Do I understand correctly that you are still on active duty? If you are then that really limits you allot. If you are still active duty then you need to have the AF send you to a good military medical center that does back and spinal surgeries and have them take a good look at you!
I was stationed at Eielson AFB (four year tour) I spent close to three months at Eielson getting the run around by Air Force and Army doctors. And they darn near killed me, or at the minimum close to paralyzing me! I finally got them to send me down to Anchorage to Elemendorf AFB and even then I had to pound my fist on a majors (neurologist) desk down there, to get him to do the proper test on me. Well he finally agreed and sent me back to Eielson and had me come back in 7 days, for a myelogram, in the middle of the myelogram the radiologist was freaking out, and they rushed me by ambulance to Humana Hospital in Anchorage or an MRI and to see a Neurosurgeon, they thought I had a massive tumor that was displacing my cervical spine, but in reality it was a massive herniated disk at C-6/7 with free floating fragment in my spinal canal. The neurosurgeon could not understand why I wasn't a quadriplegic, and why I could even move my arms and walk and talk. They ended up doing emergency surgery there at Humana, I spent eight days in that hospital, They ended up doing and ACDF on me, they took out the disk and all the fragments and then took the bone from my hip as a graft and put it where the disk was and fused it, after I came out of surgery I could not talk! I lost my voice from the surgery and I was that way for over four months! It finally did come back but it was not the same. But you know before they finally found out what was wrong with me and fixed it, I had been seen by an Army orthopedic surgeon at Ft. Wainwright in Fairbanks he told me I was just malingering and he sent me to a shrink, but they said it was not in my head and they thought I had a major medical problem! For three months I had went to every kind of doctor imaginable, and I had been told everything from that, I had cancer, to being crazy, to trying to get out of work, all kinds of things! Heck at that time I was a TSgt and the branch chief of the A-10 flight simulator shop if I didn't want to work I could get one of my troups to do it! Anyway during all that time, I went through living H*** One AF doctor even manipulated me like a chiropractor , he had me lay on my back on the table and then he took my head in his hands and quickly jerked my head side ways, and when he did, it felt like bolt of lighting had struck me and my whole body lifted up off the table. He jumped back and then he said he would never touch me again, This AF Doctor was an Osteopath. but in the end he was the only one who stuck by me and finally got me to Elemendorf Hospital. You see the only symptoms I had was my arms and hands hurt reallyreally really bad,!!!, Just like when you hit your crazy bone really really hard, but it was like that all the time in both arms, and my hands burned so so bad, and every time I sneezed or coughed, I thought I was going to die from the pain. It was so bad that my commander finally said that I could not work, untill they found out what was wrong with me. He actually talked to the chaplain as I was really getting pale and they thought I was dieing, I was at home more than a month! I am telling you this because, I do not want to see you get messed over by some incompetent military doctors. Keep pressing them don't let them make you work and cause you permanent damage that you will have to live with the rest of your life. I had my surgery in March of 1985 I retired with over 22years in, in Sept 1991, last September I had to have another disk fusion at C-5/6 my surgeon said I was lucky because usually when you have a disk fusion, the disk above or below the fusion goes bad and need to be fused, and usually it is within ten years of the first fusion. I got 25 out of mine! I also found out last year that my vocal cords on my right side are paralyzed and they have been since my fusion in 85!
AF chica I also suggest that you get copies of all your military medical records, when I retired the AF would not give me any disability, I immediately went to the VA I initially got 20 % but it was increased to the current 60% disability . Anyway if you have any questions , or if I can be of any help to you, you can always contact me through the E-mail, I wish you all the best!
Good Luck to you AF chica ( Make them fix you! Please!)
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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