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kanewnut

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    E5 Sergeant
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    Fort Bragg, NC

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  1. If VA could read it sounds like a very solid case.
  2. To my way of thinking, when you said this - I would continue to file. You never know whether your disabilities will get worse or not.
  3. Forward flexion of the thoracolumbar spine greater than 30 degrees but not greater than 60 degrees; or, forward flexion of the cervical spine greater than 15 degrees but not greater than 30 degrees; or, the combined range of motion of the thoracolumbar spine not greater than 120 degrees; or, the combined range of motion of the cervical spine not greater than 170 degrees; or, muscle spasm or guarding severe enough to result in an abnormal gait or abnormal spinal contour such as scoliosis, reversed lordosis, or abnormal kyphosis 20 Forward flexion of the thoracolumbar spine greater than 60 degrees but not greater than 85 degrees; or, forward flexion of the cervical spine greater than 30 degrees but not greater than 40 degrees; or, combined range of motion of the thoracolumbar spine greater than 120 degrees but not greater than 235 degrees; or, combined range of motion of the cervical spine greater than 170 degrees but not greater than 335 degrees; or, muscle spasm, guarding, or localized tenderness not resulting in abnormal gait or abnormal spinal contour; or, vertebral body fracture with loss of 50 percent or more of the height 10 If you are only getting 10% for scoliosis then that does appear to be a problem.
  4. If you could post your decision, covering up your personal information, we could see what they have done. If they have done as you say this looks to me like what Berta would call CUE yourself for the RO.
  5. Are you sure about that? If they were in the military, they heard it all!
  6. Sounds like an idiot who doesn't know what he is doing!
  7. I think you need to request his medical records from the facilities that he was treated at. When I have requested mine I had to go to ROI(release of information) and show my ID and sign for them. I imagine you will have to show proper authorization to get his also. Hopefully Berta will add to this. She may have had to go through this.
  8. My SMR's had "chronic" listed 40 times with the back and 6 times with the neck. Below is what I was granted - WE CANNOT GRANT YOUR CLAIM FOR DISABILI TY VA FORM ( RO COPY) DECEMBER 23, 1985 BENEFITS, THE DISABILITY LISTED BELOW IS SERVICE CONNECTED BUT IS LESS THAN 10% DISABLING AND COMPENSATION IS NOT PAYABLE,, BACK STRAIN THERE IS ENTITLEMENT TO NECESSARY TREATMENT BY THE VA FOR ANY SERVI CE* * CONNECTED DISABILITY. APPLICATION FOR NECESSARY MENT SHOULD BE MADE AT THE NEAREST VA OFFICE, OUTPATI ENT OR HOSPI TAL, , BRI NG THIS LETTER IF APPLYING IN PERSON. IF APPLYI NG BY LETTERS PLEASE I NCLUDE THE VA FI LE NUMBER SHOWN ABOVE, , THE EVIDENCE DOES NOT ESTABLISH SERVICE CONNECTION FOR THE FOLLOWI NG* SHOULDER CONDITION, LEFT CONDITION OF THE SKELETAL SYSTEM
  9. I totally disagree with this. You let something like this stand and it will just snowball on down to the people that follow along behind you. I think you should have went immediately to the Patient Advocate to get this worked out. If the Patient Advocate was busy I would have bided my time by calling my congressman. I would have spoke to the Patient Advocate and my congressman before I left that VA. These people are not there for you to service, they are there to service us veterans. If they don't want to they need to be employed elsewhere. When I discovered my Patient Advocate at Kernersville was as useless as tits on a boar hog I just started bypassing her and going straight to my congressman. I had and issue getting assigned a new PCP. I filed the piece of paper work, but was denied. I wrote my congressman. I called my congressman. I called my congressman again. Within the hour of the last call to my congressman the director was calling me to get me assigned to a new doctor. I had an issue one day when I went for an eye check up. I signed in at the kiosk and printed off the appointment. At the desk there were two individuals that I told I had checked in at the kiosk and they said fine have a seat. I set about reading and waiting. My appointment time came and went. Didn't think that much about it at the time. Later I get up and ask about my appointment. Only one of the guys is back there now and he tells me I didn't have an appointment. I showed him my letter and the kiosk print off. Too late to do anything about it now. How about travel pay? No. Now I am getting pissed. I headed downstairs. I ran into a volunteer that steered me to the check in area of people. I explained what my problem was and they got someone else. She looked at my stuff and told me to follow her. We went back to the eye clinic. She started asking the individual about things. Then she goes behind the counter. She started berating him for not being on the right screen. She tells him to print me out my travel pay. I have another appointment a few days later. One man in there that is top rate and works very hard at helping vets asked if I needed anything or how I was doing, I forget. I said something about not getting jerked around today and he asked if I had the eye clinic problem the other day. I told him that was me. He laughed and said you know people, people in high places. Apparently someone had straightened out some of the people there. When you leave like you did Buck, everyone thinks everything is perfectly fine. Except you. And you are the one things should have been changing for the better for.
  10. I don't know. I think you can call the BVA and ask them that question. You can certainly have it with you at your BVA hearing and ask then if it can be accepted in as evidence.
  11. kanewnut

