Meet One Marine Still Fighting Chronic Pain and the VA

Meet One Marine Still Fighting Chronic Pain and the VA

By Ed Coghlan.

Yesterday, in a column published on the National Pain Report, retired pharmacist Steve Ariens and I posed the question: “Is the Chronic Patient Giving Up?”

Well, you are about to meet (again) one who has not.

Robert D. Rose Jr.  BSW, MEd., USMC

51-year old Robert Rose is a retired Marine (medical discharge in 1994) who has been fighting his VA—The Mountain Home VA Center in Johnson City, Tennessee—two doctors (Dr. Edwards and Dr. Vernon) and his Congressional representatives.

His request is simple—treat my pain—pain that was brought on by compressed spinal vertebrae, bad knees, hips and ankles. All the injuries are the result of Rose’s service to the country which ended in 1994 when the Marines medically discharged the man because, well, he was broken.

He has received nothing for his pain since December 29th and takes low level Motrin and Tylenol to address the pain—but they don’t address much, he said.

 

Robert Rose, 1984

Because he’s a Marine, he’s a fighter—and has been inundating the VA, the doctors, Congressional representatives and the media with letters about his plight—with little response.

 

His latest one caught our attention and I asked if he would be ok with republishing it. The self-effacing Rose said it was ok, as long we checked the punctuation.

Deal, we said.

By the way, before we publish the letter, one thing Rose told us was especially troubling. When I explained to him that we were doing this story following our own question about whether the chronic pain patient was giving up—he said that veterans he works with through social media indeed are in tough shape—they don’t feel like anyone is watching out for them and says that he wishes the VA would do a statistical analysis of veterans who are committing suicide.

Chilling.

Here’s his letter written after his last interaction with the VA—an interaction you will read that left him frustrated.

Subject: Still being punished…. LMAO…. 

RAGE!!! — It is funny but I knew what was going to happen at today’s appointment with my PCP. I even sent him an email requesting the pain management doctor be present if he was going to be unable to proscribe something for pain. That’s the one who promised to take personal interest in my case and see me after the big meeting back in March and I haven’t seen since. 

Why was I expecting something for pain? Simple, the PCP had been promising since March 20 that once the MRIs first ordered in October 2016 for my back were accomplished, he would treat the pain. He also has stated it was not in his powers to prescribe pain medications as it had to go through pain management which is hilarious considering a nurse practitioner with no special training other than Family Medicine had been prescribing those pain meds up until October when they adopted the new policy. So she has more power than a full-fledged medical doctor!!! LOL

Anyhow he can’t prescribe anything for my back. The pain management doctor apparently was still too busy to see me. And now, I have to go through additional tests which I have already been through including the nerve conduction tests (the needles are not so bad on the left side which is mostly numb; not as much on the right). I also get another multi-discipline meeting but the good news is going to amaze everyone… I now suffer from fibromyalgia instead of from damage to my spine!!! AND remember the CAT scan in November 2016 revealed damage to T9 in my back – the reason it has been hard to breath and documented since 1991? Well the new MRIs from last week show that it is HEALED!!! I am a walking miracle to modern medicine!!! Everything in the MRIs reveal minor stenosis, minor degenerative disk disease, minor arthritis and oh yeah the bulging disks in the cervical and thoracic are both minor nothing to be concerned about it… SMH… The only thing he did mention I wasn’t expecting is that T-8 is chipped but again it is no big deal which would not cause the problems I am experiencing… LMAO

 Teufelshunde (A German term used to describe Marines fighting in WW II as devil dogs)

Respectfully, 

Robert D. Rose Jr.

BSW, MEd., USMC

Semper Fidelis

Rose ends his letters with a simple question—one the VA hasn’t but should answer!

We defended your freedoms…Will you support America in her time of need?

Fight on Robert Rose—and we ask other veterans to tell us their story (email us at the following address: editor@nationalpainreport.com) 

(This Is Robert Rose’s Facebook page: Vets Fight Back https://www.facebook.com/groups/vets.fight.back/)

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Authored by: Ed Coghlan

There are 20 comments for this article
  1. Robert Dean Rose Jr. at 11:18 am

    Michael Lawson Veteran Rep for Mountain Home VAMC told me last fall (can provide exact date if you want) that “If this the new “opioid safety initiative” doesn’t work out in a couple of years, the VA would start prescribing pain meds again.” NO JOKE!!!

