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Berta

Recent Update On Gwv Illnesses

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http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/

In part:

“A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems.”

“VA does not use the term “Gulf War Syndrome” when referring to “medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses” reported by Gulf War Veterans. Symptoms vary widely and therefore, do not meet the definition of a syndrome. A syndrome is a group of symptoms that usually occur together and characterize a certain disease or abnormal condition. That is why VA uses the term “medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses” instead of “Gulf War Syndrome.”

“VA’s final rule* specifying that functional gastrointestinal disorders are covered as presumptive illnesses takes effect on August 15, 2011. “

“Functional gastrointestinal disorders, a group of conditions marked by chronic or recurrent symptoms related to any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Functional condition refers to an abnormal function of an organ, without a structural alteration in the tissues. Examples include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional dyspepsia, and functional abdominal pain syndrome. “

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I have mentioned at hadit many times over the years how confusing the GWV presumptivces are.

When the infectious disease presumptives were added some time ago- although they probably dont affect too many7 GWVs ,they were clearly easier to understand then the "cluster" of symptoms "undiagnosed" chronic disabilities that always seemed to me to be VA double talk.

It is imperative for any vet who files for any type of Gulf War illness to be able to shape their claim into the VA's criteria for these presumptives.

I have seen claims for "Gulf War Syndrome" that were denied because -as I always understood the regs-this isnt any such thing -for VA claims purposes.

A Gulf War Syndrome claim is too generic a term and the veteran or their vet rep has to have a good handle on the actual GW presumptive

regs.

This recent case shows what I mean:

http://www.va.gov/vetapp10/Files4/1032166.txt

The veteran claimed fibro and sleep problems etc due to an undiagnosed illness which was granted.

The claim for Gulf War Syndrome was denied- because there is no such disability for VA to code,grant or rate.

ORDER

Entitlement to service connection for fibromyalgia with sleep

disturbance and gastrointestinal disability, to include as due to

an undiagnosed illness, is granted.

Entitlement to service connection for irritable bowel syndrome,

to include as due to an undiagnosed illness, is granted.

Entitlement to service connection for Gulf War Syndrome is

denied.

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The veteran lost the case for Gulf War Syndrome as he did not state what symptoms was caused by it. That is headaches, fatigue, joint pain and so on. As per the M21-1MR, If a veteran file a claim for Gulf War Syndrome the rater is to send a letter to the veteran and ask him/ her what undiagnosed illness and or symptoms he is claim is caused by his service in the gulf. If the veteran does not reply or does not give any than the claim for just Gulf War Syndrome is denied. You can not even file a claim for medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses for it to will get the same letter.

You file for them like " I am filing a claim for headaches as a presumptive illness due to my service in the gulf war under title 38 section 3.317.":cool:

http://www.publichea...osures/gulfwar/

In part:

"A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems."

"VA does not use the term "Gulf War Syndrome" when referring to "medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses" reported by Gulf War Veterans. Symptoms vary widely and therefore, do not meet the definition of a syndrome. A syndrome is a group of symptoms that usually occur together and characterize a certain disease or abnormal condition. That is why VA uses the term "medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses" instead of "Gulf War Syndrome."

"VA's final rule* specifying that functional gastrointestinal disorders are covered as presumptive illnesses takes effect on August 15, 2011. "

"Functional gastrointestinal disorders, a group of conditions marked by chronic or recurrent symptoms related to any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Functional condition refers to an abnormal function of an organ, without a structural alteration in the tissues. Examples include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional dyspepsia, and functional abdominal pain syndrome. "

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I have mentioned at hadit many times over the years how confusing the GWV presumptivces are.

When the infectious disease presumptives were added some time ago- although they probably dont affect too many7 GWVs ,they were clearly easier to understand then the "cluster" of symptoms "undiagnosed" chronic disabilities that always seemed to me to be VA double talk.

It is imperative for any vet who files for any type of Gulf War illness to be able to shape their claim into the VA's criteria for these presumptives.

I have seen claims for "Gulf War Syndrome" that were denied because -as I always understood the regs-this isnt any such thing -for VA claims purposes.

A Gulf War Syndrome claim is too generic a term and the veteran or their vet rep has to have a good handle on the actual GW presumptive

regs.

This recent case shows what I mean:

http://www.va.gov/ve...es4/1032166.txt

The veteran claimed fibro and sleep problems etc due to an undiagnosed illness which was granted.

The claim for Gulf War Syndrome was denied- because there is no such disability for VA to code,grant or rate.

ORDER

Entitlement to service connection for fibromyalgia with sleep

disturbance and gastrointestinal disability, to include as due to

an undiagnosed illness, is granted.

Entitlement to service connection for irritable bowel syndrome,

to include as due to an undiagnosed illness, is granted.

Entitlement to service connection for Gulf War Syndrome is

denied.

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