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Posted by YN2 (GULF WAR VETERAN SUFFERING) on May 26, 2000 at 12:42:54:

In Reply to: Re: Family member suffering from gulf war syndrome posted by mandy on May 08, 2000 at 02:01:26:

: :I really need help, too. Jack suffers from all of the "usual" itching and cramping. But he is also causing us a great deal of hurt because of what seems to be personality changes. One minute he is sweet and gentile, but the next he is angry and faultfinding for the most rediculous things,(Whoever didn't cap the toothpaste won't
: brush for a week). This is not Jack. "If you won't take out the garbage, maybe you are the garbage". About 5 days ago, a woman that we both
: know informed me that she was trying to help Jack with his GWS. I was under the assumption that knowone knew about that but myself. Apparently, she claims to be a "healer" and can "help" him get
: better. I "thinking to be a good wife" got on-line to find info on other GWS. Imagine this, he was furious with me. "How dare I talk about that with other people". I Know that tomorrow he will be apologetic for all that he said and did. But the hurt still lasts. Are the symptoms real, or just an excuse to behave badly? I really hope someone responds soon. My marriage may be over!

First, I would like to state that I am not a doctor but have read exensivley on Gulf War Syndrome. Jack is not faking it. The fact that he says things that hurt, and the next day apologizes is an indication that he may be suffering from a form of brain damage. There is new evidence that implies chemical exposure from the Gulf War has caused brain damage in a significant number of Gulf War Vets. Please try to be sympathetic with Jack, and suggest he make an appointment with a Veteran's Neurologist/Psychiatris. I too suffer from that same symtom.

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