Gulf War illness

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What is Gulf War illness?

Gulf War veterans are prominently affected by a set of chronic, unexplained symptoms throughout the entire body. Symptoms may include headache, fatigue, dizziness, indigestion, memory problems, weight loss, chronic infections, and more. The illness varies significantly among individuals affected.

What is it like to have Gulf War illness?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat Gulf War illness and its symptoms?

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Meloxicam, Melox, Mobic) 6 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(APO-Salvent CFC Free, Albuterol Inhaler, Albuterol Nebulizer) 9 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Amineurin, Amitriptyline Troche, Anapsique) 10 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Capsin, Finalogon Capsicum, Zostrix) 1 more
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(ADCO Mirteron, Avanza, Axit) 6 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Alpha-Stim, Calmare Scrambler Therapy, Electo-Myopulse) 12 more
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Airgo, Broda Chair w/padding, Colours in Motion-Razorblade) 19 more
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)

Data from patients with Gulf War illness, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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You’ve tried this treatment.

Compare treatments for Gulf War illness

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Apo-Meloxicam, Melox, Mobic) 6 more
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(APO-Salvent CFC Free, Albuterol Inhaler, Albuterol Nebulizer) 9 more
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
None
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Amineurin, Amitriptyline Troche, Anapsique) 10 more
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Capsin, Finalogon Capsicum, Zostrix) 1 more
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(ADCO Mirteron, Avanza, Axit) 6 more
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Alpha-Stim, Calmare Scrambler Therapy, Electo-Myopulse) 12 more
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Airgo, Broda Chair w/padding, Colours in Motion-Razorblade) 19 more
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Fatigue (1)

Data from patients with Gulf War illness, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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You’ve tried this treatment.

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Gulf War illness on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 1
30s 0
40s 18
50s 10
60s 0
70+ 0

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

34% Females
66% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 12
30-39 years 3
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 9
Not Diagnosed 8

These charts show data from Gulf War illness patients who have completed their condition history
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