Patient :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)
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