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Jun 23, 2018 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

Oh, my goodness…my heart just breaks for you!! It makes my problems so small!!! I am just so sorry for your situation..I just wish I could help in some way!!
I tried very hard to get local care ok'd for a Private Care physician, but they checked and said I live just a mile or two of being too close, so the answer was no on that. 🙁 It takes an hour and a half to reach the VA hospital from here.
And yes, I wrote my congressman!!! THANK YOU!! THAT is a GREAT idea!! I will share everything I hear from them.
I have stressed to the VA that I am not so much looking for pain medication as I am for treatment (such as with a chiropractor).
I do wish my Primary VA doctor was not so much against ibuprofen (over-the-counter). Or even Tylenol or Aspirin.
I know my Primary Doctor is very angry at me right now, but I had to tell the truth. And I am afraid of him now.
I know that my emotional health has a great deal to do with just how much I can tolerate this back pain.
Before I was a Veteran, my Family Doctor was just the BEST. I had SUCH a horrible shock after the Army when I started going to the VA hospital for any medical treatment.
At first, I had one woman doctor that was just so helpful and caring. But she soon retired, and that is when I got my present Primary Care Doctor.
I am so afraid as the advocate woman told me I should not be talking about ANY of this to ANYONE. The VA has real power. I have a permanent thyroid condition so must take thyroid medication for life. They could just easily cut me off, should they decide to. I also have a very serious heart condition (caused by the Army when I was seriously injured while on active duty) and must take heart medication for life, too. They could easily take it away from me.
I had better go.. just starting to shake a lot.. very scared of retribution by the VA..
BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LISTENING!!

Jun 23, 2018 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

The above message only meant for@gailb. Thank you.

Jun 23, 2018 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

I have literally been at the end of my rope. Thank goodness, I received your e-mail!!
For the last few days, I have been completely wrecked..soul, body and mind.
I made an attempt to stand up for myself and my health in regards to my Primary Care Provider at the VA Hospital.
I wrote directly (I live too far away for a visit) to the woman in charge of being an "advocate" for veterans at the hospital.
I asked her if there was any way the VA could make provisions so they could pay for me to see a local Chiropractor, or ANY Chiropractor, for my lower back pain.. I asked for nothing else.
I told her my Primary Care Provider will absolutely NOT give me ANY kind of medication, no treatment, no pain pills,and no muscle relaxers, not even ibuprofen for my severe, unbearable back pain.
I told her my very recent MRI showed bulging and leaking disks and many other things..
I sent the message to her.
It was only a few hours later that I received a reply. She had taken my message directly to my Primary Health Provider and shown him what I had written. He was furious. Beyond furious.
The woman advocate told me I am now being banned from writing any more such messages or trying to see or talk to any other doctor about my back pain.
I was stunned..utterly stunned.
The VA knows they are in total control of my health.
One thing I do know, when I see my Primary Care Doctor next (coming up very soon), he is going to let me have it in the worse possible way.
I am scared to death.
I am sorry.. this is all I know to write.
Living with such excruciating pain..this is no life.
I just will try to keep on, somehow.

Jun 21, 2018 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

I have been doing a lot of serious thinking, and just feel too guilty because I am bringing all my back pain/doctor problems to this forum.
I will then say good-bye and thank you to all..I just have to defeat my own problems and handle my doctor the best way I can…
But….Thank you again, with all my heart…..

Jun 21, 2018 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

How blessed you are!! I am so happy for you.. you are a wonderful, caring person and deserve no less!!!

Jun 21, 2018 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

Every so often, my VA Primary Care doctor will ask me about making an appointment for a pap smear and/or a mammogram. One time, he said to me, "You know, I don't really care if you EVER want me to schedule them. I am PAID as a doctor to SAY I care, but truthfully, I couldn't care less.".
I left there thinking that maybe all doctors secretly feel this way, and maybe my doctor was just being exceptionally truthful to me and I should feel honored.
Perhaps this explains his attitude about my back pain now..???

Jun 21, 2018 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

So sorry.. made a typo. ti should say, "WITHOUT your primary doctor's approval".

Jun 21, 2018 · Chronic Back Pain for Years in Spine Health

Yes, thank you so much!!!!