VA Care and Activity

Post your experiences dealing with the VA Disability Filing Process for GWS, issues with VA diagnoses, and so on.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by haze » Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:15 am

went to the va today, they wanting to cut on me. said that my neck was damaged at serveral levels. i asked how i did i get this? since this usually effects men 50 -60 age group, and that i was only 40. doc did"nt know, they took more x-rays today, having more test run in a couple weeks. but in the end ,i"ll probably be cut on . going to try and put that off till the first of the year ,if i can.
after that, i went to see about my gulf war exam, after try to explain what i wanted to them. they sent a women to talk with me, she took my number, said the guy would call me today... still waiting on that call. getting to be B. S. .... still being b.s. after all these yrs. when you mention gulf war, its like a big brush off, thats what i told that lady today, she said they where trying to change that. that she was truly sorry for the run around, told her i was used to it, since its been going on for 18 yrs. now. told her that i did"nt expect anything to change.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:02 am

Exactly why I have YET to bother filing for any claims.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:48 am

I went through the back and neck pain in '96 or so in Atlanta. They wanted to do surgery. They scheduled an MRI and I went home. I went for the appointment about six weeks later and my appointment had been canceled. They said I had a new doctor and he said I didn't need anything that nothing was wrong with me. I think riding in the tracks and stuff over there at speed being jarred around injured our spinal column. I was diagnosed with having rheumatoid arthritis in my neck at the age of 27. Like you haze too young for that crap. Don't let the bastards win. If we quit pushing them for this, they win.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by lmsnh » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:54 am

I have the same issues. What we should do for these exams is to bring a Kevlar helmet with us and tell the doc to wear it while riding in a vehicle down the ruttiest back road you can find. Ask him how his neck feels after bouncing it off the ceiling 8-10 times. Then ask him how he thinks he would feel after doing that everyday for 6 months or more.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by haze » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:48 pm

that feller never called, but i was'nt expecting one......i"m going to keep at it. i"ll work as long as i can. thats all i can do. i got a family to take care of.....but i"ll never stop trying .
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by haze » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:33 pm

went to the va this morning for a malagram, ct scan. mann... that sucker hurt. waiting now....
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by lmsnh » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:35 am

Crossing my fingers for you Haze!
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by FA1SGret » Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:24 am

Yep, me too. Hope something positive happens for ya.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by haze » Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:07 am

thanks ya'll for the support. waiting now for c & p .
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:37 pm

Exposure therapy is to say the least, unpleasant. They also started me on Welbutrin. Now I'm on an upper and a downer. Any one remember the song "White Rabbit" ?
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by haze » Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:41 am

went to the va yesterday, to get my eyes checked, good news no change! which means theres no glocoma( i know i didn't spell that right). doc said to come back in 6 months. they're watching me for it now. so i was thrilled at that. got blood work this coming friday, then on the 15th. go up to see about getting cut on for spinal stenosis of the neck.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:12 pm

great news haze!
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by lmsnh » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:27 am

Awesome Haze! I go for blood work tomorrow morning.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by haze » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:30 pm

went to the va today about my neck surgrey, doc wants to put off cutting on me till after i"ve had therepy & a few shots in my back/neck.don"t think that it'll help, just putting off cuttin on me for a few months longer...thats my opion.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by mikepeavyhouse » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:36 pm

The v.a.? I have the greatest luck and the worst with them, roughly 9 years after i got out i spent every other week at the v.a. getting skins cancers cut out from my face and arms and back, ranging from basil to sqamous to melanoma, the v.a. in san antonio cut out more than 30 skin cancers in 2 years while i was in texas. Then when i got layed off i moved to southern idaho/nevada and had to go to a private doctor to get a cancer removed from my nse that metastizsized to the bone because the v.a didnt get all of it when they removed it prior and the v.a. in boise wouldnt give me an appouintment for another year, the time i had to wait let the cancer move to my nose bone and i had to get half my nose replaced and alot of skin. the v.a. was a life saver in san antonio but horrible in idaho. to me it was a horrible 2 years, having to get cancers cut out every 2 weeks constantly for 2 straight years was an absolute horror, not to mention the glands and lymph nodes that have had to be removed, now a days i dont go to the v.a. i take care of problem with my own money and doctors. Even now after 20 years after the war, i still have cancers removed, to me thast is too much of a coincidence with what we were exposed to there and none of my doctors have ever come up with an explanation other than being exposed to chemicals or carcinegens in my life. I work in aviation but dont come in contact with fuel or other chemicals much, plus i was away all chemical from aviation for alongtime. Still when i look in the mirror and see the scars from the last 20 years i look at a badge of honor!
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