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Parkinson relation to Desert Storm
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curtis_hawk posted:
I was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's is there any correlation to my Tour in Desert Storm 90-91
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lepman responded:
I was also Desert Storm Desert Shield, According to The Enviromental Sepcialist at the V.A. Hospital where I am now beeing seen says yes it could very well be. But hard to prove, and it has to be undeniable proof as well. Although just like A.L.S Parkinsons is considered a presumptious condition for what ever that is worth, because of plauseable deniability and Difinnative proof that you even have it. Check with a V.A. rep.I have been trying to get this service connected now for two years and to no avail.....And Oh yeah the study for Enviromental exposures for Desert storm Desert shield Vets. has ended.
 
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Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Dear curtis_hawk
I am not aware of increased risk of PD associated with service in Desert Storm. There are some centers that study parkinsonism in the VA system - PADRECC centers. The web address is: www.parkinsons.va.gov

I suggest you find the closest PADRECC location and ask for a referral for a more complete discussion.

Thank you for your service.
 
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worn1 replied to Mark A Stacy, MD's response:
Dr Stacy I am going to expand past Desert Storm.
What chemicals have you been exposed to? What did you use to clean the inside of the tankers and for degreasing the heaters used in the tents when you went on field exercises. were you knowingly exposed to pesticides?
Look at everything not just Desert Storm. May I suggest setting up a web page for military with Parkinson's. I think you will be suprised at the number who have parkinson's.
I am retired military I suspect the chemicals and Pestisides i was exposed to is the cause of my parkinson, my husband served in viet nam and has cancer we suspect the cause was his exposure to agent orange He would come out of the jungle covered in it.
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There are none so blind as those that will not see
 
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lovedogs1955 replied to worn1's response:
I have actually been told by several physician's that exposure to chemicals, drugs, etc does seem to trigger PD. My docs all agree that my PD was triggered by agressive chemotherapy for breast cancer. It seems that there is still so much more to learn about the correlations.
 
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curtis_hawk replied to Mark A Stacy, MD's response:
Dr. Stacy
Thank you, I have filed my Claim through through the IL VA system with th help of the VFW (lepman have you tried this approach yet.) They have put me on the presumtive connectivity to the exposures related to my tour.
I have asked that I be placed below any current returning Vet that has more immediate needs. The VA has been very prompt and quick with their services and keep me informed to my status on the issues concerning presumtive conditions.

Again thank you for remebering our service.
 
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curtis_hawk replied to lepman's response:
Thank you, I have filed my Claim through through the IL VA system with th help of the VFW have you tried this approach yet. They have put me on the presumtive connectivity to the exposures related to my tour.

The VA has been very prompt and quick with their services and keep me informed to my status on the issues concerning presumtive conditions.

The PD is currently included in the VN presumptive listing for full 100% disability.

And I want to thank you for your Service
 
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Mark A Stacy, MD replied to curtis_hawk's response:
Thanks, curtis_hawk,
Best of luck with your applications. Please re-contact with a VA location, if you would like me to contact the local movement disorders specialist on your behalf.

Kind regards,
 
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lepman replied to curtis_hawk's response:
I have also submitted the claims and have been waitting now for over two years,and have yet to have the Video hearing and has been explained due to the such high volume of claims being processed at this time. Yes we have appealed and appealed on the claims thats why we are waiting for the video hearing.We do get letters every month telling us that they are still in the process of scheduling hearings and haven't forgotten us but we have been put on the list for hearings and to be patient due to the high volumes of claims submitted. This process may take several years before you get any results from the claims you have submitted. as we were explained to us by the V.A. commision, and not to give up because so many Vets give up due to this long process.


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