Hello, I am a Iraq War Vet. since getting out of the military in Dec 2004, I have had a series of autoimmune "like" afflictions that could not be pin-pointed to any particular disease by the VA (pin needle sensations, dizziness, vertigo, headaches, memory loss, muscle spasm, urinary problems, sleep difficulties, anxiety positive RH for Rheumatoid Arthritis, numbness of limbs to name a few). My question: is there a direct correlation between military vaccinations and autoimmune disorders? If so, how do I go about proving the connection? I am 37 years old.
Same story over here. I am still searching for answers, but I have narrowed down the possibilities. I believe that I have Gulf War Illness/Syndrome. I was actually able to get a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and IBS. Also, doctors put me a suspect for MS, as many of the symptoms can be indicative of MS.
Start with a neurologist maybe. They can connect the symptoms, and rule out conditions/illnesses. As far as the VA is concerned, it is very difficult to prove these as service connected unless you have a diagnosis from a medical provider. I went to a neurologist and immediately he sent me for an MRI, where they found brain lesions. It's basically a 'ruling out' process when it comes to undiagnosed illnesses.
Also, when your doc writes his/her report, have them use the VA's lingo/jargon...believe it or not, it helps get your claims approved. Use terms like, "..its more likely than not that Joe's medical condition is related to injections taken during military service..." for example.
It all depends what the individual wants to pursue.
Is it improved health and wellness, or is it connecting medical dots
for claims with VA, as it could be 2 way different sets of objectives,
possibly so far apart, that only one could be achieved at the expense of the other.
But there's a way to get around it!
GWI/GWS -a great likelihood in your cases- looks as it does not fit the "political" aspect of such a diagnosis yet(read the report on: "Gulf War and Health- Treatment for Chronic Multisymptom Illness") , so pursuing this as such (outside VA) will probably result in proper treatment, provided that:
a. You connect with only the medical practitioners who are knowledgeable AND willing to treat you. Visit Dr. Garth Nicolson's website for more details.
b. You are OK without claiming this with VA, out of pocket and out of your medical records, if your treating physician is co-operative.
c. The condition has not caused irreversible damage.
Concurrently you can still pursue Fibromyalgia /Chronic fatigue syndrome and mix it up with military injections, all within the VA acceptable for claims approval procedures.
This is not intended a substitute for medical advice.
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