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3 hours ago, Shootist Jeff said:

If you come back to the states for good, which young polish girl are you bringing with you???

All of them obviously!   :lol:

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BTW, even thought I don't post very often (my 4600 posts are scattered over 16 or so years)I have been here since the first few months of SA and I consider you and anyone else who slithered in here post circa 2008 newbs and I have yet to see some fair skinned Polish tatas.

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Fuck, fuck and fuckity fuck Ed. Sorry to hear about this. Lost my mom to Alzheimer's and at 65 watching out for symptoms to develop as I get older. Hope the VA can get some help for your needs. Keep your attitude tuned up and the group will always be here when you need us. Take care of yourself.

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4 hours ago, Guitar said:

Fuck, fuck and fuckity fuck Ed. Sorry to hear about this. Lost my mom to Alzheimer's and at 65 watching out for symptoms to develop as I get older. Hope the VA can get some help for your needs. Keep your attitude tuned up and the group will always be here when you need us. Take care of yourself.

Thanks. I have many Alzheimer,s like symptoms but I am pretty sure what I have in my head is related to the problems with the nerves in my legs, feet and hands.  So not only am I loosing my mind but my mobility as well.  It kinda sucks, but I laugh a lot because that's better than crying!  I prefer to be happy.  If the damn VA would get off their ass, I might try to get this shit straightened out or at least have more info.  Any information is better than "We don't know."  You guys are the best bunch of knuckleheads and assholes ever.  I couldn't do it as well without the support I get here!  

 

Keep the cards, letters, jokes and insults coming folks.  Fuck, I love this place!  :lol:

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Hey, I had a bunch of weird neural problems, pain in leg arms etc, drooping face, back pain, brain farts etc. got a bit worse each year.
Did not complain to much by doctors, only got tested for Lyme.
Started to get really annoyed about it, had a plan for future to start a business, so paid for an scan packet at private clinic out of own pocket just to make sure I was fine.
Drove from west Netherlands to Germany, 4 hr drive, 4 hrs of scanning, hart films etc, got the result, thyroid cancer, more then 4 cm big, thats big they said.
it was already late, in the winter, had to drive home 4 hrs again, was alone, in the dark, lots to think about.

A few weeks later a day before xmas 2016 I was operated, complete removal. recovering since then. Still happy to be alive and I was early enough to have it not spread out more dangerously. So prospect of getting old enough is good. But quality of live took a big blow, I am 50 and my energy level is very low, I am not reacting good to the medication. Lucky I had an active and adventurous lifestyle before, first normal job I had was at 41 :) Sailed and build boats and lived both sides of the Atlantic and Med. Crossed Atlantic solo, etc.

So I had a thyroid cancer, and the normal signs of that (tiredness, mood swings etc) I did not really notice so did not tell the doctor. And the nerve thing was really not expected. So this was missed. Atypical signs, story of my life...

So think wide, if I was blood tested in a wide area it would have been discovered years earlier. Keep tossing up ideas to the doctors.

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13 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

I thought about it.  It would be an intensely incredible experience. My brother lives in New Jersey about 1 hour from Manhattan.  But I would have to fly there because I can't trust myself to drive 6-7 hours and then the tickets would be a minimum of $500.00, probably much more. I have the money but that's an expensive weekend and I have grandchildren to spoil, I have already spent about $6,000 on them for various necessities and I have only been here for a little more than 2 weeks.! And that's not including the $3,500 for air travel and car rental.  Grand kid expenses are measured in boat bucks I'm discovering.

 

Did you see the Broadway show?

yes.   think of it as an oral autobiography with acoustic song thrown in.  not a concert, not a musical, not a play.  pretty sure it's been extended through fall.

and yeah, it wasn't cheap - but nothing is in the city.

(and ... he uses a teleprompter)

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56 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

Have your Dr's ruled out ataxia ?...

They have.  They have ruled out many things, they said when it gets bad enough they might find something and will know.  I guess that's better than nothing.  I think I am getting to that point.  If I know something then at least I can make some plans.

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4 hours ago, LeoV said:

Hey, I had a bunch of weird neural problems, pain in leg arms etc, drooping face, back pain, brain farts etc. got a bit worse each year.
Did not complain to much by doctors, only got tested for Lyme.
Started to get really annoyed about it, had a plan for future to start a business, so paid for an scan packet at private clinic out of own pocket just to make sure I was fine.
Drove from west Netherlands to Germany, 4 hr drive, 4 hrs of scanning, hart films etc, got the result, thyroid cancer, more then 4 cm big, thats big they said.
it was already late, in the winter, had to drive home 4 hrs again, was alone, in the dark, lots to think about.

