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Have had back problems since early 20’s. Kept getting worse until 5 years ago. VA refused to do an MRI because my weight kept increasing and they said no point in surgery as too fat. Finally, I stated my pain level was a 6 thru 8 ALWAYS and I needed to get some help. The MRI was “granted” and resulted in two new hips and back surgery of 8 1/2 hours. I’m 65, and wasted a good 5 years waiting for this. Weight is falling because I can move some now w/o monster pain.

Fellow Vets!!! Pain level number 6 or better is the key. They do little until then. Do not forget to use your congressional representative the first time you get messed with. Look in phonebook under US Govt. or web search.