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

Monday, April 12, 2010

The report was terrible people. It drew meaningless conclusions based on lack of evidence. Of which VA quickly picked up on.

The important items are listed as inadequate evidence or no
association. The ones that would get a real service connection.
Then look what they did to ALS, dropped it to limited evidence
when there are hotspots in the region where more got it than
others. This is the first ever evidence of a cause of ALS and
the IOM wants to back away from that.

Multisymptom illness, that like a 10% to 30% diagnosis at best.
Its not taken seriously.

What do they push the most - PTSD. Please, this is a psychiatric
diagnosis that gets on average 30% then gets you cut out of
other clinics as Somatic. Does it have a physiological cause, yes.
But it wont be treated as physiological as if to try and chemically
rewire the brain of the physical damage. They will put people
on antipsychotics and send them to psychiatry were the clinician
writes damaging notes in there medical files that wont help. This
then compounds as many are railroaded and the research
begins to reflect the trend. PTSD service connection in VA is
a bad thing and they tried to force it on us in the early 90's as
a easy diagnosis to get service connection. Its not even handled
the same as for OIF.

Anyone grabbing at this straw is sending us back to the early
90's rather than trying to make real changes. Because this
report was not a victory for us and now VA will make sure that
the "Undiagnosed Illness" law reflects this to keep things
vague and of low percentage rating value. Grabbing at this rather
than fighting harder for the other categories is a sell out.

I have stocking glove neuropathy, congestive heart failure, respiratory
problems, and among others. 46 years old with a bunch of geriatric
conditions - of which by this reports definition says there is no association
evidence. They are telling me "screw you" on my health conditions I
didn't have before the war. How is PTSD and multisymptom ratings going to
help with some of my conditions. It wont. Yet, where is there conclusive
evidence on how these aren't a problem. They don't have that, they just
decided for VA to make them not a issue by ignoring the lack of evidence
against. Damn researchers focused on brain imaging and ignored most
other conditions anyways.

Once again, Ship of fools on both sides.



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