A few weeks later a day before xmas 2016 I was operated, complete removal. recovering since then. Still happy to be alive and I was early enough to have it not spread out more dangerously. So prospect of getting old enough is good. But quality of live took a big blow, I am 50 and my energy level is very low, I am not reacting good to the medication. Lucky I had an active and adventurous lifestyle before, first normal job I had was at 41 :) Sailed and build boats and lived both sides of the Atlantic and Med. Crossed Atlantic solo, etc.

So I had a thyroid cancer, and the normal signs of that (tiredness, mood swings etc) I did not really notice so did not tell the doctor. And the nerve thing was really not expected. So this was missed. Atypical signs, story of my life...

So think wide, if I was blood tested in a wide area it would have been discovered years earlier. Keep tossing up ideas to the doctors.

Wow Leo, that was a hell of an experience for you.  I am like you, I have done many things in my life and I have no regrets.  I have forgotten how many jobs I have had, the longest was 6 years, most were 1-2 years, move on, another country, another adventure.  I hate not being able to function correctly but I have many memories of a life well lived.  I will keep on pushing until I can't.  I think about many things, all of the time.  Unfortunately, even thinking is difficult now.  

Maybe we can meet in Germany sometime or maybe I will be in the Netherlands in the future, I love Amsterdam!

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On 5/13/2018 at 3:44 PM, Ed Lada said:

Often the stock answer is "It sucks to be you but we just can't explain why you are fucked, except that you are."  

I'd rreeeeaally interested to see how the (presumedly) socialised medicine at home differs from, say, Highmark/Blue Cross.  I'm "recovering" [sic] from C1-C2 fusion by means of two titanium drywall screws apiece connected by two parallel-to-spine  rods and a little bit of hip bone.  The young talent at the physical therapy place never seem to disappoint for entertainment, while the "my age" chick does a good handie on my upper neck with stretches and pressure-point releases. 

Now, the question about disparate Health Care methods has to do with the year-and-a-half that I went with Spike headaches and loss of cognitive functions weather directly related words simply due to Chronic sleep deprivation.  Dr Google is often a quack - but did call this one pretty well near the beginning by some sources speaking about nerve/spinal cord impingement that presents as localised, random head pain known as "ice pick" headaches. 

My neurosurgeon from previous lumbar problems seems pretty sharp, so, 2 nonths later, I get an office visit. It took the obligatory X-Ray, CT-Scan, and another 6 months for a first MRI at which point some stenosis around C4-C5 was evident.  OK, so, PT for a while. Minimal relief.  This led to direction to one of your really hot, smokin' Polish chicks (Pychynski, 35-38 yrs age) who got me some cognitive functuon tests, useless meds, and I think another something or other.   it might have been a full head MRI and MRA for cranial lesions or blood pressure or some such things;  looking into my skull, they saw nothing...

OK, it's  a little over a year now and a follow-up with the neurosurgeon sees a second MRI of my neck called for, only higher up.  I go back to the  neurosurgeon for those results.His PA tells me that I have two problems that they want to start looking at with surgery.  One is the aforementioned C4-C5 flattening that could help with some head stuff, due to muscle inflation that neither PT nor drugs are adequately controlling. This is also in light of nerve tingling in arms & fingers and a tendancy to drop stuff (drinks, soldering irons, etc).  The other piece of work is something "new" after 12-14 months of study,  seen just now in this most recent MRI: the C1 to C2 issue to which they now ascribe the actual ice pick headaches.

Maybe they Googled it.

Anyway, the suggestion was for the lower one (C4/5) to get worked on first, due to motor sklls.  Bearing in mind that a disability-retired friend "died" due to untreatable pain from a bullet lodged in his neck (Oakland PD, only one of 5 friends' suicide losses involving a gun),  I considered how long I, too, was willig to live like this.  Leaving out the thought process, I chose the C1/2 surgery first.  that was Feb 13 this year.

...cut, cut, sawzall, drill, glue, stitch...

Hey! The outright "spike" bulshit is all but disappeared once in awhile something kind of tries to creep in but that's only once every several days at worst and not very strong.

