Hi. I have been experiencing several medical problems (many not yet properly diagnosed), and I have wondered for many years if they could be related to my Father's exposure to Agent Orange. He is 100% disabled due to Agent Orange exposure, and I believe he was heavily exposed.
As I mentioned, I think I may have many problems I have not yet been tested for or diagnosed with due to my insurance situations after losing my insurance benefits with the VA at age 24. So far, I have been diagnosed with hypertension (had it for over 4 years and my VA Dr kept making excuses as to why it was high and that it was fine, and that I was "never under anymore stress than anyone else" when I expressed the issues I have with stress and anxiety). I am now diagnosed with hypertension and hyperlipidemia (not sure that's related to my father's exposure). I also have problems with my skin and possibly other psychological or neurological problems, but would love some input from other American veteran offspring as to what type of problems they have before going into detail about mine.
If you have any psychological problems, I am interested in knowing if you ever witnessed your parent having a flashback, or witnessed them suffering with alcoholism and PTSD when you were a child, and whether or not you think that has affected you later in life from a psychological aspect.
Lastly, are there any offspring of American Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange who believed they may have had psychological problems, or maybe symptoms similar to a stroke (specifically speech problems, coordination, and balance problems), and it actually turn out to be neurological problems? Or perhaps autoimmune disorders as well? Also, how many offspring have experienced problems with addictions, whether it be alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes (or perhaps just addictive personalities in general)? To keep from admitting your form of addiction (if you do experience this problem), a simple yes or no answer pertaining to an addictive personality is enough detail for me.
Any replies from the offspring of American Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange, specifically about their particular medical problems, would be greatly appreciated. I have several problems going on, and I truly believe that hearing what other offspring are going through might help me to be able to attain the proper testing/care I need if my symptoms seem similar to other offspring.
I would also like to add that my 2 older brothers do not have hypertension or hyperlipidemia, and I am the youngest by 8 years. No one in my family has ever had an early onset of either illnesses.
Hope to hear from some of you soon. Somehow, I know there's plenty of us out there.
Lymphoma. My daughter is the first generation offspring of a vietnam army vet who was rumaging through the jungles of vietname after the spraying of agent orange. She was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma in December of 2006 at the young age of 23. She did six months of chemo and is in remission so far. She also seems to have neurological problems as well...hands and feet go numb (Neuropathy) and back problems (degenerative disk problems). Her father is 100% unemployable with PTSD disability with the VA. Anyone else have a son or daughter with Hodgkins who was exposed to Agent Orange in the fields of Vietnam in the early 70s?
Also wondering if anyone else has a son or daughter who can't seem to conceive and miscarriages?
Ummm Yes over here...... Waving her arms so somebody pays attention.
I am suffering from many medical conditions I believe was caused by my father tour in Vietnam.
I too have had issues with the Auto-immune system
and do not tolerate stress at all.
I was born with Respiratory issues and still have them to this day at the age of 38.
I believe many of us in this age range that had parents who served up during those few years up until 1971.
My older sister who's Conception was before he left for WAR is perfectly normal. Conception for me was in March of 1970, just after his tour.
I also suffer from sever skin conditions and smoke like a freight train...LOL
Recently, I have buried myself in research over this and I'm finding tons and tons of information on the internet. I'm finding out
this is a HUGE topic.
Recently, in 2008, my older Sister traveled to Vietnam to see for herself. She was amazed as I was, their Culture was and is greatly affected by these chemicals.. straight up.. there is NO WAY to avoid the connection. The birth deffects are through the roof.. The chemical is still leeching into the water sources to this day. She said many are missing limbs and show visible signs of War still. Many memorials marking that ERA.. still she was surprised at how nice she was treated by the people and said she felt very comfortable and welcomed. She came back with many pictures and that was cool as my Dad, like many, came back a different man entirely and left his family immediately upon the second return. Never any contact as I'm sure, in his attempt to "get numb" keeps that portion of his life buried very very deep. So this was really a very special way for us, my sister and I, to get a grip on what happened. Mom can only tell us about what happened here at home as he never shared with her either. Many offspring are dealing with this very issue.. I encourage you to go if you can. In my case.. medically I can't, my sister did it for us.
If you can't go, do your research on line go to Google earth and look at the country, watch documentaries, it really helps to put it all into perspective.
I would love to cross reference our Medical issues, please stay in touch with me. I'm Interested!
