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    • Craig Bash M.D., dba /Veteran's Medical Advisor, has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau based upon failure to deliver services.  Two complaints filed against the business since 2013, and failure to respond to either. I was promised I'd have my IMO in a month by Bash over the phone. Didn't happen. Won't respond to letters, emails, etc. That's $2350 dollars for nothing that I've thrown away unless the IMO just so happens to fall out of the freaking sky one day.. I could have used that money and flown to Oklahoma City and had the Ellis Clinic do four IME's for $500.00 dollars and still had money in my pocket.  
    • Update 21, So, today I see a second addendum to my C&P exam in myHealthyvet. Looks like they wanted an explanation for my right foot Achilles problem.  I think the examiner did good by me. Anyway, now wait for eBenifits update, Hamslice  
    • Wow.. got my decision last Friday from BVA and was awarded EED from 2009.haven't received retro in bank yet! Also, part of my appeal was remanded for further development of TDIU.. I submitted a waiver at BVA hearing to have everything decided at DC. If anybody on this forum has gone through this experience please tell me if AMC would handle this Remand? why I haven't received retro?
    • Well here is more towards the original post and paramiding, This is what was referred, along with my left ankle.  Really need my left ankle rated at at least 10% so I can get the bilateral math help to get to 90. Anyway, "Please provide the following clarification: VA examination findings from VA Medical Center Iron Mountain, dated June 22, 2016 show that the examiner noted diagnosis of left Achilles tendinitis on foot and ankle examination. Also, imaging studies involving the right ankle indicate findings of right calcaneal spur with calcification of insertion of Achilles tendon. However, no diagnosis of the veteran's right ankle is shown. A review of ankle examination findings show that the examiner noted range of motion of the veteran's to demonstrate full range of motion. However, the examiner made no comment or assessment with regard to objective pain on motion with range of motion findings on examination. VA examination addendum from VA Medical Center Iron Mountain, dated August 1, 2016 show that the examiner provided a medical opinion stating that the veteran's right ankle condition is at least as likely as not the result of or aggravated by the veteran's service connected right foot plantar fasciitis. However, a review of the aforementioned examination findings note no current clinical right ankle diagnosis. Please review the aforementioned VA examination. Please clarify as to whether evidence supports a current diagnosis of a right ankle disorder. If so, please provide a diagnosis. If the evidence does not support a current diagnosis of a right ankle disorder, please so state. Please clarify as to whether there is objective pain on motion with regard to range of motion of the veteran's ankles. Also, please clarify as to whether the veteran's right Achilles tendon condition is a condition separate and distinct disability apart from right plantar fasciitis." RESPONSE: However, no diagnosis of the veteran's right ankle is shown. 1. Diagnosis is right achilles tendonitis M76.61 A review of ankle examination findings show that the examiner noted range of motion of the veteran's to demonstrate full range of motion. However, the examiner made no comment or assessment with regard to objective pain on motion with range of motion findings on examination. 2. Right ankle examination was normal, as was stated. ----------- [X] All Normal [ ] Abnormal or outside of normal range [ ] Unable to test (please explain) [ ] Not indicated (please explain) Dorsiflexion (0-20): 0 to 20 degrees Plantar Flexion (0-45): 0 to 45 degrees Is there evidence of pain with weight bearing? [ ] Yes [X] No Is there objective evidence of localized tenderness or pain on palpation of the joint or associated soft tissue? [ ] Yes [X] No Is there objective evidence of crepitus? [ ] Yes [X] No Also, please clarify as to whether the veteran's right Achilles tendon condition is a condition separate and distinct disability apart from right plantar fasciitis. Also, please clarify as to whether the veteran's right Achilles tendon condition is a condition separate and distinct disability apart from right plantar fasciitis. 3.Plantar fasciitis, a foot condition, is swelling and inflammation of the band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, and can cause heel and sole pain. The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscles to the heel. Achilles tendinitis, or tendinopathy, is an ankle conditon, caused by degenerative changes of the Achilles tendon that can manifest as swelling and inflammation, and can cause ankle and heel pain. They are separate conditions that may have similar symptoms. So, from what I see, they examiner was to opine the difference between plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. And I believe she did it. Now, well see if they are rated separate or together, plantar vs Achilles, Hamslice  
    • cliff, I believe I was rated for pain. In myHealthyvet it is under  ICD-9-CM 719.47 In my August 2009 decision, REASONS FOR DECISION, it states; "An evaluation of 10 percent is assigned for findings of plantar fasciitis with complaints of foot pain with ambulation." FWIW, I had a LOD from when the injury occurred while running up hills during PT.  And treatment records while on active duty.  Both civilian and military. Anyway, thats how I got it, Hamslice, If I can help more, let me know..  





