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resolved to the customer's satisfactionResolved Veterans Administration — Diagnosed but not treated
resolved to the customer's satisfaction
I was diagnosed with “inflammation of the bone” in my feet. I was given some salve that does nothing and some insoles. I also have poor circulation of the legs and back problems.
By not being treated, they have gotten worse so that I spend about 18 to 20 hours a day in a chair. Partly because I can not walk and partly because when I do walk, I have to walk on my heels only which causes problems in my back which prevents me from laying down to sleep.
My primary care physician has refused me an appointment with a Podiatrist and refused any other treatment. Calls and emails to the patient advocates and Dallas Va Hospital administrator have resulted in no response.
Because I have not been able to stand on my feet I have not worked for almost four years and forcing me to sell my home on the beach in Florida and move to Texas where I do not know anybody and to live in a steel shipping container.
Due to the poor circulation in my legs, I have been told that sitting for extended periods of time makes me vulnerable to a blood clot and stroke. Since I do not know anybody here, if I have a stroke I can not go to the hospital because I don't want to die in a hospital. I have nobody here, all my friends are in Florida.
I only recently found that this can be treated with antibiotics or surgery if caught early enough. When I asked my Primary care Physician about this he just ignored the question.
When I sold my house I had to invest my money to have an income and what I have to live on is very little. Hardly enough to go to areal doctor to seek treatment. When I called the Va to see if they would pay for me to go to a real doctor. They said it would only pay for emergency hospitalization. Just to go be treated by the doctor could cost me enough that I might have no income for many months. That means starving to death.
My only choice now is to die before I have a stroke or have the stroke and lay on the floor and die there, maybe after starving to death.