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    • #33650
      Sgt. Mike
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      Past several years ( since 2004) I’ve keep headaches and chest pain almost daily ( 3 to 5 times a week) and even included some pain in the left arm and numbness. I have over the years attributed this to just stress. But Yesterday and this morning have been different this time dizziness was added to my daily grind. So, I called my MTF ( Military Treatment Facility) and was told that they would see me sometime in April and advised that I go to the ER. Well I jumped in my truck only because the newly added dizziness had me concerned, then drove 20 something miles to the ER where I live at vs where I work.
      Checked in, figuring that my symptoms was a false alarm but figured that I would just check. Well they quickly hooked me up to EKG, drew blood to check for enzymes of a heart attack. did the X-rays etc etc. Finally they sought insurance information , the lady that took the information fat fingered my SSN (which is my policy number) came back no coverage.
      Wasn’t too long after that I was discharged from the emergency room after they made sure the X-ray and labs was clear. Prior to that the Dr was talking about admitting etc etc. his tune shifted rather quickly once the insurance came back no go. As I was leaving I stooped by the lady whom puts in the insurance and pointed out that she was one digit off. She re-ran it and wow insurance was good, talk about red faced people. All this was in under 1 hour.

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      Understand the dizziness associated with the other symptoms well. Have a couple heart attacks and a stroke. And the hassle with civilians in the medical field. It’s a mess…
      In my case the dizziness, (vertigo) is caused by crystal-like build-up in the middle ear. It’ll be so bad I’ll be in the latrine until my stomach is dry and still trying to empty itself. Brutal.

      A suggestion for the dizziness. A product called “Travel Sickness ” by Rugby Laboratories. A chewable 25mg tablets of Meclizne HCI. A bottle of 100 goes for $4. Same as Dramamine, but costs less and in more workable doses. Dramamine costs $6 for a dozen and is in higher dosages of 50mg that’ll knock you out. Super drowsy stuff. The 25mg tablets are easier to control and cost a lot less. It’s over the counter stuff too.

      When I feel the vertigo coming on I’ll immediately will take a single 25mg and wait 20 min to see if it had effect. If still bouncing off walls, I’ll take another. Never needed more than two, and often just one does the trick.
      From one old trooper to another, this stuff seriously works.

      I hope things ease up on ya. Sounds like Angina. Similar symptoms as a heart attack caused by high blood pressure and possible diabetes. Both cause headaches and the angina will make breathing hard and chest pains. Cold sweats often accompany this as well.

      VA got me fixed up as best they could and the BP is better and blood sugar dropped to better levels. Mostly vertigo these days now.

      Anyway, follow up with your doc! Ain’t nuthin to play around with.

    • #33656
      Sgt. Mike
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      Butch Wax;n14443 wrote: ……
      I hope things ease up on ya. Sounds like Angina. Similar symptoms as a heart attack caused by high blood pressure and possible diabetes. Both cause headaches and the angina will make breathing hard and chest pains. Cold sweats often accompany this as well.

      VA got me fixed up as best they could and the BP is better and blood sugar dropped to better levels. Mostly vertigo these days now.

      Anyway, follow up with your doc! Ain’t nuthin to play around with.

      Yeah Butch Angina is what I was kind of figuring, the statin they have me on for Cholesterol is noted for such side effects.
      My BP was borderline high, because of the length of time, I’ve always operated under it was stress that caused the symptoms.

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      I am sorry to hear about your trouble.
      I have been on statins for about twelve years,and about two or three weeks ago boom!, I develop a reaction to the Lovistatin.

      I have sever muscle aches and cramps in my back and left arm.
      I came off the Lovistatin and the pain went away.
      I took it again and the pain returned.

      My Cardiologist switched my to Crestor,and I started to have the pain again.

      Just got off the phone with my pharmacist and she suggested Zetia which is a new Non Statin drug that works differently.

      You may wonder why I am on statins in the first place?

      I have a family history of Coronary artery disease, and my mother and father and Grandmother all had strokes and died of vascular Alzheimer’s.

      Good luck,and if you have sever chest pain, sweating .and vomiting, take aspirin and go immediately to your emergency room.
      It is probably the real deal.

    • #33660
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      I have huge neck and back problems and the statins made things worse. So I started eating a huge bowl of oatmeal every morning and my cholesterol went down. I had a scan of the arteries in my neck and such and they said they are totally clear, not a trace of anything.
      I do hope they get your situation sorted out properly.

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      The thing that worries me most about taking statins is they can cause permanent muscle damage.
      I ask my pharmacist this question, and she said,”Yes, they can.”
      So when I feel pain, my body is telling me something.

      I have quit them for now.

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      Sgt. Mike
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      Weelllll today was worse seems Household Six ( the wife) found out about the visit…
      Dad gummit bacon and pork are now off the menu… I really like bacon.

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      20170308 update:
      Well the messages finally got through to the good Doctor she cleared the calendar called me in set me up for
      CT scans chest neck and head. Did that today so about 48 hrs results maybe if they decide to discuss it with me.
      MRI ‘s
      Cardiologist tomorrow
      and last but not least Pulmologist…. at a date to be determined.

      20170309:
      Well seen the Cardiologist today, some issues (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy i think is what he said, I generally do not pay much attention to health care folks).
      I’ll wait until after the stress test on Monday but if he doesn’t step up his game a bit I’ll fire him.

