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.

Common symptoms reported by people with 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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Treatments taken by people with Gulf War illness

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

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Zostrix)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Manual fold up)
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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Compare treatments taken by people with Gulf War illness

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

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
None
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Zostrix)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Manual fold up)
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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  • 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 19
50s 12
60s 2
70+ 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

35% Female
65% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 12
30-39 years 4
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 11
Not Diagnosed 8

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