Vet­eran in plea for help over nerve hell caused by ser­vice

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BY STEPHEN STE­WART s.ste­[email protected]­lyrecord.co.uk A SCOTS war hero has been left crip­pled af­ter health chiefs told him to pay for his own painkilling treat­ment.

Gulf War Syn­drome suf­ferer Al­lan Ma­cAulay, 49, was di­ag­nosed with nerve dam­age as a re­sult of his mil­i­tary ser­vice.

He was also dis­charged from the Army with Crohn’s dis­ease – a type of in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease.

Af­ter four op­er­a­tions on his bow­els, he now suf­fers ma­jor health com­pli­ca­tions but the NHS and MoD have both re­fused to pay for a med­i­cal de­vice cost­ing £10,000 – in­clud­ing equip­ment and surgery – which could end his pain.

Dad Al­lan, also a Bos­nia vet­eran, said: “The pain is all over my body and in my joints. It is like be­ing a 100-year-old man – so stiff and not able to move about well at all. Most of the time, I can’t get out.

“A doc­tor told me the nerve pain was to do with my Gulf War Syn­drome and a di­rect re­sult of my mil­i­tary ser­vice in the First Gulf War in 1991. I am shocked at the way I have been treated.”

His re­quest for the ex­pen­sive in­trathe­cal pump – used to tar­get painkilling drug de­liv­ery to re­lieve chronic pain – was turned down.

Al­lan was told the pump was only for can­cer pa­tients and he would need to fund it him­self.

The in­trathe­cal im­plant de­liv­ers small amounts of med­i­ca­tion di­rectly to the area sur­round­ing the spinal cord to pre­vent pain sig­nals from be­ing re­ceived by the brain.

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