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FibroGal - November 13

I've learned that Gulf War veterans have been coming down with fibromyalgia that progresses into other things such as autoimmune diseases, MS, ALS, and others. Some research shows a connection to vaccines and especially the anthrax vaccine connection looks suspicious.

I'm just your average 46 yr. old gal whose had fibro for about 8-10 years. A woman familiar with the above who testified before congress about it told me to beware of vaccinations, including flu shots. I get a flu shot every year and just got one a month ago.

This sounds very disconcerting. Does anyone have a take on this? What is the likelihood of FM progressing into another serious disease in people who are non-military? Is there any sort of rule-of-thumb as to whether people with FM should or should not get vaccines and flu shots?

Thanks for your comments.


Fantod - November 14

You pose an interesting question. As someone with some serious underlying health problems, I get a flu shot (and pneumonia as needed) every year. I have done this for over 20 years. I think we are all clear that FMS is an autoimmune disease. In my opinion, that alone is enough incentive to do everything I can to protect an already compromised immune system. However, I would not voluntarily submit to an Anthrax vaccination except at gunpoint. I think that particular vaccine does cause problems in some people. I can believe that Gulf War (God Bless them all) and other vets develop FMS as stress is a big factor in fibromyalgia. Living under combat conditions especially for troops not battle-hardened would tend to surface a lot of underlying health issues that might not otherwise come to the forefront. God knows, what our troops have been exposed to given the type of weapons using depleted uranium among other questionable armament. That does not even take into account pathogens that they may have unknowingly come in contact with on their tour of duty. As someone who survived the Vietnam era, I have seen firsthand the carnage from the use of Agent Orange. I don't think that FMS naturally evolves into other things unless you are genetically programmed to go there in the first place. I, for one, will continue to get my flu shot until provided with unimpeachable evidence to the contrary. Take care.


FibroGal - November 14

Fantod, thanks again for another helpful post. Did you serve our country in Vietnam (or elsewhere)? If so, *thank you* and I agree, God bless our troops.


Fantod - November 14

No, I have never served in the armed forces. But, I count myself as priveleged to know some of the men and women who are currently serving or have served in the past. Take care.


tnichel - November 15

Hi FibroGal. I'm a former military brat. My mother works at the hospital on Ft. Knox. When I first started seeking a diagnosis and was waiting to see a rheumy to confirm the fibro diagnosis, I had a hard time finding a doctor. My mother's coworker, who is a doctor, said that most of the soldiers who have fibro usually get it from being in high stress situations. Apparently that coupled with underlying health issues and possible ptsd puts soldiers at an increased risk of getting fibro. Especially if you're a woman since more women are diagnosed with it. But I don't think it has anything to do with getting the flu shot or vaccinations. I lived overseas and went thru all those vaccination along with my parents and siblings and they don't have it. However, I started having vague symptoms of fibro in my late teens, though no one caught it. My first job right out of college had a lot of stress. That's when started I getting sick alot and had all types of problems which led to the eventual fibro diagnosis. I hope this helps.


tnichel - November 15

Also, unless you're seriously injured, the military patches you up and puts you right back on duty. So for soldiers with high stress and injuries, especially ones doctors don't deem serious enough to warrant extended medical leave for healing, being put right back on the job further breaks down their bodies... also upping the chances of getting fibro. And we know how physically demanding the military is. So none of this probably helps either.



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