Quel est Syndrome de Guerre du Golfe ?

Par Liji Thomas, DM

C'est une condition utilisée généralement qui se rapporte à la présence de plusieurs maladies de non disgnostiqué dans les vétérans de la Guerre du Golfe de 1991. Elle comprend une constellation de symptômes largement divergents comme la fatigue, les maux de tête, les douleurs articulaires, la dyspepsie, les problèmes de sommeil et les difficultés de mémoire. Elle affecte d'un quart à un tiers de ces soldats.

On de ces derniers sont sans cause évidente. Par Conséquent cette condition est également « maladie continuelle de multi-symptôme » appelée dans des combattants de Guerre du Golfe. Le diagnostic est effectué quand les symptômes existent pendant 6 mois ou plus, et entraînent 10% invalidités ou plus.

Étiologies Possibles

  • Exposition au gaz neurotoxique
  • Pré-Médicament avec du bromure de pyridostigmine comme mesure préventive contre les effets du gaz neurotoxique
  • Trouble de stress Poteau-Traumatique
  • D'Autres troubles psychiatriques
  • Exposition aux produits chimiques toxiques autres que ceux directement utilisés dans la guerre. Ceux-ci comprennent les vapeurs, les pesticides, l'uranium qui a été utilisé dans les centrales nucléaires ou les pannes (les « uranium épuisé ") appelé, ou produits chimiques brûlants de pétrole utilisés dans le réglage et le service des machines de guerre.

Une hypothèse commune est que les symptômes des maladies de Guerre du Golfe sont dus à l'exposition chimique, plutôt que le stress ou la lésion cérébrale. Le Soutien de cette théorie vient des tests cliniques qui prouvent que l'amélioration dans des symptômes multiples a été enregistrée d'un 80% stupéfiant de sujets, quand ils ont pris des doses élevées du Coenzyme Q (CoQ). Ce produit chimique est un antioxydant qui supporte le fonctionnement mitochondrial. L'amélioration dans les symptômes marqués avec la dose de CoQ, et a été vue avec les deux symptômes matériels tels que les courbatures musculaires, la fatigue, et les symptômes cognitifs ou psychologiques tels que la perte de mémoire et l'irritabilité. De plus, le fonctionnement mitochondrial s'est avéré pour être causé la détérioration dans ces sujets, indiquant une barrette causale possible.

On lui a également suggéré que les sujets de maladie de Guerre du Golfe aient eu un renivellement génétique qui a ralenti ou des procédés réduits de désintoxication dans la cellule, permettant des pesticides, ou d'autres produits chimiques toxiques, à accumuler dans le fuselage au fil du temps.

Quelques manifestations importantes comprennent :

  • Fatigue sévère continue et inexpliquée de Syndrome de fatigue chronique - qui persiste après reste.
  • malaise Poteau-Exertionnelle - fatigue inhabituelle après tout effort matériel ou mental.
  • Fibromyalgie - douleur musculaire répandue, avec ou sans la raideur musculaire sur des déficits de réveil, de mal de tête, d'insomnie et de mémoire.
  • Troubles gastro-intestinaux Fonctionnels - ce groupe de maladies est marqué par des accès continuels ou répétés des symptômes gastro-intestinaux sans n'importe quelle cause matérielle démontrable, telle que le syndrome du côlon irritable, la diarrhée ou les symptômes de la dyspepsie sans cause explicable.
  • Symptômes liés à la peau telle que des éruptions ainsi que des symptômes menstruels ou psychologiques.

La Demande De Règlement de la maladie de Guerre du Golfe est principalement symptomatique.  Ensuite à l'exclusion d'une cause organique pour les symptômes, la thérapie comportementale cognitive (CBT) s'est avérée un outil très utile dans l'aide pour restaurer la normale et l'utilité aux durées de vie de ceux affectés. D'Autres chercheurs ont concentré sur l'utilisation de l'insuline intranasale de réduire l'inflammation neuronale. Cette inflammation est postulée pour être l'effet de l'exposition aux produits chimiques toxiques mélangés, et peut entraîner le lancement continu du système immunitaire, menant aux symptômes multiples.


Last Updated: Oct 12, 2015

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  1. david Hill david Hill uk says:

    Simon Wessely of Kings collage London has done a lot to help governments not to pay out compensation to veterans calling gulf war syndrome  rumor he has also worked on ground zero  and lung problems in firefighters caused by the collapse of the twin towers and calls it hysteria for his work he was awarded a knighthood by the British government .

