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    • My C&P Results and why i'm disturbed
      Absolutely correct. 90 is very hard to be at. I'm at 90 even right now for my cumulative. I just completed an increase C&P exam for my Bil knees, right shoulder, and cervical spine. Hoping for 100% because my days OTJ are limited at best. But I definitely want to continue working. (My wife drives me crazy)
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      Could be one of 2 more common reasons, 1 being that they will schedule you for a C&P in the near future, and the other being clear and substantive evidence in your SMR to grant the Cervical radiculopathy without an exam.  Won't know until you get their decision letter stating what and why. Andy
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      Did you receive treatment for the first 4 while in service? Then you sure do have to appeal those  denials.
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      Much thanks for your input Navy4Life and Buck52......very helpful overview.
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      Hello Everyone! Went On Ebennie First Thing This Morning And The Following Is What I Found: 1. Hysterectomy - Service Connect - 0% 2. Cervical Radiculopathy - Not Service Connect  3. Left Foot - Hallux Valgus (bunion) - Service Connect - 0% 4. Right Foot - Hallux Valgus (bunion) - Service Connect - 0% 5. Pes Planus - Service Connect - 30% I Hear NODs Calling My Name! Thank You To All For Your Candid Advices, I Will Keep Everyone Updated As Time Allows. I Also Will Send Some Funds When All Said And Done! ❤️    Hoooraaaaaaaa!!! REACH ONE TO TEACH ONE
    • Increase of MRSA from 0%-? unknown, having c&p exam on tuesday
      MRSA, as a disease process, is always going to be rated at 0% unless you're in the hospital with it and suffering chronic effects. I contracted it in 2009 during my one year staycation at the Seattle VAMC from a contaminated PICC line. After treatment with antibiotics the acute infection resolved. I test positive on any blood tests for it but it is in remission. The body does eventually build an immunity to it of sorts such that you become a carrier for it and can infect others but you, yourself are relatively immune to it unless your immune system becomes compromised. A disease like MRSA is much like Hepatitis B. You become ill and eventually recover and acquire immunity.When that occurs, symptoms abate and there is no outward appearance of the original illness. VA has to rate you at 0% as there is no compensable rating absent any disease symptoms. Merely being turned down for work in the medical sector because you are a "Typhoid Mary" carrier of sorts is not compensable. You have to suffer permanent effects such that it impairs your ability to physically work. 
    • Increase of MRSA from 0%-? unknown, having c&p exam on tuesday
      Is the "0" % a NSC rating, or a "0"  SC rating? "Do they go back to the date of the original claim?" Do you mean you claimed this in the past and they denied, and then you re-opened? Or is this on appeal from the original claim? Is it documented in your SMRS and Discharge Certificate?
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      How did you get something for malignant melanoma? I submitted that in a DBQ just thinking it may become presumptive or secondary to something I already have.  
    • Is this a cue?
      Can you scan and attach here the decision that you filed the appeal on? And the date of that decision?   (cover your C file # prior to scanning it) The problem with cancelling an appeal then succeeding on a subsequent claim for the same thing is that they usually always give the re-open date as the EED.
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      How long did you have HBP, before it was DX'd, treated and brought under control? Your answer doesn't really matter. It's safe to say, it didn't just appear overnight. In most cases, if not all, HBP is working it's Dastardly Magic on your body for a significant period of time, before symptoms present and are DX'd. If you were getting yearly check-ups, at least a 12 month window, right. Just because you have controlled HBP,  without a DX of CAD or other Circulatory Disease, filing a Secondary Claim will get Denied.  Ask your VA PCP to refer you to the Cardiology Dept. If you were to get a Nuclear Stress Test or a Heart Echo that turned up a problem, a Heart Cath would be the defining test for CAD. Semper Fi

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Knee Injury

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Hello. I had a knee injury back in 2001 on active duty. I had a torn Meniscus/ACL tear. I had surgery and received 10% VA disibility from the VA for this condition. I had surgery again on the same knee in 2010 and the VA Dr. not only worked on my torn Meniscus/ACL again because the tear had gotten bigger through the years and plus the military left some debree around my knee cap which resulted in having arthritus in that area. Well he did some shaving of the bone which resulted with continuing pain after the surgery. The same Dr. has me is a ACL Metal Brace which I have been told I will be wearing this for a long time.

