Hey everyone, its been a while. Quick Question: Do I have to go through the VA for my referrals or can I go through TRICARE and pay my co-pays and take that info back to the doctor in TX? Long and detailed Summary (venting): Back in October 2010 I was sent to TX for 1st tdrl re-eval of my back. The neuro down there said that the military hasn't done all it can do for me.....from his 20 min appt with me he knocked my back from 60 (incap episodes) to 20, and then added 20 for my hip and 10 for right leg radiculopathy...for a new total of 40%. Anyway-the orders on the bottom of the tdrl review are for me to see another ortho (this will make 6) TX tdrl doc seems to think I would do well to have a back stimulator implanted...and he thinks I need a new hip...all that I'm still good for 40%...nice. Oh and he wants me to see another neuro (that will make 4th) because of my radiculopathy...Anyway....the doctor I had been seeing was thru Tricare/Peterson AFB active duty-he's now in Iraq. He wrote up a NARSUM and the TX doc discounted it. Before I went to TX I had gone to the VA to establish a pcm...who ended up being a N.P. who was completely incompetant as far as I'm concerned..she stayed behind the desk typing. So, I got back from TX and I have avoided the VA until 6 weeks ago when I went in and asked for a different pcm.... hoping I would get a doc ( don't get offended if you are a N.P) ....well, I got assigned another N.P. Today was my appt. I was in no hurry to get there and ended up 15 min late. They said they couldn't see me & they'd have to reschedule me for April 5th. Now, I take full accountablility that I was late...I'm surprised I even went. Last time I went to the VA I broke out in HIVES-so I really wasn't excited about this! I asked if they could just give the orders from the TX Neuro (tdrl doc) to the N.P. so she could get me the two referrals I needed (have to be done by Nov 2011). Answer was no. She had to see me for an initial appt of an hr...which they didn't schedule me for anyway (they screwed up and put me in a 30 min slot). I DONT WANT TO GO TO THE VA...I DON'T WANT TO GO TO ANY DOCTORS ANYMORE. I'm so done with it all! And the attitudes. My appt on the 5th will be at 0800...ok, fine...but I don't sleep well, and usually I don't fall asleep until about 5am every morning..and I sleep until about 10am. I explained and asked if they had afternoon appts. The lady said, well whats the problem...you will probably be up anyway!!!! It was such a mess...thats not all that happened..but anyway, OMG...I can't stand the VA system in Colorado Springs. If I were here for a cold...sure, no problem....but they don't get this tdrl thing at all! It should be the same, right....I should be able to go through Tricare, go to a new active duty doc at Peterson AFB, get the referrals (its worth my co-pays.) ..and then just get the reports to the TX tdrl doc. As long as I have proof that I've gone to docs and I have reports...I should be ok, correct?