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  1. What happened in my experience from a documented prior civilian diagnosis, that I gave to my primary care doctor (1st one, before I had him replaced) I gave him this info as history, mostly because, yes it is out there, but, it has also been backed off by the original diagnosing doctor at Mayo Clinic in writing in a letter to the VA. All that said....VA primary care doc 1, notes false diagnosis in my record.....it took me getting primary care doctor replaced, and six months of being mislead through patient advocate, a telephone visit with VAMC admin, back to patient advocate, then being t
  2. I haven't seen a letter, nor will I. Not part of this. But, I did watch the court on youtube....VA was spanked repeatedly.
  3. Backpay, I understood your problem, and yes, you keep knocking on more doors until the right one opens. I have learned, not to expect much help here either....but you can learn about others moms good advice and how long they walked barefoot in snow without any help.....so why should you expect any...... Geez....I am going to have to reexamine my head to see why I subscribed here...... I read a handful of posts and the its the same group who belittled me when I got on board......doing the same thing over and over.....this board could be something great......if you guys actuall
  4. Ms. Berta, I noticed at the VAMC I am going to My Blue Button Notes are showing the following: "Xxxxx Xxxxxxxxx Contract Nurse Practitioner Signed: xx/xx/xx 00:00" and "Receipt Acknowledged By: xx/xx/xx 00:00 /es/ Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxxx STAFF PHYSICIAN" This matches up to Staff listing you posted. That link is also under 'Providers' at each VAMC individual website. I am new to using VA medical so not familiar how it used to be. It appears VA is listing whether or not Contract or Staff at this facility. Then I have a Specialist that
  5. I been wanting an excuse to drive over to the next valley. Leaves are turning. Will have to stop in on them. Congrats to all.
  6. flow1972, I read your whole thread, I am new to all this also, I am 0% SC today, and I just enrolled in VA medical care about a month and a half ago. I will try to share a couple of things that I have learned. I was in the AF. I had an experimental flu shot at TECH school (the Air Force has been the guinea pig for flu shots for all branches since the 1940's) (when you have a reaction, you go to sick call, not that they will tell you that, but google will) (google lowry, university of colorada, flu shots, and 1972, or 1976 for real killer) that made me extremely ill....so much s
  7. Vync, Thanks, I did get the back end report and the CD 'today', I told them the truth, I was going to civilian doc, if some doctor didn't get with me and I needed 'my' records. Then I went and talked to patient advocate, I had waited the required time, and I had options, I just needed to know what the VA was going to do, so I could decide. I have to say, most of my experience so far with the VA has been positive. I have my gastro consult moved up to tomorrow, and my skin lesson has been moved up. I still don't have a PC doc, but, I did request a staff MD, with EARS (at least
  8. Prominent facet arthrosis of lower lumbar spine, Mild spondylosis of lumbar spine, opens new door. I thought my claim was overwhelming before this. I had a catscan for abdominal issues: The above (plus other things) is on the Lab Report Radiologist report, but the Blue Button Notes, omit the part about the spine? I have waited 7 days plus since catscan and no followup from PC, although, the notes are flagged: Significant Abnormarlity: Atten Needed and the notes go into detail about handoff to PC doc, and his signature is there, taking the handoff, but no contact. I hav
  9. I am constantly adding relevant to me material to my blog on this site. About my Toxic Journey. The particular post I am working on is a list of Toxins, and links that are related: https://community.hadit.com/blogs/entry/150-toxic-exposure-misc/ This link below, is the " WRIISC " War Related Illness and Injury Study Center : https://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/education/factsheets/military-and-aircraft-vehicle-exhaust.pdf It is about JPx and Diesel Exhaust, and how about its REALLY BAD FOR YOU.....and if you think you were exposed to some and you have problems, just tell
  10. vetquest, ouch...I misspelled the thing, its MOHS.... probably not much chance of it being available out here in the woods, I did a search, locally and not many civilians have this equipment and setup either. It looks like only a handful of VAMC's have it. I am thinking as long as it gets gone, I will hopefully be in better shape in the long run. Hope it worked out for you.
  11. Vync, I know just a definition, no more than that. It is a surgery process, where a lesion is removed one skin layer at a time, you sit there until they remove and do the pathology while you wait. Supposively its the best thing going. The idea is that ONE and DONE. The surgeon keeps removing layers until they are satisfied its all gone. Looks like at minimum....and that is BIG minimum.....I will be leaving with at least a hole in both arms. Some VAMC have this in place, some don't.
