Berta (and Gastone):
Thank you for the link and information for the TDIU/SSDI. That route would add another whole level of complexity, particularly the part of not being able to work.
I need to look into it more, but thank you either way.
I've learned and read that sleep apnea is not an easy path/route to go correct. Some of the best pockets of information I have found have been where Vets had their documents/findings/IMO's etc, lined up to be submitted or ready to have an exam done in order to submit the information. And I know that no Dr. can give a 100% certainty of a direct cause from one to the other. But due to the "Benefit of Doubt" it makes it doable. And really this "Benefit of Doubt" makes a lot of things doable, assuming information is presented to support two issues at a 50% or more, which is very appreciated.
And going into this, I knew that it was going to be a tough battle. But I figured, with research and getting the information put together that supports my claim would help in the process. Not a guarantee, but whatever I can do help out the process to benefit me, I'll push for.
The IMO was put together by Dr. David Anaise. I think it was a pretty well put together document, granted I've never seen one or had one done, so skews my perception a bit. Not sure what the privacy rules/requirements are, but I'm going to post the documents here (for reference only). The documents would be the IMO, and then the letter of notification that the VA sent, as well as the Rater document (pulled from MyHealtheVet).
I think, that based on what I have, I'm not missing/lacking anything else, but wanted other people's eyes to double check. My information vs. what the VA said/submitted, I think that its pretty solid, and it should be granted. But there probably is a little bit of bias in that haha.
Looking at paperwork and documents and information over and over puts such a mental strain. And it doesn't help that if feels like we only have 1 shot at claims with the VA.
Hi guy I'm currently rated 90%, today i just saw where my GERD was increased to 20%, my Cervical increased to 30% and my right ridculopathy increased to 10%, with all this what's my new overall rating?