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Agent Orange Physical Question

woodshermitwoodshermit Member Posts: 2,589
I'm going to be having one of these soon and wondering who has had one and what to expect. Thanks to all.

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  • Jim RauJim Rau Member Posts: 3,550
    edited November -1
    Mine was just pretty much a standard physical. They may do some specialized test with your blood work, I don't recall if they did.
    Hope that helped.
    Jim
  • woodshermitwoodshermit Member Posts: 2,589
    edited November -1
    That's about what I thought. Just nervous about it as I hate dealing with the VA and the medical system in general. Thanks for answering.
  • Old-ColtsOld-Colts Member Posts: 22,453 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Good luck to you Robert; I hope everything turns out okay!

    If you can't feel the music; it's only pink noise!

  • joker19joker19 Member Posts: 110 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I started mine with the VA Clinic in Pocatello ID and then on to the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City and have nothingg but praise for them!!! 1st was the bloodwork at the clinic and meeting with a Dr. who them scheduled me for a battery of tests which were all done quickly and by people who really cared. They found a few problems and I was scheduled for specialists that also were quick and professional in every aspect. I am retired so I can use Tricare, but as I stated, I have nothing but respect and thanks for the services I obtain from my VA Clinic and the Hospital in Salt Lake City. Most who have problems with the VA can look in the mirror to find the problem, get scheduled, and simply flow with the system![8]
  • MMOMEQ-55MMOMEQ-55 Member Posts: 13,134
    edited November -1
    Don't know about the test but I do know that my wife's EX is going thru all this right now. Actually I think he has gone thru most of it and has already been told that he was getting a disability from it. With back pay to the tune of $175,000.00.


    Good luck and hope everything works out.
  • kissgoodnightkissgoodnight Member Posts: 4,067 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    My half-brother was in Vietnam in 1965 or so, I went in 1970. We both developed type 2 diabetes. The VA said this was caused by exposure to Agent Orange. I am not sure what other problems it causes.
  • krawiechkrawiech Member Posts: 135 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    it can cause heart attacks loss of digits i mean toes fingers loss of feeling in extremities kidney problems cancer different types go to your local veterans service officer at the county level or thru the vfw or american legion they can assist you in filing for compensation i didnt do it for 40 years i didnt think i deserved it i am now 100 percent disabled i recieved a back pay to the date i filed my first claim and i recieve a monthly check from them plus free medical and dental treatments i was told to go by my friends at the vfw i belong to they were all collecting benefits i didnt know about after 3 of passed on i finally went i am not alone they really did us wrong go get checked and use the va benefits you deserve it hank k
  • Seadog1967Seadog1967 Member Posts: 2 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I see they are finally giving the Brown Water Navy guys recognition about agent orange but not the rest of the Navy people. Problem here is the Blue Water guys were drinking it so to speak. The drinking water and shower water came from where? The ships only took the salt out of the water not all the chemicals and that stuff of course ran into the rivers that emptied into the coastal waters. They said if they approved the Blue Water guys the claims would be too high. Gee thank you.
  • ABRACADABRAABRACADABRA Member Posts: 24 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I'M A 1966~1968 USAF SS VIET-VET. Not retired, but 90% disabled. Your county or state veterans' rep. or American Legion should be able to help you determine your extent of disability. I got along just fine for 35 years, and all of a sudden then the body and mind came apart. Had 5 heart-attacks, 5 stents, no chance at getting a hard-on, a pace-maker, cysts that keep popping out on my legs, clogged arteries in just a year, stroke and blindness in one eye, teeth all abscessed and broke out, insomnia and nightmares all the time, But the folks around me love me, so why complain?
  • sgtcliffsgtcliff Member Posts: 9 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Joker 19
    You are one of the lucky ones--It took five years, a stroke and a heart attack (four way bypass)before the VA finally accepted the fact that Agent Orange was the culprit. All of this happened before I was 49. Hope you remain as lucky.
    As far as looking in the mirror you are so FOS.
  • krawiechkrawiech Member Posts: 135 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    i dont remember any specific tests but they did a battery of tests one was for diabetes once that was confirmed ive been a diabetic since 1968 i left nam in 66 im now rated 100%disabled but ive got serious health problems i hope you never contract them i am going for an abdominal surgery cancer on feb 08 but it is not connected to agent orange exposure unfortunately the va cannot help me as they have no one in this state that can perform the surgery so im going to fox chase cancer center in philadelphia pa good luck on your physical hank k
  • 75shovelhead75shovelhead Member Posts: 2 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by krawiech
    it can cause heart attacks loss of digits i mean toes fingers loss of feeling in extremities kidney problems cancer different types go to your local veterans service officer at the county level or thru the vfw or american legion they can assist you in filing for compensation i didnt do it for 40 years i didnt think i deserved it i am now 100 percent disabled i recieved a back pay to the date i filed my first claim and i recieve a monthly check from them plus free medical and dental treatments i was told to go by my friends at the vfw i belong to they were all collecting benefits i didnt know about after 3 of passed on i finally went i am not alone they really did us wrong go get checked and use the va benefits you deserve it hank k
  • 75shovelhead75shovelhead Member Posts: 2 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Originally posted by 75shovelhead
    Originally posted by krawiech
    it can cause heart attacks loss of digits i mean toes fingers loss of feeling in extremities kidney problems cancer different types go to your local veterans service officer at the county level or thru the vfw or american legion they can assist you in filing for compensation i didnt do it for 40 years i didnt think i deserved it i am now 100 percent disabled i recieved a back pay to the date i filed my first claim and i recieve a monthly check from them plus free medical and dental treatments i was told to go by my friends at the vfw i belong to they were all collecting benefits i didnt know about after 3 of passed on i finally went i am not alone they really did us wrong go get checked and use the va benefits you deserve it hank k
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    like someone sang, You been reading my mail,all that you said, half of left foot gone, right big toe, heart attack, 5 bypasses, 50% kidney function no feeling in my legs froim knees down, like walking on stilts, hands hurt so bad from neuropathy, I have to take morphine to get to sleep. sometimes the pain is so bad I want to get off the merry go round. Great wife and 4 beautiful grandbabys keeps me rideing,,,
  • woodshermitwoodshermit Member Posts: 2,589
    edited November -1
    Thought it was time for a followup post. I had my exam in September and had to return for an MRI followup after something suspicious turned up on the chest x-ray. The MRI didn't show anything, so I got a more or less clean bill of health (for now). What I did get was a referral to a VA shrink who diagnosed me with PTSD and depression. I'm not sure about that, but positive that I don't want to take the meds he suggested, although I have seen a counselor at the local Vets Clinic. It's ongoing.

    One recurring theme that I've experienced is that virtually everyone in the VA that I've dealt with says that things are much improved under Obama/Shinseki than under Bush.
  • Alan RushingAlan Rushing Member Posts: 9,002 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I had been in ( not checked into ) VA hospitals several times ... seemed that they'd continued to go down hill from the tiem that I got out in 1970.

    The worst conditions that I aever heard of were about 5 years back. That is what I saw, what I've heard from staff and what my in-law relates ... and he's been useing VA hospitals for the last 6-7 years or so.
  • us55840us55840 Member Posts: 31,336 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    VA on exposure to agent orange in Thailand

    http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/thailand.asp
    "This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it." Abraham Lincoln
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