    Here are some numbers – VA Secretary David Shulkin – 202-461-7252. Also, the VA’s OGC office – (202) 461-4995. These two are also VA offices in Washington… Sonya Skinker 202 461 7323, David Chandler at 202-461-7353 and the offices of CBI – 866-842-4357 & 1-877-928-2621.

    Mountain Home VAMC,
    James H. Quillen VA Medical Center
    P.O. Box 4000
    Mountain Home, TN 37684

    Physical Address – on Lamont St & Veterans Way, Johnson City, TN 37604

    VA Patient Advocate in Director’s Office – Lonnie Hatton (female) – 979-3522 – lonnie.hatton@va.govVA Patient Advocate – Michael Lawson ext. (423)926-1171 #3596: michael.lawson5@va.gov
    VA Patient Advocate – Melissa ??? ext. #3561
    VA Director Mr. Dean Borsos (423)926-1171 ext. 7107 (Assistant – Tom Saucer)
    TN Senator Bob Corker’s office is (423) 753-2263 – Assistant Kim Cordell kim_cordell@corker.senate.gov and in Washington VA Representative Joe Curtsinger @ (202) 228-5647 – joe_curtsinger@corker.senate.gov
    TN Congressman Phil Roe’s office is (423) 247-8161 or Angie Jarnigan at (423) 254-1400 or angie.jarnigan@mail.house.gov, Washington, Congressman Roe’s legislative assistant is Alex Large @ (202) 225-6356 – alex.large@mail.house.gov

    Isn’t it time for our veterans and the American people to stop suffering because of an uncaring, greedy government? — Robert D. Rose Jr., BSW, MEd. USMC — Teufelshunde

  2. Maureen at 7:55 pm

    Duh…I just realized that I’m a day ahead of the meeting date! I meant…Tues, not Monday. 🙂

  3. Maureen at 7:52 pm

    God bless you and be with you tomorrow Robert! I’m out of state but will be praying for you in the morn, otherwise I’d surely do my best to be alongside you. I
    I support you from afar.
    I just went on the Mountain Home VAMC website…
    Folks…here is the contact ph# for the patient advocate and public affairs persons:
    James Quillen 423-926-1171 x7112 and Michael Lawson 423-979-3596
    Perhaps we could step up to the plate for Mr. Rose and simply call and say we know what he is going through and we give our support to him at 10am!
    Thank you and best of luck tomorrow Robert! I hope that many will be with you! Maureen

  4. Robert Dean Rose Jr. at 2:44 pm

    Family, friends, former co-workers and students this is a request for your help. Veterans and loved ones this is a request for your help. Community leaders please step up and make your voices be heard. Please share with any veteran you know, their loved ones, the VFW, AMVets AND especially with your churches tomorrow. Invite everyone you know to join us in our fight for the right to live quality, productive lives.

    Mountain Home VAMC is again trying to discredit me as I continue fighting for veterans and the American people. The latest attack will occur Tuesday, June 6, 2017, with the Disruptive Behavior Clinic at Mountain Home main building (where the ER is located) in Room H102 at 1100am. Anyone, and I mean anyone willing to stand with me, to testify on my behalf, to testify on the adverse effects of the Mountain Home VAMC and the VAs policy to deny us with quality healthcare, to deny 90% of ALL veterans, including cancer patients, pain medications for injuries incurred in service to this great nation, PLEASE come with me and stand together once again – veteran and civilian side-by-side.

    I cannot do this alone. Please meet me at Veterans Memorial on Veterans Way (off W. Market) at 1000am on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Together we can descend on Mountain Home VAMC and make our voices be heard. Together we may be able to prevent the death of yet another hero. Together we may be able to stop the further spread of the VAs genocidal policies into Medicare/Medicaid but only if we stand together. Please spread the word to as many as possible before the next loss is the loss of a loved one. Contact me here or by email -four.of.hearts@comcast.net – if you can attend. Spread the word as our solidarity will defeat this evil.

    Robert D. Rose Jr.,
    BSW, MEd., USMC, Semper Fidelis — Teufelshunde

    REPORTERS are welcome!

  5. Jean Price at 7:48 am

    Maybe if some of us and the verterans in pain could picket ALL the recruitment offices…someone would eventually take notice!! This kind of treatment…(or lack of treatment is more the case)…that Robert has been caught up in with the VA is even worse than many third world countries offer their citizens. To think our military, those with both past and present service, are treated so poorly…even treated offensively…is surely a national shame that deserves all the publicity we can give it! And it’s time to demand change!

