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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Issues

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Greetings all. This is my first post, I'm so glad I found this site with so much helpful information. So here goes:

After coming back from Desert Storm, I started having digestive issues. Since I've done two more tours in Iraq, it's become very difficult. I filed a claim last year, and was told by the examiner that the bowel problems were caused by taking too many Tums antacids, and my claim was denied. I told my personal physician what the doctor said and he said he couldn't be more wrong. My doctor sent me for colonoscopy, came back negative, and the term escapes me, but they basically put a camera down your throat. They could see irritation from the acid reflux.

I recently received a va newsletter, where they have stated that Irritable bowel syndrome is on the list of being presumed service connected if you served when and where I was located.

I went to the state VA service officer and she filed for IBS again. (I didn't appeal the first decision, I have just about given up on VA)

How do I get another exam? Will this happen since I filed again? My personal doctor has diagnosed me with IBS. I've even gone so far as to take pictures of my stools with my cell phone and downloaded them to my computer. They are all time stamped, so they can see that this is a daily issue. Does anyone have any suggestions on what else I could do?

Thank you so very much for your time. Sorry it's so long winded, my brain just doesn't work like it used to.

Brad Doyle

Fairview Heights, IL

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Your more than likely have to go thru another exam. There going to want to look if there has been any changes since your last one.

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By the way, you mentioned you filed last year and was denied. How long ago did you receive your decision letter denying you? You have 1 year from the date of the letter to file an NOD. You can also file a Reconsideration letter with the new evidence you have.

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was told by the examiner that the bowel problems were caused by taking too many Tums antacids, and my claim was denied.

What kind of BS was that examiner saying! He had no right saying that, unless of course you told him you were eating them like candy. Even then, you already had the symptom's of IBS BEFORE you started taking them. JMO, he was totally out of line. Do you know what kind of Dr he was? Sorry about the posting so much, but the more I read it, the more I didn't catch the first time.

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You need to see an Internal Medicine Specialist to get a proper diagnosis. You may have GERD(Acid Reflux) and IBS, which are different but can cause serious problems. As for your private doctor diagnosing you with IBS, you need to file a NOD. Yes, it could take years but since you have the diagnosis, VA should award the claim. GERD(Acid Reflux) + IBS can get you a higher rating than just IBS alone.

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I Ihave Necrotizing pancreas disease (and several other diseases) and the c&p exam doctor, unbeleivably had me lay down, while he pressed all over my stomach area.... can't believe how freaking stupid they are at the exams.. really really pathetic..

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