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Surprise 70% Ptsd Rating; Now What Can I Do.............?!

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I hope you can help me; not sure what I should do.
I was rated Service Connected Disable for PTSD on August 21, 2012 @ 70%. I didn't expect this at all. If anything, I thought I would get a low rating for my physical aliments............(neck, back head shoulder).
When I applied in 11/2011, I had been out of work for 3 yrs and was totally distraught,confused and disoriented. Needless to say, I finally got a job in 02/12 and it is no where near what I use to do or the money I use to make.
I'd like to know what your advice would be for this:
I see where I do have serious social and economic problems and believe I am totally diasable & want to ask for 100% PTSD, Permanent and Total. I'm still on this job that wrecks my nerves, can't stop the obsessive thoughts and wants to hurt people because I don't work well with people at all. I took this week off because I couldn't pull up the gumption to go back in there after the week, mentally.
What should I do; appeal my rating 1st and then apply for TDIU while working or do I go ahead and let the job go in order to apply for TDUI and then appeal the VA's decision?
Thanks in advance.

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The reason you didnt get 100 percent or IU was the fact you we were working.

100 percent PTSD precludes working.

Dont quit to get IU just yet. That may backfire.

J

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Big factor on why you didn't receive 100% for PTSD as JBASSER had stated, your working. You can request a re-evaluation, but based on what you said above, I believe your 70% would be lowered. You stated you been out of work for awhile. Since that evaluation, you have secured employment.

I just hope that you are receiving the counseling that you are entitled to.

Good luck!

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What did they say about TDIU?? With a 70% rating they should have considered it, automatically. Can you post their "reasons and bases" for there decision??

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“I finally got a job in 02/12 and it is no where near what I use to do or the money I use to make. “

Do you make wages below the poverty level and therefore are not substantially employed?

This post shows what I mean

“. If anything, I thought I would get a low rating for my physical aliments............(neck, back head shoulder). “

Did they defer these issues or mention them at all in the decision?

Do you have a strong service nexus for any of these issues in your SMRs?

What is the prime disability of the neck,back ,head, shoulders and what are you claiming as secondary?

Or are they distinctly separate disabilities?

Reason I ask is that this stuf has to be carefully clarified for the VA in the claim.

Edited by Berta

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Thanks for the input.

Here's my break down:

SC for PTSD @ 70 %

Service Connection for PTSD and Opid abuse(claimed as chronic depression, annxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorder.

We have assigned a 70% evaluation for your PTSD and Opid abuse based on: Speech intermittently illogical & irrevelent; The examiner's assessment of your current mental functioning, which is partially reflected in your GAF score;

Your GAF score is 60. No mention of UI.

"A higher evaluation of 100%is not warranted unles there is total occupational and socail impairment, due to symptoms as:Gross impairment in thought processes or communication;Persistent delusions or hallucinations;Grossly inappropriate behavior;Persistent danger of hurting self or others;Intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living;Disorientation to time or place, memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name.

SC for Right Shoulder Tendonitis @10%

SC for Cervical Spine Degenerative Changes @10%

"A higher evaluation of 20% is not warranted unless there is foward flexion of the cervical spine greater than 15 degrees".

SC for Lumbar Spine Strain @10%

"A higher evaluation of 20% is not warranted unless there is foward flexion of the thoracolumbar spine greater than 30 degrees".

I am going to mental health. I'm getting some sleep but haven't started talking about my issues:gang raped @ induction site, married for security and that turned out abusive, can't have kids behind STD from rape, never completeing any goal I set, always failing, haunted by service to my country, some delusion and definie memory loss; no relationship in over 10 yrs including no sexual activity; rarely deal with people.

I just went to a VSO and he said that I don't need to appeal the decision because they gave me a rating. If anything, submit medical evidence to support a request in increase of %'s.; don't file for UI unless I'm not working; should I quit the job, but sure to stay that it was due to complication of my PTSD; Don't go for an appeal because it takes 5 yrs for a decision.

What else can I say................................I'm really torn and confused and don't know what to do.

All Input Welcomed and Thanks!

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