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Posted by Nancy on April 11, 2000 at 07:25:14:

In Reply to: Does GWS get worse over time? - from anxious wife posted by Bree on April 10, 2000 at 09:25:52:

Dear Bree,
We have been dealing with this for almost 10 years now. My husband had abdominal surgery the 1st year he came home and has been diagnosed with
alot of problems but no one can figure out the cause.
Right now we are dealing with the extreme fatigue and multiple physical complaints. These problems seem to come in cycles, where at times he is alittle better and at other times worse.
I was frustrated and called his doctor...he was running low grade temps at night, having night sweats, and upper abdominal pain,with nausea. We had blood drawn and his labs are abnormal. His liver enzymes are up...he is negative for hepatitis B/C but he was diagnosed with chemical hepatitis before he retired from the Army. His spleen is enlarged as well and this has also been an ongoing issue. He has the
infectious disease chronic "Q-fever" which may also be part of the problem. He also tested positive for this mycoplasma that the VA is studying. There are just so many confusing
components to this thing:( Perhaps these are some areas you could explore with you husbands doctor.
It is frustrating to have to deal with these issues on a daily basis. I just said last night
that we have been dealing with this have of our married life. It just isn't fair that we can't get answers that might help us.
There is so much more I could talk about...
if you have any specific questions maybe I can help with them
We have experianced this whole illness as a
slow decline with occasional speed bumps and a few
quick plunges...just to get our attention...I think. Sometimes we put it away and try to live a normal life and then other times there are things that have to be dealt with.
My husband was with the 3rd Armoured Division and was deployed from Germany. He was a pilot before hand and had a well documented set of flight physicals that showed he had no health issues.
Take care and let me know if I can help.

: I just began researching GWS last night, as a light bulb clicked within me yesterday that most of my husband's problems over the last weeks (4 months) may be directly related to GWS.

: He had major surgery (indicated below, under the 'Kidney' topic) back in 1994, as a direct result of the war. He is receiving disability from the army, for the rest of his life, as a result of this.

: My husband has been suffering gravely from fatigue/exhaustion since the beginning of this year, with absolutely NO motivation to help around the house anymore. He does work a full-time job, and on his days off, he spendings mopeing (sp?) on the couch, constantly complaining of sore muscles and flu-like symptoms. This has been going on since the beginning of this year. His memory loss has gotten worse over time, and he is even displaying a negative personality change. All of this has taken a toll on our marriage, and I'm not sure where to go from here.

: Does this all sound like GWS? Other family members are now becoming very concerned, as they are seeing (and living) the same things I am. I want to help him, but don't know where to begin.

: He was headquartered in the tank division, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor, US Army.

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