Hi everyone, I went to see my main doctor at the V.A. and told her about the tingling and numbness that I have been feeling in my hands and sometimes next to my elbow. I mostly get it when I drive and my wrists are bent or if I have to bend my wrists for a period of time I will feel the numbness and tingling. (It happens a lot when I sleep).
I went in for a consult and my doctor specifically told me that she does not think is carpal tunnel syndrome (with a vague expression on her face). She explained the causes and symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and it matches with what I am going through. I did not want to argue with her and even though she did not ordered x-rays or an MRI she prescribed wrists supports to have them straight at all times or when I sleep.
Should I go back with her and try to get those x-rays done? Is the wrist support prescription enough to put in a claim and be successful at the claim? Any advises are welcomed.
Tired Marine 0331
Hi again, I've had pain in my lower back since 2009 but never went to see the doctor while I was in service and was medically retired on 2014 due to a grenade explosion that hit my brain I already have a rating of 80%. I could not take the lower back pain anymore so I went to see my main doctor at the V.A. two weeks ago she ordered an MRI for me and turns out that I have a bulged disc, she referred me to physical therapy and might get injections to lower the pain. I also have sphincter control problems (cannot control my pooping muscle sometimes) and low sex drive (which sucks because I got married a few months ago).
I am planning on making a claim for disabilities that I did not claim in the past, my question is: Should I put in the claim in a month or so, or should I wait and go to physical therapy and then make the claim for bulged disc.
I know that the V.A. might try to pull a smart move and tell me that is not service connected what could I do if this happens?
Thanks for any advice,
Tired Marine 0331
Ok, I scanned and attached the pdf version. Sorry for the original format. If someone could offer some insight on what I might be rated according to these exam notes, that would be great!
Doc - Oct 25 2016 - 11-47 AM (1).pdf
Buck have you ever googled your Vietnam Unit's web site? They might have a list of unit awards there (like the PUC -Presidental Unit Citation) and unit web sites are always a good idea to help find a buddy, or the unit's history, and even reunion rosters.
Just to check, I just googled 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion Marines Vietnam ( my husband's unit) and this popped up:
I have a good history of his unit here but will check this link out myself.
Their PUC Citation is on line.