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Posted by Sara on January 11, 2000 at 04:52:12:

In Reply to: Re: VA Response posted by Betty on January 01, 2000 at 18:29:13:

: :I've been fighting the same thing for the last 5 plus years. The problem seems to be in what is actually a diagnosis. For instance, one of the symptoms of undiagnosed illness is severe headaches. I ended up being treated for migraine headaches...how much more severe can you get! Another was "sleep disorders" and Chronic Fatigue. I suffer from insomnia...a type of sleep disorder but because the doctor calls it insomnia, it is diagnosed, therefore, not under undiagnosed illness. Another one that I have going before the board of appeals now is hair loss. My hair is only half as thick as before but because the doctors cannot find a reason, it is "not known for the cause" but isn't an undiagnosed illness. Boy, am I confused. Bottom line, if a doctor, any doctor can put a name on it, it is diagnosed, therefore not under undiagnosed illness. If a doctor can't diagnose it, because VA doesn't have a "name" to look it up in the magic ratings book, it doesn't exist, therefore not under undiagnosed illness!

Insist upon seeing an endocrinologist as the GW symptoms are just like endocrine imbalances...when one is exposed to too many
chemicals the thyroid wears out! Leaving one with all those same symptoms!
It is very common...this is likely the diagnosis you ahve been looking for.
But to get them to admit it was the Gulf War chemicals, shots, etc. that caused it...
another story.

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