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Scheduled For A Tbi Screening At Tampa Va


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B) I have been scheduled for a TBI screening at the Tampa VAMC, I have no idea what to expect or what is done in this screening, thus my anxiety level is raising daily. Anyone have any idea of what it entails, or what to expect. I would welcome any and all advice on this subject, I have been trying to get this exam for 41 years and now it scares the heck out of me. :P

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I know someon who had this done. I think. I won't see him until tuesday. I will ask him what happen and let you know, he was at the Tampa, VA also.

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The sceerning now available at the VA is usually reserved for Vets of the current conflict. One member here has reported being denied this screening as he is not a vet of the era. He was seen for tbi issues though. Some regions may apply this screening tool to older Vets, I don't know. I had to use a different route to be diagnosed.

As I have had allot of requests for information on this screening lately, I will try to find what I can and post it. I believe there is some information in the tbi section of this forum on this. Sorry for not posting a link at this time, I currently have only my left hand to type with(i'm right handed).

I'll see what I can come up with.

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The link to the forum topic on tbi screening for Current era vets.

http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=20356

I hav'nt found any other 'screening' yet. An 'evaluation' could consist of several components and would require referal from PCP to neurology or psych or both. Neurology is usually worthless for this though.

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A power point presentation on the tbi screening, with screenshots of the actuall program. Much of it is technical and over my head.

http://www.avapl.org/pub/2007Conference/TB...05-29-07.ppt#65

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I was the member who posted about my being refered for TBI screening. Here where I am this screening is done by a Neurologist after being refered by your PCP. When I went to my appointment, it didn't seem to go as I thought it would nor did he seemed to be asking me questions about my head injury, when I asked him about my concerns, he told me that the TBI screening was for the current era combat related head injuries.

You would be better served if you could get a referal for neuropsychological testing to determine the status of your cognitive reasoning abilitities. Plus your head injury should be well documented at the time it happened. Such things like, was it a closed or open head injury, where you rendered uncouscious and for how long, did they conduct any tests to assess the seriousness of the injury to the brain. etc., you get the idea.

MRI and/or EEG might help, but it's iffy at best, they might not show anything, even though their might still be problems associated to a head injury.

It's not right that those of us who served prior to the current conflicts or were injured from non combat means are being denied the same access to medical screening and treatment and to compensation for our injury, but that seems to be the VA way, deny, delay, hoping we will either go away or die before we are finally able to get our due.

I wish you luck and hope the policy has changed, but I have that uncomfortable feeling, that they are sending you to an appointment that when you get there, they will tell you it was mistake.

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