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I have had back problems for many years.(non service)and had back surgery a few years ago(non Va. hospital.)

I started using Va. medical treatment 21/2 years ago with my bad back being the main subject. Over a two year period I finally got to the MRI stage and was seen by a neurologist

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He told me there was nothing he could do. I asked my primary doc. for a second opinion and was told I could'nt get one at the Va. and I was sent to pain management.

I went to an outside neurologist and was in surgery within three weeks.

That was just two months ago and now the pain is gone other than the soreness from surgery.

Thank God I have ins. because i will not use Va. medical anymore.

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Liz,

I honestly do not believe that you owe anyone an appolegy.

Always,

Josephine

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you do not OWE me one, when I lay the jokes out there sometimes I lay an egg I do understand the frustration of NOT getting VA docs to take what you say seriously about your medical problems, think how I felt the day my shrink told me to quit watching the X Files. And he was supposed to help me? A month later he about chit when I got the FOIA file from Edgewood about my use in the LSD experiment program. He did apologize to me, he still shakes his head whenever he sees me and he gets a new intern and we have to go thru the "experiments" with them to get them up to date on my OCD

Please accept my apology for the smart alec joke I have learned that humor is easier than frustration is all friends?

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folks, Opinions differ from situation to situation. That is where the percentages come in to play.

You can obtain a copy of a C@P examination.

Make sure you have the entire record with you for the opinion doctor to review. (This is impatative)

Make sure the doc follows the Guidelines.

If this is done then the process should go much easier.

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Just a note to say I understand the 'VA experience'.

Three years ago I tried over and over again to seek treatment from the VA and was flatly refused. This is for my SC brain injury.

Two months ago, at a regular schedualed appointment with my primary care NP, he finaly realized I need help. Now I'm waiting for Fee Basis to be set up for speech therapy. Private care Doc's have been suggesting this type of therapy (and others) all along but even with ins. I can't afford the co-pay on weekly visits.

In short, I've been going to the VA since '93 to get diagnoses and treatment. In '03 diagnoses was finally accepted. Late '07 and treatment may be around the corner with the help of the private sector. 16 years since the injury and I MIGHT get treatment now.

The VA literally makes me sick. Years of being called a malingerer (lier) has caused severe depression. Imagine that. They all say I "fell through the cracks" and then they drop me through another one.

I agree, go to the VA only if there are no other options.

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Time:

I am glad that someone at the VA finally stepped up and now you are going to get the help you need.

I think that the VA knows that more eye's than usual are looking at them and they are trying to fix some of the problems.

I was having problems keeping up with and track of my Meds and much to my surprise the VA hired a private Company who sent a nurse out and helped me organize my meds and teach me some easy ways to keep stuff straight.

Now if only I could get the VA Pharmacy straightened out.

Good Luck

Pete

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my docs write me for percocets and between them and Kroger brand PMs I get on sale about twice a year for 2.14 a bottle (I stock up 12 boxes) I get 3-5 hours at a time if it ain't the back pain it's the damn nightmares besides my wife let me buy a hot tub and it helps relieve the pain and then excerises in the pool take the tension out of the back then the scooter they gave me lets me get around the neighborhood rofl I am hell on wheels the neighbors call me that damn crazy old vet lol what I am supposed to care?

I am that "crazy old vet", until another vet (uncle, brother, cousin) needs a claim filed... then it's Bobby or Bob... go figure. I'm getting a pool, whenever the new house gets finished ... if ever (what a nightmare) I'm putting in an indoor heated pool.. period. Yep I'll never recoup the cost out here in the sticks, but who cares anyway? Hopefully after this next surgery I'll even be able to use it. I dont use my scooter except if I have to walk a lot... but look out at Disneyworld cause I take no prisoners there.... and the thing is insanely fast... ha, I left skid marks in front of our resort room..

Somedays the only thing that keeps me sane is laughter. (according to some people that doesnt work either)

As far as getting healthcare from the VA they cant deny you, but make sure they have a copy of your other insurance and if you get care elsewhere they need a copy of the medical records... take them to release opf information, dont just give a copy to your doctor and assume they will make it. Go there yourself, with a copy... also maybe do "in-person authentication" for myHealthevet at the same time huh?

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