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    • Been busy, apologize for the tardiness. Currently waiting for my C-file. Until then I am still getting all of my service illnesses taken care of by private board certified doctors by my company insurance I work for.  Some is out of my own pocket for instance the chiropractor and one time specialty physician. So as soon as I get the C-file, I will schedule my appointment with Dr. Steingart, and post my full review of what I know will be the favorable outcome for the IME.
    • Floridanurse, Not sure if you will get anything out of what I have to say, but maybe something will catch your eye. You mentioned teeth grinding in your post. Is it documented in your service medical/dental records?  Here's why I ask, I endured jaw pain to such a degree that it interfered with eating and sleeping. I had to massage my jaw muscles so I could chew my food, during the worst of it.  I went to the medical center a few times, they referred me to the dental clinic where they noted excessive wear on my teeth, but could find no physical causes. They deduced that the grinding and clenching was most likely due to work related stress. Fast forward 17 years and I learned I could claim it, did so, got denied. Filed appeal, got IMO/IME, with nexus letter stating at least as likely as not, citing SMR entries that noted the 4 year history of jaw pain. Denied.  Both times they reasoned that since it wasn't diagnosed as so in my SMR, they would not grant it. However they did grant that it is there and is valid, but is being recognized as a symptom of MH illnesses. Fortunately for me I do not have any SCD for MH. Or not so fortunate for me, but I do have a current DX of MDD recurrent with SI...from the VA, which puts me firmly in the 70% rating. If I had it service connected, that is. For me, though, it may not matter, but for you it may get you a secondary to PTSD claim.
    • Congratulations Thomas54  way to go buddy! Victor82  it depends on what they rated you for? If its TDIU P&T Then no you are not suppose to be doing any kind of work.
    • MSR is Military Service Record, and SMR is the same just Service instead of Military.  Pretty much first day of boot camp till your exit physical, preservice physicals are usually included.
    • A similar thing happened to me and they shot it down very quickly- In my NOD -.... I made a specific bullet point paper listing the dates of the connections to dx./ treatment dates and any doctor information-  - "bolded and underlined for clarity" - Good Luck 





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I haven't checked ebenefits in a couple of weeks , so when I logged in I found this. "Change of Status: We determined that your claim needed additional review. If additional evidence is needed from you, you will receive a letter from us explaining what is needed. Claim Received: 11/05/2012 Claim type: Administrative Review. Estimated Claim Completion Date: At this time, your regional Office is unable to provide an estimated completion date for this type of claim. Has anyone ever had this? My claim recently was completed awarding me 100% IU P/T on 10/04/2012.

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Right off-hand, based on the recent completion date and with no further information, I'd suspect that your file is undergoing a Systematic Technical Accuracy Review (STAR).

I haven't checked ebenefits in a couple of weeks , so when I logged in I found this. "Change of Status: We determined that your claim needed additional review. If additional evidence is needed from you, you will receive a letter from us explaining what is needed. Claim Received: 11/05/2012 Claim type: Administrative Review. Estimated Claim Completion Date: At this time, your regional Office is unable to provide an estimated completion date for this type of claim. Has anyone ever had this? My claim recently was completed awarding me 100% IU P/T on 10/04/2012.

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@jvretiredvet.....Thank you for the reply!

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