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    • Need some advice
      Hello to my fellow Brothers and Sisters this is my first post, I've been a long time lurker. I am a recently discharged OEF Vet. I joined the National Guard prior to my ETS. I really only joined for the healthcare to help out my family members. I knew my mind and body was breaking down too much to carry on doing active duty Infantry and I wasn't allowed to re-class. The Guard offered me one so I decided to re-class in the Guard to a HR MOS. I didn't receive a bonus and haven't gone to my AIT for the re-class yet. I've only participated in one Drill weekend. I recently received my award letter for 100% SC P&T. I don't know what to do now about staying in the Guard? Will I be penalized by the VA? Will it change my rating? Will the Guard just MEB me? Any advice is appreciated.
    • Proof C&P Exams are often frauds
      We'll, I have been lucky so far, but we will see.  I have a C&P coming up for my secondary for heart disease from HBP.  I am scheduled for a echocardiogram. Just went throught all the tests with my cardialogist., to enclude an echocardiogram, and those records went in with my claim. I will compare the two. Maybe my C&P doc (or RN) will be a podiatrist.  You never know.. Hamslice      
    • Should I file a claim now or wait?
      Thanks everybody, I think I will go ahead and push that go button!  The main reason is I want to establish the effective date soon as possible. 
    • Proof C&P Exams are often frauds
      Well, yes, remember who pays for your C and P exam.  Still, regulations provide that if you have a balance where 2 docs differ on opinion, the VA CAN choose one over the other, but has to give a reasons and bases as to why.   For example, one doctor can do a more thorough exam.  Or, one doctor can be preferred if he states he read your records, while another doc does not say this.   If you have been denied, the VA is required to give you the benefit of the doubt if the claim is "in equipose", that is, there is a balance between positive and negative evidence.   When you appeal, you can certainly argue that your private doc did a more thorough exam.   HOwever, your private doc may/may not made an applicable nexus statement.  YOu need to check your records to see if the nexus is there.  
    • Reopened Claim & sent my Medical Records as evidence.
      No real update other than they've been treating my back/migraines with medication. They're setting up an eye exam to see if that has anything to do with the migraines. The doctor they sent me to examined me and was amazed at how bad my physical condition was and the VA not taking any responsibility by not service connecting any of my conditions. (They told me that on an MRI I had in 2000 that I had herniated/bulged discs) I'm still waiting on some kind of update, but it's still in 'gathering evidence' stage. They have my service records now as well as chiropractic records and the records from this recent trip to the doctor. Wondering if I'll get another C&P exam scheduled as I can't find anything in my eBenefits records history about the first one I had and the medical building I had it done at has been out of business for several years. They did send an email saying they should have a decision on my claim by April 2017??? Wow...That's weird they would even set that deadline so far out...so I really don't know what to do but wait...
    • DRO hearing
      Berta please read and tell me what you think. John D is on this for me as I type this.   "With respect to the issues pending before the VA which are, service connected bowel, bladder and PT (Permanent and Total) status, please consider;   1st with respect to the issue of PT. I have provided for the VA, very probative evidence not only from Dr. Craig Bash, but also the SSA that clearly shows that I should be PT. VA has yet to consider this evidence and I wish to go on record, that if the VA would rate me PT, I would drop ALL pending issues for service connected disability. This seems the easiest way for everyone and will save myself and the VA time and effort.   