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    • in  word, YES. Lay testimony is credible and statements from your wife are very relevant. she is also suffering from a deprivation and loss of affection which outside the VA is an actual legal standard that can be sued over. If you are unsure of what to say or how to say it, Chris Attig over at Veterans Law Blog has an ebook on how to properly write a lay claim statement. He also as  bunch of other informational books, that if I had the extra cash I would buy to help improve future claims. https://www.veteranslawblog.org/shop/page/2/ Go over all the DBQ's related to genitourinary conditions. you may also want to look at this https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2014-title38-vol1/pdf/CFR-2014-title38-vol1-sec4-115b.pdf it has the different IDC rating codes that your doc can/should/might apply to this. you may also want to go here https://www.benefits.va.gov/WARMS/bookc.asp#l and for this issue look for 4.115a and 4.115b which are under the Genitourinary System section. you don't have to be graphic in your statement but definitely articulate your related anxiety, depression, and or any negative feelings you have about yourself if/when things don't work as they should things like does it lead to fights, anger, her leaving you, you escaping having to look at her because you feel/see reproachment from her over this, etc are all things to articulate in the C&P and to the urologist. I would also suggest, if you don't know, that if they ask about urinary problems and they likely will, they will ask about how many "pads" you go through a day, it is in the DBQ. I did not know they made pads for men, go figure. The number of pads you use a day is a indicator of genitourinary problems including ED stuff. so does strength of stream, stopping and starting and if you feel as if there is always/usually some left over in your urethra. I promise you the conversation can be embarrassing, but only if you feel that way. The doctors just that, doctors and they know that topic is uncomfortable to men and related to our self-image. Don't try and make it seem less of a problem than it is, you don't get points for dealing with it "like a man" as everyone at my old commands used to say about any complaint anyone had for any reason..      
    • Thank you very much for the reply. I did take the DBQ to the Urologist and he kept it to fill out, over the next week or so. Due to the severity of my spine injuries, his only remedy for ED was a penile implant. Which, I am not sure about going that far. I do have inconstenance, so he also scheduled me for an exam which they will fill the bladder with a tube and see how it acts, rinse and repeat, so I believe I have a voiding dysfunction too. Im really not looking forward to these exams, but I am not P&T, so I guess the more information that I can provide - the better.   Does anyone recommend submitting a Statement of Claim with the ED stuff? I mean, do they care what I have to say? It has been over three years since my wife and I even tried to be intimate. 
    • Ocean, I would take the DBQ to the urologist appointment. explain the history and let them know you have a claim in. There are specific words/wording  in the DBQ that if they appear in your medical file it will bolster your claim. This goes for any claim.  As for ED or Loss of Creative Organ. I was rated as 70% PTSD 10% Tinnitus starting in 2012. I was not aware there was a rating for ED and  like most men I was not particularly happy to discuss it with anyone. The C&P examiner knew I had ED as we discussed sexual intimacy and the issues I had with that.  I do have a record of ED problem in my military medical records, but at that time there was no such thing as viagra. The VAMC that rated me had me do a prostate check because of urination issues. They noted mild BPH and the urologist offered me Viagra so I tried it. That Doc knew I had PTSD and had had this problem for a couple of decades but failed to mention that there was a possible claim for benefits. Jump to this year, I moved to a new area and at the same time the VA decided I needed to have a PTSD review C&P.  Jumped to 100% P&T for PTSD. In the process of getting that C&P i found this site and read up on stuff and found that ED is compensable and can be rated or SMC-K can be applied. I filed for ED and a few days later had a C&P for ED. no further exam needed. I am now waiting for the RO to finish processing that claim and a couple other things. My point is that not only will your PTSD meds cause ED but so will PTSD by itself. Hypertension and most Mood Disorders have an effect on ED. As for pay there are references to certain conditions that are automatically assumed to having been a year before the actual exam, and they are paid that back pay. ED is one of those conditions as I understand it. Once I get the rating decision, if approved I will be looking to get an Earlier Date as it was part of the original C&P. At a minimum I expect the back pay for at least a year to be automatic. Additionally your spine issues also contribute to ED so you really should be good to go. good luck      
    • starting this post my thoughts where for all of us as they still are....... starting this post i was under the assumption that at least 30 or more would chime in stating that they are in the dark with no answers and no where to go after a judges decision..... im still here and i will still monitor this post but i do need to say theirs light at the end. i do not have retro yet but i do have my AB8 change... im 100 and its perm & total with the com letter... im grateful. but im still concerned about the time frame this is taking for all of us. i will tell all that this new thing on e benefits is exactly 30 calendar days since i reported on the white house hotline expressing my concern . though i do not believe it should matter i will say that, 1 im not retiered 2 i dont owe money 3 i was not involved with a remand this time 4 judge granted diagnostic code 5 judge granted percentage 6 judge granted effective date/// so then the taxpayer software they use needed to push out a win sooner than later because the down seem issues just not there for them to argue.  
    • I feel your pain Richard, physically and mentally. I went to my (supposed) PC Physician, she is actually a nurse, 18 days ago. I told her about my Achilles tendons snapping again, my plantar faciatis acting up and that I have growths on one eyelid and at the corner of the other eye. I realistically expected her to schedule referrals and did not ask specifically in the room with her. 8 days later I sent her a secure message asking about them. I never got a response, but today,18 days later, I went into myhealthyvet files and looked at the notes. In there the PC Nurse wrote, you mentioned the growths and your feet but you did not say you wanted a referral, do you want one? WTF!!!!! not only did she not respond using the message platform, she seems to think I good with growths on my eyes and limping.... gee great care from this one. She somehow, I believe, thinks that answering in the notes section protects her as an excuse for not responding to a secure message. I am going to see what the OIG says about this. It is absurd.            
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