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pete992

Gulf War Syndrome

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I started a new thread hoping that more would see this thread.

If the conditions are diagnosed and ratable a veteran can be awarded service connection if they can be linked to service. Examples: Fibromyalgia 5025, Depression 9434, Eczema 7806, and IBS 7319 which could be confused with GERD ((acid reflux) 7346 and both of these conditions falls under the condition of gastrointestinal symptoms).

I was diagnosed by two VA doctors that I had/have Gulf war syndrome. During the gulf war era I was stationed with Special Forces and I took all the pre-deployment medication and shots. I felt/feel that even though I did not deploy my duties caused me to be contaminated by equipment, personnel, pre-deployment medication and shots. VA denied my claims. Since I was actually diagnosed with twelve of the fourteen conditions, I started filing for the specific conditions and I was awarded service connection for most of them. If you are diagnosed with undiagnosed illnesses, they are what you have to file your claim for. If you are diagnosed with specific illnesses, they are what you have to file your claims for. They are:

The following are examples of symptoms of an undiagnosed illness: chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, skin disorders, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, neurological symptoms, neuropsychological symptoms, symptoms involving the respiratory system, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal symptoms, cardiovascular symptoms, abnormal weight loss, and menstrual disorders.

I would suggest that all Gulf War veterans have their doctors to give them exams for these illnesses to determine if they can be diagnosed, if they are diagnosed then file a claim to determine if they are service related.

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You may have to be careful, certain ratings can be reversed if they are given diagnoses.

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You may have to be careful, certain ratings can be reversed if they are given diagnoses

Not sure of your point but any rating could be changed for increase or decrease. All service connected disabilities must have a diagnoses to be awarded compensation. Even the undiagnosed conditions are diagnosed as undiagnosed illnesses.

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Yes, but a undiagnosed illness which has a diagnosis can have a rating revoked. Such as joint pain rating reversed when diagnosed with arthritis.

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Yes, but a undiagnosed illness which has a diagnosis can have a rating revoked. Such as joint pain rating reversed when diagnosed with arthritis.

The point to my post was for veterans to have their doctors give them physical exams and review their medical records both SMRs and current records to determine if they could be diagnosed with any of the Gulf War Illnesses. According to the CFR 38 part 4. If a veteran has these conditions and they can be linked to service, the veteran can be awarded service connection. It is better for the veteran to claim specific diagnosis instead of undiagnosed illnesses. If the veteran is diagnosed with these conditions and their doctor gives his or her medical opinion that these conditions are service related, the veteran would more than likely get a higher rating due to the fact that the conditions are ratable by the specific regulation. Example: undiagnosed joint pain, or muscle pain would probably get rated as 10% but a diagnosed service connected fibromyalgia (5025) can be rated up to 40%. Which are the same thing except fibromyalgia has more conditions that can be rated separately. The key would be if the doctor gives his or her diagnosis and opinion that the condition is specific and related to service.

Hope this helps and make sense

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I'm going to have to some research on this. I think both of you are correct. The confusion seems to lie in the definition of 'diagnoses'.

I don't believe I was 'diagnosed' with undiagnosed chronic fatigue. Rather, I think it was confirmed that I have chronic fatigue and the cause was undiagnosed.

In other words, I'm wondering if it is accurate to call confirmed conditions as diagnosed conditions.

I know this seems like splitting hairs but I also have the opinion that GW vet's be very carefull about diagnoses.

Having a doctor confirm you have a condition isn't the same as a diagnoses, I don't think.

I do know, that the key to SC GWI conditions is it's the CAUSE or etiology of the condition that is relevant.

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