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I have previously tried numerous times to connect my back problems to knees (SC) giving way and falling but to no avail. At my last C&P the Dr. opined that the falls could be attributed to my medications, some of which is for SC conditions. Here is the question: Has anyone ever had any success with connecting the SC medications to falls and such and getting the injuries assigned as secondary?

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Generically, it is possible to SC residuals to medication side effects. For example, long term NSAID use is related to GERD.

When your doctor opined that your falls being attributed to your meds, what was his exact wording?

I recommend checking the documentation you receive with your medication or you can look it up online. Check the side effects section and look for things which could be related to your condition.

With respect to SC meds >> fall >> resulting injuries, some of the other folks here might be able to help. In the end, you will need a doc to opine in your favor using the correct VA wording. Phrases like 'probably' or 'could' are not very strong. Phrases like 'least as likely as not', 'more likely than not', or 'is due to' carry significant weight in conjunction to the doc providing a medical nexus.

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I think you need a statement to rule out other causes of falls. If you have a trick knee the VA is going to say that the reason you fell is because of you existing knee problem even if you take enough meds to sedate an ox. You have to prove your case.

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I know this/ these post are old, but did not know where to post a new one. But here is my question? my VA doctor gave me some meds, LISINOPRIL 20 MG. The reason was when I was in for a PTSD questions my blood pressure was up, way up, but came back down before I left the clinic. My private doctor said not to take them as the side effect could cause more problems. I have monitors my presuure since then and some day it is over 140 and some days below 140. My question is ? should I follow my private DR or go with the VA dr. I just got SC and I DON'T want to lose it. any help or suggestions

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First and more importantly you need to get your BP back to the norms. Did your private doc offer any suggestions other than Lisinopril? You didn't mention if you were on or off the lisinopril when it was at 140, so I'm assuming it's when your off of it. You don't want to stop seeing your VA doc cause you need him if for nothing else, documentation, a paper trail that you have been seen and getting treatment from the VA. Are you SC for HBP? Have you talked to the VA doc concerning side effects of this med that your private doc is so concerned about?

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