To Deeplyaffected: I am wanting to ask you some questions about your psychological problems you are having. My husband is 28 and a first generation offspring of a vet that served in Vietnam. He has always suffered from extreme anger and when the situation is over, he cannot pinpoint why he got so mad or why he doesn't remember the period of time when he gets that angry. He has seen psychologists that cannot diagnosis him with any "brain disorder" or even understand what it is that we are explaining to them because of the personality my husband has. He is a very loving and caring guy until that switch gets "flipped". He also has an addictive personality as you described but thank goodness he realised it at a young age and has tried very hard to not let himself get addicted to any thing other than cigarettes. He smokes about 2 packs per day.
For all the others that have posted: My husband also suffered from terrible respiratory problems as a child but grew out of them, until recently. The thought of researching the agent orange effects never crossed my mind until recently when my mother-in-law brought it to my attention. Within the last 3 months my husband has turned into a 70 year old man. He started complaining of pain in his knees when he would get up. Then lymph nodes started swelling in his pelvis and then later in weird spots like his inner arm right above the elbow. Most doctors we have seen only say it is unusual for lymph nodes to be present at that spot. As the last 2 months have progressed his symptoms are getting worse. His pain is now growing into his hips and back, and he is very susceptible to most "colds" that pass through our house. (We have two children, 4 and 1 1/2.) He has always been very healthy and never a complainer of pain. We have done multiple blood tests and the only thing that raises a red flag is an elevated white blood cell count that cannot be lowered with many bouts of oral antibiotics. We are hoping they will try IV antibiotics to see if that will work. I am just beginning my research on agent orange and would be open to anyones suggestions. Thanks for youf help!
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Hi I am a veteran that was exposed to AO ( Agent Orange in the states( Ft. McClellan, Al). There is alot of information on AO that Dave has done. Post on Agent Orange main thread. My daughter was born with spina bidida which has been linked to AO in Viet Nam veterans children for many generations. Did your parents file a claim for chemical exposure related illness caused by chemical exposure? Sally
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I guess I should begin saying that I just began research on agent orange myself and found you guys. My father served in Vietnam for a couple of years as a black beret and has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and bone cancer for that matter. I can relate to the mental problems as well as the addictive personality. I've struggled with depression for most of my life as well as mood swings. I have pretty bad anxiety and nervousness as my sister has some intense nervousness but not depression. I have had skin problems myself as well as my sister. None of this "runs" in the family. My sister was born w/o a hip and has a little curve to her spine. I noticed a posting asking if any offspring had problems with conceiving and miscarriages. I've been looking for the possibility for veterans' offspring to have this issue. My sister just discovered that she is unable to bear children and is now going through menapause at 33. Her doctors don't have an answer. So, considering my hormonal issues for a 28 year old, I am strongly considering to be tested. Well, I am going to be tested for this. Also, my mother had a miscarriage before she had my sister and me. So, keep in touch everyone!
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Sintek:
My daughter is the first generation offspring of a vietnam army vet who was rumaging through the jungles of vietname after the spraying of agent orange.
Our first child, born 10 mos after my husband was in nam was born with (probably wilms tumor) and died 2 days later. My daughter has serious emotional problems and my 3rd child is severely retarded. You got it -- the only normal 'kids' in our house are our schnauzers !
Our daughter has been in and out of jail since she was 18 (she's 36 now and in jail again). She was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder when she was 16. My youngest child lives in a group home and works in a sheltered workshop, but he is honestly happier now than he was when he lived with us (and so are we -- when he turned 13 he developed serious anger issues; the dr called it 'explosive personality disorder').
Now, so as not to get too depressing let me tell you abt my current kids . Persephone Gaia of the Dawn just turned 1 and b4 her b'day she had a number of behaviors that reminded me of Marley (from the book, Marley & Me) thankfully, she weighs less than 20 lbs so behavior issues never get to the pt Marley's did. My other schnauzer is Stamford Frodangenes of the Schyre and even tho he is fixed he is very alpha -- last summer I spent far too much time telling him to spit out Beelzebel, my resident garter snake.
And no, I am NOT crazy ... I am simply eccentric!
I have been struggling with unknown skin disorders since i was a little girl. I was told my grandmother washed my fathers clothing when he first arrived home from Vietnam in 1971 and she had skin problems, especially on her hands until she passed away. Auto-immune system was always to blame. Always the sickly child, and still am well into my adulthood. My father was diagnosed with agent orange not too long ago when he found out he had prostate cancer. I was diagnosed with liver sarcoidosis in 2007 and now have a whole slew of new medical disorders ie.. Type II diabetes, Hypertension, etc, etc. Just recently i was diagnosed with Lung Sarcoidosis, and what is so funny two specialists asked me if i have ever been exposed to chemicals. I have multiple scarring under my underarms from lymph nodes swelling, always told by doctors it was nothing and just giving antibiotics. There is no medical issue for why i cannot conceive a child, and have known this since i was a teenager. I am 37 now!! I have asked my primary doctor about me taking a test for agent orange and he adamantly stated that i did not have agent orange and i could not get it from my father during conception. Does anyone know of any such testing, cause it could very well clear up a lot of answers for me.
