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Physican Doesn't Give Full Report?

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Due to surgery, a year ago May, I've been experiencing on going pain and discomfort. General surgery sent me for a CT scan on the 18th of May, and "discussed" the results. General surgery was talking about removing a permanent stitch, they felt was causing the problem. I went in early on Tuesday, picked up a copy of the CT scan from release of information.

Since a numbing shot didn't work, and actually caused more pain, they decided not to do the removal. Not once did any of the Doctors mention that a spot was noted on my lung, nor did they mention that I have abdominal aortic calcification, more significant before the bifurcation. Both conditions can actually be a sign of a life threatening condition, yet not one of the Doctors mentioned it, much less suggest I see anyone for it!

I understand it was General surgery, but I would think, considering THEY ordered the CT scan, they would actually look at any and all possible medical conditions a patient should be informed about! Had I not gotten a copy of the CT scan, I still would have no idea. My Primary transferred to the hospital, from the clinic I go to, so at the present time I do not have a Primary Doctor. How would I have found out about these conditions? I am NOT a happy camper, as they did this same thing back in 1977, leaving me untreated for decades for another serious condition!

Make sure you get copies of any and all procedures!!

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Never assume anything about the VA.

Great advice and be sure and get a full copy of your C File

Veterans deserve real choice for their health care.

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I agree with getting your claims folder! I, unfortunately didn't, and can't until my claims are finished.

I am so angry at the VA right now I could spit nails. Not only didn't they notify me of the results of the CT scan, other than concerning the hernia repairs, now they just want to put me on pain killers instead of correcting the problem! With the VA, it seems, when in doubt, dope up the Veteran to keep his/her quiet!

Old soldiers never die.... we just fight new wars!

Proud to have served, U.S. Army WAC

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If you feel VA was negligent in any way in treating you, or not diagnosing and/or treating any medical condition ( any omission of an act that would have been appropriate) that they were aware of, then you need to consider -=in our FTCA forum- the info on FTCA claims as well as Section 1151 ,38 USC.

FTCA -2 years from knowledge of alleged malpractice or negligence is the usual Statute of Limits.

1151 claims- no time limit.

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Sameo to us -They (VA) have 38 CFR ,38 USC, and M21-1- but so do we.

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  • HadIt.com Elder

You know I had a bump on my leg . I had the VA do a CT scan on it. They found no problem but found problems with blockage in veins and arteries in my leg. Due to this CT I filed for artery disease which somehow ended up as heart disease. No one at the VA ever told me I had a problem except what I read in the radiologist report. I found that this is a common secondary condition to my DMII. I got this from VBM. I filed for it and got 0% then appealed and got 60%. Get VA to do CT scan on your leg or legs. That is where future heart problems often begin to show up. If there is calcification in your leg vein and arteries you have a problem you probably are not even aware of now. VA and other medical types wait until you have a heart attack before starting any treatment to prevent the future problems.

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