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Vets Chronic pain

Been released from jail on a surety bond.

>> tonight headlines doctor z m.u.s.c.

Say chronic pain is on the rise in military vets suffer from it even higher rates than civilians.

But there is new hope for chronic pain sufferers in the lowcountry.

Fox 24's kate mosso live outside m.u.s.c.'s institute of psychiatry with details.


>> bill, researchers at m.u.s.c.

Are asking veterans and their family members to try out promising new alternatives to pain pills.

They state is all about realizing pain is in the brain.

For ken is a running injury let the knee surgery.

An honorable discharge from the marines.

But he says the pain did not stop there.

>> i was on different opioids for pain and they can be problems if you're not careful.

>> he says he wishes there was some other way to treat his chronic pain.

It is possible.

>> it is a little known fact that some call cognitive behavioral therapy which is a talk therapy has been modified over the past decade or so to be specific treatment for pain in certain cases and the evidence which supports a lot of benefit from it.

>> doctor jeffrey says cognitive behavioral therapy or cbt can reduce pain by 30 percent.

He said combining it with an even newer treatment could multiply the effect.

>> we are combining it with really novel brain stimulation technique called transcranial direct current stimulation where we are able to activate certain areas of the brain that might be involved in suppressing pain signals.

>> we tried it and found it might tingle but it certainly does not hurt.

Doctor burkart said it's already help some chronic pain sufferers.

Now he is hopeful veterans who take part in this trial will help lead the way to pain relief for everybody.

>> we are combining the brain stimulation with the talk therapy in hopes that the two of them together give us an even bigger effect than either one of them alone.

>> for kenneth it is a treatment he will consider.

>> it is good.

Anything i can do to help veterans is good.

>> researchers say this trial is the first of its kind.

Results, next year.

In downtown charleston, and kate mosso.

Bill, back to you.

>> veterans who suffer from chronic pain can join the trial get

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