So burnt out on WTU

SadrCity_11B

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Hi all just writing to vent and look for advise. I was told by my PCM that he will start my med board next month but he needed to double check my back out first. I went to a neuro for an EMG which showed I have lumbosacral Radiopathy and received that diagnoses instead of just back pain lol for 8 years lol. Anyhow once he was about to intitate my MED board he said he cant cause I have to go to pain management for treatment. He didn't expect a big issue with my back until he saw the report. The neuro told me I should get surgery. I don't know what to do I had high hopes I would be starting this process soon now I have no idea what to expect
 

BornToKill

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Go to pain medicine and get treatment. Your current back pain with radiculopathy will give you a minimum of 30% from the DoD, meaning a medical retirement. Any more failed treatment will substantiate your case for higher rating. The military has broken you. You might as well get full pay while you're trying to recover from your injuries.
 

SadrCity_11B

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thanks BornToKill much appreciated. Yea I will try out pain management hopefully they will give me something stronger then tramadol for my back.
 

BornToKill

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thanks BornToKill much appreciated. Yea I will try out pain management hopefully they will give me something stronger then tramadol for my back.
I think you're being sent to physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR). Yes, you will get pain shots. The physiatrist there can conduct an EMG test on you. Finally, you'll be put on a rehab plan to alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Failure to this kind of treatment will bring substantial backing for higher ratings. Here's the food chain order when it comes to medical recommendation:

1) Neurosurgeon/Ortho surgeon specialized in spine
2) MRI with reading from a radiologist/physiatrist recommendation
3) Your primary care physician, not PA
4) PA
 

SadrCity_11B

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BornToKill copy that I appreciate the intel. My order has been PCM - MRI read by Specialized individual, Neuro Specialist EMG, Diagnoses and now PCM referrel to Pain management.
 
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