There is a presumptive service connection between the development of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) and deployment in the Gulf War region
The majority of FGIDs are painful, debilitating, and chronic. Long after a soldier’s tour is over, the FGID and its symptoms can remain.
When they speak for themselves, they tell us:
“I was diagnosed with IBS while on active duty … I was able to cope for about 25 years before the IBS started to get progressively worse. Today it is my nightmare.”