    At least in the private sector, we can leave a doctor who isn’t providing good care….and try to find one who will…even though this is difficult NOW too! Yet it’s not even possible for MOST of our veterans! (If they should decide to do this, they are looking at a big debt, since the cost is huge and they pay out of pocket!). Yet it seems even then they may STILL risk being denied the care the private doctor recommends….from looking at Deborah’s comment here! Unacceptable!

    Sadly, in my lifetime, both as a nurse and just as a citizen…I’ve never known of, or heard of, really good care being given through our VA system! Yet this current situation about pain care is beyond even that overall shame! UNTREATED PAIN is TORTURE…and yet we are supposed to be against this for our ENEMIES!! So why are we then torturing our VETERANS…our nation’s best and bravest!? Along with civilians in this great country?!! And WHO is responsible for this!!

    Well, this would be those same people who are supposed to uphold AND practice the best values and purest ethics of this country…and who are in fact PAID to do this for US…ALL OF US…including especially those who SERVE this country IN OUR MILITARY, and risk life and limb! Something is so very rotten in our country’s government…and has been for a long time! Robert’s situation and too many like his have been going on for a long time…way too long, and evidently without ANY real policing of what’s happening from upper government!! Or worse…any REAL CONCERN of theirs either!

    This is so basically WRONG! Sickening really…and we ALL need to RAISE OUR VOICES and support HIM AND ALL THE OTHERS as they have supported us with their very lives!! Until ALL of our voices shake the foundations in Washington DC!! And someone there with common sense and compassion… AND the power to start changing this…would look at what’s happening! Hopefully there is at least one of those to be found in DC! Or at least someone who is teachable!!

  6. Robert Dean Rose Jr. at 12:49 pm

    May 22, 2017

    Subject: Confused as usual… What an excellent medical recommendation!!!

    Confused: Dr. (edited), Tennessee medical license #(edited), expired September 30, 1998. His Arizona license #(edited) expires January 21, 2019, of (edited) VAMC, Johnson City TN is my new primary care provider. On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, he again denied pain medications. However, and this is the confusing part, he did encourage me to continue smoking (cigarettes) as they would help relieve the stress from all the frustration and anger. Ok, I get that but then, knowing I am diabetic; he also encouraged me to continue drinking Mt. Dew. His reasoning for this sound medical advice is that the sugar molecules in the soda would attach to pain receptors and block the pain signals in my body. Does this is in any way make sense to anyone? If so, please explain!

    Then again on the same date Dr. (edited) stated there was not really wrong with my spine based on the latest MRI results from the Johnson City Medical Center. In fact he minimized the degree of damage to the point that he diagnoses my current condition as being fibromyalgia despite the fact these some of these conditions date back to 1991 and are documented in my military records. The conditions listed from the MRIs completed on May 5th, 2017 & May 12th, 2017 are as follows:

    1. Disc osteophyte complex develops and a series of bone spurs form on multiple vertebrae, the space surrounding the intervertebral discs becomes compressed, and there is a danger of the osteophytes in the spine exerting pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord. It is this neural compression that causes symptoms like localized pain, pain that radiates to the extremities, tingling, numbness or a pins-and-needles sensation.
    2. Uncovertebral hypertrophy is the enlargement of small synovial joints found in the upper surfaces of the bodies of the lower cervical vertebrae and the inferior surface of the superior vertebral body. The enlargement of these neck joints and pain are a common symptoms of degenerative neck disease.
    3. Schmorl’s node itself is a cause of pain. This may not be the main cause; often these are found with disc herniations or disc degeneration that can cause radiating pain as well as modic changes in the bone at other locations than the node.
    4. Facet arthropathy, which simply means a disease or abnormality of the facet joints, causes pain and discomfort associated with the degeneration and arthritis to various parts of the spine.
    5. Near complete effacement of the anterior thecal sac which means the protective membrane covering the spinal cord is experiencing extra pressure and causing pain.

    Thank you, take care and may God bless.

    “Teufelshunde”

    Respectfully,

    Robert D. Rose Jr.
    BSW, MEd., USMC
    Semper Fidelis

    We defended your freedoms…
    Will you support America in her time of need?

  7. Robert Dean Rose Jr. at 12:46 pm

    May 23, 2017

    Subject: Legally destroying anyone unable to honor the Hippocratic oath – “Physician do no harm!”

