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 redfish » Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:04 pm

Gotta nuther damn C&P on Monday. Wish me luck. I'm nervous about it again.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by xrammyx » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:42 am

redfish wrote:Gotta nuther damn C&P on Monday. Wish me luck. I'm nervous about it again.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:09 am

Thanx. Reckon it went ok
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:26 am

Total med change again. Still rispiridone but add prazosin and Mirtazapine, lose the buproprion. I don't know if I'm having symptoms of ptsd or signs of medication side effects but I'm seeing people in my peripheral vision that are'nt there. Scares the bejesus outta me. Like someone is in my house!! At least I'm not hearing a little girl from the highway calling my name for a while.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by xrammyx » Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:32 am

redfish wrote:Total med change again. Still rispiridone but add prazosin and Mirtazapine, lose the buproprion. I don't know if I'm having symptoms of ptsd or signs of medication side effects but I'm seeing people in my peripheral vision that are'nt there. Scares the bejesus outta me. Like someone is in my house!! At least I'm not hearing a little girl from the highway calling my name for a while.

I went through a med change this year, i think I am still having little panic attacks but its not as bad as it used to be...but at least this sertraline is a little better...
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:48 am

These new meds make me drag bad!!! Not much a nuthin with me. No panic but some anger still. I think the anger is from the dragging feeling tho. :(
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by xrammyx » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:32 pm

I do have to stay I don't get as mad as I used too, I have calmed down a bit, but once in a while especially when someone cuts me off in this dam city, all hell breaks loose, but most of the time im calm....just wish i was like this while i was working...
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:18 am

I had to give up the work cuz of this stuff. I was either hiding or lookin for a fight. It was awful. I would not sleep knowing I had to go in to work. Chest pain and everything. Got to be too much. I'm waitin' on IU from the VA and now social security.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by haze » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:26 pm

monday, while getting reay for work, i bent down to get something from under the bathrom sink, started to straighten up, bam!!! there went my back! it just locked up, i tried to relax, but a nogo.finally after about 15 mins, i hollered at the wife , who was sleeping, she helped me lay down on my side and i just started trying to straighten out. it took me about 2 hrs. to get moving again, was stiff, sore all day, nite. was soaking in hot water at 3 this morning, heat pad till around 7. now i'm just laying around , walking some stretching every little bit.
called the va clinic today, got appt. tomorrow, i know that they probably can't help much, but this is the second time in 3 weeks that its went out. plus it'll be documented proof of back causing me to miss work.doc said that it would get worse, and harder to work as time passed, guess he was right.
gotta go back tomorrow to work. if i miss 3 days staight without doc. note, i'm gone. hell, i know that my days working are about done, but i'll be damned, if i'll let them fire me over it. trying to get them to just lay me off, i got surgey coming on my neck soon , i hope. maybe that'll help with feeling like a 80 yr. old. dunno.
i know, that i'm rambling on , thanks for listening.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:42 pm

Hope your back gets better! Feelin like an old man is exactly right.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by Dispacther » Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:55 am

haze wrote:feeling like a 80 yr. old.
Aint it the truth !
I get up at 4 a.m. so I can fight the mental battle of "I have to provide for My family ." vs
"Just let me crawl in a cave and seal it up" , and still be on the road by 6:45 a.m. for the daily grind .
I haven't missed much work , but I live in terror of "losing it" with the wrong person and getting fired .
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:24 pm

Feel for ya bro. I remember how that went. My work started sending me home or I had to leave. Hard keepin' it up. Good luck to ya.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by jmartinez » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:19 am

redfish wrote:Feel for ya bro. I remember how that went. My work started sending me home or I had to leave. Hard keepin' it up. Good luck to ya.
I can relate my old manager would let relax in our office for a while when she noticed me getting edgy. Until one day I lost it and put one of my floor maintenance guys through the wall. I thank you all for sharing your feels and for venting. I only wished I would have found you all before I lost my job. After reading everybody's writtings I don't feel so alone. I haven't gone for PTSD but I think I should. I get angry for no reason and little things shoot me out of this world. Once I'm gone it takes a while to come down. I haven't been able to go down a dirt road since coming back from DS. I lost my youngest brother and grandmother this past December and I couldn't bring myself to see them..... I can't go to funerals with out breaking down, I miss them both................
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:15 am

jmartinez wrote: I can't go to funerals with out breaking down,
Not many people can but I understand completely. I have only attended 2-3 funerals since I left the service and they wre hard.
  • 1 for a guy that survived the desert only to die in a car accident when he went home to get his POV after we returned from DS.
  • 1 for my father passing on Valentines day 1998
  • 1 for the passing of my wifes Great grandmother who lived with us her last few months and passed in the room my daugher now lives in
I have given my condolensces and politely declined for personal reasons.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by xrammyx » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:30 am

I am the same way, the last time I have been to a funeral is when my Uncle passed 5 years ago...like you i say my condolensces
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