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Posted by Freda on March 08, 2000 at 01:16:39:

In Reply to: Wives of GWV posted by A Mitchell on January 27, 2000 at 14:49:45:

Hi Kristie,
I understand exactly how you feel. My husband also served in the Gulf. I knew the first day when he came home that something was wrong with him. He recently had the Micoplasma blood test. Unfortunately his came back positive. I'm 100% disabled from other things but this illness has made everything w/me worse and recently I started having migranes 3 to 4 times a week. I hurt all the time in my joints and I also have the nose bleeds and severe arthritis. So many things are wrong not only with me and my husband but all of our pets. They too are ill and we had to change Veterenarians because he wouldn't believe me. Yet the one we have now has other animals w/similar symptoms. The only advice I can give you is what I give myself. Keep praying that this Country will help these families no matter what the cost. I just don't feel a cure will be any time soon but as long as we have others to talk to that understand what we're going through, it's really all we have for now. I know that I have to be strong around my husband because I know his body can't handle much more. Remember that your not alone. My best to you and I'll keep you in my prayers. Freda
: I am a wife of a GW Vet. I have been very sick for the past 6 months. Symptems include bone/joint pain, fatigue, memory loss, shortness in breath, dizziness, a dull pain up the left side of my neck that gets worse when I have a dizzy spell, and usually end up with a migrane headace within 4 hrs after spells. Darvoset n-100 is not even helping my headaces now. I have been to several doctors and I'm not getting any answers. My medical history before GW was ZIP with the exception of the Births of our two girls. In the past 5 years all I have had was a hysterectomy and my Doctor couldn't explain why I was in so much pain all the time. Afterwords I was diagnosed with Abnotieses. I still don't understand that one. I have had no other problems until 6 months ago.

: We received a letter in November 1999 that he needed to go to the VA Medical Center to get tested for this mycroplasma fermentans incognitus. He has many of the symptems, fatigue, bone/joint pain, and memory loss. We have just found out that his score that was returned to the VA from the "computer" to be chosen for this blood test was "a couple of points above the line". So he will not be tested for this. Ok that is all in well but my Doctors are at a loss at what is wrong with me but I can't get any of them to even listen to me that I am having the same problems that the GW Vets are having. Can anyone give me any suggestions? Please!!

: Are there any other GWV wives having similar problems?

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