I am the daughter of a Vietnam Vet. My brother and I both have dealt with psychological issues. I have depression and he has anger issues as well as skin problems. We both began to experienced our symptoms at an early age. I am talking before grade school. We both have struggled with alcohol addiction. I have been wondering why these conditions would appear in children so young. I have just started to do research on Agent Orange. My roommate also is the daughter of a Vietnam Vet she has learning difficulties and birth defects including a shorter leg and a history of respiratory problems.
Hi. Wow, I've been looking for a sight like this for awhile. My father served in vietnam until 1968. He had extensive agent orange exposure. Sadly, he past away from cancer at the young age of 45 years old about 18 years ago. The cancer originated in the lining of his small intestine, and is known as a rare cancer caused from agent orange exposure. Since, then, I've had two healthy children however, it took me years to get pregnant with the second child. Just before getting pregnant I developed Desmoid Tumors ( a low-grade fibrosarcoma)on my chest wall. I've read some research linking fibrosarcoma's to the soldiers with direct exposure to agent orange however, I've been curious to see if any offspring are developing tumors as well?? I have a twin brother whom is currently serving time in prison due to alcoholism (manslaughter), he has been developing multiple small nodules under the skin all over his body. We are not sure what these are until he can receive proper medical care. Just curious to see if any other offspring are having these issues??
Hi all. I am 32 years old. My father is 100% disabled veteran. I was born with Juvinelle Rheum. Artritist.I think now this could have been a misdiagnosis. I was told later in life that was not what I had and my test has always shown that it was inactive. I had a major syst removed from my left arm at the ripe age of 6! I recently have been having skin issues. Peeling of my hands and feet very much resembling syriousis. My older sister has type 2 diabetes as well as my father. My father had an alcohol problem and I am a very stressed person. I do smoke and find it impossible to quit. My younger sister has a whole bunch of mental problems. I don't deal with stress well and get migranes due to stress. I have a deformed right hip. It constantly pops out of place. I too have had 2 miscarriages both cases the babies just stopped growing. I do have one daughter and had major problems in childbirth after epidurial was put in my lungs filled with fluid and my liver began to bleed as well. Then I birthed a son at 18 weeks who lived for about an hour. I have deformaties on my feet toes and hands and fingers. from the arthrist that has never been active. My daughter also has a problem with her feet turning in at the age of 3. I also am extremely anemic and have a constant urinary tract infection almost always. My auto-immune problems are severe as well. I am constantly sick. I have night terrors also and severe insomnia no energy and it is very difficult just to get out of bed some days because of physical pain.
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My father was recently diagnosed with agent orange after his diagnosis of prostate cancer. (he is also an alcoholic). i have been having some medical issues lately and he revealed to me that i am an agent orange offspring so i am now doing research. i too have had emotional issues such as depression, severe mood swings, diagnosed with borderline personality disorder,skin issues. i was also born with an extra pinky finger that had no bone but a fingernail. it was removed shortly after birth. i also have smoked cigarettes for most of my life and cannot seem to quit.i have respitory problems such as bronchitis and seem to get phnemonia once a year. is there a test i can take to see if i have agent orange?
Hello. My Father is a Marine Corps/Vietnam Veteran....I have been experiencing a lot of health issues that may/or may not be related to his exposure to Agent Orange. Although, if my problems were proven to be related, "No One" would ever admit to it in my lifetime. He is also 100% disabled due to Agent Orange...the mouth fulls of "dust" As a small child I was always sick with one thing or another, now that I am getting older things are getting worse. I am 33 and so far my first, and only child was born pre-mature with a very low birth-weight (no other medical problems, thank goodness), I am currently being treated for diabetes, a "lump" by my shoulder, leukemia, and problems sleeping. I went from having the body of a healthy, fit, 33 year old...to a body of an 80 year old--nothing seems to work anymore. I have an older brother who is perfectly healthy--like I used to be! I never really gave it (Agent Orange) much thought...until I read an article in a magazine, I thought, Wow this IS me! I am proud of my Father and proud that he served...He sometimes blames himself for what he brought home from "The Jungle"...What is wrong with society and why are these Veterans still taking the blame for something they had no control of? I will always be proud of who I am...I just hope I will have the chance to say I'm proud of who I will be! Maybe someday the government will accept responsibility for what they have done to innocent people like US!
