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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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I think most pain managment techniques are witchcraft. For instance, there is no proof that nerve blocks actually work. Pain doctors make big money doing these instead of just giving perscriptions. No money in just writing a prescription for an opiate.

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A few years ago 60 Minutes did a show on pain and prescription meds. The main thing that was pointed out was that most Doctors are afraid to write the prescriptions that are needed for people who suffer from serious pain.

They followed a Doctor who wrote some heavy prescriptions and the patients they showed had major relief and went from being invalids to people who could do a lot of things that they had quit doing.

Although I am prescribed some pretty good medicine for pain I try to not use it unless I really need it. I make my wife angry as she thinks that the Meds are needed and I worry about using them till they are ineffective and I would need more.

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gousto64,

[allen what are you service connected for ]

hearing loss/tinnitus, urinary incontinence. Spinal disorders are before CAVC & MS/bipolar, etc are pending at the RO level since they were held back by the BVA/AMC.

They were finally filed in June-09 but the claim hasn't been started on by the VARO as of today.

My guess is 5 yrs from now they will start to consider what to low ball & deny or string out for another decade.

Pete,

[Although I am prescribed some pretty good medicine for pain I try to not use it unless I really need it. I make my wife angry as she thinks that the Meds are needed and I worry about using them till they are ineffective and I would need more.]

The key is not to exceed what your prescribed and take only what is effective. You may need to see a psychologist who really knows pain medication to determine what is best for you

Short term pain medication does not work for me. I have severe neurological pain. So I need something working all the time that doesn't rob me of my life by making me so lethargic.

Being less mobile due to pain isn't good on your health either. Your right about pain meds loosing their effect over time. Your body adjusts to them. Much of my problem was taking medications I was intolerant to, just because they were cheaper. It matters little to VA care providers. They push whatever is on the list today.

I've asked my current VA PCP for a prescription for Oxycontin (CR). But was told only terminal patients can get it. So I continue to pay cash for it through a private Dr. It's very expensive but my life is much better not being on methadone or morphine. They make me sick.

I've been taking this for several yrs now without needing an increase. The VA does supply Oxycontin 5mg for breakthrough pain & this seems to work best for me.

Taking the right pain medication is the key.

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