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    • New Va Pain Medication Policy
      I've responded on this thread in the past, and would like to update.  After 7 years of successful pain management; I took some advice from the message board and reached out to various "up the chain" types...and thought the Director of Pain Management at VA Palo Alto, CA had actually re authorized me back into Veteran's Choice program where I was being treated for my pain for 3 subsequent visits, was on the road for treatment for a procedure that VAHC had not even mentioned, (all of this after VA had "red flagged me as DRUG SEEKER")understand I have never deviated from requesting increase, missed appointments. Nothing.  Today, I get call from same Director of Pain Management, since I have not heard from Vet Choice about the reauthorization, that I was mistaken, he could offer me nothing but traveling the 40 miles to his clinic and of course that would be NO Opioids. I cannot travel the normal transportation route, and he assured me he had listed me, as Undue Travel Burden, but he would still not reauthorize. Have a nice Day! So, you tell me- how with all these qualifiers; and my Severe Pain that the Spine Specialist in my Community has agreed to treat Veterans, is only 3 miles from my home; has more compassion than those treating Veterans? Did I mention, that my Opioid meds has not changed in 7 years? Is anyone in Washington listening? Honorable Dr. DavidJ. Shulkin, your New Veteran's Choice guidelines don't mean anything to these people that have to care for us Veterans.  I was a Medical Officer for 9 years caring for thousands of brave Men and Women who served this Wonderful Country and I am appalled at the service and the way I am spoken to by the staff at the VAHC and told if you want Narcotics "Go Buy a Health Care Plan."  I say to them- without my Service to this Great Nation they would not have a job, and now they are talking to us like we are their BURDEN? If not for us, willing to Wear the Uniforms and guarantee their freedoms, they couldn't get a job except working at a County Teaching Hospital. 
    • Choice Program
      I've responded on this thread in the past, and would like to update.  After 7 years of successful pain management; I took some advice from the message board and reached out to various "up the chain" types...and thought the Director of Pain Management at VA Palo Alto, CA had actually re authorized me back into Veteran's Choice program where I was being treated for my pain for 3 subsequent visits, was on the road for treatment for a procedure that VAHC had not even mentioned, (all of this after VA had "red flagged me as DRUG SEEKER")understand I have never deviated from requesting increase, missed appointments. Nothing.  Today, I get call from same Director of Pain Management, since I have not heard from Vet Choice about the reauthorization, that I was mistaken, he could offer me nothing but traveling the 40 miles to his clinic and of course that would be NO Opioids. I cannot travel the normal transportation route, and he assured me he had listed me, as Undue Travel Burden, but he would still not reauthorize. Have a nice Day! So, you tell me- how with all these qualifiers; and my Severe Pain that the Spine Specialist in my Community has agreed to treat Veterans, is only 3 miles from my home; has more compassion than those treating Veterans? Did I mention, that my Opioid meds has not changed in 7 years? Is anyone in Washington listening? Honorable Dr. DavidJ. Shulkin, your New Veteran's Choice guidelines don't mean anything to these people that have to care for us Veterans.  I was a Medical Officer for 9 years caring for thousands of brave Men and Women who served this Wonderful Country and I am appalled at the service and the way I am spoken to by the staff at the VAHC and told if you want Narcotics "Go Buy a Health Care Plan."  I say to them- without my Service to this Great Nation they would not have a job, and now they are talking to us like we are their BURDEN? If not for us, willing to Wear the Uniforms and guarantee their freedoms, they couldn't get a job except working at a County Teaching Hospital. 
    • getting run-around by dental clinic
      In part, I agree, and in part do not! Turns out that the VA has a mantra about least cost when it comes to treating veterans. Private providers do have a profit goal to attain. It comes down to what the patient prefers, and what is the best for the patient. (Not the VA, provider, etc.)  
    • PTSD with questions
      I was actually thinking the sleep apenea and fibro secondary  to the back, I can't sleep but about 3 to 4  hours  a night my pain increases.  I know it is from being overweight  that once I hurt my back in the AF I was not able to exercise and the weight joined me so with the sleep apenea and fibro has made life almost miserable an then two months ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Can the c-file be requested from ebenefits? Thank you for your quick response.  
