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      Hi, I am a 30 year retired vet. I retired 13 years ago. I as recently diagnosed with "very severe" obstructive sleep apnea. The machine they gave me is preset on the highest output flow. My episode exceed 35 times an hour with some lasting more than 30 seconds.  I was diagnosed with sleep apnea a couple of years prior to retirement and the study and diagnosis is documented in my record. In fact, they wanted to operate on my uvula. There lies the rub. The operation could have ended my career so I didn't persue. Additionally, while on active duty I developed severe chronic sinusitis and allergic rhinitis and this also is documented in my service health record. I have been living with this and chalking it down to getting old. Fast forward...I recently got a machine that they say I have to wear for the remainder of my life. I just learned that Tricare Prime does not pay for it all. So, I researched online and submitted a claim the E-benefits and it has been received and was under review until today when they changed this to "gathering of evidence" Development Letter Sent. Does anyone know what this means? What do I have to look forward to concerning the process. I watch the news. It doesn't look good, right? thanks in advance.
    • My husband died in motorcycle accident
      Your Welcome Page, don't worry about missing the show  there will be more shows. btw, the 33% that attorney quoted you is a little expensive in my opinion'' but'' DIC Cases I'm not that familiar with/just with regular VA Claims its usually a 20% deal However I heard of Some Charging that much  or have  a 20% fee and a clause for   another fee for extra work they do or had to do...I can imagine  a lot is involved  so who's to say 33% is to expensive....its just right if you win...but that's a big'' if'' The attorney will have to do a lot of digging and records to look at phone calls & other personal to pay calls ect,,,ect,, DIC Cases as we learn from Ms berta are very difficult   especially a case  such as yours.  you have to do what you believe is right, I'm sure your late husband would want that for ya. You might want to ask Ms berta about your time-line limit? unless you have an Attorney Already?  Anything you can do to not let your Limit run out will help. if you can Request an extension or more time to prepare your case?  IDK? Take Care .............Buck
    • DRO hearing
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    • My husband died in motorcycle accident
      I'm upset that I missed it. I was not able to get online. I will make sure to catch the show in the archives. Thank you for all the information Buck!
    • My husband died in motorcycle accident
      Sorry Ms berta,   The show was on tonight  and it was a dandy DR Bash & Att John Dorle  were on and Dr Mark Worthing  Called in & They all had a great discussion, I sure wish Page 1006 could have called in ask about her claim and about what Attorney to help with her case. Lot of good information was passed on tonight with Claims, Mark talked a bit about Sleep Apnea, and him and John and Dr Bash was just full of Information tonight..I bet they missed you calling in, Alex was not on tonight hope he is feeling well?  Jbasser and Jerrel Had a great show   the hour went real fast, there going to get Dr Mark Worthing to come back as well as Dr bash &  Attorney John Dorle Be sure and catch the show later in the archives.   ..............Buck I thoroughly enjoy the show tonight.
    • My Cue
      If I understand correctly it is one year.  Though don't take my word for it.  I am in the same boat.  Messed up on my original claim many years ago and am now trying to fix the mistakes I made.   I wish you luck, stick in there.
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      IF YOUR LOCAL VSO DID NOT FAX OR SEND THE FORM TO JANESVILLE, WI.,  THATS THE PROBLEM.. YOU DO NEED TO FILL OUT THE 21-526EZ AND FORM 9 .  YOU CAN DO THIS THRU EBENEFITS OR FAX IT TO:  844 822 5246.  (PERSONALLY I USE THE FAX METHOD)    VA HAS A NEW PROCESS WHEREIN ALL DOCUMENTS GO THRU JANESVILL..SEND IT TO THEM ASAP... BOTH OF THESE FORMS CAN BE FILLED OUT AT THE VA WEBSITE  WWW.VA.GOV AND THEN PRINTED/SAVED PLEASE POST YOUR SOC SO OTHERS CAN CHIME IN.....
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Ulcerative Colitis Secondary To Ptsd?

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I am currently rated 70% for PTSD. I have been diagnosed and suffering from ulcerative colitis since 1995. I currently see a non-VA physician and take medications to control the symptoms of the colitis. I also take meds for the PTSD which do not seem to have any effect on the ulcerative colitis. When my my PTSD symptoms are worse, so is the Ulcerative Colitis.

My first question to any veterans, physicians, or ratings examiners is: Does a probable connection between the Ulcerative Colitis and PTSD exist.

My second question is: If the two are connected, who is best qualified to make the connection before I request a C&P exam for increased compensation rate, my non-VA gastroenterologist or my VA psychiatrist?

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GOOD question-

personally I would seek an IMO from the non VA doctor.

This recent BVA case is similiar:

http://www4.va.gov/vetapp10/files5/1039996.txt

The veteran was denied for his colitus as aggravated by his SC PTSD because his IMO doctor did not prepare the IMO right.

The IMO criteria is here in our IMO forum.

If you can find some good medical citations of the link perhaps the gastro doc would use them or probably use some of his own medical citations.

If the VA psychiatrist is wiling to offer you a supportive opinion that is good too.

My personal experience however tells me that if one gets a strong IMO from a non VA doctor ,with expertise in field of disability, they are getting a more thorough and detailed opinion that whatever they will get from a C & P doctor (who might not even be a real doctor)

I suggest you claim your NSC colitis is 'aggravated' by your PTSD meds.If the claim succeeds, the VA will rate the level of aggravation.

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Wait-I am wrong-I suggest you state that the PTSD aggravates your NSC colitis- you did say the meds have not aggravated it.

I missed that at first. Have you thoroughly reviewed any literatre on the PTSD meds to definitely rule out their affect on the colitis?

I found many similiar cases at the BVA but they were either denied or on remand.It is certainly possible that PTSD could have an effect on the colitis.

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Berta, thank you.

It looks like I have some research work ahead of me.

My gastroenterologist outside of the VA says he can neither confirm nor deny that a nexus exists between the two conditions.

I will need another physician in the Tampa Bay area who can draw that line for me.

Ulcerative colitis, being a form of inflammatory bowel disease, is made worse by a lot of different things and I imagine my PTSD meds could surely be included. The problem is that no actual cause of the ulcerative colitis has ever been discovered. It seems to be an auto-immune disorder that causes the bowel to become inflamed and ulcerated. It is similar to Chron's disease and may have a genetic link.

There are some medicines (short term prednisone followed by specialized anti-inflammatories for the long term) that will control the symptoms and get the disease into remission.

But I know from my own personal experience that when my stress is up and my PTSD meds stop controling the stress, that the colitis flares up, too.

Wait-I am wrong-I suggest you state that the PTSD aggravates your NSC colitis- you did say the meds have not aggravated it.

I missed that at first. Have you thoroughly reviewed any literatre on the PTSD meds to definitely rule out their affect on the colitis?

I found many similiar cases at the BVA but they were either denied or on remand.It is certainly possible that PTSD could have an effect on the colitis.

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