I would like some advice about my situation. I went to the VA hospital in 2003 to have my Gallbladder removed. I had the surgery done and was told and it's stated in my medical records that my Gallbladder along with stones was removed and sent off to Pathology. 6 months after operation I returned to the VA hospital complaining about the same symptoms I had before the gallbladder was removed. I was told it was gastritis and sent home with meds.
Over the years I was experiencing constant stomach issues and was always in the emergency room or hospital. Each time I told the doctors that my gallbladder was already removed by the VA hospital. I went through numerous test and exams with no solutions.
Finally, after years of suffering, emergency room visits, being admitted to the hospital, and tubs stuck down my throat, my Gastro doctor finally ordered an MRI and PT scan on my stomach. He also had ordered a G tube be put in my stomach so he can go in and do surgery on my pancreas because that's the only thing he could think of that could be causing my pain. The MRI scan showed something that looked like an gallbladder with stones. But he wasn't sure so he ordered a Hida scan be done. The hida scan didn't show enough so my surgeon said the only way to find out whats going on is to go inside.
I went into surgery on 25 Sept 2012 and the surgeon finds my gallbladder with stones. The surgeon also find 6 metalic metal clips inside the gallbladder he state was left inside by the previous surgeon. He states it look like a section of the gallbladder was removed. The gallbladder ducts was blocks so bad that the hida scan ink couldn't get inside. My surgeon said he can't figure out why someone would remove a section of the gallbladder and not removed the entire gallbladder... And then leave metal clips inside the gallbladder... Not attached to the gallbladder but inside of the gallbladder...
I have all my medical records from the VA hospital saying the gallbladder was removed. I also have my medical records from my recent doctor saying he removed the gallbladder with stones and metal clips.
What do you guys think of this? Have you heard of a case like mine?
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68mustang posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,I was rated at 10% for tinnitus last year by the VA. I went to my private doctor yesterday and I described to him the problems that I have been having with my sense of balance. Any sudden movement of my head or movement while sitting in my desk chair causes me to lose my balance and become nauseous. Also when seeing TV if there are certain scenes,such as movement across or up and down the screen my balance is affected. The doctor said that what is causing the problem is Meniere's Disease. Does any know if this could be secondary to tinnitus and if it would be rated separately from the tinnitus? If I am already rated at 10% for tinnitus and I could filed for Meniere's does any one know what it might be rated at? Thanks for your help. 68mustang
GlennieHB posted an answer to a question,I have a 30% hearing loss and 10% Tinnitus rating since 5/17. I have Meniere's Syndrome which was diagnosed by a VA facility in 2010 yet I never thought to include this in my quest for a rating. Meniere's is very debilitating for me, but I have not made any noise about it because I could lose my license to drive. I am thinking of applying for additional compensation as I am unable to work at any meaningful employment as I cannot communicate effectively because of my hearing and comprehension difficulties. I don't know whether to file for a TDUI, or just ask for additional compensation. My county Veterans service contact who helped me get my current rating has been totally useless on this when I asked her for help. Does anyone know which forms I should use? There are so many different directions to proceed on this that I am confused. Any help would be appreciated. Vietnam Vet 64-67.
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