Problem Statement and Background: There are many questions, which must be answered in order to identify some of the mysteries surrounding the Gulf War Syndrome, such as:
1)What environmental factors posed a principal threat to the neurological and musculoskeletal systems?
2) Did the inoculations contribute to the deteriorating health of the veterans?
3) Are the illnesses directly related to the chemical warfare of the Iraqi government?
During the Gulf War many veterans were exposed to different types of chemicals. These chemicals varied from pesticides, anti nerve agents (nuclear biological chemicals also know as NBC), oil well free smoke and petroleum products. Since the war has ended, a number of veterans have complained of illnesses that have varied in seriousness and effects on the veteran. Symptoms included the following: shortness of breath, loss of balance and fatigue, flu-like chills and sweats, diarrhea and loss of bladder control, headache and head pressure, joint and muscle pain, sores, skin rashes and burning skin, bleeding gums and loosened teeth, nose bleeds, hoarseness, hair loss, water retention, abdominal pain and bloating, chest pain and soreness, confusion, seizures, sleeplessness, blurred vision and short-term memory loss.
This research study will focus on service members, who served in the Persian Gulf. Many soldiers returned from the Gulf War with a variety of health problems. There is conflict to the validity of the syndrome. Many soldiers, who were otherwise healthy, have been afflicted with a variety of symptoms, and are now fighting for some disability benefits.
Scope of the Research: This research will evaluate veterans who served during the Gulf War. They will be evaluated in three groups; one group who served directly in Iraq, the next group who served in the Persian Theater, and the last group were not deployed to the Persian Gulf.
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