    Dear Senatorial Legislative Assistants, Members of the Veterans Affairs and Members of the Press:

    I had an interesting appointment today at Mountain Home VAMC, Johnson City, TN with Dr. T(edited), TN License #(edited), expiration June 30, 2018. Considering he told his nurse yesterday that he would not prescribe pain medications during this appointment, I am not sure why I even bothered to get dressed because he was true to his word and left me in debilitating pain. I did take my military health record (a copy) as well as numerous MRIs, CAT scans and diagnoses dating back to 1991 (the health record to 1983). As the appointment began, I attempted to provide Dr. (edited) a documented history lesson for the damage to my body but he interrupted stating that he had reviewed my records and agreed there is significant damage, including to the spine. He even refused to listen to comments regarding my latest MRIs from Dr. Terri Lewis indicating again he knew I was in pain.

    At one point Dr. (edited) stated that although I was out to personally destroy him and others at the VAMC, he was going to do his best to help alleviate my pain. I agreed with him this was my goal until they decided to honor the Hippocratic oath. He continued indicating he wanted me to go to the “gold standard” of chronic pain treatment centers in Florida. Once again I explain to him, I am the primary caregiver for my wife who was in attendance and because she is 100% disabled, inpatient was/is not an option. After much discussion, it was finally agreed that I would attend the outpatient program at Mountain Home VAMC in which I would learn what foods to eat, how to change my thought processes, imagery and micro-exercises to support the damage to my spine.

    As the appointment was coming to a close, I wanted to make certain Dr. (edited) understood my position regarding the VAs policies to deny 90% of all veterans pain medications. I did tell him point blank it was my intention to destroy him and all others unable to honor the Hippocratic oath. I believe the VA and congress are embracing these policies solely for the purpose of murdering veterans with suicides, natural causes, and/or polymorphic drug interactions. The reason is to reduce the number of veterans (and the American people) on the roles of disability, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid and admissions/treatment at VA Medical Centers. In reducing these numbers, the VA and congress saves millions of dollars by planting us rather than caring for us after having sacrificed so much for this country.

    Apparently Dr. (edited) took offense (or maybe felt threatened) as he questioned my statement of intent “to destroy him.” I agreed that is my intent but and I repeated it twice as he huffed his way out of the room, LEGALLY. So in case he missed it, I again state I am going to continue fighting and LEGALLY destroy all those in violation of state, federal and international law. Such as…

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966 entry into force 3 January 1976, in accordance with article 27. And specifically…

    xxiv. Report of the International Narcotics Control Board on the Availability of Internationally Controlled Drugs: Ensuring Adequate Access for Medical and Scientific Purposes (E/INCB/2010/1), January 2011, p. iii.

    xxv. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
    xxvi. General Comment No.14. The right to the highest attainable standard of health (article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights). May 11, 2000, ¶42.

    PLEASE know and understand, although capable, I will NOT physically harm a single person in this fight. I would not wish this pain on even Obama, Bin Laden, Hitler or Ponce Pilate. This includes myself as I am not suicidal even though Dr. (edited) of Mountain Home VAMC says that God would forgive me for such an act.

    Lastly, our Sparky, a ten year old Yorkshire terrier receives better health care than I receive from the VAMC; at least he gets Tramadol for his arthritis.

    Thank you, take care and may God bless.

    “Teufelshunde”

    Respectfully,

    Robert D. Rose Jr.
    BSW, MEd., USMC
    Semper Fidelis

    We defended your freedoms…
    Will you support America in her time of need?

  8. Robert Dean Rose Jr. at 12:45 pm

    Subject: Is the VA promoting suicide?

    Dear Senatorial Legislative Assistants, Members of the Veterans Affairs and Members of the Press:

    Is the VA promoting suicide? Knowing my strong Christian beliefs for which I am not shy about sharing… you tell me…

    In January 2016 at Mountain Home VAMC, Johnson City TN, a pain medicine specialist (checking for license info before sharing) shared the following about a close relative. He advised me the gentleman had lost his wife, was in chronic pain and suffered from dementia (might have been Alzheimer’s). The man was tired of struggling with the severe pain and felt he was a burden to his children because of his worsening mental state. One day, the old man decided to end his life so as to no longer trouble his loved ones. Sad story but …

    This pain medicine practitioner went on to tell me that is was okay for his loved one to commit suicide. His reasoning was that because of the old man’s mental state and the severe chronic pain the man dealt with on a daily basis, God would understand and forgive his actions. He insisted God would not punish us under such circumstances.

