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    • Thanks for your time guys. I currently have a claim in and have all of my C&P exams on 16 September. I claimed sleep apnea secondary to ptsd but they didn't order a c&p for it. Is this good or bad? I went to my private sleep specialist and had him fill out the dbq and he provided a nexus statement and I submitted that in the claim. I sort of feel like they already want to deny it and that's why there's no exam.  I claimed tinnitus, left knee condition, ptsd and SA second to ptsd. C&P's for all the others except SA is scaring me. I had to have surgery on my knee and when. I woke up in recovery the orthopedic surgeon had diagnosed me with presumptive sleep apnea and told me to get to the doc for it. I submitted that paperwork too as well as buddy statements about the symptoms and onset from my roomies and one from my wife (a nurse). Are there any chances of an award here?! Thanks!
    • A Good Friend of mine of 45 years wants me to help him & his  daughter file his first ever claim   he is 80 years old. and never ever filed a claim for anything from the VA, His son is no help at all and I was going to help his son file a claim but he told me the hell with the VA..They got him some(the son) hearing aids and they didn't help so he through them in the lake..I stopped have conversation with him when he said that. I know that kind.  come to find out his son never served...wtf? Anyway I told them I would help there Dad but he will need to go to a Dr...for IMO & NEXUS  I'm not sure what he wants to claim but he has high blood pressure and being treated for aneurysms  , he has other aliments too and one I tihnk is PTSD  he stays in his bedroom and won't go any where these last ten years   and  is very unsociable. I mention to his wife he seems to have PTSD Symptoms , he was not in any conflict  I believe he was in Germany  and I don't know what his MOS was  but he has hearing problems and never been tested..I will look at his STR's and request his C-File, he supposably has his military records & DD 214. I can help this veteran get anything or at least S.C. I will do all I can...his daughter ask me for the help...I told her  your Dad will need to see a Dr..and read most of his military records...she ask me if the VA hAS  limit on to how long  a veteran can file for a claim  I said no I sure don't think they do...if he was hurt or had a disease while he was in the military..we can file a claim for it..we just need to prove it happen during his Military service  and I am hoping his records has some thing in them that  will help us/him..I think he served in 1959 to 1962..so its been over 50 years now..I told him if a WAR WAR 11 VET can file  I don't see why he can't. This veteran is in real bad health and he may not last if it takes a while for them to award him anything.... I maybe asking for help...I will be getting his records in about 2 weeks. ............................Buck
    • I have a few hours of video taken while I was doing street patrols overseas. I can cut parts of the video out where the cameraman points at me and mentions my name. Should I add that to my VA claim? My MOS was a 14S combat MOS but wasn't infantry. I was made to do infantry duty most of the time. I'm concerned that the VA might think I was mostly on the base due to my MOS. I have a PTSD claim. I already have the video on a disk they can put into the drive on their computer and watch it. The video is date stamped too.
    • Thanks for the response L and broncovet. I do have a copy of my C-file but it's from 2 years ago and I have filed a few claims since then. The VA has the evidence but just didn't look at it.  It's the same from my other claim and that's why I didn't send it in again.  I just figure they would look at what they have and then decide the claim.
    • Always a good idea to file a FOIA request for your C-File, just "Pack a Lunch," could and will probably be 10 - 14 months before you receive it in the mail, on CD hopefully. Now this worked for me recently and probably deserves some consideration by you. I filed a "Formal Request for CUE Review," (1) month after 04/16 Award letter.  Just got the additional Retro Deposit and Award Letter last week, mid 05 to 08/25, not bad, think. I attached everything, about (12) or so MHV Med Records, that supported my EED Claim. Your still waiting for the Award/Denial Letter, so your NOD clock is just starting to run. Appears from your post, all your supporting Med Records are already "Evidence of Record." I'd make copies from your personal files of everything supporting your SC Claim, complete a "Sworn Affidavit" or a Sworn SISOC addressing each piece of Evidence, then attach it to your "CUE Review Request." At your current 80% SC, you need a significant bump % wise, to get to 90%. If Awarded, what's your conservative expectation? If you don't get a "CUE Review" determination within 6-8 months, you still have your NOD locked & Cocked, ready to file. I didn't see a MH SC listed in your post, that probably takes an IU claim off the table. Semper Fi





yelloownumber5

Hypertension And Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Hello,

I'm rated for hypertension within my year of retirement 12/2003. In March of 2006, I had my first sleep study and second in Oct and diagnosed with Obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia but did not file a claim because my representitive told me that since this was after the one year period I was "not qualified to file". Anyhow....while on active duty I did complain of day time fatigue and on my physicals but "sleep 10-12 hours but still tired throughout the day and yawnny". I was asked if I snore but being single I did not know....blah blah blah. In 2004 actually my wife did say I have apnea events. While on active duty right before retirement I had a deviated septum which I had surgery on to help with the day time fatigue but that still did not help and I told the doctors such. I did claim the deviated septum but had problems proving the trauma.......anyhow..........

