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I had a C & P last week for headaches. The doctor only spoke to me for 4 mins. She kept asking me which doctor sent me to him. I kept telling her the VA., it appeared she had reading nothing in my file. She said the VA sends the file to her after. I clearly saw the VA file on her receptionist desk, it had my name and social on it and it was about 4 inches thick.

I got the impression she really did not want to talk to me, or care enough to read anything in my file. She hardly asked me any questions and then when I told her what other specialist in her field diagnosed me with, she told me she felt they were wrong. I have spoke to a team of doctors and they have spent hours with me and have ran numerous tests, she spent about 4 mins with me and knew nothing of my medical history.

Now, I don't know what she is going to write, but do you think I should send a letter to the VA voicing my concerns, or possibly requesting a new doctor, or should I wait and see what she is going to state.

Thanks in advance.

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I think I would wait to get a copy of the exam to see what see said. You know these doctors get paid per exam, so the more they do they more they make. 4 minutes is pretty damn short and it is obvious she did not do an exam unless she asked you about the nature of your headaches? When I went for my diabetes exam the doctor just looked at my labs and said "you got it all right". Then I went for a neurologist who tested my nerves in hands and feet by pricking my feet and hands. This took 5 minutes. I got service connected for both conditions.

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I had an exam similar to that. I explained what happened to a supervisor at the C&P clinic as I left the building. The next week, I was asked to come back in for a repeat exam, with the same doc. I was actually examined, my c-file was present with the examiner, and I got SC for the condition. It was part of a BVA remand and instructions explicitly stated that the C-file must be present during the exam. I guess I got lucky for having my records with me. I'm not sure if a supervisor would help with this type of issue today.

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She only asked the following questions.

How long have you had headaches?

How bad to they hurt?

Where do they hurt and for how long?

What medication I am on?

I answered her questions and told her I was taking Firocet for my Migraines and Occipital Neuralgia and pain medication for my other problems. I explained to her that was what I was currently diagnosed with. She told me she felt my headaches were caused by the medication and then got up and started to walk out the door. As she was walking, I told her that I have had the headaches for years and years and I have only been on the pain medication for less than a year. I also told her I only take it a couple of days a month. She had not response and walked out.

I was extremely polite and was not in anyway disrespectful.

Again, I don't see how she can make a diagnosis in that short of time. I explained to her how, I get sick to my stomach when I have the headache, my vision gets blurry/sensitive to light, and I get sensitive to sounds, after hearing what I said, the only part she took into effect was that I was taking Firocet. I just wish they could send me to a different doctor. I am going to take the advise and get her report, before I act though.

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