I got out from active duty because I didn't want to do it day in, day out any longer. Nine years later I went into the Army Reserves. Spent 15 years total between the two. I had four yes in active duty when dx'd with RA. Was on a temporary profile for no situps, type at my own pace, etc so I could re-enlist if desired to but decided not to. At the end of my Reserve time, wound up on permanent profile (not able to wear helmet, walk pt test, not lift things, etc).
It is unknown where or when I got the Lyme Disease. The LLMD (Lyme Literate MD) believes I had it either while in service or before and that I passed it along to my Son, partially based on my medical history of multiple miscarriages. All those occurred on active duty. It wasn't found until Jan 2001. I showed RF positive while on active duty, but never since that time. The Lyme was found many years after active duty.
Rheumy advised that women present differently with AS than men, in that they tend to present firstly in their necks instead of low back as men. Yes, have significant stenosis in cervical region. Yes, have spondylosis in spinal region. Have a bulge or bar (not my words) at C5/C6. PCP believes that one has already begun an auto-fusion process.
General dr (civ, non VA) doesn't want to deal with my spine or arthritis but rather leave it to VA. Over the years have had plenty of docs. Have provided VA with all reports and records.
Will be filing for a re-evaluation while at VA tomorrow, since I'm at 0% rating. It's obvious I'm no longer at a 0%, even by VA standards. Within only a few months (from Dec to Apr, my VA PCP proclaimed me a chronic pain patient). Hopefully she put it in there...will have to review the records. I get a copy of every thing put into my VA record.
Thanks for the response. Btw, I take Cymbalta for several reasons - depression/anxiety and it's supposed to help with pain. Need to see just how long they want me to take Tylenol 3 as a pain med without changing it out for something else. Plus, then there's the nerve pain. Arm and hand don't usually tingle any longer, rather just tend to go numb or get that electrical feeling (rather like when you touch your tongue on a 9v battery?).
Btw, moved here to Fla from MI. Oakland County. Used to be at Selfridge for a few years in 85th Div.