Would it be within reason to file a claim with the Obstructive Sleep Apnea secondary to hyptertension (systemic). Is this resonable on my behalf? I also have GERD which has developed to Barretts Esphogus which I have read causes OSA as well........how do they decide? I also need to request an increas on my GERD from the 10 percent I guess.

Thanks much in advance,

Y#5

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I also have sleep apnea and believe it started in service but alas not enough medical evidence, my doctor thinks it started in service and has put it in writing but I have not submitted since it is still weak on evidence.

As I understand it (my own web research) the Sleep apnea causes hypertension and Gerd not those conditions cause sleep apnea.

Im working on getting my hypertension SC first (diagnosis in SMR's with extensive work-ups by internists ect) and my cardiomegaly (enlarged heart).

Im currently trying to track down buddy statements (22 people in 1 quansit hut) so if you know anyone from HHB 6/37 FA Uijongbu Korea 11/85-10/86 have them e-me!

Since your apnea diagnosis is fairly close to your hypertension see if you can get a pulmonologist (sp) who is also board certified in sleep medicine, to do an exam and medical opinion/nexus statement. They may be willing to state 100% that your Hypertenstion and GERD are caused by Sleep Apnea and that would put it within the presumptive period.

People have also won sleep apnea after the one year period because of deviated septem treatment in service. The key here is a good medical statement connecting the dots.

Best regards,

Tyler

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71M10,

I was trying to go this route because it has been hard for me to get buddy statements. I as well have a deviated septum but that has to be proved cause by trauma which I'm sure mine did but I am missing a lot of medical pages (even missing from the VA) during the time of my car accident but as well have cervical issues and Trauma related Cateract which are more than likely all related to the accident.

There is a lot of info about GERD causing OSA.....with hypertension you are correct osa can cause that not vice versa as I was saying. I know GERD in my severity can cause lots of problems so make sure yours stays in control.

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Lets see here. The medical community is split at about the 70 to 30 on which came first hypertension or OSA. The bad think is the 70 percent is aginst the theory that hypertension causes OSA and provide that OSA aggravates hypertension. However, if you can get the doc to do an IMO providing that your day time sleepy problems, your claims of sleep problems on the physical, the hypertension and the Gerd was at least as likely to have symptoms/diagnosed illness's were indicators of your OSA in service you may just have a chance. I have seen/heard of some that have succeeded like this. Good luck.

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Lets see if this will let me reply now......two hours ago it disappreared on me.....

Ricky,

Right was it the chicken or egg first? I was just looking at different angles for my Sleep Apnea claim. I finally received a copy of my medical record and there were of course no diagnoses while on active duty for OSA however...in my last 3 years of active duty my medical record has some mention of sleep disorders, day time fatigue and the doctor said "osa 2* (2 degree)" "consider sleep study" but I never had one and for my final year in the military I had a new PCM which this never got discussed becaue I was looking at cervical surgery before I retired. I am awaiting a copy of my record from retirement (12/31/2003) to present. In mid 2006 I told my different PCM that I was falling sleep while driving because before this he never did anything when I complained of day time fatigue but i did not complain very much. I had my first sleep study 10/31/2006 and was diag with insomnia and OSA. My blood pressure was and still is uncontrollable during this time of talking about sleep apnea......

Do you think I should submit a claim like this? I was going to claim before but my VSO Rep told me I didn't have a well grounded cause.

Thanks for your assistance,

Y#5

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Yellow - as I posted before you will need a VERY STRONG medical opinion. Although your SMR's have indications of possible OSA it was not diagnosed until several years after your service. Now if the sleep doc will provide an opinion that all of your symptoms in service, the suspected OSA, the GERD and hypertension were at least as likely as not due to OSA then you will be on the road to success (jmho)

Now along with this if you have a better half or some buddies that can attest to the fact (lay evidence of symptoms) that you snored and appeared to quit breathing during that time should put icing on your claim. It will be hard to win this at the RO level but with all of the evidence that I have listed the BVA may just weigh in your favor. If I had been your VSO and you could have obtained such evidence I would have recommeded that you submit the claim. My recommendation would have been based upon the fact that most people have sleep apnea for several years before they realize they have it. I am not saying that your SO was wrong for his recommendation - we all have different opinions!

We all have similar symptoms due to normal life. You know sometimes we party, fight with the better half or study for a test way to late in the night which causes us to fall asleep during the day. However, when it gets to the point that these symptoms are almost daily then there is a problem. The military response to such symptoms, most of the time, is go to bed earlier and do more PT. And oh by the way, just incase that does not work here's some motrin! :) Good luck.

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