized by the Defense and Veterans Affairs, that along with fibromyalgia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig ’s disease), and brain cancer has a potentially direct connection to service during the Gulf War.
To learn more about Gulf War syndrome and the other illnesses that affect Gulf War veterans visit VA. gov. In addition, for those Gulf War vets who suffer from Fibromyalgia, there are different treatments that can be tried to help relieve pain and discomfort. As was mentioned, there is no cure for the disease, but there are ways you can make living with fibromyalgia more bearable. For instance, a treatment that all fibromyalgia sufferers may benefit from is Trigger Point Therapy.
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