Since returning from military service, you may experience flare-ups of fatigue, widespread pain and/or stiffness, and persistent tenderness in multiple areas of the body. You may have fibromyalgia (FM).
Fibromyalgia is a common health condition that affects about one out of 20 people in the general population. Studies show Gulf War veterans are diagnosed more frequently with fibromyalgia than the general population, though its exact cause remains unknown.
As a veteran, your fibromyalgia condition may qualify you for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, working through the VA claims process can be complicated and frustrating for veterans doing it alone. For help with your fibromyalgia claim, turn to an experienced lawyer at our firm. We handle veterans’ chronic condition claims nationwide.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary, with periods of good health when you feel like your old self, followed by periods when the symptoms and pain may worsen.
Approximately 700,000 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen were deployed to the Persian Gulf during the 1991 Gulf War. Within months of their return, many Gulf War veterans began complaining of fatigue, bone and joint pains, cognitive dysfunction, emotional stress, and other symptoms.
A 2005 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome were significantly more common among Persian Gulf War veterans who were deployed than among non-deployed veterans.
Establishing the right to disability compensation related to fibromyalgia can be challenging without qualified legal counsel. For this reason, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact our firm by either calling or sending an email. Let our team of dedicated lawyers assist you with filing or appealing a fibromyalgia claim.