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 FA1SGret » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:23 am

It aint hurry up and wait, it's just wait ... I aint seen the VA get in a hurry anytime lately.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by lmsnh » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:02 pm

Amen to that brother!
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:37 am

Just got exposed to a new therapy with a fancy handle but it really means massage therapy. Sounds good to me.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:35 am

Lots of good stuff on face book. I got this this morning:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/researcher ... d=11300422

It is a link about a therapy to help with nightmares.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by xrammyx » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:37 am

redfish wrote:Lots of good stuff on face book. I got this this morning:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/researcher ... d=11300422

It is a link about a therapy to help with nightmares.
Thank you
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by lmsnh » Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:45 am

I went to my EMG appointment at the Boston VA yesterday. Got lost in the city going in and coming out! I went to college down there in the mid '80's (when I was in the Reserves for a while) and could get around fairly well but yesterday was like it was my first time ever being in the city. I got so keyed up that I thought I was going to pop. I can't handle stress anymore..... It's the rural life for me!

So, the appointment was to find out why I have pain in my arms and numbness/ tingling in my hands. My VA doc had written the order up to check for Carpal Tunnel, which I knew I didn't have, so that's all they checked for...nothing more. They have no explanation for why I have these symptoms but now I know I don't have Carpal Tunnel...what a waste of time! I go back down to Boston on the 19th to meet with the Neurologist. I have some Comp & Pen appointments on the 20th and 23rd. We will see how those go...
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by haze » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:22 am

sis,
i got the same thing going on now. my hands, arm pretty much do that all the time. seeing doc now, make sure they don"t lose your stuff, like they did mine ...good luck.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by lmsnh » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:37 am

Thanks Haze. It may sound funny but it's nice to know that I am not alone, though I wouldn't wish any of this on my worst enemy. You start to wonder where all this crap is coming from!

Have you had a brain MRI yet? I have had 2 and they found lesion spots on my brain, Gliosis.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by FA1SGret » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:27 pm

The pain, numbness, and tingling in my upper extremities is one of the symptoms that has the doctors shaking their heads and pointing me to the Behavioral health folks. I have it in my lower extremities also.

The latest pursuit for a definition to this specifically is for a small nerve biopsy ... it is a theory that it may be the result of small nerve damage ... those are the nerves that control the central nervous system. I finally got a fee basis approval to see an outside provider since the VA doesn't do it in house where I am seen. I had to fight for it, but it is at least doing something to figure it out.

I did the MRI of the brain also. There are some findings, but nothing 'clinically significant'.

I just got back from an appointment with the VA's PM&RS clinic ... gotta get my head around it before I try to post anything.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by haze » Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:03 am

nope, sure haven"t . still waiting on the upper neck mri, calling them today an see whats up ...they like it when i call :mrgreen: the tingling, numbnessi my arms is pretty much all the time now, kinda hard to work sometimes, but you get used to it and pain....my wife just shakes her head.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by lmsnh » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:19 am

Do any of you have rining in your ears? I do and it drives me nuts!!
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:12 am

Had it for years. Mine kicks in several times a day for 5-20 secs each time. Occasionally get a whoosh like sound too, even get a dead silences sometimes like I stuck my finger in my ear to block the sound, My ears are all messed up. Mostly my left ear.


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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by xrammyx » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:29 pm

well after 20 years and being in a military wreck over (where we rolled several times and landed on the roof) in theater they are finally going to do a MRI on my brain, since now that I am losing vision in one eye and my memory is getting worse over the years....

Heck sometimes I so struggle to put things together now adays its driving me nuts.....and to top that off, I actually had to move out of state to get it done...WTF is up with the Dallas VA...or hell the Texas VA system....I have been telling them for years i have the worst headaches migranes and now it takes me losing vision in one eye and another state to find out what the hell...i dunno sometimes...

maybe you guys had this happen to you, let me know...
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by haze » Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:44 am

i got a vision test monday afternoon with the va,... if they come across as can you prove this attiude....i"ll probably go off... gettin tired of having to feel like they"re calling me a liar........my temper is really short these days.....
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by FA1SGret » Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:00 am

I've been fighting with the health care folks for years. They've told me that I didn't have anything wrong, that I didn't look like I was in pain, that I had anger issues so they couldn't help me, there was nothing that they could do, etc. etc.

I went fussing and cussing into the hospital chief of staff's office and the director's office to get them to send me somewhere else so I can be diagnosed and treated. This has gone on for the last 6 years ... that's after I quit going to them for almost 10 years.

Through all this I continue to have constant joint and muscle pain, numbness, tingling, headaches, memory problems, concentration problems ... you get it, right?

They wanted me to go back to the PM&RS folks, which I refused to do for so many years because of the bullshit .... but anyway I say, 'what the hell' and go back to see another of their Doctors.

This guy was different. He actually looked at my MRIs and Xrays and told me what symptoms I was having and where the pain was. He described by pain symptoms based on my images, and showed me on my body what he was seeing on the images, and showed me what he was seeing on the images. Amazing!

He couldn't answer the question about the numbness, put he got most of the joint and muscle pain pinned down pretty good. He spent 2 hours with me on a 40 minute appt. He said he say in my records where I was having much difficulty and wanted to spend as much time as it took to try and untangle the mess that I had.

So ... the short of it ... keep up the fight, don't accept anything from them that you don't understand, make them take care of you.

Read the patient bill of rights on the walls of the medical facility. Evaluate them on it, and if they fall short on a specific bullet item ... throw it back at 'em and make them respond.

That's my rant for the day.
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