By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
Baraniuk believes chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia and Gulf War Illness are related. In fact, he calls the post-exertional malaise found in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) a “unique characteristic of CFS that is shared by Gulf War Illness (GWI) subjects”.
Both diseases often involve a triggering event that’s caused long-term disability. The impact the Gulf War had on many of veterans of that war is astonishing. Baraniuk reports that 25 years after the first Gulf War that from @25-30% of those who participated experience PEM (exertional exhaustion), pain, migraines, gastrointestinal distress and other medical problems. Symptomatically Gulf War vets appear much like people with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) but some important caveats exist.
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