    Rumors shaped veterans' view of Gulf War ills: syndrome was defined by informal communication.
    After the bullets stopped flying the rumors took off among British veterans of the 1991 Gulf War. Early accounts of physical and emotional reactions to wartime experiences spread from one person to another through networks of veterans. Within a few years, these former soldiers had decided among themselves that the symptoms they were suffering from collectively amounted to the controversial illness known as Gulf War Syndrome, a new study concludes. Simon Wessely of King's College London and his colleagues analyzed extensive written accounts provided in 1996 by 1,100 British Gulf War vets. The research team doesn't regard the rumors as necessarily untrue or misleading, Rumor proved to be critical among the British Gulf War vets because it counteracted a lack of communication from military and government authorities, Wessely says. Vets turned to their own social grapevine for answers, Wessely's group reports in a paper to appear in Social Science & Medicine.

    What's Causing 'Mass Faintings' at Cambodian Factories?
    By Andrew Marshall Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011
    Sufferers of World Trade Center syndrome, meanwhile, blamed proximity to Ground Zero for coughs and other respiratory problems long after airborne contaminants posed any health threat.
    All these are examples of mass hysteria, a bizarre yet surprisingly common phenomenon that is increasingly recognized as a significant health and social problem. For centuries it has crossed cultures and religions, taking on different forms to keep pace with popular obsessions and fears. In our post-9/11 world,
    Simon Wessely King's College London

    • Dawn Thomas Dawn Thomas United States says:

      I can say with all clarity of mind that the symptoms the veterans are experiencing are real. What is not clear is the methods used to study the veterans. An error has been made in trying to find a single common cause of the illnesses presented. Any one with a medical background should now understand that genetic makeup of the personnell is a definitive factor as to how a causitive agent may present as an illness. It is not apparent that this has been included in the studies.
      If we continue to try to use studies that do not clarify this factor it will obviously be flawed in the outcome or results. Any quality study is only as good as the data used hence the old expression "garbage in garbage out."

  2. Phil Gardner Phil Gardner United Kingdom says:

    I served in thr RN during the Gulf war and had the vaccines and naps tablets.I developed sleep apnoe and have a heart nerve block plus other health issues.I was super fit whilst serving in the Gulf and came back with all these health problems.Now don't tell me that these things are a figment of my imagination.

    • Sherry Chestnut Sherry Chestnut United States says:

      my husband juts had to have a pacemaker installed due to a nerve block issue and he has sleep apnea now where he was ok while in service. Its been a while sicne but he also has had a tia stroke and suffers from unaccounted headaches that last just a few minutes and then leaves him tired for a while after it. He was told he has to prove these are from the gulf war. How does he do that?

  3. Dawn Thomas Dawn Thomas United States says:

    I developed the first symptoms of Fibromyalgia in 1995. I was a nurse corp Officer in the Navy. I was healthy as could be prior to my service. While in the service in 1995,  I developed pain in my right shoulder. At first I thought it was related to packing too much weight on my shoulder but I had been weight lifting and was quite strong able to bench press my own weight. So it was curious to me. I didnt think anything was wrong and waited several months to even visit my PCP. Unfortunately the pain began to progressively get stronger and began to radiated down my arm to my hand. I the sought help from my PCP. It continued to progress the pain now presenting in both arms to hands and my neck. I was continuously having to draw on diagrams of the human body where and how my symptoms presented themselves. After two years the pain traveled to become bodywide. I had no hx of depression for the record.
    One day after describing my symptoms for the nth time now to numerous PCP'S, unbeknownst to me a Rheumatologist was sitting on the sidelines and heard me talking to the PCP. He saw me and in 1997 I wad given a diagnosis of "Fibromyalgia." I didn't believe it. I hadn't even heard of this disorder never mind understanding what it meant.
    My pain progressively worsened. I had a high pain toleranced as evidenced by having both of my children by natural childbirth methods not having any form of pain control. My first child was 8pds 12oz.  Now though my pain on a 0 to 10 scale was an 7. I later developed sleep disorders and cognitive memory problems. I had graduated from my BS degree in Science with a major in Nursing with a 3.86 g.p.a. But by 2000 I had to utilize flash cards to remember many of my patients info.
    By 2003 I was deployed to Iraq. I had been given a smallpox vaccine and my 6th? Anthrax vaccine on the same day. I became so ill I couldn't make it to sick bay which was four decks above my quarters. My commander found me  24 hrs later after not reporting to work for my shift. I was escorted to sick bay, an I.V. was placed and I was given something via the line. It did nothing to relieve the excruitating migraine, photophobia or nausea  I was experiecing. I was medivaced off the ship to Rota Spain. I remember the helo that removed me from the ship but I can't recall how I got from there to the C130? that transported myself and other patients to Spain. I dont remember much but I remember being in Rota Spain and waking up in a bed in a tent. I recovered from the migraine attack within a few days.
    As a side note, I did develope PTSD in 2003 but only after being locked in a room with enemy prisoners of war known as  EPW's for 12 hour shifts. But that is another story.
    In 2005 I was given a medical discharge from the military but denied my military retirement. I developed Reflexive Sympathetic Distrophy or RSD in 2000 after having both of my first ribs surgically removed. This progressed........or was my Fibro dx wrong.....not sure but to end the story the NOW BODYWIDE RSD was dx'd in 2013 by an internationally known neurologist. On the McDill  pain scale RSD or CRPS is rated as the most excrutiating pain a human being can experience. This has left me with Chronic fatique, sleep disorders, and never ending torturous pain. I am bedridden often times more than not.
    I am attempting Ketamine I.V. F. for the neurological disorder labeled CRPS. It is helping me to stop my Opioid patch but I still need oxycodone each day. Today I am bedridden for the third day in a row this week this is Thursday.
    My exhusband was deployed in the Airforce in 1990 to Iraq. He was very healthy when he left but developed MCS after that war. It was the first time I had ever really seen him sick and we had been married since 1978. I wish there were research truly done well for both the veterans and their family members. There are many crosses to bear in our lives but none heavier than being denied recognition that the one you carry is not visible to others eyes and understanding......