For those contemplating this kind of work, I cannot emphasize the degree to which a long recovery and the attendant instructions must be followed, and then some.  Things have been here & there, though - after 3 days of trying to live "normally" (remove car wheels, replace brake pads; tilt over a 30' home weather station tower, add sky camera and a Ubiquity long-range WiFi bridge; triage new-to-me jet-ski for steering cable replacement; other BS), what is active now and continues for almost a week are a prominent back of head ache and continuing neck tension and dizziess despite some of the best PT and therapy around.  Now, if she was single, impure thoughts would prevail.

It's a journey, that's for sure, this nerve shyte.  Oh,  a note about mail-order TENS stimulators - use with adult supervision.  after trying one this weekend, i took it to therapy and compared it, also, to something from Germany's past.  Fuque Me, that little dial goes from zero to 3-ish, then from there to uncontrolled bowel release by 4.   And it's  "FDA Approved".  The cheerleader at PT helped set it up similarly to their combat grade TENS truth-extractor on the cart....

So, Ed, i'm especially interested in how you progress through your ordeal.  Best wishes.  PM at any time.

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I feel for ya, Ed (although I still think perhaps your blood levels are low on pork or something, what with being in the States now).  Everyone is different, but I think I'd rather have the "you need to go to your doctor *now*" response than "Uh, we have no idea what's going on."  BTDT with both. 

Good luck, and keep us posted.  Here's hoping there's a path and timeline to treatment soon.  I'll have some kielbasa this weekend in your honor. . .

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21 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

Wow Leo, that was a hell of an experience for you.  I am like you, I have done many things in my life and I have no regrets.  I have forgotten how many jobs I have had, the longest was 6 years, most were 1-2 years, move on, another country, another adventure.  I hate not being able to function correctly but I have many memories of a life well lived.  I will keep on pushing until I can't.  I think about many things, all of the time.  Unfortunately, even thinking is difficult now.  

Maybe we can meet in Germany sometime or maybe I will be in the Netherlands in the future, I love Amsterdam!

Nah, not to bad experience, happy to live in a country with good healthcare and social security. I am not bitching any more about the tax levels we have.
My lesson learned, keep asking the doctor for any test possible, even the weird ones :)

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On 5/16/2018 at 9:54 PM, sunseeker said:
On 5/16/2018 at 8:57 PM, Shootist Jeff said:

If you come back to the states for good, which young polish girl are you bringing with you???

Why do you think he’d only bring one?

Because most airlines have a single carry-on limit.....  :D

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Holy shit, all this talk of getting old and infirm sucks!  I am not a fan of this old age thing.  I honestly believe I would rather literally pull the trigger and check out before ending up with late stage Alzheimer's or with a debilitating injury or condition that was incurable and left me immobile with little quality of life.  I just don't see the point in going through it or worse yet putting your loved ones through it.  

And to be clear, I'm not in any way suggesting anything to edmund.  Its just a general observation that if things got bad enough, I don't understand how some people go on and how some family members prolong this suffering sometimes for years when the person gets past the point of being able to make the decision themselves.  

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11 minutes ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Holy shit, all this talk of getting old and infirm sucks!  I am not a fan of this old age thing.  I honestly believe I would rather literally pull the trigger and check out before ending up with late stage Alzheimer's or with a debilitating injury or condition that was incurable and left me immobile with little quality of life.  I just don't see the point in going through it or worse yet putting your loved ones through it.  

And to be clear, I'm not in any way suggesting anything to edmund.  Its just a general observation that if things got bad enough, I don't understand how some people go on and how some family members prolong this suffering sometimes for years when the person gets past the point of being able to make the decision themselves.  

Thankfully a flight to Switzerland isn’t too hard to jump onto when the time comes. 

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3 hours ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Holy shit, all this talk of getting old and infirm sucks!  I am not a fan of this old age thing.  I honestly believe I would rather literally pull the trigger and check out before ending up with late stage Alzheimer's or with a debilitating injury or condition that was incurable and left me immobile with little quality of life.  I just don't see the point in going through it or worse yet putting your loved ones through it.  

And to be clear, I'm not in any way suggesting anything to edmund.  Its just a general observation that if things got bad enough, I don't understand how some people go on and how some family members prolong this suffering sometimes for years when the person gets past the point of being able to make the decision themselves.  

I agree completely.  I have many friends that are doctors, including my best friend here.  We have made plans.  The only trouble with it is the timing, if you wait too long, you are too caught up in dementia to remember what you planned!  It's a fine line.