2nd, if the VA denies PT or refuses to allow issue 1 noted above to take place, then consider the following; I understand through my POA, that the DRO is mandating a C&P exam for the bowel/bladder. Apparently to reconcile Dr. Bash's IMO and other medical evidence in my favor, against a refuting record from 2012-2013. This constitutes a CUE in my opinion as the VA is obligated to not only apply the doctrine of reasonable doubt under CFR 3.102, but also apply VA's CFR mandate of relative equipoise in my favor. The evidence of record is clearly in my favor and Dr. Bash's opinion is at least as probative if not more than any other refuting opinion. I feel as if the VA is "doctor shopping" to secure a opinion against me, when the evidence is already clearly in my favor.    In short, I will not be attending any additional CP exam for bowel/bladder and I encourage the VA to rate me PT of which I will drop all remaining claims. By doing this, we can save everyone the time and effort to further develop and adjudicate pending issues. This would also allow the VA to more timely assist other veterans by clearing my issues off of the board."
    • Proof C&P Exams are often frauds
      Wow, I go to my C&P Thursday.. Sorry to hear that man.
    • Increase Upgrade rather then DRO or Re open
      A claim for increased disability in a compensation claim that was previously denied because all service-connected (SC) disabilities were considered noncompensable is a “claim for increase.”   I received on Dec 30 2015 eed of 8/2015  I received a non  compensable rating of migraines the CNP and the DBQ  stated I was prostrate weekly so in 3/20/2016 I filed for an upgrade within the year I also submitted new evidence a DBQ by a VA doctor in my favor as well as pointed at the past evidence in the DBQ done during the CNP of the orig claim,    now I was told I Cant file for an upgrade unless a year has passed is that true even though I have new evidence? Also will the VA see that if I cant and change it to an UPgrade ?
    • Proof C&P Exams are often frauds
      I lived I a VA hospital 6 months with failed pancreas surgeries.. yet they take the word of a screwy C&P examiner over the 6 months of VA records as an inpatient. The doctors and nurses write every move you make, every word you utter. 6 months of those records fill up those huge paper boxes used for zerox paper. You would think the VA would read those records. Instead they send you to some doctor who is only there to make you look bad at a C&P exam. Instead of a neutral doctor the ones they use for the C&P act like you are a fraud. They see you for a few minutes ask questions like a bad interrogation, trying to trip you up with statements. Those answers that are undeniable proof are in the records from your service and the 20 years of medical records plus the 6 months as an inpatient.   IMHO  
    • PTSD Claim and Reconsideration transfered claim was lost and found very confused
      I am a Veteran who has been diagnosed with PTSD by my VA Doctors in Montrose NY they implored me to go to the Montrose PTSD unit and I was told that the Montrose VA only takes Veterans who have in service stressors. I filed my claim for PTSD in Aug of 2015 the denied me in Jan 0f 2016 and never sent me a SOC or denial letter and denied me with out a CNP and  with out reviewing my PTSD diagnosis of Aug 2015 and my stay at PTSD unit in Oct until Nov 2015 since then I asked for a reconsideration  of the PTSD decision after I surmised I was denied and I also submitted new evidence like my diagnosis and the the stay at Montrose PTSD unit and Buddy Letter from a shipmate I did this on 3/20/2016 they closed it with no letters sent no CNP etc no letters in system I was told to put it back in and I did on 4/42016 and it was closed again on 4/26/2016 I then was told to put contention back in I did on 4/30/2016 and this was closed on 5/6/2016 no letter no SOC no CNP no nothing. my case was in NJ regional office I contacted them and the Homeless veterans coordinator then got my caseopened EED of 3/20/2016, then he had my case transferred to NY because I am homeless in NY and then it was closed again, I was   recently at a  standown where a Homeless veterans person with the regional office in NY  who contacted me verified I was a homeless took a state ment , she contacted me and told me that my case was going to a special unit I also have congressional liason who has been supportive and in contact I should be red flagged for homeless and it was a FDC claim as well they have a congressional inquiry where they found an old appeal from 2014 that was never dealt with any ways I need to understand what is going on or if anyone has deal with a similar situation, { How long my appeal since 2014 DRO should that take and also how long should a reconsideration for a homeless vet take this is not a new claim any input please.

