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Guys something is seriously wrong with me a load of medical issues in just one year.

Well alittle about myself I've been in the Army(19k) seven years. I have one deployment to Iraq(Kirkuk 09-10) and Afghanistan(11-12). I've always been known as a excellent soldier when it came to leadership I was waivered all the way through Sergeant. I even made it to a staff sergeant board by year five. Since returning from Afghanistan my health both mental and physical has detoriated to the point where I just don't know what to do. I see at least one doctor a week for various issues. I will try to make this as organized as possible starting with symptoms followed by medications and doctors diagnosis/mri results.

memory loss
difficulty putting thoughts to words
anger that comes from no where
extreme anxiety
teeth grinding
back pain
unexplained loss of strength in both arms followed by a tingling sensation
left shoulder grinding/pain
blood when wiping butt

im currently on
Effexor xr 225mg
restoril 30mg(starting to not work)

failed meds

severe PTSD I thought I read my gaf being 21 but I would have to verify
psoriasis 60% coverage from old dermatologist(originally on stelera but apparently the army can't issue this drug even though I got it from the on post hospital)
arthritis in left shoulder blade.
Grand mal seizure on the 15th no known cause waiting for a neuro appointment. I did go blind before hand. Blood,urine and mri showed nothing.
MRI results

MRI of the cervical spine without IV contrast was performed. No comparison.

Degenerative endplate signal abnormalities of the cervical vertebra. Loss of T2 signal intensity of the intervertebral disc at all cervical spine levels. The cervical spinal cord signal intensity is within normal limits. The medullocervical junction has a normal appearance. Probably hemangioma in C2 vertebra.

No evidence of disc herniation or central canal narrowing at C2-C3 and C7-T1 levels.

C3-C4: Mild disc bulge, facet and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy causing mild left neuroforaminal narrowing. Minimal effacement of the thecal sac.

C4-C5: Facet and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy causing mild left neuroforaminal narrowing.

C5-C6: Central and right paracentral osteophyte formation and disc protrusion accompany with disc bulge, facet and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy causing mild to moderate central canal narrowing and bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing, right greater than left.

C6-C7: Central and right paracentral osteophyte formation and disc protrusion causing mild central canal narrowing.

Incidentally noted is disc protrusion at T2-T3 and T3-T4 levels with mild central canal narrowing.


1. Degenerative changes causing mild-to-moderate central canal narrowing at C5-C6 level with bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing, right greater than left. 2. Degenerative changes causing mild central canal narrowing at C6-C7, T2-T3 and T3-T4 levels. 3. Degenerative changes causing left neuroforaminal narrowing at C3-C4 and C4-C5 levels. 4. No evidence of disc herniation or significant central canal narrowing of the cervical spine.

TECHNIQUE: High-field MR exam of the left shoulder without gadolinium contrast: axial PD with fat suppression and GRE, sagittal T1 and T2 with fat suppression, and coronal T1 and T2 with fat suppression.

FINDINGS: The  infraspinatus  tendon: Mild degenerative changes. The supraspinatus tendon: Mild degenerative changes. The subscapularis tendon: Mild degenerative changes and possible coracohumeral impingement. The teres minor,   and long head of biceps tendons are intact. Labrum: Thickened and partially torn anterior-inferior labrum. Bone and joint: There is no fracture, Hill-Sachs or Bankart defect, bone marrow edema or bone lesion.
Acromion process: Downward sloping with concave undersurface ,   medial beak and mild hypertrophic acromioclavicular joint . Neurovascular structures: The neurovascular structures have normal course and signal through the shoulder girdle. There is no soft tissue mass or abnormal fluid collection.

IMPRESSIONS: 1. Mild degenerative changes in the infraspinatus and supraspinatus tendon. 2. Degenerative changes of the subcoracoid ligament and possible coracohumeral impingement. 3. Thickened and partially torn anterior-inferior labrum. 4. Type III acromion process and hypertrophic AC joint.

I have issues getting straight answers from anyone i see. Especially concerning the mri results. I apologize for this being such a large post.  Thanks to anyone who can make sense of all this.
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A lot of service members have got mycoplasma infections from the vaccines they received.  I've had a lot of experience with the microvermin since the AF came to my little town in Ohio in the 1960s and gave us typhoid shots after a flood.  Nice of them to be concerned, but typhoid isn't needed in Ohio.  But that's beside the point.  Google Dr. Garth Nicholson and go from there, he's got a lot of experience helping out Gulf War vets, including his own daughter.  PTSD, a catch basin for anything the VA docs don't know about, the dummies, it would be nice to have some that could speak English without a foreign accent.
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I fought with the VA doctors and the always mri that was only showing mild this or that. I have broken my neck and also had 5 compression fractures in my T-shirt. But my worst pain came from my lower back where I had a disability ​claim for several years. I also would loose the use of my legs from time to time at times for months. There are certain Drs placed in stratigic parts of the VA and I have no doubt about it that they're only priority Is to at the very least delay us Veterans from receiving benefits and in a lot of cases absolute denial of them. The VA is not a Veteran friendly company with the exception of some who myself and others I know may have given up on life without them. So you can get good help unless you have a disability that's not noticible at first sight. I hope you can be lucky enough to get a caring and American Dr to help you.
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