It's a hell of a thing to put the family through.  My daughter told me she will take care of me if it comes to that.  I told her I couldn't do that to her, she has her hands full with  her twins.   I will go to the VA for care if necessary, in a VA facility for such things.  My mother died of a malignant brain tumor when she was 60 years old and it was 6 months of hell, watching a once wonderful, intelligent woman descend into a screaming, babbling shell of what she once was.  I never want to go through something like that again, and I don't want my daughter to have to experience it.

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4 hours ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Holy shit, all this talk of getting old and infirm sucks!  I am not a fan of this old age thing.  I honestly believe I would rather literally pull the trigger and check out before ending up with late stage Alzheimer's

That's what Phil Bolger did. He had a family history of Old Timers Disease and had decided to do just that before he got too debilitated to remember to do it.

When the symptoms showed up unmistakably he went into the woods behind his house and shot himself.

Luckily he was also a gun nut so he had the "tools" at hand.

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52 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

That's what Phil Bolger did. He had a family history of Old Timers Disease and had decided to do just that before he got too debilitated to remember to do it.

When the symptoms showed up unmistakably he went into the woods behind his house and shot himself.

Luckily he was also a gun nut so he had the "tools" at hand.

Oh..that is a thoughtful suggestion...of course it crosses everyone's minds...and I am a subscriber ...however I have noticed strong personalities advocating such go out like everyone else...with every medical attention serving their biomedical needs....until that last morphine drip stops dropping....even with an iron clad last directive if the attending Dr asks the confused patient would it be OK if we gave you a feeding tube, human survival instincts says sure...even though it never changes the outcome....sorry if I took a dark turn here...Hoping you find a Dx Ed

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Ed here is a test

you should look at this once a day

looking again the same time might be an early sign

but only if forgetting that you already looked that day

So to keep track of how you are doing you should look perhaps 10 times a day

and see if you can remember how many looks so far & how many to go till you have looked X amount of times

you're welcome in advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

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here is another test

if you notice the waffles are burning and the cat jumped on the counter - We Have BAD News for you

Otherwise There is Still Hope !!

 

 

 

 

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and indoor

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6 minutes ago, DA-WOODY said:

Ed here is a test

you should look at this once a day

looking again the same time might be an early sign

but only if forgetting that you already looked that day

So to keep track of how you are doing you should look perhaps 10 times a day

and see if you can remember how many looks so far & how many to go till you have looked X amount of times

you're welcome in advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Image may contain: one or more people

Oh this is good....back up a few posts when I asked Ed about ataxia...that was because my step father in law suffered and succumbed....fast forward to a few months ago when my ma in law was visiting, she is 87, she confided  to my wife that the nurses/workers in the care facility complained that he parked himself with a good view of the youngsters then pleasured himself, I am sure this was from a distance...cracked me up when my wife said he said he told the nurses...."my doctor said I could"....

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Here's a new one for any of you medical anarchists out there.  I felt like complete shit Thursday, all day, the last time I felt that bad was in 2005 when a severe infection and a subsequent heart attack almost killed me.  So I went to th ER at a local hospital.  Blood work and ahead CT.   Then more blood drawn.  CT came back negative for any gross lesions, stroke, etc.  Blood came back with elevated pancreatic enzymes.  

ER Doc:  Well, any history of pancreatitis, etc, your pancreatic enzymes are a bit elevated.

Me:Negative, no hx of any abdominal problems except gall bladder disease, gall bladder was removed, and some GERD that's under control.  How high?

Doc:  1,200.

Me, OK, what's normal?

Doc:  Oh, usually anything below 200.

Me:  Well doc, that sounds pretty high.

Doc:  Yeah, usually anything over 700 is an automatic admission.  Are you in any pain?  

Me:  No, none at all.

Doc:  Hmm, you should be doubled over in pain, turning yellow and vomiting with those levels, but I see your not.  Maybe you can see your family doc in a day or 2 and have him repeat the test and see what the result is.

Me:  OK, can I go home then?

Doc:  Yeah, I suppose, if we admit you we will just keep an eye on you.  You can go if you like.

Me:  OK, thanks, bye.

WTF, Like I need another problem, I like my pancreas, I have always treated it well.  I need that little gland, it's pretty damned important.  And I still am incredibly tired and feel like shit but no other symptoms.  I'm going to the local VA outpatient clinic on Monday to have them check my levels again, and we'll see what happens.  FML!

