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    • PTSD with questions
      Hi Rita, I recently wrote a blog post with detailed suggestions for filing a PTSD due to MST claim, including several links to additional online resources: Advice for Veterans – PTSD Military Sexual Trauma (MST) C&P Exams Feel free to ask any questions about the information in that post, either in a response (comment) to the post, or here on HadIt.com  :O) The good news is that, as @GuaymasJim said, you can indeed receive disability benefits for PTSD/MST even the horrible crime against you occurred many years ago. All the Best, Mark
    • C&P Re-Exam - REPHRASED
      My understanding is that eating disorders are considered to be a separate disability from all other mental disorders. See this post: Extremely unlikely. I hope it goes well for you. :O) All the Best, Mark
    • Aortic valve /ihd
      Since his medical care was non VA, I assume VA gave him the EED and 60% rating from his private medical records. Maybe his private doctors missed something as to the IHD. Can you scan and post their kidney disease denial?  (The Reasons and Bases for the denial and the Evidence list) (Cover C file etc prior to posting it) The private nephrologist  could certainly outweigh any C & P that was done by a doctor less qualified. But VA might need a strong IMO from him.  "I don't think they read anything "  That is basically the problem many of us have had with the VA. VA had 2 posthumous C & P from an Endocrinologist to deny my AO death DMII claim. That doctor mis -read and also misinterpreted medical acronyms to deny the claim. I had used Merck Medical Manual (that VA used as well) in order to understand many acronyms in my dead husband's med recs. The ridiculous C & P s were overcome by 2 solid IMOs from Dr Bash and from a freeby I got from a former VA doctor who had treated  my husband at a VAMC. I think he was the only doctor on this team who knew what he was doing. But someone had crossed out his diagnosis of diabetes and they still refused to diagnose and treat his IHD. I see you are quite familiar with BUN and gfr counts....and are willing to do the research these things take. Any excerpts like the one you have on proteinuria from good medical texts will help bolster a strong IMO. IMOs/IME must follow the IMO criteria here at hadit under Read First if getting an IMO. Dr. Bash will be on our blog radio show here tomorrow night, and they will take call ins. I developed the IMO post from the 2 IMOs I got from him. As a NeuroRadiologist, he was perfect for  my DMII claim.. He stated in his IMO that he had interpreted X rays and MRIs  of thousands of diabetics . I doubt if VA has a thousand doctors who can even read an MRI or X ray.         With Tricare I assume he might be eligible for CRDP. That is automatic....or at least it should be.
    • Choice Program
      you need to call VC and keep calling them until you get the treatment My last authorization approve for 48 visits in which is a year treatments if go once a week. I was going twice a week. If you are having trouble with the Pain DR go to the Director office and file a complaint you will get an answer.
    • New Va Pain Medication Policy
      you must have been a field medic, my duty was at NCO ACADEMY at FT STEWART, Hunter ARMY AIRFIELD in HOSPITAL, and at the Airfield. Don't tell me what I am if you don't know you said you can drive but you cant walk is that correct?. 15 years of narcotic and you don't believe you hook. Than quit taking that what I did cold turkey. You ever try to quit fentanyl patch cold turkey. I did and I almost lost my mind for 5-6 days no sleep, running around like I was going crazy and lost lost. That seventh day I was a different man off narcotics. I was offered a scouter I hope that's spell right from VA and I refuse for what my legs hurt but they still works and can walk with them my point her is I see A lot Of vets with their wheel chairs and riding car and most of them driving to appointments and walking find outside, inside they cant move you see it everyday. I don't live like that I do what I want to do and without being drug drug tested to get pills, narcotics, for what I cant work and its not their business to know everything a person does. I cant work but I go to pass drug test for pills Never Will jmho  RU.    
    • Mental Health C&P
      I don't know what happened here, just now. I wrote a nice 500 word post, that just disappeared when I clicked submit, and the website wanted me to log in, again, to post comments.
    • New Va Pain Medication Policy