  12. In 30 days, from enrollment, I have had my initial appointment, a disappointment, then after some research and a few phone calls, I think I found the answer. See a social worker before your appointment if possible, or at a minimum ask to see the social worker ASAP. Ask a lot of questions, get a lot of answers. Have a list of what you want FROM the doctor, don't wait for him to offer anything, you will run out of time. When my questions were interpreted as a complaint, I got to talk to a social worker and I was set up for the 9 referrals that I wanted to start off with. Two of
  13. NoZZZ's, The more I try to simplify my conditions, the more complex they become. Almost two months non stop pouring through my medical records (the bits and pieces I can find and locate). I believe I understand the rating criteria as written, finally, after reading it many times and looking at your explanations and the cases, listed here and elsewhere. It looks like for ratings purposes, the only polyps that mentioned would be in the nose (not in the sinus cavities). I think I understand the concept. The disabling factor is blocking the airway. This is for rhinitus. Po
  14. I am interested in this also, I will post my question soon. I had a MRI in 92 that showed a maxillary sinus polyp/ and further MRI's that showed complete impaction of maxillary sinus, whatever it was popped when I started neti pots about 6 years ago, now MRI's show mucousal thickening (nih.gov says one way is chemical agents). Civilian Docs wanted to do a nose job and drill against the skull....I will post mine elsewhere, but, I am interested in what happens. My issues started in service and documented, chronic. Over 90 skin tests, over 20 interdermal tests, 3 vials of serum, aller
  15. GBArmy, My blog, here, which I started to save those from having to read trememdous amounts of stuff to get to the meat...started out being about my journey through what I thought was a maze that I could surely figure out... But, I can see now that it is not a maze....it is more like dodge ball....and has been since I first raised my right hand...and now I understand what the Marines mean when they say once....always.... when we gave up our Constitutional Rights....we gave them up....forever.....but, then that is only one part of this as I see it. The above blog post migh
  16. I created a Blog on this site. My toxic journey. I have created my timeline of specific VA - Claim - VARO - VAMC - ID cards, gov websites access, etc...timelines for applying and my actual enrollment, hopefully this helps someone with info on at least my VARO current possible timelines. I am anonymous, and plan on staying that way, as well as one can, which isn't saying much. I have a tech background and know what my statement is worth. That said, like a lot of us, I will be very fortunate if I survive long enough to see my 'real' claim to any sort of fruition. So, there
  17. Vync, On the State VSO, I really just have need for somebody to tell me I am still in now, but, I don't want a yes man, either. I am not there yet, anyway, I have to wait those 4 weeks to us to interview each other, as I understand this one doesn't just accept anything either. So, unless I have a match, I will be back to doing on my own. According to the chart, my records should be at St. Louis. So, its my only option right now. I don't have a C-File for compensation, as I understand it, not with an Intent to File only. I do have a file, but the only things in it are the educatio
  18. Making progress, a step at a time. Received my OMPF and STR 'EXCERPT'.... A stack of separation CYA some of it straight from the source. My entrance and my exit form of my check offs was there, funny how 3 years on the flight line improved my hearing, and how I was magically deaf in one ear and didn't know it when I enlisted. I found it strange I had an exit physical, signed and dated a day before the date of the physical appointment, when I have a copy of a waived exit physical in my possession, that stuffed in my training records that were given to me when I separated.
  19. I believe this is a great idea. I have found and continue to find a treasure trove of info on this site in various areas of the site. But, sometimes finding what others allude to being out 'there' is kinda hard to nail down, as there is so much to go through, and yes a lot of it is good but what comes up with keyword searches is old info, and it seems that relevance changes often. So, I am hopeful that the heavy hitters on here do what you suggest. I envision a dream resource where one of these experienced members blogs could just be a list of links, with relevant descriptions of e
  20. hurryupnwait, I sure can understand you wanting to vent. I am new to the game, but, surely its time to make some noise? Maybe that noise has to come from me and others and like me. Maybe I can help in some way to help you get yours because I am seeing that I will probably never see anything but a token of what my service years took from me. BroncoVet, your post on this thread....real important to me...MY AHA moment....thanks for posting this.... I get it. At least I think I do, at least some of it, at least the part of WHY I am reading about all of you having important p
  21. The Dolphins? The closer the Dolphins forage to Fred Bayou? The more nasty toxins found in the Dolphins. Without exception. And it scales up. An interesting find is that males had numbers a lot higher in the same species of dolphin. This was attributed to lactation, with some of the toxins being passed on to the nursing dolphin.
  22. Hi Ms Berta, I have Ischemic Heart Disease, manifested in service, with ER on base, chronicity until eventual MI and stent intervention with old 100% blockage left as is. Lucky to have built up collateral arteries over the years. A list of others, Peripheral Neuropathy, started in service, with acute exacerbations in the service (no records of course) but a record of chronicity with diagnosis. Left side of face is numb. Initially eyelid tics. Don't have Diabetes diagnosed, but in reviewing my blood work, it is all over the place over the years, very seldom in normal. I don'
  23. Here is a different direction. I became eligible for Medicare in 2013 as disabled, I choose the Advantage plan that was a PPO, that let me choose specialist doctors without going through a gatekeeper (primary doctor). It is a regional PPO, but also allows me to travel, and I can still get care covered additional to my research studies that I participate at Mayo Clinic which is 1k miles from home. I also choose this one because of the balance between deductibles and prescription cost. (I currently take 17 drugs a day). At one time scripts costs was about 1k a month for one drug. I b
  24. VetQuest, I made it home with all my originals, and even some new copies of same, and some new originals (that I have never had before. Vync, I made sure I didn't overstay my welcome, there sure was a lot of people who wanted my autograph? I decided if I was going to go with a VSO, maybe one who Vets are willing to wait 4 weeks for an appt (to be accepted or not) and for me to drive 3 hours to find out, is probably better than one who always has time (I know I could be wrong). I filed Intent to File with VA. I was 'proofed' by the VA, so I can now sign int
  25. Retiredat44, I surely can't be of any help on the VA side of things. But, maybe I can help in this way. Empathy. and maybe another way, in helping spread understanding of what exactly chronic means. I know what it means to have to change doctors. For me it could mean life and death, it definetly would change my ramp of decline....and I have 'never' heard anything good about changing a ramp of decline. MY neurologist is 1000 miles away, I lived in a travel trailer for the last eight years, until it fell apart around me, so I could afford to keep going there. So, I understand
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