While I was in the ER, I was my usual jocular self, joking with the nurses, bickering with my best friends wife, and just generally having fun.  When I went to check out, I told the folks at the desk that they were all very nice but no offense, I hoped I wouldn't see them again.   They laughed and said don't worry, they would not forget me, and have a nice night.  We all laughed as I said goodbye  I think they enjoyed my visit.  I think.  I hope they weren't just being polite and they couldn't wait for me to get out of there.  :lol:

 

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11 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

your pancreatic enzymes are a bit elevated.

Doc:  Hmm, you should be doubled over in pain, turning yellow and vomiting with those levels

I love Doctorspeak.

"You will experience some discomfort"

AHHHHHHHHH - NOOOOOOO

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Pancreatic cancer?  I assumed they screened for that?

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Congrats Ish - that sets a new standard for arcane references.

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55 minutes ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Pancreatic cancer?  I assumed they screened for that?

Yes and no.  Imaging can find large lesions, but even MRIs aren't always perfect.  The abdomen is pretty crowded and the pancreas is small.  Another anarchist here that's an MD, suggested that the pancreatic enzymes could be causing my neurological symptoms.  If the fucking VA ever gives me a date for a primary care appointment, which is my gateway to specialists, I can ask them for the specific exams required to identify why my pancreas is behaving like it is.  It pisses me off that I have to wait more than 3 weeks now for a letter telling me when my primary appointment is.  Who knows how long I will have to wait until they can begin to start focusing on Identifying the problem, let alone getting to see a specialist to maybe help me.   Fuck me!

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5 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

I love Doctorspeak.

"You will experience some discomfort"

AHHHHHHHHH - NOOOOOOO

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

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3 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

Congrats Ish - that sets a new standard for arcane references.

I thick MikeWof mackes arcanerre refferances...                 :)  

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Yeah but there's the impact factor of references/ignores to consider...I'd say Ish has it nailed.

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15 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

Yes and no.  Imaging can find large lesions, but even MRIs aren't always perfect.  The abdomen is pretty crowded and the pancreas is small.  Another anarchist here that's an MD, suggested that the pancreatic enzymes could be causing my neurological symptoms. If the fucking VA ever gives me a date for a primary care appointment, which is my gateway to specialists, I can ask them for the specific exams required to identify why my pancreas is behaving like it is.  It pisses me off that I have to wait more than 3 weeks now for a letter telling me when my primary appointment is.  Who knows how long I will have to wait until they can begin to start focusing on Identifying the problem, let alone getting to see a specialist to maybe help me.   Fuck me!

How does VA work overseas ?....I used the VA for the 1st time 45 years after discharge, agent orange related prostate cancer so it was claim related . Possibly claim related procedures are handled differently. That said I had extremely mixed encounters from excellent to -10. I was able to have all diagnoses  with private docs then to the VA . It is very frustrating rarely seeing the same VA docs....they seem to move in out and around the system a lot. I guess what I am saying is if you can somehow use private first then go to the VA for treatment, many of the more advanced treatments are outsourced by the VA to private specialist....good luck and keep and ask for time and date stamped copies of everything. One more thing when back stateside google and find a local VSO they can be very helpful and don't cost anything...they know all the hoops to jump through and all the paper work pitfalls to navigate properly

https://www.longtermcarelink.net/ref_list_state_county_veterans_service_officers.htm

Tad

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15 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

Yes and no.  Imaging can find large lesions, but even MRIs aren't always perfect.  The abdomen is pretty crowded and the pancreas is small.  Another anarchist here that's an MD, suggested that the pancreatic enzymes could be causing my neurological symptoms.  If the fucking VA ever gives me a date for a primary care appointment, which is my gateway to specialists, I can ask them for the specific exams required to identify why my pancreas is behaving like it is.  It pisses me off that I have to wait more than 3 weeks now for a letter telling me when my primary appointment is.  Who knows how long I will have to wait until they can begin to start focusing on Identifying the problem, let alone getting to see a specialist to maybe help me.   Fuck me!

On the plus side, if it's pancreatic cancer you'll probably be dead by the time the appointment is set for..... It's one of the fastest ways to go.....

