Well, I usually try to go to a direct source for my material, but in this case, I thought the info was too interesting to wait until the study was published. A helpful reader pointed me toward the IFFGD facebook page. They profiled a study that was presented at the 2009 Annual ACG Meeting. According to the IFFGD posting, the study was entitled "Extra-intestinal Symptoms in Gulf War Veterans with Irritable Bowel Syndrome" (Tuteja, A., Tolman, K., Stoddard, G., Talley, N., & Verne, N. - Abstract Poster 1147).
According to the IFFGD posting, the study measured the rate of extra-intestinal symptoms in Gulf War veterans, both with and without IBS. The vets with IBS were more likely to suffer from "headache, insomnia, fatigue, stiffness, joint pains, dizziness and weakness." Also according to the IFFGD posting, the authors of the study concluded that these "symptoms were not explained by psychological disorders" and "suggest a dysfunction in systems throughout the body".
So sorry to hear that Gulf War veterans having finished one fight are now dealing with IBS, along with all of these other health problems. The symptoms identified in this study are in line with those that you readers have all reported (What Other Symptoms Do You Have?). One can maintain the hope that research such as this will uncover the reason behind this whole-body dysfunction and lead to more effective treatments.
For more information, see:
- Extra-Intestinal Symptoms and IBS
- The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
- International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)
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