I have completed my C&P exam for an increase due to the second surgery and now wearing a ACL metal brace. I have never been to a C&P exam that only took 15 minutes. it was like I was in and then out. All he did was looked at my brace, and looked at my knee, took some measurments of the knee, and out the door I went. So I don't know if that is a good thing or not. I have waited 7 months for the C&P exam. I did asked him how long does he think I will hear back from the VA, he said normally in about 6 to 12 weeks but in your case about a week.

So does anyone out there know if approved for an increase what I might be looking at for disibility percentage? I already get 10% for my knee, they have it listed as continueing left knee pain. Go Figure. Thanks for any input

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I would wait a few days and go to the Release of Information Office and get a copy of the C&P, then post what the Dr. stated in the C&P results!

B6

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How long did you take rehabing your knee. When I had surgery for my knees in 03, 05; the VA paid me at temporary 100% for 1 month, you may be entitled to at least that. Like Bravo said I would get a copy of the C&P so I could see the measurements as they are key in deciding percentages.

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Hello. I had a knee injury back in 2001 on active duty. I had a torn Meniscus/ACL tear. I had surgery and received 10% VA disibility from the VA for this condition. I had surgery again on the same knee in 2010 and the VA Dr. not only worked on my torn Meniscus/ACL again because the tear had gotten bigger through the years and plus the military left some debree around my knee cap which resulted in having arthritus in that area. Well he did some shaving of the bone which resulted with continuing pain after the surgery. The same Dr. has me is a ACL Metal Brace which I have been told I will be wearing this for a long time.

I have completed my C&P exam for an increase due to the second surgery and now wearing a ACL metal brace. I have never been to a C&P exam that only took 15 minutes. it was like I was in and then out. All he did was looked at my brace, and looked at my knee, took some measurments of the knee, and out the door I went. So I don't know if that is a good thing or not. I have waited 7 months for the C&P exam. I did asked him how long does he think I will hear back from the VA, he said normally in about 6 to 12 weeks but in your case about a week.

So does anyone out there know if approved for an increase what I might be looking at for disibility percentage? I already get 10% for my knee, they have it listed as continueing left knee pain. Go Figure. Thanks for any input

I have an old friend who started out like you and now has a total knee replacement to his right leg and severe arthritis to the left (normal) leg after years of over compensation. I don't know your age but this may very well be where you are headed sometime down the line. I suggest you use that brace as long as you can tolerate it and keep it handy for when you have to do a lot of walking to help your unaffected knee and keep it from wearing out.

JMO,

Bergie

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Do not forget to file for Arthritis and the scar's as secondary conditions.

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C&P exam says

right knee unaffected range of motion is 0 to 114 degrees extension/flexion

Left knee range of motion is 8 degrees to 104 degrees. He cannot extend beyond 8 degrees. he has positive anterior drawer sign, The veteran does have TED hose on for varicose veins. There is crepitus with range of motion. The left knee is mildly worsening over time, as indicated as second surgical repair and the use of an unloaded brace at this time. The use of the brace would be thought to be chronic at this time.

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[so does anyone out there know if approved for an increase what I might be looking at for disibility percentage? I already get 10% for my knee, they have it listed as continueing left knee pain. Go Figure. Thanks for any input

C&P exam says

right knee unaffected range of motion is 0 to 114 degrees extension/flexion

Left knee range of motion is 8 degrees to 104 degrees. He cannot extend beyond 8 degrees. he has positive anterior drawer sign, The veteran does have TED hose on for varicose veins. There is crepitus with range of motion. The left knee is mildly worsening over time, as indicated as second surgical repair and the use of an unloaded brace at this time. The use of the brace would be thought to be chronic at this time.

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Here is the rating table for limited extension of the knee. Also crepitus can indicate arthritis and / or chondromalacia. If you do not get rated for either of those see about getting a medical opinion and file for it and also for a clothing allowance due to your brace.

5261 Leg, limitation of extension of:Extension limited to 45°50Extension limited to 30°40Extension limited to 20°30Extension limited to 15°20Extension limited to 10°10Extension limited to 5°

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It messed up the table I posted..

You can find the ratings for the knee under the electronic code of federal regulations, Title 38: Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief, Part 4: Schedule for rating disabilities.

http://ecfr.gpoacces...0.1.1.5.2.97.13

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