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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Gulf War illness

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

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

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Manual fold up)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Stretch Yoga)
Type
Exercise
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
none
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
male sexual dysfunction
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neupro Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Manual fold up)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Stretch Yoga)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Gulf War illness, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Gulf War illness on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 1
30s 2
40s 21
50s 24
60s 7
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 17
30-39 years 6
40-49 years 1
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

36% Female
64% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 20
Not Diagnosed 8

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