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Got My Letter From Surgeon Today For Iu


oldman273

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Well here it is Nuerosurgeon has been treating me for several years and reviewed my latest MRI. MRI showed 3 level Degenartive disc disease (for which I am SC) and Herniated disc. it stated his opinion that I am not able to seek gainful employment due to SC back condition. Surgeon did state in his letter surgery will be needed to stabilize back with a 3 level lumbar fushion and decompression. Surgeon also stated any questions could be addressed to him about TDIU as it is in his opinion PT as back will only worsen with time. I know you all have more experience with claims for IU I would like any ideas if there is anything else I need? My current claim is at the appeal level asthey turned me down the first time. I faxed the letter to the appeals department at the VA today. Adios

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Should help your neurosurgeon should trump their nurse practitioner

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MRI showed 3 level Degenartive disc disease (for which I am SC) and Herniated disc. it stated his opinion that I am not able to seek gainful employment due to SC back condition. Surgeon did state in his letter surgery will be needed to stabilize back with a 3 level lumbar fushion and decompression.

I think we have the same problem. They want to do a back fusion on myself as well. But I don't want to have it done as of yet because of my age, early 40's! Maybe in due time, but I don't know!

Anyway, IMO, I think that letter from the Neuro will help if not win your claim for IU!

Good Luck!

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I think we have the same problem. They want to do a back fusion on myself as well. But I don't want to have it done as of yet because of my age, early 40's! Maybe in due time, but I don't know!

Anyway, IMO, I think that letter from the Neuro will help if not win your claim for IU!

Good Luck!

B6

I have sat back and watched my kids actually watch other people play and interact with their own kids and then look at me. Not that I am feeling sorry for myself but I had to do something. I am also same age it sucks. I will advise if it works. Me I am just tired o hurting tried everything but moving maybe try that this winter as I swore never to live in cold weather again. Adios and please get a 2nd and a 3rd look by another Doc. It is a serious operation I am just at the end of my rope constant pain unable to dress etc. Have a good day shoot me an e-mail if you need anything..

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I have sat back and watched my kids actually watch other people play and interact with their own kids and then look at me.

I know that feeling all to well!

As far as the fusion goes for me, I'm going to hang on and see what happens!

You do know that once you have a fusion, that the other discs above the fusion will start developing DJD or DDD in those areas. Just something to be mindful of, if I were you!

Good Luck again!

God Speed!

B6

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Well here it is Nuerosurgeon has been treating me for several years and reviewed my latest MRI. MRI showed 3 level Degenartive disc disease (for which I am SC) and Herniated disc. it stated his opinion that I am not able to seek gainful employment due to SC back condition. Surgeon did state in his letter surgery will be needed to stabilize back with a 3 level lumbar fushion and decompression. Surgeon also stated any questions could be addressed to him about TDIU as it is in his opinion PT as back will only worsen with time. I know you all have more experience with claims for IU I would like any ideas if there is anything else I need? My current claim is at the appeal level asthey turned me down the first time. I faxed the letter to the appeals department at the VA today. Adios

It is good. It is good that you FAX'd it, I tend to FAX everything that I get from any of my vets directly to the VARO in the area in which they live. Now, having said that:

MAIL IT IN, return receipt requested!

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It is good. It is good that you FAX'd it, I tend to FAX everything that I get from any of my vets directly to the VARO in the area in which they live. Now, having said that:

MAIL IT IN, return receipt requested!

The mail it in after the fax part is very important.

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One thing about fusions is that you may still have pain even if the fusion is good. Do you have severe pain? Do you have numbness in legs? Not easy to work if you have those conditions. What kinds of pain meds are you on? If you take strong narcotic meds it is hard to work while in a narcotic daze. That is a factor in being IU. Drug side effects are valid reason for helping an IU claim.

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One thing about fusions is that you may still have pain even if the fusion is good. Do you have severe pain? Do you have numbness in legs? Not easy to work if you have those conditions. What kinds of pain meds are you on? If you take strong narcotic meds it is hard to work while in a narcotic daze. That is a factor in being IU. Drug side effects are valid reason for helping an IU claim.

Great points about the fusion John999! Also the point about being on a serious painkiller! Excellent info!

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yes everthing you mentioned along with Nerve conduction studies whole nine yards. I will post as to what I hear regaurding claim as well as PM if that is OK after surgery Adios enjoy the weekend....

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New to these forums - thought I'd take the plunge and join the conversation.

Oldman - I am also in my early 40's, have a similar back/sciatic/leg nightmare and trying to get IU. My surgeon actually discussed fusion with me, but did not recommend it ('you're young, you can wait for device improvements, it's permanent with mixed results, etc'). Therefore, no fusion for me.

Alternatively, I see a non-VA pain mgt doc and, after mixed results with an implanted spinal cord stimulator, he put in an intrathecal morphine pump. I now receive morphine directly to the lumbar region and it helps to cut donw on the back and leg pain. If this is new to you, you may want to conuslt a pain mgt doctor or anesthesiologist. I still take orals for peak pain periods, but the pump reduces the baseline pain level.

Keep us posted on your progress. All the best.

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