      I've responded on this thread in the past, and would like to update.  After 7 years of successful pain management; I took some advice from the message board and reached out to various "up the chain" types...and thought the Director of Pain Management at VA Palo Alto, CA had actually re authorized me back into Veteran's Choice program where I was being treated for my pain for 3 subsequent visits, was on the road for treatment for a procedure that VAHC had not even mentioned, (all of this after VA had "red flagged me as DRUG SEEKER")understand I have never deviated from requesting increase, missed appointments. Nothing.  Today, I get call from same Director of Pain Management, since I have not heard from Vet Choice about the reauthorization, that I was mistaken, he could offer me nothing but traveling the 40 miles to his clinic and of course that would be NO Opioids. I cannot travel the normal transportation route, and he assured me he had listed me, as Undue Travel Burden, but he would still not reauthorize. Have a nice Day! So, you tell me- how with all these qualifiers; and my Severe Pain that the Spine Specialist in my Community has agreed to treat Veterans, is only 3 miles from my home; has more compassion than those treating Veterans? Did I mention, that my Opioid meds has not changed in 7 years? Is anyone in Washington listening? Honorable Dr. DavidJ. Shulkin, your New Veteran's Choice guidelines don't mean anything to these people that have to care for us Veterans.  I was a Medical Officer for 9 years caring for thousands of brave Men and Women who served this Wonderful Country and I am appalled at the service and the way I am spoken to by the staff at the VAHC and told if you want Narcotics "Go Buy a Health Care Plan."  I say to them- without my Service to this Great Nation they would not have a job, and now they are talking to us like we are their BURDEN? If not for us, willing to Wear the Uniforms and guarantee their freedoms, they couldn't get a job except working at a County Teaching Hospital. 
    • Choice Program
      I've responded on this thread in the past, and would like to update.  After 7 years of successful pain management; I took some advice from the message board and reached out to various "up the chain" types...and thought the Director of Pain Management at VA Palo Alto, CA had actually re authorized me back into Veteran's Choice program where I was being treated for my pain for 3 subsequent visits, was on the road for treatment for a procedure that VAHC had not even mentioned, (all of this after VA had "red flagged me as DRUG SEEKER")understand I have never deviated from requesting increase, missed appointments. Nothing.  Today, I get call from same Director of Pain Management, since I have not heard from Vet Choice about the reauthorization, that I was mistaken, he could offer me nothing but traveling the 40 miles to his clinic and of course that would be NO Opioids. I cannot travel the normal transportation route, and he assured me he had listed me, as Undue Travel Burden, but he would still not reauthorize. Have a nice Day! So, you tell me- how with all these qualifiers; and my Severe Pain that the Spine Specialist in my Community has agreed to treat Veterans, is only 3 miles from my home; has more compassion than those treating Veterans? Did I mention, that my Opioid meds has not changed in 7 years? Is anyone in Washington listening? Honorable Dr. DavidJ. Shulkin, your New Veteran's Choice guidelines don't mean anything to these people that have to care for us Veterans.  I was a Medical Officer for 9 years caring for thousands of brave Men and Women who served this Wonderful Country and I am appalled at the service and the way I am spoken to by the staff at the VAHC and told if you want Narcotics "Go Buy a Health Care Plan."  I say to them- without my Service to this Great Nation they would not have a job, and now they are talking to us like we are their BURDEN? If not for us, willing to Wear the Uniforms and guarantee their freedoms, they couldn't get a job except working at a County Teaching Hospital. 
    • getting run-around by dental clinic
      In part, I agree, and in part do not! Turns out that the VA has a mantra about least cost when it comes to treating veterans. Private providers do have a profit goal to attain. It comes down to what the patient prefers, and what is the best for the patient. (Not the VA, provider, etc.)  
    • PTSD with questions
      I was actually thinking the sleep apenea and fibro secondary  to the back, I can't sleep but about 3 to 4  hours  a night my pain increases.  I know it is from being overweight  that once I hurt my back in the AF I was not able to exercise and the weight joined me so with the sleep apenea and fibro has made life almost miserable an then two months ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Can the c-file be requested from ebenefits? Thank you for your quick response.  

