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  1. #11
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    Mar 2013

    Default Re: Veteran Administration

    Quote Quoting Hayseed
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    Director of your VAMC, is this person to be found at the local clinic or at an office within the VA hospital? Thanks
    The Director of your VAMC would be located at the main VA hospital in your city.

    There should also be a Patient Advocate that might be able to help.

    That the VA offers all those wonderful services on its splashy websites doesn't mean that they do them in house. I certainly can't imagine any VAMC doing an organ transplant. Many of the offered services are performed by medical specialists in the local community.

    While one VAMC may be doing CTS surgery in house it is likely on a trial basis before the procedure is available at every VAMC.

  2. #12
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    Oct 2006

    Default Re: Veteran Administration

    Quote Quoting jk
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    Cps is the result of a pinched nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel (at the base of the hand)

    suggestions from the Cleveland clinic

    • Ice your wrist or soak it in an ice bath for 10 minutes to 15 minutes once or twice an hour.
    • Relieve nighttime pain by gently shaking your hand and wrist or hanging your hand over the side of the bed.
    • Buy a wrist splint at the drugstore to keep your hand properly aligned. It may help to wear the splint at night to keep you from flexing or overextending your wrist while you sleep.
    • Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve pain. Take NSAIDs with food and after consulting your primary care physician to make sure there are no medical reasons — such as interaction with other medicines you may be taking — to avoid these pain relievers.
    • Immerse your hand in warm water — with a temperature between 92 and 100 degrees — and gently move or flex your hand and wrist. Do this three to four times a day.

    I believe anything stronger than basic over the counter pain meds are innapprpriate, especially long term such as brother is experiencing. It’s not surprising to hear his pain meds have been discontinued.

    Has your brother explained to the local va doctor about the denial? Since the va hospital said the local va clinic needs to do this, has he asked about it being done locally with the people at the local va clinic?

    I once was suffering with that and I did not want to have the surgery. The wrist splint really worked well for me. After a few months of wearing it the problem went away entirely.

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