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      Well today it’s off to Fort Sill OK to finalize and sign my final DD214 on Monday (20th March), Miss Paula ( my wife) is looking forward to the casino’s. She went to great extent to raise up some money for it. Last week she tells me Hey there is a few casino’s right there I smiled then explained that I was well aware and I chose Ft Sill just for that reason. Plus it is one of the Fort’s I have never been to.
      Me … I’m Mr Negative, but it will be a great trip. Right now she is prising and t ruling outfits, which I find quite enjoyable and humorous.

      I don’t think I’ll get pawn shops and gun stores in, but who knows maybe I will, I might be able to find some 30 caliber molds not that I really need them LMAO.
      After about Tuesday I’ll have to find something to do or I’ll get in trouble, stuff other than the lawn etc etc stuff around the house. Maybe the medical appointments for service connected will keep me busy for a bit. Then again, I have quite a few 30 caliber jacked bullet to core seat so it might not be too bad for a week or two. Well I have to get off my fifth point of contact and go hang her clothes up in the Challenger. I’ll catch ya’ll about Wednesday or so.

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      Off to Fort Sill eh? Secure that DD214 as it is a most important document. Congrats on reaching the end of your military service. I hope that your health holds up for a long time in retirement.

      At one time, I had never driven to Fort Sill, but had been there a few times. The first time that I drove through the gate was to see my nephew graduate from the Artillery School. All my previous visits had been with the MC1 (Maneuverable canopy) parachute onto a drop zone east of the Interstate. The avatar that I’m currently using was taken at the Nephew’s graduation at Fort Sill.

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      Have a safe trip
      Congrats on reaching retirement
      I just got back from Aruba left some of my cash in the Casino hope the wife dose better than I did LOL
      Tony

    • #34171
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      Good luck Sarge. All the way around.

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      Good luck Sarge and have a great trip 🙂

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      Gents, just got back about a hour ago.
      Well Miss Paula had a great time at the Casinos. She lost a bit of money ( not really much) best parts was she went to scratching lottery tickets. The end result was she won back everything she lost.
      Got the DD214 they had to add a addendum to it to cover the Military Education, awards, and stuff. The person whom was handling mine was extremely knowledgeable had mine pumped out in about 20 min ( how so quick? she was e-mailing me the worksheets I was e-mailing her the corrections and supporting documents prior to my arrival). there was some minor awards missing that really made no difference, really whom cares if you was awarded the Army Commendation medal for the 13th or the 14th time, after a point, yeah you got a few. Ms Hance made a point to give Miss Paula her Certificate of Appreciation signed by Secretary of the Army. Now for the best news, for the past few years the former POTUS has not been signing the retirees Certificate of Appreciation, it has been a form letter of Dear Retiree etc etc signed by CofS. Ms Hance then told Miss Paula that the Current POTUS is signing Certificates of appreciation for the Retirees and spouse (these has the names of the persons not dear retiree) . My wife Miss Paula was elated.

      Finance about panicked when they noticed my total time and, OH crap is this Soldier eliable for final pay or High three retirement then they realized I missed the cutoff by days. The Finance lady and I joked about it, all the other retirees present was clueless. She looked at me and said you are one the very last of all the old Warhorses.

      We arrived at 0800hrs and by 1215hrs My Medical Records ( final step) was handed over to the records section of the post hospital. There was way more to this story, but i will end it with I was treated extremely well.

    • #34187
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      Come on Mike you are that old.

      CA Dude

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      Sgt. Mike
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      Yes Ed I am…
      and you forgot fat and broken LMAO….

      I’ll be in the office tomorrow to tie up some things probably swing by your area and bug you.

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      Sadly, my 30 year letter (they only go up to 30 years) from the president was signed by the previous POTUS almost five years ago. It is now upside down and backwards in the frame and hidden behind the actual retirement document.

      I was trying to be the last VN vet in the service, but I missed that by a year or so and maybe 20 servicemen. Had to retire due to the mandatory age law or policy. I think that Larry Gibson was pretty close to being one of the last of the VN vets in the service too. Probably the last of the 173d Airborne troopers from that fracas.

      We saw some history didn’t we guys.

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      Congratulations on your retirement. I checked out at Fort Sill, also — in 1994 after almost 26 years (forced out during the Clinton draw down). Even then out processing was a breeze and everyone was very professional and courteous to both me and my wife. Life is good. And yes, Scharfschuetze, got to witness some pretty cool history in the making.

    • #34197
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      Scharfschuetze I missed the VN era by little over 4-5 years, my father had that role as well as Korea I was just a dependant. I picked up at the failed rescue mission with the Iranians then the eventual release of the hostages.
      Yours was signed 5 years ago? From my understanding is that he quit signing them shortly after that time you mention (I’m beginning to wonder if what I was told on the former POTUS not signing was true or not). Yep they have a tendency to quit counting after 30 years other than say crap that is a long time.

      Yes Sir, you are correct, we indeed did create / have a role in some history. Man walking on the moon, women integrated into the regular forces, moving from a force of conscription to an all volunteer force to name just a few things.
      Some may not have served long, many only did a few years but all had a role. Lars, CA dude (still at it) and several others come to mind.

      While I did not plan it, in hindsight I thought it was fitting that I end my career at one of the last old frontier post (Indian war era) still on the active roles.

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