Health Issues

Post your experiences dealing with the VA Disability Filing Process for GWS, issues with VA diagnoses, and so on.
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Health Issues

Post by Angel » Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:39 pm

My Husband has this extreme joint pain that travels from one part of his body to another. In fact it is so bad that at times he can't walk, open his hands or life his arms. He has gone to a couple of different doctors and got tested for everything they could think of and they can't seem to find the source of this pain. The pain has been a problem for about 7 years but the last 2 years it become unbearable. He finally called the VA after a friend suggested that maybe it was from the war, he blew that off but then figured what the heck. He talked to the doctor and after explaining the symptoms and stating what the other doctors tested him for, she said "oh boy". Then suggested that he gets some tests done. She wouldn't go into further detail until the test come back.

My questions to you are:
1. Do any of you know what this is? If yes, is there a cure?
2. Do you know of someone that had this same problem after coming back from Desert Storm?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Health Issues

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Wed Dec 26, 2007 7:52 pm

Gulf War Syndrome has many many symptoms. I have joint pain in my hands very bad at times, other times its just an ache. My neck, back, knees and hips all hurt also pretty much 24/7. I am being taken care of by the VA and he should go too. While he is there, he may want to stop by Mental Health and have a talk with them, especially if he has been having weird dreams or nightmares and/or reliving certain experiences from back then.

Good luck.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by Angel » Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:51 am

Thank you so much for replying. I will let him know that this is something he needs to do. Again, thank you.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:01 am

He needs to get online and do some looking around. Have him start at some of thses sites.

http://www.ngwrc.org/
http://www.gulflink.org/


There are lots of other sites with as much and some with more info than these but he does need to see that there are more people than him with problems....thousands more.
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(9/88 - 9/90) C-17th Signal Battalion of 22nd Signal Brigade - Sachsenhausen Bar Scene VET
(4/88 - 9/88) AIT Fort Gordon, Ga
(12/87 - 3/88) Basic Training Fort Jackson, SC

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Re: Health Issues

Post by Angel » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:41 am

Again, thank you for your help. My husband is still waiting for the doctor to call him back for an appt. One last question, you say that you have this same problem, is there anything that you take to help ease the pain?
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Re: Health Issues

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:57 am

Not really. It wakes me up sometimes when my hands hurt so bad I could cry. By the time a Hydrocodone/Loritab kicks in, the pain has already subsided. I have been known to lay down and go to sleep just to get past the pain too, I am so used to it now that I can actually go to sleep while hurting.

I wish him the best.
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(9/88 - 9/90) C-17th Signal Battalion of 22nd Signal Brigade - Sachsenhausen Bar Scene VET
(4/88 - 9/88) AIT Fort Gordon, Ga
(12/87 - 3/88) Basic Training Fort Jackson, SC

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Re: Health Issues

Post by Angel » Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:16 pm

I just wanted to let you know my husband went last night to see a chiropractor who took a x-ray of his body and was blown away by how bad his nerves are. He is going to try to help him out but was also told to see a joint pain specialist. I also wanted to say that I hope things get better for you and thank you so much for all your help.

Happy New Year!
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Re: Health Issues

Post by FA1SGret » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:24 pm

I have been battling similar symptoms for since '92. I have been to many doctors and none have been able to identify the cause of my joint and muscle pain, numbness in my arms & legs, headaches, and chest pains ... all of which remain undiagnosed to date.

I recently found a document on the VA's website that speaks to the Gulf War registry exam protocols the VA is supposed to follow ... I spent almost 4 hours wandering the halls of the VA until I finally found someone who understands the document and knows what needs to be done to get my symptoms 'assessed, diagnosed, and treated'. I was warned that a diagnoses may continue to be illusive, but the VA would do all they can to exhaust all testing to determine a diagnoses.

I took that with caution as I have been battling this for so long that I no longer believe much of what I'm told, but let's hope it works out.

I encourage your husband to go to the VA and ask for a Gulf War Registry Exam ... they should take it from there.

The handbook is located at:

http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/View ... ub_ID=1574

I actually printed mine and went in search of the EH Coordinator mentioned in the couple of paragraphs. I had a hell of a time finding the right person, but once I did, she was 'on it'.

Go to the VA ... Go to the VA ... Go to the VA!

Good luck to both of you
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Re: Health Issues

Post by Angel » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:32 pm

Thank you for that information, I have sent the information that you gave me to my husband and I believe the more information I get maybe he will try harder. My husband has been leaving messages for the doctor at the VA but she hasn't returned his calls. She could be on vacation, so he is going to wait till the new year and try then.

I hope your new year is good to you! Thank you again.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by rocky » Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:32 pm

Need a little help. I'm 30% disabled with my back being 20% of it. I also have been treated for depression for ten years but not able to get any disability comp for it. Also i have been diagnosed with PTSD through the VA but they don't want to accept that responsibility either. I've submitted all the evidence that i have found through the internet and past paperwork. What a battle to get what i deserve, don't want anything more that just what i deserve. Any info would be much appreciated. Best of luck to all.
Looking for whomever was with the same unit and on route 8 in Iraq. I need verification that I was there. Am hitting brick walls with VA desk jockey. Thanks for serving.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by Coondawg » Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:16 pm

I was diagnosed with psoriasis while in country '91 (full exposure to oil well fires during entire time in country). After i got home it was alergies (never had them) then constant chest congestion. This quickly moved to arthritis and joint pain and a host of auto immune problems. This summer began with epstien barr virus, a 2 week stay in the hospital for removal of a swollen lymphnode, then a neat little thing called erythema nadosum (just in my calfs and feet) and then into something that is undiagnosed right now. I haf what is best described as arthritis in my ligaments. Knee's, elbow's, fingers and knuckles, hips and shoulders.
I was left with a "fever of an unknown origin" for my time in the hosptial. I've been unable to work full time for over 6 months and have lost everything except God, my family and my beloved '77 Bronco.
My doc's are telling me to go to the VA and I refuse. I worked construction in one when I when I was in high school and was asked to leave after I grabbed an orderly and threatned him with a sever arse whoopen for totally disrespecting a decorated veteran being treated there. I do not want to go.....
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Re: Health Issues

Post by smokypin » Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:48 pm

Filed a claim, I will know something in 8 or 9 months.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by FA1SGret » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:30 pm

Don't know about the legal route, but I suggest contacting the DAV, VFW, or AFL to get in touch with a service officer to help you with you claim. Most states also have Service Officers who can and will help.

I don't trust the VA either, and the best advice I can give is DON'T DO IT ALONE ... see a service officer to help.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by smokypin » Sun Jan 27, 2008 5:56 pm

Thank you, will do that next week.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by rocky » Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:05 pm

Glad to see some are coming forth talking about desert storm problems. The VA is a hard one to fight alone. As others have said do not go it alone. There are personnel out there in the right place that can and will help you. Find the right one and it really makes alot of difference. I used to think all was still yes sir, yes mam. We do have a voice, our own and reps that will help us. Once you start your fight its your fight for your rights. Don't give up that's what the VA wants. All of us deserve what we should be awarded. There most likely will be times that it seems hopeless. Fight on, talk, vent, call a friend, do what you enjoy. Keep all paperwork and write all dates, what was said, who said it. If you keep a paperwork trail it does help. I've learned patience all over again, it does take alot at times. Best of luck to all. Hang tough!
Looking for whomever was with the same unit and on route 8 in Iraq. I need verification that I was there. Am hitting brick walls with VA desk jockey. Thanks for serving.
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