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This is a great site and have enjoyed reading all of the post!

I come to you from Durham N.C. While in AIT (Fort McClellan, Ala.) I fell from a duece and a half in full bivovac gear on my right side. It is documented in my army medical records that my back was injured However, the specifics were left out ie. how the injury came about. To make a long story short my records only show that I injured my the lumbar and thoracic (sp) part of my back. At least 8-10 visits about my back were documented in my medical records during my 4 year tour.

Several years later, I started to have shoulder and hip pain. X-rays revealed I had a torn right rotator cuff. My civilian Dr. (ortho)informed me the pain in my right hip was coming from the greater trochanter (sp) area.

To complicate matters I had a stroke on April 2007 that hit my right side of my body hard. I am now able to walk after 4 months of physical therapy. However, it has made muscle spasms and pain worse if I walk more than 50 ft. and I now have a gait disturbance.

I filed for V.A. benefits in Aug. 2008 and they are in the process of scheduling my examination. I am anxious about the exam but somewhat relieved that I'm over the hump (I believe).

Are there additional words (outside of the ones already posted) of wisdom out there? Do you think they will see a connection between the injury to my back and shoulder and hip?

Thanks for all you do to help others!

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It will take a Doc to make a nexus to the in service injury and your present condition.

As long as it is in the record and the Doc relates it then you should be fine.

The Stroke bothers me a bit, Did you have any High Blood Pressure readings in service or within the first year you got out?

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