    I was appalled and have not seen this person again. Each and every day on this Earth is a blessing; pain and all. We must strive to make the best of even the worse case scenarios no matter how fragile our bodies have become. “I can do all things through Jesus Christ which strengthens me.” Ph 4:13

    Even so, I will continue to pray for that man and so many others who follow this path. Please, if you or someone you know is struggling, PLEASE seek help immediately. You are important to all us even when you are at your lowest. Many prays and hugs to each of you.

    Thank you, take care and may God bless.

    “Teufelshunde”

    Respectfully,

    Robert D. Rose Jr.
    BSW, MEd., USMC
    Semper Fidelis

    We defended your freedoms…
    Will you support America in her time of need?

  9. Robert Dean Rose Jr. at 12:44 pm

    First thank you each everyone for your support and prayers. Please do not feel sorry for me as there are many men and women across this great nation suffering far worse than I. With Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior by my side, I got this!

    Second, I am going to share a series of letters/emails which I have also sent to the VA, congress and multiple news outlets across the land in hopes of shedding the light on the plight of so many veterans. Please feel free to share or copy and paste what you need; by all means use my name as everything I post is true and accurate to the best of my ability as I refuse to hide in anonymity like the cowards behind the scenes getting rich off our pain and suffering. Working together we will make a difference and end the genocidal policies in place. Thank you, take care and may God bless.

    Teufelshunde

    Robert D. Rose Jr.
    BSW, MEd. USMC
    Semper Fidelis

  10. Carla Cheshire at 4:02 pm

    Throughout history veterans of wars have been forgotten and treated poorly when the fighting is over and they return home. It seems no one wants to be reminded that war is hell and that it has consequences for whomever is involved, winner, loser and their loved ones. You are considered the toughest fighters and people hate to think that a soldier can be broken, but you are only human. Clearly, you are not getting the respect you deserve. You need to get a new physician that understands you and your pain. Can you get in to see the Pain Management Doc? That would seem to be your next move. You can also call your US House Representative and see if he can intervene on your behalf. They are supposed to be working for us.

  11. Rita Kimbel at 3:52 pm

    So sorry that our country won’t stand up for it’s own soldiers, and I hope they read National Pain report to get a taste of what’s been going on for the last 6 months. People are suffering, and if you don’t put up a fight, you won’t get your meds any longer. Keep fighting?, after all this soldier has been through, he shouldn’t have to.

  12. BL at 3:49 pm

    Thank You For Your Service. Thank Your Family For Their Service.

    Unfortunately, if a doctor says they are going to treat your pain and they tell you to take Motrin and Tylenol or other OTC meds, that qualifies for treating your pain.

    Have you gotten copies of your diagnostic tests and read them ? I don’t mean to sound cold, but if the impairments are mild, that explains why doctors are not prescribing opiates for your pain. There are some impairments that can heal with time. I am not saying some of yours have. I am just saying it can and does happen. It is also important to remember that not every Radiologists reads a film the same. In other words, a mistake may have been made in previous or current test results.

    How did they diagnose the fibro ? Fibro can’t be diagnosed by the tests you have mentioned. Fibro is diagnosed by eliminating other impairments.

    Can you see doctors in the private sector ? We have a VA hospital in my area and many have retired from the military and made their homes in the area. If they want pain management, they have to go to doctors in the private sector. If they want any quality of care, they have to go to doctors in the private sector.

    The way Veterans are treated by VA is a disgrace, to say the least. I am seldom without words. But, when it comes to this, I am.

  13. Donna at 2:47 pm

    When is the USA going to do something for CRPS/RSD????
    So many other countries have so many more treatment then we do. WHY is our government getting away with this????? WHEN OR WILL they ever?
    We are the strongest country USA ????? Don’t think so!!! ASHAME ON YOU just let us suffer n highest on the scale of PAIN also in SUICIED ???? Number one killer in the world !!!!! God help you understand this horrible disease n millions of us who suffer everyday, children young n old and NO CURE????? BULL[edit] Italy n Germany all of Europe has these cures !!!!!!!! GET IT FOR US PLEASE

  14. Cheryl at 11:01 am

    Robert, thank you for your service. Nothing makes me more angry than reading about the way the VA is treating our wounded vets. I have an ex who served in Vietnam. He went to the VA and told them he was having a stroke (had previous TIAs as well). They told him he made too much money to qualify for services. He was so upset and broken by this. It wasn’t about the money. It was my country promised to take care of me and now they are turning their backs on me. He did end up having a stroke later that day and went to another hospital. He recovered physically but not emotionally.