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I was diagnosted with Glaucoma this week and the Doc. put me on medication and from what I read that there is no cure for this disease. I would like to know if anyone knows if there is any other disease or health issues that may be secondary to Glaucoma? I got out of the Military in 2004 with a 20/50 vision in my health records do you think this would be a service connected disability?:unsure:

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Of course it could be service connected, but it can also be "age related". If you apply for benefits for it, the VA will likely do a C and P exam, and the examiner will offer a medical opinion as to whether or not "the Veterans glaucoma is at least as likely as not due to ....event in military service."

Glaucoma can be serious and I would apply right away. Since it sounds like you are already SC, then you can ask for an "increase" for glaucoma. While I am not an expert on the causes of glaucoma, what really matters is if your doc thinks the military caused it.

Go for it.

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It seems like I recall reading that glaucoma can be secondary to diabetes. Are you diabetic? By the way, welcome to hadit.

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Welcome to Hadit. Most of the time glaucoma can be treated with the eye drops. The main thing is to keep normal pressure. They also have laser treatment and surgery. Be sure and use your medication.

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I was diagnosted with Glaucoma this week and the Doc. put me on medication and from what I read that there is no cure for this disease. I would like to know if anyone knows if there is any other disease or health issues that may be secondary to Glaucoma? I got out of the Military in 2004 with a 20/50 vision in my health records do you think this would be a service connected disability?:unsure:

I was diagnosed with Glaucoma also, a few months back, in a couple weeks they are going to use a special 3D eye camera, then start treatment... since I have pancreas disease I bet they are related... but already have 6 items on appeals.. I am so angry with the appeal BS they are putting me through I will defintely file for more claims once these get finished, if I live long enough, I will flood the CrAp out of the VA with claims for pizzing me off even more...

(my eye diseases: Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Choroidal nevus)

Right eye cataract was removed a couple years ago... Nevus is in right eye, Glaucoma and Cataract are in left eye..

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It seems like I recall reading that glaucoma can be secondary to diabetes. Are you diabetic? By the way, welcome to hadit.

In 2009 The VA Doc said that my reegular Glucosse test came out normal but AB1AC test was adnormal showing that I was a border line Diabetic. Since the Doc never told me that I have sugar or not, I am requesting another test, to make sure it is not there. I know that I feel tired and worn down even after getting a good night sleep. After being up for 5-6 hours I get really sleepy this is out of the norm for me.

Glad to be aboard hadit again :biggrin: .

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Welcome to Hadit. Most of the time glaucoma can be treated with the eye drops. The main thing is to keep normal pressure. They also have laser treatment and surgery. Be sure and use your medication.

I put in for the claim for Glaucoma and while waiting for 100% Unemployability decision from the rating board. The Doc told me it is my optic nerves that is causing my Glaucoma that they have been monitering for almost a year. I am quiet sure they will send me for a C& P exam.

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It seems like I recall reading that glaucoma can be secondary to diabetes. Are you diabetic? By the way, welcome to hadit.

Thanks guy's for all the information.

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I didn't really want t open t anew thread for this, I thought adding to this thread would be better..

I already searched the Internet and talked to doctors, but I wanted to know from others with glaucoma, what to expect in the coming years..

for those that know me, I have pancreas disease, at one time I received insulin for about 6 months while an inpatient for the pancreas disease.. but they never told me I am a diabetic. I expect I wil become one when my pancreas get a little worse, which isn't far away. I already had cataracts all my life, but they just grew a few years ago, and have the right one rmeoved, the left one is stil there, but then they said I also have glaucoma in my left eye, plus the cataracts. i take eye drops each night in my left eye for glaucoma. They game me some number, I think it is 24 (pressure, and it should be 20 or lower if I remember right..). MY left eye has bee feeling out of sorts and it feels like it is has problems, not only by eyesight, but just feeling different than the right.. like it takes in less light, besides a little blurry (especially objects that are many feet way like signs.)... I am not blind by any means, but bright lights are really bothersome, and trying to read stuff on lables, pages, documents on paper is really a pain,, hard to do, I bring out a magnifying glass. And trying ot read small food labels is very hard to do without magnifying. I went off on a tangent here, sorry..

What I really want to know is does it continue to worsen? Does it happen fast, slow, or is it different for everyone. Does it just not get any worse with meds? I would like to hear from people who have it, have had it only a short time, or a long time, etc... Did it continue to get worse with meds? Any tips?

I have to many claims in and will consider puttingin a claim on in for service conenction because of my chemicals exposures after my other claims have gone through appeals.. like they are connected to chemicals, pancreas diease, and neuro diseases..

thank you,

I was diagnosted with Glaucoma this week and the Doc. put me on medication and from what I read that there is no cure for this disease. I would like to know if anyone knows if there is any other disease or health issues that may be secondary to Glaucoma? I got out of the Military in 2004 with a 20/50 vision in my health records do you think this would be a service connected disability?unsure.gif

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I was service connected for Glaucoma in 2008. I had a cataract removed from the left eye and was left with pigmentary glaucoma, intermitten loss of all vision, night halo's and double vision.

The glaucoma can only be treated with drops, you can in fact go blind because of glaucoma. As to the progression of the disease it depends on the person.

In my case doctors wanted to do surgery at least twice since the original surgery.. but I decided that I would rather have sight off and on than not at all.....

The max rating for the lens replacement is 30%,, also even if your blind in one eye, the vision of the other eye is what determines your actual rating.

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I have read where Pot helps prevent this

GARY

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I have read where Pot helps prevent this

GARY

It doesn't actually prevent it, it just help to lower the pressure .

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