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  2. Welcome to Hadit Jonathan, Getting Sleep Apnea secondary to PTSD is very hard to prove, but it can be done with a lot of work. I have been trying since 2015 with no luck. @doc25has posted a lot of very good information on the subject, so do a search. Do you have a Doctor's statement (nexus) that they are connected? The VA still believes that OSA is caused by being overweight and neck size, which is not a disability.
  3. Will do and keep fighting them as it will get easier for others if we can smooth out the path! Also they try to not give a diagnosis unless they have too. Especially if you have the information.
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  5. ok need a bit more information did you get approval for a higher rating? Or just the TDUI? The Tdui would go back to when you filed. If your nod is prior to this then you will have to wait for the decision.
  6. great! sounds like positive movements... hope it goes the best way possible for you
  7. That is funny! The VA MH Doctor who referred me for a sleep study said that it looks like the Army Doctors had no idea what is wrong with me. I filed for OSA secondary to Depression/Insomnia but was denied. When I get back from my next TDY trip, I am going to a Private Sleep Clinic and ask them to review all my records. After that appointment, I will decide which way I will go to refile my next claim. I have consider filing secondary to Depression, Insomnia, GERDs and URI, then let them decide. I am service connected for everything except URI, so I may need to file for URI first. I have talked to Doc25 on here and he has armed me with some very good information. Best of luck and please keep us posted.
  8. Well the safety folks came today and they think there's a good chance I will get approved for a stair glide, however we have to wait and see what that would look like before my sister and brother in law approve it to be it in their home. He is going to provide a few other things and recommended that once I see the ortho doc I have him write something up for a powerchair with the VA if he agrees that i need it. Tomorrow the social worker is coming to evaluate me for a home health aide.
  9. Richard 1954 First off I do apologize to you for being crude /rude to you in saying ''Hotheads I suggest you use the Ignore button I never said you was one but yes I was making that comment a referral to you in general . so I do apologize to you for that. Richard19534 quote ''Last year a male registered nurse ( a quit Army Medic actually) wrote in my medical records that I had scared him when I question the stupidity of asking each visit, do I feel safe at home, or when was the last time you fell, or do you have depression, or what is your oxygen setting on... I told this a-hole to read my medical records that he would find the answers there... so he wrote that he stopped the triage because I scared him and he felt threatened''..( maybe it did?) JUST BECAUSE A VETERAN IS OF AN OLDER AGE AND IN A WHEEL CHAIR DON'T MEAN HE IS A BAMBI...SOME OF THEM OLDER VETERANS CARY A BIG STICK(Cane) and can still use it if they get pissed off bad enough , maybe that Nurse had that happen to him at one time or another? or he could have been a Victim of MST? we never know!! Dr's and Nurses don't have time to read every inch of our records (unless an emergency) so they ask us questions and we need to respond to those questions seriously and not be yelling at them or be sarcastic to them, being that way in the VA will certainly get you on the shit list and they can make it hard for ya...I know I been there. (Honey is what catches the fly) I just don;t like to see veterans putting each other down here on hadit or adding insults there's no call for it what so ever. As for as broncovet he has been here for up-teen years and always has good advise for veterans and the regulations to use he may tell a story or have unusual wording to make his point but the point his his advise and comments all make good sense and he has helped a lot of veterans here on hadit and that's what hadit is all about. No, we don't want you to leave hadit you too have help a Many Veterans here on Hadit and we all thank you for that.
  10. I applied for disability and was examined before leaving the military. The VA never scheduled me for a C&P. Is this considered a CUE? I am guessing that C&P's have always been required, but under what circumstances? Was my exam by the military before ETSing the same as a C&P? I have searched but can't find the answer.
  11. Do you know about ASKNOD.ORG? See this post on his site - EASTER TRICK OR TREAT AT THE VA. This explains it. Enjoy!
  12. I don't think you need to put down the codes. I never have, I just address what code was assigned to the disability.
  13. No I did mean when should I see that I have a claim submitted in the website. I know it will take some time for them to even start reviewing it. Does it go from the national intake center to the Regional RO here in Virginia before it is actually scanned to the website?
  14. They didn't tell me anything about working except turning in my request employer information form, just a regular exam they measure my flexion of my knee and ankle /xray and it was worse then before.
  15. I don't have PTSD but I do have a 70% MH rating and I am having a very hard time getting TDIU. Did the doctor at the exam state you couldn't work? Maybe you will be lucky like the above poster.
  16. When addressing VA disability claims and diagnosis from written from civilian doctors, do we use the ICD code or the VA codes found here? http://www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com/search.php I'm quite confused on which codes to use...
  17. About as likely as a snow balls chance in Hades. Seriously, they will tell you that you can do sedentary work. You should look into VR&E for possible retraining. Does you doctor say you can't work at anything? Just because you meet the requirement of 38 CFR 4.16 doesn't mean you will automatically get it.
  18. it absolutely does, however the AMA process has superseded any RAMP process and some of the decisions on process for RAMP as a preview of AMA have changed. RAMP was always an interim process. A beta test in geek speak. The VA basically pushed out what they thought might work before they actually put the legal process requirements of AMA in place. They were extremely upfront about the fact the laws requirements were not being completely met by RAMP, and that they had not built out the systems and processes to fulling implement the law. The VA Secretary testified before the Senate that they could not meet the target implementation dates and officially asked for a waiver on hitting those dates. It is like the rollout of the "new" version of Choice they put out. Choice now says that vets can use certain civilian urgent care centers, yet as recently as yesterday the full list of UCC's was not in place across many states and political divisions. The VA does not have contracts fully in place for private providers, particularly in rural areas, that Vets can use instead of driving more than 30 minutes (or more) to a VA medical center. Few Private Doctors have had the paperwork training needed and access to the VA medical systems implemented, but according to the new Choice announcement Vets can start using that system now. Just like RAMP ended and AMA began this new Choice 2.0 will morph into Choice 2.5 or 3.0 at some near point in time and cause significant confusion when that next change happens. I am going to predict now that in a year or less vets and vets groups are going to be setting their hair on fire over the implementation of Choice and the ultimate financial impact on VAMC funding. For better or worse some veterans are still in legacy and Ramp. Theoretically those vets are going to be given a chance to get out of the older systems when they get their next SOC or SSOC. We will have to wait and see if that happens and how many vets take advantage of that option.
  19. I stand corrected. The diagnosis doesn't need to state it, but it needs to be in the documentation. If you still believe that the phrase "medically necessary" doesn't need to be present? Let's consider the advisement of this veteran's law firm. The bad news is that this extra scrutiny by VA will be a trap for the unwary. If a veteran doesn’t have a statement from the doctor saying the CPAP is medically necessary, it is an invitation for VA to deny the claim now. https://veterans.perkinslawtalk.com/post/bad-secret-change-to-va-sleep-apnea/
  20. Does that statement not say that RAMP was a partial implementation of AMA?
  21. I should only take a couple of minutes per page. But what you probably want to know is when will they get around to doing it. I don't think any of us know.
  22. You need to see if they will put that into your records. The other advice about getting them to write a letter for you is good. I would take the prior decision and the current one with me to my appointments and talk with them about whether they agree with what the rater had stated. I would also make sure they understand how you feel about this as you have told us. For TDIU have you contacted VR&E? In my experience they had me do tests online and gave me some papers for my PCP and MH to fill out. This is one way to get VA docs to state you are unable to work. I had one rater state in one of my decisions that I appeared to be getting better and it implied to me that if I didn't stop bugging them I might be reduced. Nothing ever came of it and I am still bugging them. So like the others have said, don't let it get you down.
  23. With a PTDS(service connected)rated at 70%, I am awaiting a decision on a Notice of Disagreement filed in June 2018 for denial of request to increase the 70% rating. In August 2018, I applied for and in October was awarded TDIU making my compensation at a 100% amount. I have researched in an attempt to find a VA ruling, a case law or the like indicating a person with 70% rating for PTSD with subsequent TDIU be granted an increased PTSD rating to no avail. VSO is stuck on 'you are getting paid 100%, what difference does it make? The difference is the back pay I don t mind a bit doing research if someone can point me the way to find the information Thanks all who served
  24. I recently did a home study from the VA, and my results are as follows: Min SpO2: 78.0% Total RDI: 50.2 Findings: Snoring & Obstructive apneas/hypoapneas Impression: OSA (G47.33) ("severe" is handwritten next to this). They set me up with a CPAP machine to wear each night. I am currently 30% rated for PTSD. Based on this, can anyone tell what my rating would be filing sleep apnea as secondary to PTSD?
  25. Thanks for all the input. Maybe my question was fuzzy. How long should it take for the VA to scan and upload my appeal documents in the the VA.Gov website and show that they have at least received my appeals?
  26. Thank your for your support .. and I will now refrain from making any more comments concerning this thread
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    • I filed a claim in october of 2018 for ptsd and TDIU, long story short I tried to do everything myself and didn't have the proper diagnosis so I was service connected for anxiety based on having a medical marijuana card diagnosis for anxiety but the rating was 30% and I much worse off then that. So I obtained a referral from the va to a fancy psychiatrist from the university of north florida's behavior health department and was diagnosed with ptsd, bi polar 1 and panic disorder. I used this new medical evidence as my supplemental claim evidence and filed it April 16, 2019 after receiving my letter March 20, 2019. My claim is now at Pending Decision Approval with an estimated completion date of july 2, 2019 which is super fast from all I have read. My question is, Am I going to be awarded tdiu with the evidence I submitted if they adjust me up to 70% which I think it will . Or if they award 70% for ptsd on this new supplemental claim will i have to re-apply for tdiu again? Or would that all be considered in the final review of the entire claim? Thanks for any help.

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    • how do you figure when they will start paying me at the 100% rate, housebound..?  They will start the pay before they finish the back pay?  That would be nice !!
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      If you receive a hysterectomy while you are filing for disability through the VA, will it still count?

      I am out of the military.

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      Is there anything for a man who's been diagnosed with PTSD secondary to MST. I see all this information and it's primarily speaking as if it only happened to females. If anybody has any advice for a man who suffers from this condition please let me know I'm not alone. Also let me know of any coping skills you've learned as I have lived the last 25-30 years of my life in full flight from reality. 
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