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Posted by Freda H. Babinski on September 09, 2000 at 01:26:56:

In Reply to: gulf war syndrome posted by karen on September 08, 2000 at 11:12:01:

: Has there ever been any reports of people haveing gulf war syndrome who have not been to the gulf war. I am worried about my brother. He got out of the military a year ago and has been suffering from swollen joints. They keep telling us he has arthritis and then test him and it comes up negative. They have no answer for what it is. He is collecting dis ability through the military but not enough to live on. He will never be able to work again and he is only 28 sad. I am grasping at hope of anything so that maybe we can get him something to help with his pain and so that i can see him walk again without limping in pain. If you have any advice please let me know. He did drive tanks that were in the gulf war until his knee started to cause problems and then he had to go to work at a desk.

Hi Karen,
Yes, there are people suffering from GWS that never went to the Gulf. In my opinion if I were him, I would continue to be seen at the nearest VA Hosp. as many times as it took for the help I needed. He does have the right to change Drs. if he's not happy w/the one they assign to him. Since he's on Disability, that can be upgraded through an Attorney. As long as he's a Veteran, VA cannot turn him away. Also, has he filed for Social Security Disability? Check into that too. I have arthritis and I know how bad that pain can be. Good Luck and "God Bless" Freda

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