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55 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

How does VA work overseas ?....I used the VA for the 1st time 45 years after discharge, agent orange related prostate cancer so it was claim related . Possibly claim related procedures are handled differently. That said I had extremely mixed encounters from excellent to -10. I was able to have all diagnoses  with private docs then to the VA . It is very frustrating rarely seeing the same VA docs....they seem to move in out and around the system a lot. I guess what I am saying is if you can somehow use private first then go to the VA for treatment, many of the more advanced treatments are outsourced by the VA to private specialist....good luck and keep and ask for time and date stamped copies of everything. One more thing when back stateside google and find a local VSO they can be very helpful and don't cost anything...they know all the hoops to jump through and all the paper work pitfalls to navigate properly

https://www.longtermcarelink.net/ref_list_state_county_veterans_service_officers.htm

Tad

Overseas care is a pain in the ass.  If your rating is 60% or greater you can receive care for any illness regardless of service connection.  I can go to any hospital I like overseas and get care however most of them will ask for cash up front.  Then I have to send the receipts to the VA office in the US that handles this.  It takes them up to 10 months to reimburse me.  I am currently on my estranged wife's medical insurance in Germany since she works there.  That makes my life much easier.

In the US they have the Veteran's Choice program.  In spite of Trump claiming he wants to invent that, it has been in existence since 2014.  If you live more than 40 miles from a VA facility that can treat your condition, or you have to wait for more than 30 days for an appointment, then you can go to any doctor you want and the VA will pay.  I have enrolled in the system when I was in the US last year.  The problem is the program expires this year and they are out of funds, so for now it isn't an option probably.  In addition, in an emergency, I can go to the nearest treatment center and the VA will pay.  This is what I did last week.  

I joined the Disabled American Veterans when I was medically discharged from the Army in 1994.  It was the best $125.00 (lifetime membership) I ever spent except that time in Japan..., never mind.  The DAV has reps in all VA major medical facilities and in all VA regional offices.  They are on top of everything and they advocate for the best possible outcome.  I would highly recommend that any disabled veteran join such an organization, there are several.  As you pointed about above, there are also services available from each state.

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40 minutes ago, Mrleft8 said:

On the plus side, if it's pancreatic cancer you'll probably be dead by the time the appointment is set for..... It's one of the fastest ways to go.....

True dat.  Sometimes I am wishing for such a diagnosis, I am getting worn out from the day to day physical and mental struggle and the difficulty of obtaining answers.  But I am not at my limit yet, we'll see what happens in the future.

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16 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

Yes and no.  Imaging can find large lesions, but even MRIs aren't always perfect.  

Snip...

According to a Radiologist friend with a good scan and radiologist, imaging can discriminate down to about 0.25cm.  Sounds small until he adds that a 0.25cm cube is roughly 1 Billion cells.  

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3 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

True dat.  Sometimes I am wishing for such a diagnosis, I am getting worn out from the day to day physical and mental struggle and the difficulty of obtaining answers.  But I am not at my limit yet, we'll see what happens in the future.

As me old pappy used to say - "Every day above ground is a good day".

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8 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

True dat.  Sometimes I am wishing for such a diagnosis, I am getting worn out from the day to day physical and mental struggle and the difficulty of obtaining answers.  But I am not at my limit yet, we'll see what happens in the future.

in 2005 my mother died of colon cancer.

In 2008 I was diagnosed with the same said cancer. They took 7.5 CM of my guts out, and I'm still here to say: "Fuck you cancer! Get off my fucking lawn you punk!"

Yes, it makes my morning routine a bit more leisurely than it was when I was a woodsman, sailor, slayer of lady's virtue...... But as they say..... I still survive....

 

https://youtu.be/Km1hvQTrqv0

 

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I went to the VA clinic today to get my enzymes checked again.  Some of you might be happy others pissed but I am happy to say that I can still keep buying green bananas.  The best case was that there was just a temporary spike in my enzymes, maybe a duct was plugged briefly causing the high level, the lab today reported the level was 174, which is perfectly normal.  So that little stress is gone.  Much to my relief. Back to the neurological mystery.   

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Same for me, wanted to get some advice and noticed he hasn’t been seen for a while.

Been unusually quiet, especially considering the new trolls, socks and Trump in Europe. :mellow:

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Fear not fellow denizens, I am here but a little quiet.  I appreciate the concern.  I'll try to grace you lucky SOBs with my presence a little more often.  

The only thing about Trump in Europe is that I fear he will come to visit Poland where the current government is not unlike his.  It's scary.

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