I am currently in a dispute with the VA over

Patient

Q: I am currently in a dispute with the VA over benefits for a back injury which occurred in 1983. I fell down a set of steps and over a piece of machinery and injured my back and hip. My hip developed necrosis and had to be replace in 2008. At that time I was told by the orthopedic surgeon that because my back problems, (spinal stenosis, spinal cord impingement, etc.) was restricted to one area of my spine and that it is otherwise healthy, that it could have been the result of the fall long ago. I never had problems with my back before the incident but have experienced back problems constantly since. They have repeatedly denied my claim on the basis that I have not provided them with enough evidence to support the assumption that my back problems are due to asbestos exposure (no that is not a typo!). Is it possible that this injury experience in 1983 is the cause of my increasing back troubles now? I am a 55 year old male and in otherwise good health.

Symptoms:  Back pain (constant) and spasms (intermittent)
Doctor

A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: Chronic lower back pain a right shoulder stuffiness

Q: I had an MRI for some back problems but it came back with this: "Small 1.3 cm lesion in the prepontine cistern, ...

Q: Recent MRI was given to me without results. I have to wait until later in the week to get them.

Q: 23 y.o. female had lower right back pain for about 1 year following a burning pain from bending over (I thought it wa...

Q: Hello, I'm Adriana, I just received MRI results of my brain, I'm 40 yrs old, suffer from migraines, tension headaches...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews