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    • TKR; Arthritis and in service fracture
      As you know I have answered a lot of hadit questions.  Now, its different when its on me, so Im the one asking.   Background:  I had an in service leg fracture.  I applied for "Arthritis" which was never adjuticated.  Instead, a 2005 RO decision "rate sheet" listed arthritis as NSC, 10%. Since VA never worked the claim, there was no C and P exam, and probably no nexus statement, but its possible or likely that I could get one.    This means it was apparently denied and I was never given a RO decision.   My Arthritis of the knee is worse and will require both Knees replaced, according to my VA ortho doc.  As you may know, Im at 100%, but an additional 100% convalscent would yield SMC S, for a year, or maybe 2 years, as both knees need replaced.  The extra 8000 or so for SMC S would come in handy right now.   A VA employee recommended "reapplying" for arthritis.   Question:  Considering that I have hired an attorney to appeal to the CAVC, should I go ahead and reapply for arthritis, or should I wait for the outcome at CAVC?   Im not sure if it would tick off my attorney by applying for a new issue or not.  
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      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
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      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.    
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      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.)  

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Anyone Know Of A Ptsd Forum For Children/family Of Vets?

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My poor daughter has it rough - both parents with severe, chronic PTSD (as dx'd by the VA). She's in her 20's and has grown up with our oddness, etc.

None of her friends have parents with mental illness (the only one who did shot himself when he was a senior in high school).

So I was wondering if anyone knows of an online forum that she could go to, spill her guts in private anonymity. My therapist offered to have her come in, but she declined. I know it's because she's loyal and doesn't want to betray me or her dad.

But in an online forum, maybe she could let it rip and get some stuff off her chest?

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Im VERY sorry to hear that. Ive a Son 23 and a husband that had to live with my MH ISSUES too. Ya cant love someone and not feel SOMETHING, when you look at it, putting myself in their place and it was ME who was in their position. Anyhoo, not about ME, moving on:

Heres what I found. That same question was posed in answers.com and this was the answer:

"You can go to webmd and it gots all the information one needs to help the person who has the ptsd make it easier you also can look into groups that function in mental health yahoo .com theses will help to."

I found this while looking and it looks well organized and specifically mentions spouse and family. I dont personally endorse or know any of these , but the link looks promising to ME. Good luck to you, and I hope it works out, tho it seems like it always does. One way or another, it always does. Sincerely, Mystic

https://www.ptsdforum.org/c/portal/

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My poor daughter has it rough - both parents with severe, chronic PTSD (as dx'd by the VA). She's in her 20's and has grown up with our oddness, etc.

None of her friends have parents with mental illness (the only one who did shot himself when he was a senior in high school).

So I was wondering if anyone knows of an online forum that she could go to, spill her guts in private anonymity. My therapist offered to have her come in, but she declined. I know it's because she's loyal and doesn't want to betray me or her dad.

But in an online forum, maybe she could let it rip and get some stuff off her chest?

Hedgey, I'm going to be odd man out on this one.The internet is so unsecure anymore I would not want any of my kids going anywhere on it to discuss such personal information. She is so young that she could easily be manipulated by some freak using the info she discusses online to use against her. Any inter most feelings will be on the internet forever. Anyone could take one of her feelings or opinions and use that against her 20 years from now. Just because we feels one way at a point in time doesn't mean we will hold true to that thought a month, year or ten years from now. Such personal things would be best dealt with off line face to face in a safe environment with people who will help her understand her feelings. I'm sure such programs as like the Wounded Warrior or like programs have groups for spouses and children of veterans with disabilities.Then after finding one of these groups, I'm sure they will have chat rooms where she can find others experiencing the same feelings she has that she can go and just share OTHER similiar things that give pleasure like music, sports, hiking and other things and leave the inter personal stuff behind closed doors amoung friends.If there is any good things that can come out of war in todays world is that there is now alot of support groupd out there for our modern heroes that we didn't have 40 years ago. Until things change the internet always has and always will be unsecure for those that are vulnerable.Please don't expose her to the worlds sickies/cowards hiding behind a flat screen waiting to prey upon their next victim. I'm sure there is probably a dozen orgs or more out there than would handle your little girl like the precious jewel that she is. Hope she finds the right group! Mike

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I also think that if she KNOWS you two are seeing a mh professional, that should BE HUGE by way of making her feel better. The issue is being addressed. yall are doin the best you can. She has a certain amount of assurance its not gonna be like the "old days", and if shes like my Son, he figures HE ISNT BROKE, so why expend all this energy to fix himself. If she sees the proof in the puddin and all is better AND STAYING THAT WAY, If you get what Im sayin, Hope so. Good luck, truly. Im there, where you are too.I certainly dont know it all, but I do know what I know, it usually suffices, then its therapy time, Ive learned a bit there. I share here sometimes. Mystic

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My poor daughter has it rough - both parents with severe, chronic PTSD (as dx'd by the VA). She's in her 20's and has grown up with our oddness, etc.

hedgey,

She can access therapy at the nearest Vet Center - which would be someone different than your therapist.

www.vetcenter.va.gov

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