Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:02 PM
I need some advice/direction. I am 50% connected and one of the reasons is because of my back (they only rated my back 10%). Blew it out and had to have surgery for L5,S1 hurniated disc that causes pain down my left leg. OK, Last August I re-injured it.....went to the VA and after MRI surgeon said i rehurniated the disc and needed another surgery. I said ok, because i was in unbelievable pain. After I woke up, the doctor said i didnt have a hurniated disc but i did have a ton of scar tissue that he removed. Now my calf does not work....its dead...doc says he dont know why and that he didnt do anything to affect my calf!. Also the pain has returned with a vengence....Went for 6 week follow up and doc says post MRI shows guess what?? A hurniated disc at L5.S1!!!! I asked him, wasnt that the disc he was SUPPOSE TO TAKE CARE OF IN SURGERY...he shrugged his shoulders and said i dont know....then asked if i wanted another surgery!!!! I said no. Went to patient advocate and they said if i wanted another surgery (which i will have to have due to this pain that morphine wont touch) that I would have to go to Houston for a second opinion and then go back to Houston for the surgery at the VA there.
My question is what do I do? What should I file for? increase in disability? new disability because of dead calf muscle? CUE? I have no clue. Thanks