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Posted by Michelle on August 03, 2000 at 19:28:16:

In Reply to: Re: Gulf War Syndrome-Tumor Like Masses posted by YN2 (GULF WAR VET) on May 26, 2000 at 13:01:56:

: : Hi to All, I am new to the message board and just as new to loving a Gulf War Vet.
: : My Fiance served in the Gulfduring Desert Storm. He has several tumor like masses on his upper chest area. Has anyone else experienced the same problems? Both VA and personal physicians have discount his symptoms as nothing to worry about but I do worry about it.
: : We both have children from previous marriages and are planning on having at least one of our own...I want my husband-to-be to have a long healthy life with me and our children.

: SINCE RETURNING FROM THE THEATER OF OPERATION I HAVE HAD A TUMOR REMOVED FROM MY BLADDER, AND EAR. THE TUMOR ON MY EAR GREW BACK 3 MONTHS LATER AND SINCE THEN ONE HAS APPEARED ON MY NECK. TO BOOT, I HAVE DISCOVERED A TUMOR-LIKE LUMP ON ONE OF MY TESTICLES. VA SAYS ITS THE RESULT OF THE BLADDER SURGERY THEY PERFORMED. THE ONLY THING THAT BOTHERS ME IS IT WAS THEIR BEFORE THEY OPERATED ON MY BLADDER.
: VA HAS SEEN AND DISCOUNTED ALL TUMORS EXCEPT MY BLADDER TUMOR BECAUSE I WAS LOSING A LOT OF BLOOD.

I am the wife of a Gulf War Vet and in Dec. 1999 he had a brain tumor removed. We went to private doctors so we didn't have to wait and watch him die at the VA. He went to four neurologists who told him everything was in his head and to "take a pill" for his migraines. When they finally ran some tests at my insistance that is when they found the tumor. I am a nurse and all I can say to you guys is don't take one doctors word when it comes to your health. If something is in or on your body that you were not born with I wouldn't want to 'watch' it, I would want to find out what it was and remove it. Get all the second opinions you want- it is your life and body.

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