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  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims


    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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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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I have been using "Voltaren GEL" for about a month.  Its a presctiption NSAID that you rub onto sore joints especially for arthritis and other joint pain.  

Its awesome.  I got it at the VA, after my wife's doc recommended it for her and gave her physician samples of a similar brand.  

IT RELEIVES THE PAIN INSTANTLY.  No waiting an hour or so for pills to work.  You rub it on.  

I had to ask my VA PCP for it, and he gladly wrote me a prescription for it.  

Its better than Vicodin as it works faster.  

I highly recommend it, I realize not everyone can take it (if you have heart trouble, etc.)  I suggest you ask your doc, I love the pain relief.  

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I might ask my PCP for some? I'd try anything for relief.

Thanks Broncovet.

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You may have to quit other nsaid's if you are taking those orally.  Im not sure.  You can tell your doc you will quit the other nsaid's  if you try Voltaren and it works, like it does for me.  I read the reviews, and they were very positive.  About 65 percent of 130 reviewers gave it either a "9" or a "10" for pain relief.  You probably dont want to take Voltaren AND a bunch of other nsaid's at the same time.  

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