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Vagus Nerve Stimulation: A Non-Invasive Treatment to Improve the Health of Gulf Veterans with Gulf War Illness

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Technical Report,01 Apr 2016,30 Apr 2017

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York United States

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Gulf War Illness GWI is a condition occurring in some veterans who served in the 1990-91 Gulf War. To date there is no specific treatment for it. A major complaint of veteran subjects with GWI is widespread pain and achiness. Currently, some drugs are available to treat these symptoms, but these treatments have three major drawbacks- they do not work on all patients their effect often does not last more than a few months and the side effects they produce are often so bad that patients stop taking them. The purpose of this study is to test a new method of treating the widespread pain complaint of Gulf War veterans with GWI using a hand-held neuro-stimulator device that activates a nerve in the neck called the vagus. This study will determine if the active device which does stimulate the vagus nerve reduces widespread pain in Veterans with GWI in comparison to using an inactive device which does not stimulate the vagus nerve. We will also test to see if the active device improves migraine which commonly occurs with widespread pain in GWI.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Anatomy and Physiology

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