This is my first posting here. A little background first. I was diagnosed with acephalgic Migraine with aura by Army doctors around the summer of 2006. I have episodes vary in number but I would average 3-5 times per week lasting roughly 30 minutes per episode.
Living with these migraines has been tough.
I have been doing a lot of research into what caused or started these migraines. I have no family history of migraine that I know of. There were also no head injuries or traumas that occurred. The onset of the migraines came at the same time as other health problems such as tinnitus, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, anxiety and depression.
After years of research, I’ve narrowed down the possible cuase for my illness that developed in the military. I began researching different chemicals or elements that I might have been exposed to. I was never deployed overseas, however, I did learn that Depleted Uranium munitions were used at a handful of military installations. Ft Lewis, the base I was stationed, was among them.
To my horror I learned that during the 1960’s, large numbers of m101 “spotting rounds” were used at Ft Lewis. Each m101 containing up to a pound and a half of Depleted Uranium. Once I saw the picture of the m101 round my heart sank. I remember cleaning up remnants of these rounds at Ft Lewis. Range detail and range clean ups were common tasks assigned to infantry units that had down time in training schedules.
I want to know if there is anyone else, military or civilian, who has suffered from migraines due to hazardous materials exposure.