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rpowell01 last won the day on October 11 2015

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About rpowell01

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  • Birthday 09/30/1968

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    Trying to deal with my pain. Everyday, all day. Research, research and more research.

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  1. john999 you are absolutely correct. Tampa, VA has a Chronic Pain Rehab Program that both the PM neurologist and your PCP keep pushing on me. I told them if they will not do surgery they will never get me into the CPRP because all its for is to get veterans off the pain medications. These psyche doctors believe that because they now know pain comes from the brain they can treat it their way. But, what they do not get is the brain is perfect and if outputs pain signals that means there is something wrong. There is where the buck stops there with me and the CPRP. And your right they do not understand the depression the chronic pain causes then they want you to take this other medication which in turns causes other damages in your body, blah, blah, blah. Its the same ole' note. When and its just a when that Florida gets on the ball with this Medical Marijuana I am moving over to that. For one its natural, not created by these pharmacists and chemists who try to play God. Last, I've weaned off the pain meds and was off of them for over a month and my wife cried along side me whenever I was in pain. The VA does not care because if they did they would have approved surgery years ago on my spine.
  2. Okay thanks for the heads up..
  3. I've been taking Morphine SR 15mgs 2x a day for over a year now and all it has done is keep my in my bedroom the majority of the time. A friend of mine who was in an automobile accident some years ago takes both Oxycodone 60mgs 4x a day and Morphine SR 100mgs 3x a day. I asked him how does he even get out of the house. He told me his doctor (private doctors by the way) gave him Adderall to help counter the drowziness of the Morphine SR. Has anybody on here taken both Morphine SR and Adderall? Does it help with "pepping" you up while taking the Morphine SR? I am tired of feeling tired and weak all the time while dealing with the pain on top of that. So I asked my VA PCP to see if he can prescribe me some Adderall to help offset the effects of the Morphine SR. Its on the VA formulary list and I need something to give me a pep so I can get outside and move around!!! Feedback appreciated.
  4. Believe it or not St Pete Regional Office!!! Yea I cannot believe it myself. I am now going to write a letter requesting why my PT claim was never delivered with a denial letter to my house and why did the RO add that claim to a pending appeal. This is a CUE in itself because they violated so many CFRs because they first did not deliver me any approval or denial letter for the P&T and the RO added it to a pending appeal so they can delay the process. This is a NO GO per the CFRs. So I am going over the ROs head and writing to some folks in Washington DC and I may add the letter to both President Trump and the new Secretary of the VA and to both my Senators here in Florida. Here is the thing, I have evidence from the VA, Dr. Bash which proves I have bladder and bowel incontinence and I have evidence from both Dr. Bash and Social Security which shows I am P&T. The VA RO is just sitting on both of them. that's fine they are going to have to pay all that tuition fees and the Dependent Education retroactively. They wanna play ball then I am to play because I've won all my claims with the help of JBasser and others on here who showed me the path to go. Its about reading both the Federal Veterans Rules and Regulations and the Veterans Benefits Manual that you can buy from lexisnexis!!!! If you know the CFRs and have case laws the VA is usually backed in the corner. Don't ever let them tell you no if you have evidence, they will try to deny you but whenever you request a De Novo Review thats where it usually gets overturned like all my denials have except the bladder and bowel issues. For some reason they are sitting on this. What they don't realize is I still have it ever after herniating 2 discs in my neck and my L5-S1 and the VA refusing to do surgery on them. Ole' well they are at fault here thanks to the previous leadership...
  5. Sorry for late reply. I submitted it and the next day it was approved so I must have filled it out correctly and today they gave me the retro since she has been in college since August 19, 2016. I just totally forgot about this with all the pain and meds I was taking at the time....
  6. Thanks to JBasser for reminding me earlier I realized I am able to receive dependent compensation for my daughter who is a Full Time College Student. Besides filling out VBA-21-674-ARE, do I need to send anything else in with this form such as unofficial transcripts, etc.... Thanks
  7. Got a question for anybody who has been on Opoids for some time and then came off of them. I started on pain meds; Oxycodone back around October 2013 for Cervical and Lumbar DDD/DJD with Upper and Lower Radiculopathy. For some reason i haven't been part of this new opioid pain medication cut back. I think its because of the severity of my pain and all the tests they run still shows current radiculopathy with current polyneuropathy bilaterally in my legs. Anyway, from October 2013 up to December 2015 or January 2016 I was on Oxycodone 5mg. The 5mg effects ran its course (its life ran out). Instead of just upping the mgs to 10mgs my VA Neurologist added Morphine ER 15mg to the prescription. So then I was taking Oxycodone 5mg and Morphine ER 15. I was against this from the beginning because I didn't feel right taking Morphine as it didn't set right with me. So I complained to him an a secured message in an email. So what does Pain Management do they set me up an appointment with somebody else in the office. I thought I was going back to see him. Whenever I go to the appointment I am there seeing some PA, no Neurologist. What does she do, she takes me off the Oxycodone and ADDS Morphine IR 5mg and leaves the Morphine ER 15mg!!!! After about two weeks I sent my PM Neurologist a Secured message and told him I