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This is very scary to me. My father served from 66-68. I was born in 78 and he died of lung cancer in 83 at the age of 35. I was born with a congential hip dysplacement that was fixed by manipulation under anesthesia when I was 18 months old. I have always been "sickly". I catch everything coming and going. I have an extremely addictive personality. I have known this since I was very young and have been able to direct it in more positive ways. I never drink or do drugs because I know I won't stop. I can become addicticted to anything. I am dyslexic but have a very high IQ so I am able to compensate and function very well. At the age of 20 I was infected by the epstein barr virus (causes mono). Extremely ill. It never goes away but supposedly it doesnt cause problems after the first time. Mine does. I have had about 7 major flare ups. At 21 I became violently ill, it took weeks of misdiagnosis to finally find out my gall bladder was the problem. I didnt have stones or sludge, it just didnt work right and was causing all kinds of problems trying too. When they removed it the surgeon told me he had never seen anything like it before. It was "upside down and backwards with a major artery running over top of it". At 27 I had gastric bypass surgery. As I mentioned the addictive issues one of mine was food. The bad thing was I would swing back and forth between periods of extreme exercise and dieting to binging. I would go up and down every year. One year I lost 80lbs the next I gained 110lbs. That was when I decided to do the surgery, it has helped I lost weight and have maintained it. During the pre-op process it was discovered I had a right bundle branch block in my heart. Nothing to major or out of the ordinary but something to be aware of. At 29 my health started going down hill fast. I developed mitral and aortic valve leaks and just about every symptom that goes along with multiple scelrosis. I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Turns out that it was stress related. I left my job and within days no longer needed any of my heart meds and my neuro issues went away. The leaky valves in my heart are no longer leaking. In January 2009 my 5 year old daughter spent 8 days in a PICU with Atypical Kawasakis Disease. She is fine now, minimal damage to her coronary arteries which is getting better. In February I ended up in the hospital nearly bleeding to death from an internal bleed they could not find. I had to have 6 units of blood. My heart went crazy. The cardiologists told me it did what it should do in the case of low blood volume it just overreracted which caused a lot of problems. I do not have hypertension but there were times my pressure got up to 180s over 130s due to my over zealous system. My pulse would go from 50s resting to 170s because I sat up in bed. It is now November 2009, I have been sick for 2 weeks, I am bleeding interally again but slow enough that I am not in danger (so they say), I am running fevers, having chest pain, night sweats, dizziness, etc. The doctors tells me even though I am too young they are checking me for lymphoma. This is very scary to me. I will be 31 next month. I have 2 children. I actually get pregnant very easy. I did have one miscarriage but I also had an active flare of EBV at the time. My son has not been formally diagnosed but we believe he falls somewhere on the Autism spectrum. He is 11. My daughter is 6 and other than the Kawasakis is fine. Had I known the type of problems I was going to have I would never have had children. I make myself sick worrying about what they will have to deal with because of what I passed on to them. I will also mention a good friend of my fathers who served during the same time and thanfully is still alive has a daughter a year older than me. We have very similar medical histories.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I am very proud of my father and all those who serve in the military. Being the offspring of military persons means we are descended from fighters and we need to continue to be fighters. While it is nice to know why something happens we can't stop there and play victims all our lives. We have to overcome it and be stronger for it. I dont remember my father but I am told he was a great man. He enlisted, he wasn't drafted. Nearly 27 years after his death people still stop me and tell me stories of how he made an impact on their lives and they were blessed to know him. While I will likely never be as well loved as him I can try for however long I have.
My dad served in the army in Vietnam from 1968-1970-ish? He doesn't talk about it much... I was born in 1978. I am currently being tested for rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus to either confirm or deny a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. I also suffer from MVP, anxiety, depression, smoke cigarettes, have hormonal issues and take hormones, migraines, arthritis, scoliosis, one leg shorter than the other, sleep apnea. I have had 2 miscarriages and had trouble conceiving our 2nd child. Our firstborn has scoliosis, spina bifida, and migraines. She is only 8 yrs old. She also has been in glasses since 6 yrs old. I have witnessed my father having flashbacks, he has suffered from alcoholism and opiate and benzo addiction and has severe anger management issues.
Our son, has been a diabetic since age 4 and is now 34, and newly diagnosed with Addison and hypothyroid, or commonly called Schmidts syndrome. Father was in Vietnam in 1969-1971. Has anyone out there experienced the same thing?
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