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    • TKR; Arthritis and in service fracture
      Does it make any difference being a NSC? A lot of us Vietnam Veterans sure messed up , when we got hurt we just sucked it up and never went  and recieved medical help back in those days, I fell off a Duce &Half front bumper landed on both knees, I got some pain meds from the medic but it was never log down, but my knees turn blue & purplish for about 2 weeks  and I was in a lot of pain  but I just endured it...if I had known  then what I know now  hell yes I'd reported it. Now years later I have arthritics in both my knees , I believe that's why because of that but can't get it service connected, most of my buddys from back then have either passed on or I can't find any of them  so no proof  my word only and with the VA that's not good enough...Hell who would think to take a pic of my knees eh! Reason I mention that about a pic?  I took a pic of one of my unit awards from Nam that was not on my DD-214  and submitted that and the VA used it as part of my Vietnam service to place me at a certain Hostile Area in Nam that also was not on DD-214  It has my full name ,rank an unit/company engraved on it.   many veterans that are disabled today that can't get an award or claim S.C. because we never reported a lot of shi** that happen to us over there. is a crying shame ........Buck
    • CLAIM COMPLETE--Frm 80% to 100% Comb Rtg
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    • Aortic valve /ihd
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    • CLAIM COMPLETE--Frm 80% to 100% Comb Rtg
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    • My husband died in motorcycle accident
      page 1006, Yes click on Ms Berta link and it will take you to the Hadit Podcast  just click on the topic for 5-24-16- 7:00pm eastern 6:00pm central and wait a few seconds and click 1   call in and talk on the phone if you want to  and ask questions any question & like Ms berta mention you can always go back and listen to the show. Also for future reference  Ms T has put up a ''podcast'' link inside the ''DashBoard'' on the left  side of the hadit screen with all the links to hadit Note: Some times its easier to understand things that is said to us to where we can understand it a lot better than reading in a post or email because things can be  quite complicated with the VA  Such as your Case. These wonderful people are just like family. jmo ....................Buck
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    • Just diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome
      This is an award for Sjogren's Syndrome from the BVA.: http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp14/Files5/1441401.txt The case contains a good nexus the veteran had: “Regarding the second and third Hickson elements, in-service incurrence and evidence of a medical nexus, the Board acknowledges the Veteran's service treatment records are silent for a diagnosis of or treatment for Sjögren's syndrome.  However, an August 1985 service treatment record indicates the Veteran received care for arthralgia of her left foot, during a period of active duty service.  Additionally, in an April 2008 letter, Dr. J. W., the Veteran's treating rheumatologist, opined that the Veteran's Sjögren's syndrome initially manifested during her period of active service between 1984 and 1987.  In his rationale for the rendered opinion, Dr. J. W. explained that the symptoms in question were migratory symmetrical polyarthralgias, symptoms that are quite typical of early Sjögren's syndrome, and eventually became the swollen joints the Veteran now suffers from.  He further explained that the joints in question, hands and feet, were also typical of Sjögren's syndrome.  He also noted that the Veteran had a positive antinuclear antibody test which showed a slow progression of the initial illness, and had lymphadenopathy, which demonstrated that the Veteran's immune system was beginning to be overactive.    Additionally, the September 2008 VA examiner opined that the Veteran's symptoms of inflammatory arthritis first manifested in August 1985, and that it was easy to deduce that those symptoms were related to the Veteran's current Sjögren's syndrome.   This BVA case reflects the diagnostic code and rating info for Sjogren’s Syndrome. http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp14/Files6/1451816.txt This syndrome can appear initially as polyarthralgia, as well as inflammatory arthritis per the above BVA case.  
    • My husband died in motorcycle accident
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    • Appeal Closed in Ebenefits
      Thanks for your response. No, actually. I was orignally service connected 50% PTSD in 2010 with an effective date of 2001. After winning a claim after 9 years I was estatic and didn't care what the percentage was. In 2013 I filled for an increase for my PTSD and was sent through a c&p. In 2014, I was granted a 100% rating for anxiety disorder. They connected it with my PTSD but listed it as a seperate disability. I appealed the effective date of the decison stating something like "if it's related to my PTSD then it should have the effective date of my PTSD. Well we both know the VA doesn't work that way. I provided medical evidence showing an increase in anxiety and ptsd and that's why they took the effective sate back a year. Hope this helps!