    • PTSD with questions
      Rita, Welcome to hadit. You are at the right place.  There are NO dumb questions other than questions about how to succeed with a false/fraudulent claim. PTSD due to MST is covered by several knowledgeable veterans here.  They will chime in shortly. The evidence requirements are different than combat PTSD.  I don't believe they are any easier or harder, but they are different.  If you are suffering from PTSD resulting from events that occurred during your military service, file a claim for it.  I have never even heard of SA or fibro being secondary to PTSD. I am not certain if either could be an adequate stressor for PTSD.  Increased chronic pain from a SC condition can certainly be the basis for an increased rating. I did not claim PTSD until 40 years after I left active duty.  I was "boots on the ground" in Vietnam with combat awards, so my claim was really a walk in the park for me.  The 30% award did nothing to my monthly compensation, but I wanted all of my bases covered so that my wife will have no problems with DIC when I croak. C-File is your DVA claim folder.  It would be wise to request a copy right away because it takes a while for the VA to provide c-file copies.  Your military records may well contain evidence in the manner of behavioral changes after the event regardless of whether or not you reported it.
    • Aortic valve /ihd
      He also has an appeal in for increase in diabetes ,. He is on Lantus solar star pen and humalog quick pen.  Private dr filled out DBQ and wrote a prescription for restricted diet and activity.  Also filled for renal failure third stage secondary to diabetes.  Private nephrologist filled out DBQ with a diagnosis of diabetic renal failure type2. And diabetic nephrology.  Both were denied.  I don't think they read anything .  They said they did not feel his diabetes had progressed that much.  His aid 8.1.  They said renal failure was denied because he had no proteinuria in his urine sample.   And you had to have proteinuria in your urine to be renal failure.  I was reading online kidney foundation, that you do not always drop proteinuria.  And we were reading over the cp file again and it ask if the veteran had diabetes on it and they did not even check it. And on one spot on it it said his bun was 19 and said it was high.  Then on another spot it said bun was 19 and said it was normal.  It did have gfr at 40 and said low.  But it is like the gfr was just kind of over looked or ignored completely.  And that is the number one way, according to national kidney foundation,  to check if kidneys are dysfunctioning.  They said there was NO dysfunction of the kidneys.  Now on the DBQ from private dr says there is kidney dysfunction.    I picked up all his labs since he has had renal failure, and all the gfr are to low.  Some as low as 34.  Thanks everyone .  And Berta I'm so sorry you had to go thru all that stuff with the va..  And sorry for your loss.
    • Knee Condition
      Can the va refuse to increase my rating since my issue has worsened outside of the military? I am in a profession which requires carrying equipment and a vest. So without a doubt the weight has had an effect on my knee. I reported the injury to my work as well. Not sure if this can effect my claim. I'm thinking about revoking my claim through my employer. Since it is cared through from the VA. At the time I wasn't sure if it was related to my previous patellar injury. 
    • Aortic valve /ihd
      Berta he was seeing a private cardio.  And I kept asking him if he had ihd and he kept saying no.  And after the surgery I saw on his one piece of paper said cad, so I ask if it was the same, and he said yes.  You are right he did not get to 60 overnight.  But maybe his mets were lower because of the valve problem .  I know the surgeon told me and our daughter his heart was enlarged.    Now I think it was in 2009 he had lung embolism, and they could not say where the clot came from.  I'm suspecting it came from the heart.  He only goes to va for cp exams.  We have tricare and Medicare?  
    • PTSD with questions
      I have been going to mental health care at my local VA, I have been out of the service for 20 or more years and he recommended that I file for PTSD, based on what I have told him. I do not have anything in my medical records from active duty to confirm this nor witnesses since I did not report being raped. How in the world do I file for this? I am also service connected for my back and am seeking an increase due to excessive pain and wanting to include sleep apenea and fibro as secondary conditions would that go with my back or would I list as secondary to the PTSD. Dumb question but what exactly is a c-file is that my military health file?   Thank you all in advance for your help.
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C& P Exam Results For Ptsd