  4. Sergio Lainz Sergio Lainz Spain says:

    Sorry, my english is not alot ok!
    I am photojournalist from spain, I was working into Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from Jenuary to March ..I'am working in the capital, pipeline road, and Hafar el Batin fist one. And then,  when troops entry in Kuwait, we going into Kuwait City by the deseert after de Desert Rats. I'am living in the hotels whit no one something to eat, except the Iraquian 'rice' rest in the hotel. also, i was work in the road to Iraqui frontiere and i take the pictures in the middle of the iraqui caravan take to pullout Kuwait. She was destroyed by low-uranium bombimg. The Desert Rats gave me pills and injection for the case of a chemical attack, but did not use it.
    I also provided some ranch USA packaging, and snuff tobacco, which use the first days in Kuwait.
    I'm not a soldier, not kill anyone, and I do not think I've suffered post traumatic stress, but I have the symptoms of "GWS".
    I'm always tired since. I have muscle and tendon pain. And the non-alcoholic 'fatty liver'.
    As yet my 59 years, no doctor has prescribed me anything useful.

    • Michael Bailey Michael Bailey United States says:

      Sergio, my company was one of the first in and one of the longest serving at the time. We set up all of those Convoy Support Centers. Remember the CSC camps? Each had a name, CSC Vulture, CSC Wombat etc. I drove through Hafr al Batn every day or two. I spent a lot of time between Dharan, KKMC, Riyadh and west towards Jordan where the French were at. I also was there for the "Death Valley" destruction and drove through the oil fires frequently. Some of us saw nearly everything that happened, others were left to sit for month after month without ever leaving their camp. Yet very high proportions of personnel grouped around KKMC, Hafr al Batn and CSC Vulture, and most of those that went in with them on the feint to the west, the actual thrust to the north and the sweep to the east exhibit confirmed symptoms at a rate of 42 percent. The rest of the deployed report and confirm at a rate of about 16 percent.

      Deployed personnel that were not vaccinated with experimental vaccines (our AZ Guard unit received as many as 70 different vaccines, for some people) only report at about 3 percent, less than the general population. Those that received vaccines- but did not deploy -report and confirm at about 12 percent.

      It's not commonly known, but the Dept of Defense was ordered by a Federal judge to cease use of the experimental Anthrax vaccine after failing to report to Congress that over 20,000 hospitalizations resulted from complications attributed to the experimental Anthrax vaccine. The Army was banned from using that vaccine, and was forced to develop another and to obtain FDA approval. That new vaccine, being used on today's troops, is not the same Anthrax vaccine we were given in the Gulf War.

      In addition, my best friend, even though he is 16 years younger than I am, was in that unit with me. He suffers from the same symptoms, for the same length of time, and we both share the same rare vitamin D deficiency, developed since our return. He was in charge of the M9 chemical alarms. They went off over 25 times a day, over 18,000 times for the American military and over 9,000 times for the British. The official response when an alarm was reported was that it was a false alarm caused by "diesel fuel and exhaust".

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