CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY CONNECTION   January 1998

Editor's Corner

SYMPTOM COMPARISON FOR GULF WAR SYNDROME (GWS), MULTIPLE
 CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY (MCS), FIBROMYALGIA (FMS), CHRONIC FATIGUE
 IMMUNE DYSFUNCTION SYNDROME (CFIDS), ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME (AIDS), MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)

SYMPTOMS

GWS

MCS

FMS

CFIDS

AIDS

MS

JOINT PAIN

yes

yes

pain around joint area

yes

yes

yes

FATIGUE

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

HEADACHE

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

MEMORY DIFFICULTIES

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

SLEEP DISTURBANCE

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

attributed to medication

SKIN COMPLAINTS

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

burning skin

DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

DEPRESSION

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

MUSCLE PAIN

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

DIZZINESS

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

G.I. COMPLAINTS

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

PERIPHERAL PARESTHESIA AND/OR TINGLING

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

CHEMICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY

yes

yes

yes

yes

-

reported

EYE COMPLAINTS

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

ANXIETY

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

TACHYARRYTHMIAS &/OR CHEST PAIN

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

-

BREATHING DIFFICULTIES

yes

yes

reported

yes

yes

yes

LIGHT SENSITIVITY

yes

yes

reported

yes

-

yes

 

(YES ANSWERS IN TABLE COME FROM THE FOLLOWING SOURCES, REPORTED'S COME FROM ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE.)

1) Gulf War Syndrome Symptoms from McAlveny Intelligence Advisor of August 1996 & Gulf War Criteria from Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program for Persian Gulf War Veterans 1996 & Health Surveillance of Persian Gulf War Veterans March 1996

2) Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Symptoms from Miller and Mitzel 1994, Top Twenty Symptoms Reported by MCS Patients Attributing Their Illness to Pesticides Versus Remodeling, and MCS Referral and Resources

3) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms from J. K. Dale and S. E. Straus, Prevalence of Symptoms and Historical Features in a Population Meeting the CDC Criteria for the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

4) Fibromyalgia Symptoms from ACR 1990 Criteria for the Classification of Fibromyalgia

5) Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

6) AIDS Symptoms from former AIDS Administration worker, a member of AIDS Support & Share Group

 

ONSET OF CFIDS, GWS, MCS AIDS, AND MS OFTEN BEGINS WITH A FLU-LIKE ILLNESS.

(compiled by Jackie Burkhead)