wanted an appointment with him and nobody else. Long story short I finally told him to just take me off the Morphine IR and put me back on Tramadol and leave me on the Morphine ER 15mg. Well since day one of the Morphine ER 15mg I have been depressed and in a dream. I have been stuck in my bedroom since December 2015 and I do not leave out of it unless its necessary. The Tramadol has run its life out about a month ago because its only a synthetic opiod and whenever you start taking real opiods Tramadol will quit working. So Tramadol doesn't even work anymore. So last week I have had enough of the Morphine ER and started to wean off of it. Today I received my last bottle of Morphine ER and I sent my VA PCP advising that I am weaning off and how I have been doing it. Instead of taking one a day I have been taking one every other day. Yes I have been paying for it with withdraws and this ringing in my left ear but I am determined NO MORE!!!! I'd rather suffer in pain than to be depressed like I have been because of the Morphine ER. So I asked my PCP that if I come off the Morphine ER would he fill me a prescription of Tylenol 3 with Codeine on an as needed basis to only be refilled every couple of months. My question is as anybody or do anybody take Tylenol 3 with Codeine or does the VA prescribe this? I know whenever I was in the Army I was prescribed this once but that was back in the mid 90s. I just do know I will need something for my pain as I do not take any Lyric or Gabapentin any longer because of the horrific weight gain it caused. The weight gain caused more pain. So it was agreed they give Topromax 50mg 3x a day which actually helps you lose weight. I've lost 20lbs since taking it. Good note for people who may want to take this medication is for me I cannot stand drinking sodas anymore. Topramax somehow changes the taste of the soda to me and its awful. Thats a great thing though!!!!
  8. Not really that is for veterans who are home bound because of spinal cord injuries. I will research more and call the VA Choice program to talk with somebody about this then if I have to contact Senator Rubio's office to see what can be done about this.
  9. Not really that is for veterans who are home bound because of spinal cord injuries. I will research more and call the VA Choice program to talk with somebody about this then if I have to contact Senator Rubio's office to see what can be done about this.
  10. Can anybody tell me if this qualifies a Veteran to be able to use the VA's CHOICE program... The VA has refused Cervical Spine surgery on me THREE TIMES. So I decided to finally get away from the VA and go see an orthopedic surgeon in my area. I just recently had a new MRI and the results are now showing I have Cervical Myelopathy at TWO levels. I go this Wednesday (Tomorrow) for the follow up MRI to see what the treatment plan is. I hope its surgery because I am tired of all this pain and not having a life. Since the VA Neurosurgeon has refused me three times for surgery and with the NEW MRI evidence and maybe the Orthopedic Surgeon will say surgery is the only treatment, would this qualify for the VA to pay for this surgery through the VAs CHOICE program? This surgeon is already in the VA Choice Program provider list, I just looked. Remember the VA Neurosurgeon REFUSED to do the surgery not once but THREE separate times. Keep in mind the VA Bay Pines in St Pete NOR James A. Haley has a Neurosurgeon on staff and uses a consultant to make decision if surgery is necessary and if he says yes the VA sends you out to the cheapest doctor in town. After my uncle inlaw just went through this a little over a year ago the cheap surgeon cause paralysis in his left arm I said NOPE, not going there.
  11. Yep if your student loans are discharged VA disability or not they are taxable. IRS doesn't care they want the big $$$$....I was blessed because a week before I received that letter the VA sent me a 5 digit retro they owed me of TDIU I humbly requested they owed me. Its like the IRS knew or the VA tipped them off or something. I didn't know the loans were taxable myself but I am grateful I no longer have that debt hanging over my head. I sent them a cashiers check the next day and boom it was settled. I could have gotten an attorney, paid the attorney's fee to have gotten it lowered but you know what the attorney's fees would have been more than what I could have saved on getting the tax lowered. I am all good now and received the $0 balance letter from the IRS and a thank you.
  12. You folks know who is doing this? There was a mandate that came down from DC, period.
  13. yes your correct but if your strong like I am you can come off of them. I just came off of Morphine IR overnight. Hurt like you know what but I am off of them. Got tired of them and the Morphine ER together so now I take Morphine ER and Tramadol which are perfect together IMHO.
  14. Also I cannot get Medicare supplement through AARP because of my age which I am about to file a complaint on because they refuse to provide service based on age which is a no,no. If I were to get a supplement somewhere else I could not afford it... For all you folks who live in Colorado are very, very lucky, you can get pain meds from a street corner store as in cannabis. I am still thinking of taking a weekend trip out there to test the grounds...Just Charlottes strain, very, very low THC but normal cannabis which is for pain while THC is the psychoactive chemical that gets you high which I don't want.
  15. CHAMPVA eligibility To be eligible for CHAMPVA, you cannot be eligible for TRICARE, and you must be in one of these categories: The spouse or child of a Veteran who has been rated permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability by a VA regional office. The surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who died from a VA-rated service-connected disability. The surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who was at the time death rated permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability. The surviving spouse or child of a military member who died in the line of duty, not due to misconduct (in most of these cases, these family members are eligible for TRICARE, not CHAMPVA). I guess this is what I meant to say why I want P&T..My spouse needs it badly...