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Hey everyone, 😀
Kind of stuck right now with the VA, so thought I’d post. On the 11th of this month, I fell on my outstretched arm while pushing a car to get an older lady’s car out of the road. It really hurt but I wasn’t sure how bad it was until about 3 hours later – so I went to the ER. The doctor there manhandled my arm when he checked for range of motion and sent me home with instructions for no sling, otc meds and no instructions for rehab with a 2 week ‘Tele-health’ appointment scheduled. In the following days, I realized it wasn’t a sprain and is likely a tear or several.
Since I was in the process of changing primary care doctors when this occurred (because my old one dropped the ball too often) and since I hadn’t seen my new primary care doc yet for intake/introduction/whatever, they are saying I need to see my old doc but I don’t want to unless absolutely necessary because it defeats the purpose of being able to switch docs, for one, and they are kind of artificially making it necessary by prolonging my wait. I never got a proper exam or discharge instructions and never did they properly deal with my pain. But I’ve been calling them (patient advocate, etc) trying to get an appointment and I finally got an ultrasound scheduled for 10 days out, just so they can diagnose me properly. But I need to see someone in the interim because this lack of sleep and pain is ridiculous – yet they aren’t letting me have and appointment with anyone and I can’t go to the ER again because I risk the same shoddy care I got the first time. Any ideas on how to see a doctor, quickly, when you aren’t dying but you definitely aren’t living, either? They don’t have ‘Fast track’ at this VA hospital so I’m kind of stuck and can barely drive, etc. Thanks!
PS: I got a sling from a local civilian hospital on the 13th, but they couldn’t prescribe or offer imaging. So much for MISSION ACT so far.
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Hey everyone, ???? Kind of stuck right now with the VA, so thought Id post. Fell on shoulder and went to ER. Discharged with no sling, no instructions. Could barely move arm. So besides not getting a proper exam and being released too early, never did they properly deal with my pain.