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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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Well the guy who told me appears not to be working for the VA any longer. He was a "resident" who was a anesthesiologist working on getting another degree but he was working in Pain Management. Now I see the real Neurologist who knows exactly what is going on with me.

They upped the Gabapentin to 900mg 4x a day, given me amitriptyline for depression and pain and hydrocodone for the pain. I wish there was something better than the high doses of Gabapentin because it sedates the crap out of me and I can't do nothing. I hate that stuff because it causes me to sleep 10 hours a day!!!!

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quote name="StreetWalker" post="319424" timestamp="1383355097"] I took Lyrica for a few years. Received it from the VA. Your PCP has to be on your side to get it. Every time you order it your PCP

Well since my last post on this they have changed the hydrocodone/Vicodine to Oxycodone/Percocet and it works better than anything else I've taken. Yes I get constipated and it feels like I've had had

"So, the next time your PCP or any other doctor tells you that you might get addicted you tell him to do some research that shows people who have chronic pain does NOT get addicted, period. The stats

You know I was thinking about the medications. It wasn't Cymbalta but Celebrex they don't dispense. My memory is shot, sorry about that.

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How hard is it to get a VA physician to order and EMG or X-rays with dye? I have mentioned it twice now to my provider and she acts like she has never heard of the procedure. I even mentioned that the VAMC in OK has a spine care center but she stated she wasn't aware of such a program. I have told her that I have pain radiating down my legs, more left but still bi-laterally and she acted like she was confused. I have even given her my last two MRi's from this year and she acts baffled. It's a little unnerving. I can't seem to find the certain way I need to stand or walk in order for the shooting pain to be under control and for the numbness to go away. I'm starting to get a little inpatient and aggravated and a little worried as it seems my symptoms are getting harder to manage and keep in check. Ice, stretches and stim unit to the rescue. :unsure:

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Good luck with Pain Management. I had a GREAT doctor but his nurse was a butt. Neither Gaba nor Lyrica worked for me but they started me out with some other stuff. I would for sure tell them what you have been on and what does not work. On active duty I had the Celebrex, it CAN make your BP go up and heart issues, so be careful of that if you get it.

If your pain is a ten, then tell them. If you are falling down that needs to be knows. My memory is shot but the best thing to do is make a simple log to write it down; date, time, pain scale, pain feels like, meds taken, what makes it worse/easier, did something aggravate it because they will always try to say "that is why it is like that, so just kill that bird there), did you fall from the pain. Just something like that or how you like, my memory is gone and I need all the help in the world.

I was unable to walk, went to the VA UC and was diagnosed with "constipation" causing my nerve and muscle pain. OMG

Good luck,


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