    My heart goes out to you Robert. I’m sorry you and many others are being betrayed by our government. It just makes me sick. I hope you get the help you need. Please let us know how this turns out. I will be thinking of you and rooting for you.

  15. Deborah Gallup at 9:48 am

    My neurologist – tried to write the script for my pain meds, 3 times had my head ripped open, and suffer with massive pain, and “painful scars” all SC’d. Painful to wear glasses. Va cut me off pain meds, my neurologist SAID NO. A doctor “only by email” – who had never seen me, OVERRODE. We ARE NOT CRIMINALS, – VA treatment is INHUMANE.

  16. Terri Lewis at 8:14 am

    I am very familiar with Mr. Rose, his case, and his complaints. On face, he is justified.
    Without a doubt he has been shortchanged in his care at the Mountain Home VA Medical Center. The day before yesterday I reviewed his recent MRI report – one that even without contrast – made it very clear he has significant issues from the top to the bottom of his spine. Importantly, the MRI notes that he has a couple of issues that require further investigation as they may have real implications for his continued independence (such as it is). Mr. Rose gave it all for his country. He has the right to appropriate care for his service connected injuries, However his VA provider is now deflecting his legitimate complaints regarding substandard care and support. As VA has reduced their support, Mr. Rose’s capacity to engage in activities of daily living has also reduced, placing a greater burden on his psychological status and his family. All he has left is his voice and when he is able, he is using it. And we should listen.

    This appears to be a trend as we see from the enclosed link that documents that a single physician in VA-Marion Indiana just suspended prescribing for all users of opiates without notice, conversation, or alternative treatment plans.
    https://t.co/XOoXbJ9hUY

    Suicide is a real and present danger for any chronic pain patient whose protocol is suspended without careful planning, as we have seen among the 1000 patients of Benefis clinic in Great Falls MT whose treatment protocols were suspended without notice. So far we are aware of 2 individuals who decided that a better alternative was death.

    We lose dozens of service men and women to suicide on a monthly basis. That VA has implemented these suspension policies is astounding. Perhaps it is cheaper to pay for funerals. That’s one way to reduce the burden of care.

  17. Dian Cieslik at 7:41 am

    Robert, Thank You! For yourService,at this the so called Celebration of Memorial Day,week-end,coming up,I thought it a great time to address this issue! My husband is a Viet Nam Vet, who has been treating at the Buffalo,VA,for over 30years and has SPINAL stanosis,foot rot,PTSD,and a deep scar on his forearm, he does not receive any pain meds from the VA,years ago the care was much better but as of late,men are being treated poorly! Something must be done to help our Vets,these men gave up their life for this country and now they are refused pain relief? Why? What is wrong with this country??? Why must the veterans not have home,food, medication,or care? THANK YOU, SIR! FOR YOU ARE NOTICED ON THIS DAY, AND EVERYDAY!

  18. Lorre Leon Mendelson at 6:39 am

    This is horrific that Robert has to jump through all of these hoops and retake tests and suffer so profoundly. I think when doctors want to re-conduct tests they have given previously, this sounds like a possible case of waste by the govt. against the govt. and individuals. Sounds like Robert needs an advocate to help guide him through the VA system. Do they have them? Perhaps a friend or SO? Blessings, Lorre

  19. Candy Niewinski at 6:24 am

    First let me thank you for your service Robert Rose, it just amazes me with all the problems that you have that you are being treated so poorly. It frustrates and angers me to no end when I hear of stories like yours, because mine is so similar that I can relate to everything you are going through. I am so sick of suffering day in and day out with no relief in sight, it’s been 41 years for myself and now like you I’ve got fibromyalgia as well. I wish you nothing but the best! God Speed.

  20. Angelica Heavner at 5:00 am

    Robert, I feel for you and every vet out there going thru the same thing. I have heard the Johnson City vet locations was bad and pain management in the tri-cities is worse. My parents live in the area too. My stepdad didn’t have a problem but my mom did. I finally talked her into changing primary doctors and she finally got the help she should have had for 7 yrs. She would have to beg for anything to help. She has broken both legs at different times that required surgery to fix, she has restless leg syndrome, arthritis in hands and a few more. The doctor wouldn’t give her 30 pain meds a mth. She now sees a primary I sent her to (Holstein Medical Group) and that doctor did everything very quickly, including getting her into a dermatologist which wound up being a cancer spot on her face that she had been trying to get the other one to do something and was ignored. Luckily caught early enough. Now she gets her meds without fighting. I wish you luck.