Friday, June 10, 2005

Golf War Vets and Fibromyalgia

Interesting new study shows that soldiers deployed in the Gulf War are more likely to suffer from FMS and it's cousin, CFS. Linked here.

1 comment:

Kim Traynor said...

As I understand it, the prevailing theory is that FMS is passed down genetically, but then lies relatively dormant(there are some symptoms but it's manageable)until a traumatic incident (serious infection, surgery, or in my case, car accident)pulls the trigger on it.

I think this evidence supports that theory.

The studies show that men are much less likely than women to be diagnosed with FMS. I wonder if that is because they are less likely to inherit FMS, or if their bodies are better able to cope with the traumas that usually trigger the disease.