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What If I Have GWI?

Finding a physician:

A physician experienced in treating veterans will likely be more knowledgeable of Gulf War illnesses. However, many may find non-military immunologists, rheumatologists, neurologists and dermatologists may be knowledgeable in treating the illnesses, depending on which one that patient has.

The complexity of the many symptoms in Gulf War illnesses can be challenging for physicians and patients.

Support from others:
As with any chronic disabling disease, Gulf War illness will have an effect on your relationships and impact your loved ones. You will need the understanding and emotional and practical support of loved ones. You could share this letter with them to help them understand. You can direct  them to this website or to other national or state organizations.


Sgt. Mary Ann Parker's Story

Treatment options:

Treatment for each patient will depend on the illness that patient has or the symptoms that patient experiences. If the patient experiences chronic infections, they need to be treated. There is no cure for Gulf War illnesses. Treatment is designed to lessen the symptoms. Treatment may include dietary changes and supplements. Discuss this with your physician.

 

Prognosis:

Even with treatment, most Gulf War illness patients will continue to experience symptoms. Some report improvement over many years, while others do not see improvement or see their symptoms change. Studies have produced conflicting conclusions as to whether children of patients with Gulf War illnesses are more likely to have birth defects. These patients should consult with a physician experienced in treating Gulf War illnesses concerning childbirth.

The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.

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