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VA too slow need help!!

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  • Posted By: suuntowarrior
  • February 21, 2007
  • 06:15 AM

The VA is slow and not very helpful. I am having the following problems. I do have medicare but have not used but starting to think I need too. Weight Loss: lost about 27lbs in 3 months. Extreme fatigue, followed by insomina. Sleeping in excess of 16 hours at once. Incredible appeitite cannot stop eating(desire for nothing unusal). Dry Mouth. Unreal thirst. Memory loss, bad mood swings(anger,crying) Confusion, lack of concentration or following detailed instructions. Falling asleep behind the wheel. Had blood test and showed low levels of b12. Doc told me to change diet and would reval in 2 weeks. Had reval done (2 weeks ago) and have not been called by doc. Have sleep study scheduled for this coming monday. Doc will not return my calls and I dont know if I should wait or seek treatment elsewhere. 36yo male with asthma PTD, HNP. Thanks for help. Have been ruled our for diabetes.

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  • The VA is slow and not very helpful. I am having the following problems. I do have medicare but have not used but starting to think I need too. Weight Loss: lost about 27lbs in 3 months. Extreme fatigue, followed by insomina. Sleeping in excess of 16 hours at once. Incredible appeitite cannot stop eating(desire for nothing unusal). Dry Mouth. Unreal thirst. Memory loss, bad mood swings(anger,crying) Confusion, lack of concentration or following detailed instructions. Falling asleep behind the wheel. Had blood test and showed low levels of b12. Doc told me to change diet and would reval in 2 weeks. Had reval done (2 weeks ago) and have not been called by doc. Have sleep study scheduled for this coming monday. Doc will not return my calls and I dont know if I should wait or seek treatment elsewhere. 36yo male with asthma PTD, HNP. Thanks for help. Have been ruled our for diabetes.Sorry, what's VA?Besides that- you sound like you are toxic, very toxic.It sounds like you are experiencing general organ fatigue and organ inflammation.Please, visit an Acupuncturist; if you can find a Doctor of Oriental Medicine who knows NAET and/or Kinesiology, even better.Continue drinking water, avoid processed foods, food additives, sugar, caffeine.Drink ginger tea, also Onion tea (helped me a lot in my moment of crisis).Try eating more fruits and leafy greens (particularly raw) w/o bottled salad dressings. Try some sea vegetables and turmeric spice on your food.Try more Omega 3 in your diet and/or take flaxseed oil.Take a high quality multi vitamin supplement.Best,Eatafruit78.Arlington, VA.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 06:08 PM
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  • I am not sure what state you live in but my personal experience with VA facilities has been nothing short of a nightmare. My husband went undiagnosed for 7 months with an occlusion in his aorta. I am a clinical nurse and I repeatedly told the doctor’s at the VA that my husband was not getting blood to his legs. He had all 6 symptoms of an occlusion of the aorta. The Dr.’s wouldn’t listen to me and continued to chase around some kind of neurological problem they thought he had. Unfortunately at the time we did not have health insurance so the VA was our only option. I finally got hired in at a local hospital and obtained health insurance and immediately took my husband to an outside (or what I call a real Doctor) and my husband was admitted immediately and they performed an emergency aorta bi-femoral bypass. When I asked the doctor if my husband would make it he said yes but that he would probably lose his left leg. Thank God he did not lose his leg but he has had so many problems due to the nerve damage that was caused by the lack of blood flow to his legs. He can not feel his left foot because it is numb all the time and he is now in constant pain and is now impotent. I am not sure what your financial situation is but there are programs through job and family services that caseworkers will not tell you about unless you ask to apply. There is a program called CMS (county medical services) you can get this supplemental Medicaid insurance for a number of reason. You can get this insurance if you are medication dependant (ex. Asthma, hypertension or heart meds) if your income is below the federal poverty level for your state, if you are disabled (you do not have to be deemed disabled by the SS board, only by your doctors, although if you are receiving SSD or SSI it would greatly help your case) or if you are elderly. From what I understand they pretty much deny everyone the first time (much like social security), at least they did me and my husband. We wrote a letter to our congressman and contacted an agency that provides free assistance to people who are denied coverage. When my caseworker got word of what we had done she called me immediately and they revoked my denial and gave both my husband and I coverage immediately, we didn’t even have to appeal their decision. They even back dated the insurance coverage for 6 months. We do have a spend down, which means that we have to spend so much ourselves each month to get coverage, but the nice thing about the spend down is that you do not actually have to have paid a doctor/hospital bill, you simply have to incur a charge for medical treatment. Since my husband and I did not have insurance for many years we had racked up about $17,000 in unpaid medical bills. Our case worker never told us we could use old doctor/hospital bills towards our spend down. I found out on my own a year later that we could submit these bills, so I submitted all $17,000 of them into my caseworker and we now have free Medicaid coverage for the next 49 months. Now when my husband's Medicare doesn't cover something his Medicaid usually does. This information won’t help you in the here and now because it takes about 3 months or so to get a denial/award letter but it could help you with future health problems and medical bills. My husband still uses the VA facilities for his prescriptions and for band aid type problems but I would never again allow him to be in the hands of the VA for anything even slightly serious ever again. They ***n near killed him. If I were you I would find a (REAL) doctor outside the VA that accepts medicare and get to work on trying to obtain the supplemental medicaid insurance to give yourself more options and coverage. I think I gave you everything you should need to check into the CMS program but just in case I didn’t my email is lilwhitepaws@yahoo.com. Feel free to contact me if you need anymore assistance. Best of Luck to you and I hope this information helps.
    lilwhitepaws 5 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 11:49 PM
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  • The VA is slow and not very helpful. I am having the following problems. I do have medicare but have not used but starting to think I need too. Weight Loss: lost about 27lbs in 3 months. Extreme fatigue, followed by insomina. Sleeping in excess of 16 hours at once. Incredible appeitite cannot stop eating(desire for nothing unusal). Dry Mouth. Unreal thirst. Memory loss, bad mood swings(anger,crying) Confusion, lack of concentration or following detailed instructions. Falling asleep behind the wheel. Had blood test and showed low levels of b12. Doc told me to change diet and would reval in 2 weeks. Had reval done (2 weeks ago) and have not been called by doc. Have sleep study scheduled for this coming monday. Doc will not return my calls and I dont know if I should wait or seek treatment elsewhere. 36yo male with asthma PTD, HNP. Thanks for help. Have been ruled our for diabetes.Have them check you for diabetes. Before my son was diagnosed he had extreme fatique, extreme thirst, trouble healing wounds, mood swings, etc. If you have type 1 it can kill you within months. Ask for the test. When I took my son to the ER the doctor made fun of me when I said I thought my son might have diabetes, four hours later this same doctor was rushing him into Intesive Care. They said he wouldn't have last another 12 hours. He was diagnosed just in time.
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  • go to www.ahummingbirdsguide.com go to symptoms page...see how many sx you have...all of yours are there and then some write down the ones you have...take it to a dr...it is an autoimmune disease caused by a virus which can be spread respiratory, saliva, blood and body fluids and sexually. I've been sick for 4 years with insomnia dry mouth memory loss mood swings...it's all there...good luck...mommy cat
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