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Old 02-06-2014, 12:38 AM   #1
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After two months of harassing the VA about my neurosurgery referral, they finally gave me an appointment date. Referral was put in back in November, informed of the appointment on Tuesday, appointment in late June.
Hopefully they will offer more than just a fusion like the docs in Phoenix offered. Hopefully they will be able to get it so I don't have constant tingling and numbness in my legs.
Not muh of a rant, but I just think it is rediculous how poorly the VA handles things. Even my disability got screwed up. Made my first claim in 2012. Somehow they "couldn't find my claim", so I had to start all over in December. After over a year of being told it was "still under review".
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:12 PM   #2
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This is how I feel when I find someone at the VA that can actually help me
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:14 PM   #3
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:17 PM   #4
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My last reserve MOB, when I came home I was still on TriCare for a few months, I jumped on that like white on rice and got my ankle surgery done by a civilian and outside of the VA system. The BS at the VA is just amazing- its like watching what a movie would film to create the worst and most sarcastic medical/hospital experience, buts it real life lol.
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:15 PM   #5
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I've been dealing with the VA since 07 and it's exactly that a circle jerk. They say for the VA PTSD stands for Paid Till Suicide or Death.
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:21 PM   #6
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Title will get some hopes up.
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Old 01-13-2015, 10:43 PM   #7
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Sorry I got your hopes up with the title. I've been getting a couple issues worked on and still have others. Still waiting on my rating, but I have had some progress. I had my first back surgery. It helped with the numbness in my leg, but increased sciatic nerve pain. Waiting for another round of MRIs and will be discussing a spinal fusion with the doctor.

Don't want to make a new thread, but I do have a question. Has anyone here dealt with Ulnar Nerve Disfunction? This has been an issue for me for years, but it stayed as just a mild numbness with very limited strength reduction. However, it has changed to full numbness in the little finger radiating to outer portion of hand, partial numbness in ring finger and outer portion of forearm, and substantial reduction of strength in little finger.
I was able to get an appt with my doc at the end of the month to discuss, but would also like to hear from someone who has dealt with it. Treatment, management, tips. My occu. therapist gave me some sock type elbow pads with 1/4" foam, but they are uncomfortable and didnt do crap.
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Old 01-13-2015, 10:59 PM   #8
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So here's my personal experience with both the V.A. and Back injuries sustained while on AD in the Corps.

Yes, there are long lines that you may have to stand in. I was caught up in the scandal that started to be discovered in Phoenix. But I started my enrollment out in Jersey. The first VAMC I used was in Orange, N.J. One of the nurses walks up to me and asked if I had seen a patient, and described him to me. About 30 minutes she came up and asked me again. This time she told me that she had lost her patient whom the last time she saw him was in a gown, walking the halls. I left there and found another VAMC in Lions, N.J. and had a decent time while going there for Phys. Therapy.

I moved to Vegas for a few months and had an accident. I asked to see a doc after I was in the accident and was told I'll have to wait two months before I can actually see anyone. What B.S. I learned that I could go on base for certain issues if they were service connected, as long as the BAS has enough room.

I moved to Phoenix, shortly after that and was swept up in the system there. I was put on a waiting list for months to get in and see a Neurologist and other regular Doc's. I would be told that the Doc was being transferred and no one would be able to see me for months. Meanwhile I was not getting better. Simple things would get so bad that surgery would be needed when it could have been avoided had they listened to me and got to the problem sooner.

I received a colonoscopy, but had to wait months to get it. Then after I received it, I get a letter in the mail saying that there was a problem with the machine and it is possible the valve was put in backwards and fluid could have contacted me that was there from previous patients. I had to get so many blood tests and tissue tests for weeks and weeks to make sure I did not contract any disgusting blood born pathogens.
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:05 PM   #9
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So as far as the fusion, I have a back problem, and after doing a crap ton of research, I found that the fusion does not work for the patient, but does for the Doc as they get paid for doing the work.

the problem is that there is a huge risk of infection first of all. then there is the simple fact that when you fuse two vert's together, it is ok for a little while after the initial fusion. Then you need to fuse the other surrounding/connecting vert's together and so on, until you are one long fused bone that is supposed to be flexible.

When something is made to be flexible, and you stop it from flexing it puts a lot of stress on the surrounding areas causing pain.

I have been going to the Chiropractor and Physical Therapy, Kinesio therapy and Occupational therapy for years and it has done wonders.
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:06 PM   #10
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There is also a Doc in Tx. that is taking your own stem cells and injecting them in between the vert's to it repairs the disc and affected areas. But the V.A. won't cover it. You may want to look into it.
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:09 PM   #11
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There are a few groups out there helping Vets navigate the VA. IAVA, American Legion, Vet Reps, Rep for Vets, Disabled American Veterans, VFW.

I'm not sure if you know or have talked to any one in any of these groups, but they are out there if you need them.

I know it is frustrating, and if you need any help I'll do what I can to assist you.
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:23 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info. I only personally know one person that has had a fusion done. But his feelings about it don't matter because the VA also give him a steroid injection every 6 months. So, I am definitely interested in what people have to say that have had one done.
I know it would reduce function, just not how much. Like I told my doc when they wanted to give me steroid shots twice a year, I don't want a bandaid but to have the issue fixed.
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:27 PM   #13
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I've talked to a couple of veteran groups and also my congressman (which is what I think got me the surgery so quickly).
Sorry to hear about the BS you dealt with. I spent some time dealing with the Phoenix VA, Portland VA is leaps and bounds better from my recent experiences.

Edit: got a call last night around 1800. The lady said that they tagged my case to be expedited since it was filed so long ago. They started sending the info for the hospital to make appointments for reviews of each claim. Hopefully this will get through quickly so I can add the new claims without slowing down this one.
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