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Gulf War Syndrome

Gulf War Syndrome

What is Gulf War syndrome?

Gulf War syndrome is a widely used term to refer to the unexplained illnesses occurring in veterans of the 1991 Gulf War.

What are the symptoms of Gulf War syndrome?

The following are the most common symptoms of Gulf War syndrome. However, each person experiences symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

Symptoms of Gulf War syndrome may resemble other medical conditions. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis. Symptoms continue to pose a frustrating problem for affected veterans and their physicians. Despite extensive research, the cause of the syndrome remains unexplained.

How many veterans are impacted by the Gulf War syndrome?

According to a report released by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) in late 2008, about 25 percent to 32 percent of Gulf War veterans suffer from Gulf War syndrome.

What are the possible causes of Gulf War syndrome?

Possible causes include:

What is the treatment for Gulf War syndrome?

While there is no specific treatment for Gulf War syndrome, research suggests than an approach called cognitive-behavioral therapy may help patients with non-specific symptoms syndromes lead more productive lives by actively managing their symptoms.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting a two-year, scientifically controlled study to determine the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy for veterans with these symptoms.

Research into Gulf War syndrome, which remains controversial, is taking place in research centers around the country. Please consult your doctor with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this condition.

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