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Here are my results from the C& P exam for PTSD. Also, it was mentioned in the report about previous consults before deployment to Gulf, which is not true. Some how, someone else's document got placed in my medical records. I do not recall visiting a mental health doctor during that time. Also, I notice how the examinar took the dates from the "discreptency document" and placed in narative. Do ot know how much weight this will carry for claim; however, I will write a letter and send it to the RO disputing document. My claim is still in the developmental stage, according to ebenfits.

Thanks,

Joker

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Still trying to obtain a copy of my PTSD C&P Exam. Had mine done outside the VA by QTC and getting a copy of it is proving very hard. Wish mine was done at a VA Hospital...getting a copy would be so much easier. I assume yours was done at a VA facility? If it wasn't, any secret you can pass along on how to get a copy would be appreciated. I am being represented by the DAV and they put in a FOIA request for it but still waiting...

Good luck with your claim. There will be good days and tough days ahead but try to stay positive and keep fighting for what you've earned! I'm with you brother...

LC

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Hey LC, thanks for reponding. I waited about two months and went to the release of records section of my VA hospital . It took about three week for all my records to come. I was shocked how fast they came back. I was also shocked that when my medical records came so did both of my C& P evaluations. I am glad my records came because someone placed a file in my medical records that was mentioned in my C&P exam. It was a mental health consult that was not mine. Any way thats how I did it, go to Release of information section of your VA and request C&P results and medical records.

Good luck,

Joker

Still trying to obtain a copy of my PTSD C&P Exam. Had mine done outside the VA by QTC and getting a copy of it is proving very hard. Wish mine was done at a VA Hospital...getting a copy would be so much easier. I assume yours was done at a VA facility? If it wasn't, any secret you can pass along on how to get a copy would be appreciated. I am being represented by the DAV and they put in a FOIA request for it but still waiting...

Good luck with your claim. There will be good days and tough days ahead but try to stay positive and keep fighting for what you've earned! I'm with you brother...

LC

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Getting a copy of a C&P exam that was done by an outside contractors and paid for by VA -

are not easy to get and VA does not have to provide you one until after you receive your

rating decision and this has become a part of your c-file.

These are not under the custody of the VHA - they are under the custody of your VARO.

This is my understanding of this issue.

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Hey LC, thanks for reponding. I waited about two months and went to the release of records section of my VA hospital . It took about three week for all my records to come. I was shocked how fast they came back. I was also shocked that when my medical records came so did both of my C& P evaluations. I am glad my records came because someone placed a file in my medical records that was mentioned in my C&P exam. It was a mental health consult that was not mine. Any way thats how I did it, go to Release of information section of your VA and request C&P results and medical records.

Good luck,

Joker

Unfortunalely, mine were done by QTC and they have to send them to the VA first. They were contracted by the VA to do the exams so they will not send me copies directly which sucks. I have requested the VA send me a copy once they get it...God only knows how much longer I'll have to wait for that. As of today, QTC has not even sent them the results yet. Like I said...wish they were done at the VA.

Holding My Breath...:rolleyes:

LC

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Getting a copy of a C&P exam that was done by an outside contractors and paid for by VA -

are not easy to get and VA does not have to provide you one until after you receive your

rating decision and this has become a part of your c-file.

These are not under the custody of the VHA - they are under the custody of your VARO.

This is my understanding of this issue.

That's my understanding too. Seems like yet another case of "beurocratic red tape" but thats how our wonderful system works. The FOIA request was put in by my DAV rep to the VARO. Don't think I have any other options except to wait. Too bad because these reports would help my SSDI case a lot.

LC

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