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Ankle Surgery

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if you never had anything but and ankle sprang in service. And now you have to have surgery on your right foot.Because of arthritis.But had surgery on right knee.Can you make it or get service connected? And what would be the percentage?

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so you had a spranged ankle in service and you had surgery on your right knee and now you have arthirits in your foot and they are going to operate on your right foot for arthritis and you want to get your right foot service connected and want to know what percentage it would be?or you want to get your spranged ankle service connected and want to know what the percentage would be?or you had surgery on your right knee and want to get it service connected and want to know what the percentage would be?

right?

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If you can show that the knee problem has contributed to the ankle problem you might get there. I don't think a sprained ankle will get you there unless you broke the ankle. I could be wrong.

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I see that you are showing 50% disability. Is this 50% for your knee? Is your knee Service Connected?

C'mon guy, we're fishin' here.

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so you had a spranged ankle in service and you had surgery on your right knee and now you have arthirits in your foot and they are going to operate on your right foot for arthritis and you want to get your right foot service connected and want to know what percentage it would be?or you want to get your spranged ankle service connected and want to know what the percentage would be?or you had surgery on your right knee and want to get it service connected and want to know what the percentage would be?

right?

Sorry so vague.Well i had surgery on my right knee s/c 10%.asthma 30% & flat feet 10%. So i guess my question is that the Va s/c me for djd 0% and now i have been diagnosed with arthritis in my right foot(the top of the foot) by the v. a. The V.A wants me to take surgery to fuse the bone together.For as the sprang ankle goes i have it my records but i broke my ankle before i got in the service.And i guess i meant would it be s/c for the surgery by the v.a and what percentage?

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The foot bone is connected to the shin bone. The shin bone is connected to the knee bone. the knee bone is connected to the...you get my point :o

If you have sc'd knee problems, then you most likely have a altered gate. There is mucho medical research out there that concludes that if a person has knee problems that have led to a altered gait, that will in turn lead to inflammatory foot diseases. Arthritis is a inflammatory foot disease.

I found this for ya, too! Plenty more of it to be found on the net.

Also, a sudden and traumatic injury such as a broken bone, torn ligament, or moderate ankle sprain can cause the injured joint to become arthritic in the future. Sometimes a traumatic injury will result in arthritis in the injured joint even though the joint received proper medical care at the time of injury.

Go for it! The first thing you need to do is get your VA doc to sign a "nexus" form linking the ankle sprain and the altered gait from the knee to the foot arthritis. This will be THE key peice of evidence (along with your SMR's showing the ankle sprain) in winning this claim. It will most likely be granted under dx code 5284 Foot Injuries, other, but may be granted under dx code 5003 Arthritis, degenerative. Either way I wouldn't expect more than a 10% rating, You might qualify for a convalescent rating after the surgery, which would be 100% percent for the duration of the necessary convalescence.

I had a plantar faciitis claim granted on this basis last summer.

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thanx a bunch for the information

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thanx a bunch for the information

I have been reading hundreds of cases for Ankles on the BVA decision site and it seems that they go out of their way to decide against the Veteran. Mine is a BVA remand, I had a documented history of treatment for Fracture, sprains, achilles tendonitis in service. Two years ago I had a surgery to remove a spur that was slicing the tendon in half. My surgeon wrote a letter stating that he thought it was a result of service, and that the surgery was not going to fully correct the problem, just make it tolerable. I had a C&P in Sept 08 which I have not received the copy of yet even though I requested it. The C&P doc (Vietnam Vet) was a local contractor well liked in the area that I live. He led me through the exam ok. I told him the story of my ankle. They took x-rays showing the result of surgery. My surgeon just did an MRI showing soft tissue issues on my heel, and the BVA has the request for records filled out as well as my doc's letter. I can't help but wonder if they will find a way to not comp me for anything, but I will let you know.

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