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Increased Percent Rating

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Hello everyone, received a VA letter last week stating that my new overall rating is 60%. I was 30% for PTSD and 10% service connected injury, 40% total. I filed for a PTSD increase late last year so for PTSD they have awarded me an additional 20%. I have an additional claim in process for secondary ailments, if that claim is approved and I am I'm taking a wild guess, the VA might award an additional 10% which will add up to 70% total? I am speculating on percent increases as I read somewhere that by law the VA awards increases in 10% increments only? ... Anyway, thanks for everyones advice, opinions and in particular the "HADIT" web site which has been of great help in navigating the VA's claims process. Thanks.

Jim

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Are you able to work? If not file for TDIU now.

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Hello everyone, received a VA letter last week stating that my new overall rating is 60%. I was 30% for PTSD and 10% service connected injury, 40% total. I filed for a PTSD increase late last year so for PTSD they have awarded me an additional 20%. I have an additional claim in process for secondary ailments, if that claim is approved and I am I'm taking a wild guess, the VA might award an additional 10% which will add up to 70% total? I am speculating on percent increases as I read somewhere that by law the VA awards increases in 10% increments only? ... Anyway, thanks for everyones advice, opinions and in particular the "HADIT" web site which has been of great help in navigating the VA's claims process. Thanks.

Jim

JamesPT,

The regs for a Mental Health disability do not contain a 20% rating criteria.

Mental Health only compensates at the following percentages :

SC'd at zero or 10% - 30 % - 50 % - 70 % or 100 %.

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Thanks for the reply Carlie; I guess I still don't have a hold on VA mathematics. My question; if I was 30% PTSD how did I get to the new 60% rating? I am guessing the VA chucked the 30% and put me in the 50% category? plus the 10% for service connected injuries = 60%? ,,, Also if you don't mind, I may be out of line with the following question as it might need to be posted in different forum. John999 below indicates "if unable to work to file for TDIU"; is this process very tidious? do I have to file and submit all medical records. support statements from Doctors etc. all of which the VA already has on file? ,,, I am not able to work, the PTSD meds which help very little with my mental condition do tend to make me zombie like so to speak; memory lapses (thinking and acting more slowly), lack of focus, I could go on and on with side effects. Also my physical injuries, the surgeries which have resulted in overall limited range of motion plus the meds for physical pain in addition to the meds for mental condition; well again, it goes on and on. Just looking for an answer regarding filing for TDIU. I am sorry, I am still ignorant regarding the claims process. Regardless, I will take John999 suggestion and submit a TDIU form. Thanks again, your responses are appreciated. I will look in the forum for more info, but I guess the TDIU form is submitted to VA Regional?

Jim

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Thanks for the reply Carlie; I guess I still don't have a hold on VA mathematics. My question; if I was 30% PTSD how did I get to the new 60% rating? I am guessing the VA chucked the 30% and put me in the 50% category? plus the 10% for service connected injuries = 60%? ,,,

Jim

Jim,

Click on the following link and enter each of your individual percentages

in there, start with your highest one and work down - then click submit

to get you combined total.

Remember VA will round the total combined, either up or down accordingly.

http://www.hadit.com//service_connected_disabilities_rating_calculator.php

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Congratulations, Jim! :smile:

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carlie - am I missing something here or did I misunderstand your post?? James stated he was 30% for PTSD and is now 50% for PTSD, a 20% increase. Mental ratings are @20% intervals until 70% and then they jump to 100%. just sayin'

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JamesPT,

The regs for a Mental Health disability do not contain a 20% rating criteria.

Mental Health only compensates at the following percentages :

SC'd at zero or 10% - 30 % - 50 % - 70 % or 100 %.

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