I have a friend who is a true believer about the VA Helping vets. He was a bit messed up and they did save his bacon. He should be positive about them.
He didn't live in Oklahoma or Texas or the the South in general.
For many if not most of us the VA and Congress are just waiting for us Vietnam types to die off. Let first say that I sincerely hope the guys who fought us have people there that have helped them more than they have here in the USA. Not to mention the collaterals that were screwed up for multiple generations.
I have run into a VA brick wall that has been encouraged and supported by Congress and the last two administrations. The wall has been built around the disease Peripheral Neuropathy. Here is the deal in a nut shell, make that a Quonset hut. VA says it has nothing to do with Dioxin and Agent Orange. They say it an off shoot of diabetes that is only presumptively cause by agent Orange in the first place, and Congress now reluctantly lets the VA follow through on that law from a more flush revenue time. They rely on studies done in the 80's and 90's they sponsored that says nor elation ship to Agents Orange for Peripheral Neuropathy (PN). As recently as 2011 they not only said the same thing sort of but set up a catch 22 that completely ignores that disease. Trouble is that other research on the boys messing with Project Hades (latter the name was change to Project Ranch Hand) itself, that spread the stuff, say,yes, there is a relationship and it is worse the more you had contact with it. The VA, Congress, and a NIH panel still say no.
Recently older wiser Neurologist diagnosed me for this disease. My GP had already decided I had it as well. Guess my surprise when I discovered that the onset symptoms started in 1995 or before and predated my diabetes that supposedly cause it by 6 years. Yes that's the game. The VA position as far as dioxin is concerned it cause diabetes (presumably) and diabetes causes PN.
(Note: Neither my GP nor my Neurologist will say that this disease is based in toxin damage. They can't prove it and their world says it is just diabetes caused, regardless that the symptoms predate the diabetes by 10 maybe years. Patients lie, you know. In other words my medical professionals do not agree with me on the source. They kind of do a double think about diabetes is a presumptive disease of toxin poisoning, but not the nueropathy is not ?????......)
Soooo bottom line. The VA have ignored the science and want to cut expenditures and the old farts from Nam are costing them a lot that many in Congress think are fakes and scammers anyway, so they simply say officially PN, what's PN? When did veterans become dis Honorable drain on the resources of the good people they served ?
Our country is basically full of bullshit when it comes to the health and needs of their veterans. Sure VA has good people and they do good things, but this policy behavior is not designed to help or do good. It is there to save money, lots of money. Indeed by the time anyone does anything about it, there will be few if any left to care for. That's a viable policy decision, but piss poor military decision.
Who will fight your wars if you betray those who have?
Ah, of course mercenaries, sell sword, freelance, fighters.
Good that's good. better work fast on the drones and robots you will need them. Best give DARPA several billion more dollars.
(It is my intent to footnote and document this as soon as I return from my blood tests)
The VA says:
Facts About Herbicides
Agent Orange active ingredients and characteristics- See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/basics.asp#sthash.SpHDQfdH.dpuf
Peripheral Neuropathy and Agent Orange- See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/peripheral_neuropathy.asp#sthash.UpEAjObU.dpuf
So VA says no go Joe. Have to report it after a year. By 1970 for me....gee....i missed the deadline.
Research on peripheral neuropathy and herbicides- See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/peripheral_neuropathy.asp#sthash.UpEAjObU.dpuf
Health status of Army Chemical Corps Vietnam veterans who sprayed defoliant in Vietnam.
Mortality patterns of Army Chemical Corps veterans who were occupationally exposed to herbicides in Vietnam.
Then after all sorts of shit
In this case, the Board is granting in full the benefit sought on appeal. Accordingly, assuming, without deciding, that any error was committed with respect to either the duty to notify or the duty to assist, such error was harmless and will not be further discussed. ORDER Service connection for peripheral neuropathy is granted, subject to the law and regulations governing the payment of monetary benefits.
OK,What is this all about anyway?
Peripheral Nueropathy according to my neurologist evolves into Autonomic Nueropathy
AUTONOMIC SMALL FIBER SYMPTOMS
Autonomic - Everything your body does automatically without you telling it to do it.
Allergies/Histamine Reactions (Mouth Itching)
Allergies - Food and Environmental
Blood Pressure High or Low
Eyes - Dry or Tear
Eye Infections - Blood Shot
Fatigue - Mental and Physical
Full Gastric Dysmotility
GI Problems - Other
Immune System Compromised
intolerance to Cold
Intolerance to Heat
Jaw Pain - TMJ
Loud Crowded Locations
Medication Under or Over Reaction
Optical Blurriness (looking through wax paper or grittiness)
Optical Problems w/ Flashing Lights or Moving \ Light/Shadow
Rashes / Hives
Sleep - Irregular Patterns - Days and Nights Mixed
Sleep - Can go without sleep or sleep 18 hours
Sweating - uncontrollable
Urinary Tract Infections
Vocal Cord - stroke
Weather Changes - Temperature or Seasonal
Weight Loss or Gain
Not all people have all symptoms or at any one given point in time... Your brain randomly sends mixed / wrong messages to your brain.
SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
- Dizziness and fainting when standing caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure.
- Urinary problems, such as difficulty starting urination, incontinence, difficulty sensing a full bladder and inability to completely empty the bladder, which can lead to urinary tract infections.
- Sexual difficulties, including problems achieving or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction) or ejaculation problems in men and vaginal dryness, low libido and difficulty reaching orgasm in women.
- Difficulty digesting food, such as feeling full after a few bites of food, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal bloating, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and heartburn, all due to changes in digestive function.
- Sweating abnormalities, such as sweating too much or too little, which affects the ability to regulate body temperature.
- Sluggish pupil reaction, making it difficult to adjust from light to dark and seeing well when driving at night.
- Exercise intolerance, which may occur if your heart rate stays the same instead of adjusting in response to your activity level.
Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association, Health Professional's Guide to Diabetes and Exercise, p. 190
Here are a series of statements about CAN and "Exercise Intolerance" and what it means. As you shall note, it sums to the concept of "let's test and try to figure it out". According to my Neurologist my heart rate simply stays the same +/- a few beats no mater what I am doing and i need to be aware of over exerting myself, blacking out and falling.
10 years ago a nephrologist, after a urologist had by an operation removed two large kidney stones, found my heart rate to be at resting in the 90 to 110 range and prescribed a medication (metoprolol succinate) to lower my resting heart rate to the 60-70, and it did. I'm still taking it and my heart rate is about 68 bpm.
My G.P. about 3 years ago looking for my fatigue causes sent me to a cardiologist who gave me a rest/stress heart test using injections/ tread mill/ scans etc. he found the difference between rest and stress to be 0 (zero) bpm. No problem he says. ???????
One of the most overlooked of all serious complications of diabetes is cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN),1–3 which encompasses damage to the autonomic nerve fibers that innervate the heart and blood vessels, resulting in abnormalities in heart rate control and vascular dynamics.4
It is well established that coronary artery disease is a major complication of diabetes mellitus, representing the ultimate cause of death in more than half of all patients with this disease.1 Clinicopathological correlations, as well as several angiographic studies, suggest that diabetic patients have more extensive atherosclerotic disease, affecting the coronary arteries in particular
Exercise intolerance is a condition of inability or decreased ability to perform physical exercise at the expected level or duration of someone with a specific physical condition. It also includes experiences of unusually severe post-exercise pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting or other negative effects.
For even the physically fit, vigorous exercise taxes the organs and muscles of the respiratory system. When exhaustion is reached, continued effort can lead to shortness of breath and dizziness. These sensations signal that oxygen no longer is being processed efficiently and rest is required. In the case of an exercise intolerant individual, the exhaustion threshold may show within minutes of starting physical activity. Worse, fatigue can be induced by seemingly innocuous activity such as eating or writing.
Muscle cramps happen to elite athletes, so why should they signal exercise intolerance? The difference lies in the amount of exertion necessary to produce the cramps and the duration of their presence. A sufferer -- assuming adequate stretching -- may endure only a few minutes of training before experiencing pain and stiffness, which can last for several days. Alternately, the pain can develop in the exercise intolerant hours later, perhaps when asleep.
Metabolic researchers cite chronotropic incompetence as a sign of exercise intolerance in some patients. This phenomenon occurs when the heart rate does not rise to the level necessary to meet the metabolic needs of increased activity. Though many factors affect heart rate -- weight, age and history, for example -- the inability to reach the rate that would be normal for a given profile is a possible flag for exercise iHeightened activity can produce mental and emotional malaise in those afflicted with exercise intolerance. Insidiously, the depression can rob them of more energy, creating a vicious cycle. Facing physically debilitating limitations takes a toll on the psyche, manifesting itself in anxiety, despondence, disorientation and irritability. Taken together with other symptoms, depression is a common characteristic of exercise intolerance.
Marked changes in blood pressure can occur in people with exercise intolerance. Standing up and walking across the room is sometimes all it takes. The "Hypertension Reseach" journal published a 2007 study showing a correlation between hypertensive response and exercise intolerance. After six minutes of exercise, those with the intolerance had higher jumps in blood pressure than the control group.
Alright let's assume some wants to fight for his/her rights, what do you do?
Well there a guideline how to fight for it.