    Esophagus C&P thoughts.

    Because the VA is full of incompetence. Take the advice and fight it. I agree the system needs to be overhauled, but that may take a while. In the mean time don't let them screw you over. Fight them tooth and nail. Take these peoples advice and get things corrected. Don't do like some of us without this knowledge that have had our fights drag on for decades.
  12. How about contacting your congressman? How about calling the White House hotline and telling them this story? How about the IRIS system to ask about what you should do? Don't give up, keep fighting them!!
  13. Your persistence is paying off. Good for you for not letting it just lay. I certainly hope the system is not set up so that someone can work a file and no one knows who did it. That would be ridiculous. I would certainly stay after it. You should be getting some answers pronto or else.
  14. kanewnut

    Left Hip Pain

    That is comical to me. Why? Sit back and let me tell you about a little nightmare experience I once had. I dislocated my left shoulder on a canoe trip. Fortunately a veterinarian on the trip was able to put it back in place. I went the next day to the nearest VA in Tennessee. I believe it was associated with Vanderbilt University. I checked in and had an X-ray of my shoulder. I sat there all day while they argued about wether my shoulder was in place or not. Later when I was back in my home town area I told my doctor about my left shoulder and was sent to ortho at Durham Va. They said I could wait 16 months for an MRI or I could drive four hours to the Asheville VA and get it much sooner. I decided to get the MRI at the Asheville VA. I forgot to get travel pay while I was at the Asheville Va. It took an act of congress to get that settled. I check with the Durham VA after my MRI should have been there and they said they hadn't seen it. I called the Asheville VA and asked about the MRI. They told me who at Durham had signed for it and what time. I called Durham VA back with this information and asked them if they thought they could find the MRI now. I met with the orthopedic doctor and discussed what could be done for my shoulder. Because it had been dislocated so many times it needed some bone added to make the bone fitting in the socket more rounded. The doctor was going to locate the needed bone and let me know about surgery. We had surgery scheduled and everything was good to go. The orthopedic doctor calls me later and says something is wrong with the doner bone. Surgery has to be cancelled. My next ortho appointment is rather strange. I am meeting with some girl who is asking all these questions like I have never been there before. I keep asking why she doesn't look at my records. She appears to be getting frustrated and I am getting pissed. A doctor who I don't know that is there says something about cutting my arm off. Now I am really getting pissed. I find the woman who is always there to try to find out what the hell is going on. Well apparently the orthopedic doctor, who I now believe was just a student, had my records in his trunk or something. I went on a letter writing campaign after this fiasco, but the Durham VA did there own cya. The lady who was always there in ortho wrote I was getting frustrated because of all the different doctors I was having to see. I only saw one orthopedic doctor, or student, what ever he was. Well this was enough for me and now it has been several months since my last left shoulder dislocation. From the fiasco at Vanderbilt where they can't tell the shoulder is in place or not, the lost MRI, surgery cancelled and then they don't even know who I am at the next ortho appointment I have had enough. No way in hell am I letting these clowns near me with a scalpel. I had an orthopedic consult with an outside doctor about my neck. The VA was willing to let me get it done outside of the VA. The ortho doctor told me it would eventually need to be fused. I decided it was probably better to take my chances with the outside doctor now than possibly be stuck with the VA if I waited till later. I just pray I can avoid any dealings with any VA surgical units in my area. I have found that exercise is helpful. Deep tissue massage therapy by a very experienced person has been very helpful for me. Acupuncture has been helpful. I know everyone is different and everyone handles pain differently, but when you get cut on there is no going back. When the scalpel is involved there are a huge number of risks that come into play.
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