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    • Been busy, apologize for the tardiness. Currently waiting for my C-file. Until then I am still getting all of my service illnesses taken care of by private board certified doctors by my company insurance I work for.  Some is out of my own pocket for instance the chiropractor and one time specialty physician. So as soon as I get the C-file, I will schedule my appointment with Dr. Steingart, and post my full review of what I know will be the favorable outcome for the IME.
    • Floridanurse, Not sure if you will get anything out of what I have to say, but maybe something will catch your eye. You mentioned teeth grinding in your post. Is it documented in your service medical/dental records?  Here's why I ask, I endured jaw pain to such a degree that it interfered with eating and sleeping. I had to massage my jaw muscles so I could chew my food, during the worst of it.  I went to the medical center a few times, they referred me to the dental clinic where they noted excessive wear on my teeth, but could find no physical causes. They deduced that the grinding and clenching was most likely due to work related stress. Fast forward 17 years and I learned I could claim it, did so, got denied. Filed appeal, got IMO/IME, with nexus letter stating at least as likely as not, citing SMR entries that noted the 4 year history of jaw pain. Denied.  Both times they reasoned that since it wasn't diagnosed as so in my SMR, they would not grant it. However they did grant that it is there and is valid, but is being recognized as a symptom of MH illnesses. Fortunately for me I do not have any SCD for MH. Or not so fortunate for me, but I do have a current DX of MDD recurrent with SI...from the VA, which puts me firmly in the 70% rating. If I had it service connected, that is. For me, though, it may not matter, but for you it may get you a secondary to PTSD claim.
    • Congratulations Thomas54  way to go buddy! Victor82  it depends on what they rated you for? If its TDIU P&T Then no you are not suppose to be doing any kind of work.
    • MSR is Military Service Record, and SMR is the same just Service instead of Military.  Pretty much first day of boot camp till your exit physical, preservice physicals are usually included.
    • A similar thing happened to me and they shot it down very quickly- In my NOD -.... I made a specific bullet point paper listing the dates of the connections to dx./ treatment dates and any doctor information-  - "bolded and underlined for clarity" - Good Luck 





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Question On Old Claim

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I have a question. I filed a claim in 1971 for typhus and secondary conditions. It was denied and I never replied with a NOD or anything. I had actually forgot about it until I filed for PTSD in 2007 and included a claim for typhus with it. Of course they denied it again as unproven. I have those medical records and it does say unproven, but suspected, along with treatment and symptoms of a tropical disease. The medical records show without a doubt that I had some type of disease. So, I am thinking It should be service connected for a tropical disease, even if I dont get a %. So, if that is possible to get it sc'ed, would it go back to 1971 or would it be considered a new claim. I hope you can follow what I am saying and I guess it is hypothetical. I relayed this information to my atty. that recently took my case. He did respond with a NOD, that relates to this and sent it to the VA.

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Do you have documented residuals that can only be attributed to the Typhus?

Even if your SMRs show typhus or some tropical disease-the VA can only rate any residual disability you still have.

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PS there are many forms of typhus -what kind did you have?

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Berta, from the symptoms it was more than likely scrub typhus. As far as residuals, that is real grey area. I believe that it did some damage to my eyes, either from massive ammounts of antibiotics or the high fever of 103 to 105. extreme headache and backache, febrile and delirious for two days. I believe it caused vasculitis from the headache symptoms and phototobia from the antibiotics. The reason are I did not have floaters before the typhus, thats why I filed in 1971. Then I wound up with a retinal detachment about 5yrs ago, floaters are pre retinal dertachment. Also the VA knows I have phototobia, because they presribe the gradient lens free of charge. I am just want to get it sced some how. In case of liver ,spleen,kidneys, lungs which typhus can effect, but posibly not show up for years.

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Your attorney would know if there is any basis for a CUE claim here-hat could generate award back to 1971-

BUT I am sure the VA would find no ratable residuals again- CUE is only good as long as the VA actually owed you money at time of past final decision.

If you can afford an IMO -this in my opinion would be the only way to find out if you do have residuals that are ratable and directly due to the typhus-with no other possible etiology.

Nothing is impossible - but everything can become difficult-

I assume the VA has ruled out diabetes as reason for your retinal problems and floaters?

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Thanks Berta, I know the whole thing is a stretch. As far as diabetes, I do not have it. The Va does a blood work up every 3 mos.

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