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  1. Thank you all for the responses, I will try my best to give an update once I hear from the VA..I have one more test to be done this coming week,(nothing to do with Back/Spine) but it is from QTC and NOT the VA, so not sure how long the process will take to get the paperwork to VA and processed and moved to rater etc... I think I have shown for my back and neck that my claim is certainly service connected with the paperwork stating I went to the TMC in Iraq and a statement from my Plt Sgt and fellow soldiers who witnessed the fall etc. stating what they saw and my plt sgt stating he had to place me on light duty many times after the accident happened .
  2. Congrats, that is great! May I ask how the back and neck C&P was conducted? I have a C&P coming up and am curious about how the ROM is rated vs Pain? I have limited range of motion due to the constant pain in my lower back, but if forced, I guess I could push my body to limits that causes severe pain. Should I do that when I have my ROM test or state to the DR when the pain occurs and stop? I want to do what is right and I also want the DR to know that I am in constant pain.. This is a SC injury resulting in a bulging Disc while in Iraq in 2004. Service records and buddy statements also confirm this claim. Thank you.
  3. Thank you and I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Certainly have NO plans on trying to BS the doctor. I have basically been taking muscle relaxers and some other meds to reduce pains, but nothing like Vicodin (nor do I want to) but for the most part, been dealing with the pain. Thankfully, my bulging disc is going away from my spine so it's not as bad as if it was intruding into my spine. None the less, I have constant pain on a daily basis and bending over forward such to tie my shoe's etc is where the pain is most intense. My injury happened while in theater, I have medical proof as well as witness statements from buddies and platoon Sergent stating these facts and the limitations this injury caused while in Iraq. I just fear that being in pain is not going to be enough to get SC if I my ROM is considered somewhat normal even while doing so in great pain... Am I making sense? Just not sure if I should tell the doctor that doing this or that is causing me discomfort/pain...Because it's always there and intensifies when I try to bend over forwards.... Thank you again for responding.
  4. I have a C&P coming up in October for Neck/Back pains. While in Iraq in 2004, I fell off of a 916 semi-truck and have buddy statements to verify this. I also have medical proof that I went to the TMC in theater and it was considered a "sprain" and was given light duty for a few days. In my medical records from the field hospital in Iraq, it states that this the back injury is service connected. When I returned home in 2005, I went to the VA and had MRI's done that confirmed I had a bulging disc going away from my spine. Since 2005, I have dealt with varying levels and range of motion and pain. My family doctor wrote a Stressor statement for me that he has been treating me for a Bulging Disc and believes that is it Service Connected. My Family Doctor is also a DR in the Army Reserves. My concern is that I have constant lower back pain due to the bulging disc, but if forced to try and ignore the pain, my ROM may appear to be better than it is, especially if PAIN is considered a much less gauge when testing for SC back problems. I have read on many forums that ROM is the main test used to determine a SC rating, but if that range is done in PAIN, will they take that into consideration. I do not want to do anything that would seem shady or lying, I simply want what is owed to me for my service and the injuries I incurred while in theater. Should I state that I have constant lower back pain in varying levels of pain when testing my ROM? I'm concerned after reading many post that pain is not the primary assessment tool used but rather ROM. If your able to move your neck and back but am always in pain, what's that say? Should I stop when the pain occurs? Thank you,
  5. I have a C&P coming up in October for Neck/Back pains. While in Iraq in 2004, I fell off of a 916 semi-truck and have buddy statements to verify this. I also have medical proof that I went to the TMC in theater and it was considered a "sprain" and was given light duty for a few days. When I returned home in 2005, I went to the VA and had MRI's done that confirmed I had a bulging disc going away from my spine. Since 2005, I have dealt with varying levels and range of motion and pain. My family doctor wrote a statement for me that he has been treating me for a Bulging Disc and believes that is it Service Connected. My Family Doctor is also a DR in the Army Reserves. My concern is that I have constant lower back pain due to the bulging disc, but if forced to try and ignore the pain, my ROM may appear to be better than it is, tat is if PAIN is not considered a high priority. I have read on many forums that ROM is the main test used to determine a SC rating, but if that range is done in PAIN, will they take that into consideration. I do not want to do anything that would seem shady or lying, I simply want what is owed to me for my service and the injuries I incurred while in theater. Should I state that I have constant lower back pain in varying levels of pain when testing my ROM? I'm concerned after reading many post that pain is not the primary assessment tool used but rather ROM. If your able to move your neck and back but am always in pain, what's that say? Should I stop when the pain occurs? Thank you,
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