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Old 8 November 2017, 19:44
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I have to say that this sucks when I hear it. The VA has not lived up to it's purpose in many years. I ahve heard the horror stories from WWII vets.

That being said, I went out and got my own docs. I refuse to use the VA. After all the horror stories, I can just deal with what I have going on myself.
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Old 11 November 2017, 22:03
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After retiring from Navy I went to work for the VA. I am confused are the doctors refusing to treat your conditions or were you denied compensation for medical conditions from your military service ? These are two different animals one is health care and the other is benefits ( money), Since you have a lawyer I assume its compensation. The key to compensation is the condition in your medical records or do you have a presumptive condition from Gulf War ? Do not lose patience the VA compensation process is crazy keep plugging away and do NOT take the first no. Appeal appeal appeal. Good luck
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Old 12 November 2017, 09:21
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After retiring from Navy I went to work for the VA. I am confused are the doctors refusing to treat your conditions or were you denied compensation for medical conditions from your military service ? These are two different animals one is health care and the other is benefits ( money), Since you have a lawyer I assume its compensation. The key to compensation is the condition in your medical records or do you have a presumptive condition from Gulf War ? Do not lose patience the VA compensation process is crazy keep plugging away and do NOT take the first no. Appeal appeal appeal. Good luck
My doctor is treating me for Fibro but she did not put a diaognosis in my charts.
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Old 12 November 2017, 12:59
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This site may help you with your claim, there are some incredibly knowledgeable people there including current and former VA raters (ones that rate claims)
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/vets...r-illness-f71/
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Old 12 November 2017, 15:33
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This site may help you with your claim, there are some incredibly knowledgeable people there including current and former VA raters (ones that rate claims)
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/vets...r-illness-f71/
After all the paper work is complete, then it goes before (4 to 5) Doctor's who each review the Veterans claim, after each Doctor has filled out there findings then the (I will call it a score sheet) for what each Doctor finding are. One Doctor could state 5% an the other Doctors rate the item as 10%. the claim will be reviewed again by several Doctors for there finding. 100% of the time the 10% will stand.

A lot also depends on how the P&C exam was typed up.
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Old 13 November 2017, 12:25
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At the medical center you can go see the patient advocate if your getting screwed and they can find answered for you
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Old 13 November 2017, 13:49
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At the medical center you can go see the patient advocate if your getting screwed and they can find answered for you
That can be helpful, but I have encountered issues from time to time when patient advocates gave me incorrect information, counterproductive advice, and even contradicted each other. Your mileage may vary.
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Old 13 November 2017, 15:32
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That can be helpful, but I have encountered issues from time to time when patient advocates gave me incorrect information, counterproductive advice, and even contradicted each other. Your mileage may vary.
I have found the same.

That office is to smooth shit for the Hospital, not necessarily to assist the vet. My wife kept reminding me that I could go to jail.

A call to a congressman can be the best route. We are on a first name basis with our Reps secretary.
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Old 13 November 2017, 15:46
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well I calmed down enough to call the VA and leave a message for my VA doctor asking why fibromyalgia was not in her records. Now I wait to see if she calls back, I seriously doubt she will.I got my meds in the mail the other day and it is cymbalta for pain management so we will see.
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Old 14 November 2017, 11:27
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well my doctor did call me back thismorning and told me she didnt have a code for Fibro. she said it is usually given by a neurologists. dont know what to do at this point
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well my doctor did call me back thismorning and told me she didnt have a code for Fibro. she said it is usually given by a neurologists. dont know what to do at this point
Well, I'd start with having her refer you to neuro so they can document the diagnoses and, perhaps, get a more refined treatment plan by a neurologist...
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Old 19 December 2017, 17:12
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I had my C&P Exam for Fibro and Chronic Fatique today I think it went well. I am going to my PMC doc in the morning and will hopefully get diagnosed officially even though I have been taking meds for it for 5 months now.
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I now am going to see Neurologists , sooner or later. and Im going to start saving money to go see a private doctor.
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Old 20 December 2017, 16:07
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I have to say that this sucks when I hear it. The VA has not lived up to it's purpose in many years. I ahve heard the horror stories from WWII vets.

That being said, I went out and got my own docs. I refuse to use the VA. After all the horror stories, I can just deal with what I have going on myself.
I havent been able to work a full time job since 2002 so I dont have insurance and have to you to the VA but I have already called a Urgent Care Clinic in town and Im planning to go there also.I think it will cost about 500 bucks.
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I did for about 8 years, I never won a claim until I got a lawyer.
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Old 23 January 2018, 11:10
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Update. I am seeing Neurologist at the VA on the first and also going to The American University on the Feb 9th to be in a Gulf War Illness study. I hope I get something that can help me. I stopped taking the Cymbalta.
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Update. I stopped taking the Cymbalta.
Why did you stop?
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Old 11 March 2018, 13:49
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Why did you stop?
its was giving me headaches when I took two pills a day but Im back on itbecauseit does helpwith the nerve pain in my legs and feet. sorry for the late reply.

Update. I went to Washington DC on march 9th to be in a Gulf War Illness Study. They are really trying to help Gulf War vets. I saw Dr. Baranuik and he really seems to be on the ball. Im looking forward to finishing the study. Im still waiting on the VA.
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well my doctor did call me back thismorning and told me she didnt have a code for Fibro. she said it is usually given by a neurologists. dont know what to do at this point
All MDs fill out a billing code sheet (the codes come from the ICD10, which is International Classification of Disease)and are how Doctors support the time they charge for. These must be coded to allow billing.

Fibromyalgia M79.7
IBS K58.0 (with diarrhea)
IBS K58.9 (without diarrhea)

This took 30 seconds on Google. The Doctor is being lazy and giving you the runaround.
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