Post deployment illness Gulf War

The ground war lasted four days and resulted in 147 battlefield deaths, but almost 199,000 of the 698,000 people who were deployed have since qualified for some degree of service-related disability. Of those, 13,317 people are disabled by "undiagnosed conditions"; Medically Unexplained Symptoms; Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS) or Unexplained Symptoms

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Brain fog or Mild Brain Injury

Have veterans with Brain fog or Mild Brain Injury fallen thru the cracks?

Within the first year of deployment will look into
or evaluate vets this complain. If found having post concussion
syndrome send patient for re-training to improve quality of life
activities. Now that over a decade has passed and followup care
should be given many VA primary care doctors will not give troops
the brain injury training they need. All too often practioniers
will tell vets you are over 50 yrs old -- you're just have a
"Senior Moment". Only Support for MBI issues today have come
from State "brain injury associations" not DoD- Health or VA.

Although severe brain injuries are generally easy to diagnose, milder versions ? most commonly called concussions ? often go unnoticed because symptoms are more subtle or slow to develop.

But even concussions can have long-lasting, damaging effects. Symptoms can be physical, such as dizziness or headaches, or cognitive, like memory loss. Other problems can be behavioral and emotional, creating a diagnostic gray area between brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to Pentagon estimates, up to 20 percent of combat-exposed troops have suffered at least one concussion.

http://www.usatoday .com/news/ military/ 2009-03-04- braininjuries_ N.htm
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http://www.palmbeachpost.com/nation/content/nation/epaper/2008/12/28/1228soldiers.html

1 Comments:

  • At 11:29 PM , Blogger admin said...

    Veterans of the 1991 Gulf War with blast injuries or concussions can now be compensated for mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), under new VA guidelines developed for OIF/OEF veterans.

     

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