Researchers look for Central Texas Gulf War veterans for pain management study

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Many of the men and women who served in the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991 have experienced unexplained medical problems and pain, commonly referred to as Gulf War Illness.


But some researchers are asking for Central Texans who served in the Gulf War to be part of a study, to better treat they physical pain they're struggling with.

"Gulf War Illness is very unexplained. We don't exactly know why it happens to veterans and there's been kind of a gap for assistance to be given to Persian Gulf War veterans," said Lauren McLeod.

She and Alison Luckey are part of research team and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Specifically they're trying to help Gulf War veterans struggling with pain.

McLeod said, "we are doing a stimulation technique that has been shown to be very safe and has helped with other disorders, but has never been investigated for Gulf War Illness."

The two recently came to the Veterans One Stop in Waco as they search for Gulf War veterans to be part of the study.

"We are trying to change the brain and hopefully alleviate chronic pain," McLeod said, "we will need to see them two days in Dallas and the rest of the time we can see them here in Waco at the One Stop."

They will need two MRIs, an EEG, and several sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation.

It's all part of the formula these researchers are counting on.

McLeod said, "we just hope we can help people out with chronic pain because we know it does affect parts of their life other than just experiencing this pain."

For information on how to apply to be a part of the study, click the "Find It" button on our homepage here at KWTX.COM.