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Hello All,

Need some suggestions, I served on Active Duty for 9 years and then joined the reserves before my contract ended. I have now been in the reserves for 4 years.
I was artillery during my AD time and it was frowned upon to go to medical for anything, I smashed my hand between the garage door and the howitzer pushing it out and was told not to go to medical. Finally after a week, I went to an off base urgent care facility and found that I had fractured two bones in my hand and they put a half cast on my pink and ring fingers and going up my hand. Well I received a page 11 for not following an order, so that was my wake up call into the unit. Going forward I rarely went to medical and I have had many injuries since. I deployed in 06/07 and in 09 and after returning home my wife started saying I was choking in my sleep, so I went to my family doctor at the time outside Quantico (no longer a doctors office) and was prescribed a CPAP machine. I used it for about a year and some change and left the military to go back home. I began the lengthy process with filing a claim with the VA only to be denied.

I am now currently in the reserves which is no better, I injured my back when I was in Iraq falling from a wrecker and at the time I was on 800 mg ibuprofen about 6 times a day. I did something to my back again in 2014 during a training exercise to the point I could not move, the unit has now been going back and forth with RMED since 2014 and still has yet to come back with approval. I have been going to the VA for appointments and having them take a look at my back since orthopedic/physical therapy through civilian care is killing my pockets.

My military medical records are MIA and I never made copies. I have a copy of my original sleep study but it does not show the actual study it just gives the doctors narrative and what he prescribed at the time.

I originally started going to the VA for counseling sessions for PTSD/in service stress but stopped due to the issue with service connection PTSD causing issues with security clearances and other issues and at the time I was serving on the police force in a local town.

Is there anything I can do currently that will help with submitting my claim, should I get my current VA doctor to recommend anything, or should I find a good doctor on the outside of the VA? My back pain is probably the biggest factor and now is causing a lot of issues with my knees. I also have high blood pressure, I am still fighting with sleep issues. I have little documentation from doctors but do have a decent record with my chiropractor over the past 4 years since moving back home.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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