Dr Barinauck and his staff are exceptional! Dr Barinauck site is full of the information on his current studies. He has three gulf war illness studies:
1. Gulf War Illness and Exercise
2. Gulf War Illness Treatment Study ie Carnosine
3. Gulf War Illness and CNDP1
Please he needs healthy and ill participants. Please click on the link provided on top and read on each study.
The writer has been one of his subjects and quite a few of the leading gulf war veterans and advocates have participated in the number three study listed above. You are reimbursed in an amount that covers airfare to and from DC. Georgetown Hospital is a not for profit hospital and the staff at this hospital is world recognized. You are admitted to the hospital, it is clean and it runs smoothly. It is not like a VA hospital. The staff is so attentive and caring and wants to hear more about gulf war veterans. Dr Barinauck is an expert in Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia and he shares with you and helps you -as you dream of a doctor that you want as your physician! They are not just researchers!
And yes that study involved a spinal tap and even the old nurse was not too eager. I did have to reschedule but I said got to do this to get more answers, help, and treatment. Ladies and Gentleman, I have to tell you I did not have pain during this research. They use a very small small needle for inserting the tube that is visualized downstairs in nuclear radiology yes you can see it on the screen. They then take maybe 5 small vials of spinal fluid, they show them to you. They then withdraw the inserting needle- you are done. There was a skin patch of local anesthesia and then more local anesthesia inserted prior to the stick and it was no pain!
I think we have encourage other fellow veterans maybe 50 to go and I spoke to many( the majority I think) and they too would reccommend participating! You are asked to do pain surveys so frequently you would not believe. Hey, I just had mild pressure and they were immediately wanting me to take the oral pain med afterwards because these guys want no pain for you!!!! You also have blood and urine testing and lots of lab tests that you get all those results mailed to you as soon as they are back from lab. You are admitted and stay in hospital until 24 hrs after the spinal tap.
The actual research lab work will be sealed until study is completed and published (this study is similar to one done for civilian Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME patients which was published) That study and his results led to the gulf war veteran community asking him to present to the RAC GWI.
So as the old DS Nurse I would encourage you to help in this effort! It passes my review with flying colors. So click on the link and read. Call them(202-687-8231), email them ([email protected]) and talk to them. And seriously consider doing this in an effort to help us all get some answers!