Thanks, I knew that sometimes it's better to file a NOD after the decision since they will list the reasons.
Really, my biggest concern was to get the service connection. But it would be nice to get a rating higher than 0% the first time around.
Either way, I freaked during my panic-attack & just emailed my primary care doctor...and the patient advocate...and QTC quality assurance....and the V.A. IRIS.....and filled out a NOD...and printed up a 21-4138...and started to email the nurse......I tend to freak out big during my panic attacks, if you can't tell.
50 minutes sounds good to me since you are already SC'ed 40% it sounds like she was going down the PTSD list. Did she ask you leading questions off the PTSD list? Did she ask you about your stressor? Is your stressor conceded by the VA for PTSD? If so then it is just a matter of degree of impairment. Are you working? This is really the main question they want to answer. If you are not able to work due to PTSD? Your exam was for mental health right? Usually, the longer the exam takes the better in my experience. A short exam for me means the doctor has already made up his/her mind. I had many exams for increase and I could just tell if I was going to get it or not. These quacks would usually just rubber stamp the other doctor because they did not know me from Adam. Their thinking was the safest thing to do was to just continue the rating. I don't really understand the C&P system because these guys don't know you and I cannot believe they can determine true level of impairment in 15 minutes or 50 minutes. They ruin a person's life based on 15 minute interview.
King156...My opinion is to submit your NOD after they send you the decision. Reason being, they will list reason(s) why
/how they reached that decision. Then you can refute what is missing or incorrect. Also, you might want to do some research on the DR. who did the C&P to see if he is qualified to opine on your condition? (Kinda like to make sure he's not a dentist giving an opinion on a heart condition) Who knows, they might surprise you with a more favorable rating than what you were expecting... Thomas
I have had MDD, Bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, panic disorder and a few more over the years. When I got P&T some years ago the doctor included PTSD, but now the VA never mentions this DX.
I tend to agree with Tbird that regardless of your DX if it is service connected they rate the same based on degree of impairment. Maybe the VA doctors think MDD is not as ominous as PTSD, but I don't
think that is true. For years I had the most ominous DX of all, schizophrenia, and I only got 10%. I got 30% when the VA changed it to bipolar 11 at an exam. Then when I got 70% they switched back to
schizophrenia. This was 15 years ago and the rules for PTSD DX were still that you had to be a combat vet mostly with CIB or PH. You had to prove the stressor and describe it in detail. VA does work on
Peter Principle. If they can screw it up they probably will. I knew that was Bronco posting when I saw those words. I have ratings where I got all I asked for and they screwed it up to where I could not
figure out how they got there.
Yeah, it looks like you've been around the block before. Hips are bad news and I would not let a VA surgeon near me. Right after injections, surgery is the following week! Take the claim and go to an acupuncturist first. The needle with electronic stimulation is stronger than morphine. Then verify with a couple of good surgeons and get some good radiological imaging done. Go with the Choice program: that would be my top choice! Worry about your health in your trunk area and don't get too distracted by the claims end for now. Safety first. They can mess you up for good!
It sounds like you may have RA, and that's tough in the longterm. I hope your rheumatologist is good. But its not that bad, except you have got a lot going on now.