Fibromyalgia is a "presumptive" condition for Gulf War veterans for the purposes of filing VA service-connected disability claims. The Social Security Administration recognizes fibromyalgia for total disability claims.
The principal researcher in this newly published study, Dr. Louise Oaklander, is currently conducting a similar study in Gulf War Illness patients that is funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). GWI patients in the Boston, Mass. area interested in participating in the study should review the study brochure.
Dr. Oaklander has been recently appointed to serve as an additional member on the current Institute of Medicine Gulf War "Chronic Multisymptom Illness" case definition panel, which began its efforts amidst a backdrop of criticism and controversy.
-Anthony Hardie, 91outcomes.com