Hello all, I'm trying to find any female that was deployed to Afghanistan or Middle East during Operation Enduring Freedom 2002, that is now suffering from ovarian failure, early menopause or menstrual issues.
I have been trying to file a claim for over a year due to the above issues with no luck. There is no medical documentation to prove my case.
If there is anyone out there suffering from the same issues, or you know of anyone who could be, please get in touch with me.
I have no family history of ovarian failure but managed to go through menopause by 35. Looking for help!
Hey, I'm service connected for IBS, chronic migraines, anxiety, reynaud's syndrome, and lumbosacral and cervical strain. Upon coming home from Afghanistan and while in country was treated for insomnia and many of my symptoms above progressed in the first year after returning in 2011. I was treated and diagnosed while still on AD. My rheumatologist an AD Col diagnosed me with fibromyalgia end of 2016. I filed a VA claim and told my fibromyalgia was not service related. Is it worth appealing and if granted could the VA take away my other conditions saying they are just part of my fibromyalgia diagnose? My rheumatologist wrote a letter stating he felt my fibromyalgia was service related. Any guidance on how to proceed or do nothing? Any help would be most appreciated. Regards Herb
I recently filed a claim for my newly diagnosed Fibromyalgia as secondary to my PTSD and was outright denied. My PTSD started out as panic/anxiety disorder at 30%. My mental health counselors diagnosed with me with PTSD and stated that I should go file. I did and my panic/anxiety disorder increased to 50% as PTSD with panic/anxiety disorder. I went in for an increase to the PTSD as my medication strength was increasing and I was finding myself isolated and such and it was increased to 70%, ever since the PTSD was getting worse, the symptoms of Fibromyalgia began to appear alongside the PTSD. How do I go about claiming or appealing their decision as I was told by DAV to suck it up, you're at 90% and to not f**k with the 5 year VBA rule, otherwise they can reduce all my percentages down to 0% and have me just at service-connected 0% and just pay all my medical, which scares me because I have 3 boys who are highly active and as a single parent with this new, painful diagnosis, it stresses me out more that I can't keep up or participate and be active with them. The DAV rep did say to have my Dr state that the fibro is "at least as likely not" to win my case, but if I'm claiming it as secondary to my PTSD what do I need to do? I'm not sure what I need as both symptoms of the PTSD and Fibro are very much related. So I'm not sure what I need to do at this point as it's becoming increasingly frustrating, because had I not had PTSD, the fibro would not exist. Does anyone know what to do or has been in this similar situation and can help guide me?
Side note* I was physically abused by my husband, both of us were active duty at the time, where I did complain about pain in my lower back, neck and elbows and was seen for medical for all three, all of which each of those areas are intensified from the Fibro. I have put in claims for those 3 areas too and have been denied because there's a break in treatment, but if I can handle the pain for a while, and then later seek treatment for them and can only relate them to that time frame/injury, can't those be claimed as stand alone service connected? I know that symptoms and pain can lay dormant for years even decades and can be brought back to surface due to age or aggravated by another event. So how can I get these conditions service connected as well?
I had applied for disabilities secondary to my Fibromyalgia and instead of any indevidual ratings they just lumped all together. The decsion letter says.Fibromyagia (now claimed to include anxiety, depression, agoraphobia, painful joints and fattigue. I am at the max scheduler rating of 40%.
I had a Mental Health C&P exam where the Dr. talks about Chronic Adjustment Disorder and said
[X] Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and
b. For the indicated level of occupational and social impairment, is it
possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social
impairment indicated above is caused by each mental disorder?
[X] Yes[ ] No[ ] No other mental disorder has been diagnosed
Should/could I get not get rated individually for the anxiety, depression, agoraphobia, painful joints and fattigue?
What should i do?
By Mike D
I was found to have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) as a Medically Unexplained Chronic Multisymptom Illness (MUCMI) and was awarded a 40% evaluation in 2011. I suppose I was lucky in that respect knowing how many vets are denied this condition. However, a future exam completed in April 2016, found that my condition was due to "poor sleep quality" and "insomnia," which contraindicated the 2011 evaluation. The VA cannot terminate service connection (SC) based on a single exam, so I'm scheduled for a future exam in Oct 2017, and depending upon the outcome of that exam, the VA will either terminate or continue the SC for CFS. I'm having difficulty wrapping my head around how my CFS can be attributed to military service as a MUCMI, and then, not. The April 2016 examiner attributed the condition to "poor sleep quality" and "insomnia," which are symptoms of CFS. This begs the question; was the first examiner too incompetent to discern "poor sleep quality" and "insomnia" from unexplained etiology? While my condition has grown markedly worse over the years, the VA now claims my CFS has improved based on this recent examination. I, as the veteran dealing with CFS, know that is a patently ridiculous determination. The condition has not improved!!!
When I reported to the Washington DC VAMC for my exam in April 2016, the physician greeted me by telling me there was no such thing as "Gulf War Illness". While the VA does not use that terminology, it is colloquially used to describe MUCMIs associated with the Gulf War - the phrase "Gulf War" being an adjective to delineate association with that war, and not the name of an illness or disease. The examiner seemed hell-bent on "correcting" the record based on his belief that there is no such thing as a MUCMI (he based on his analysis that I had no exposures to cause it and thus it must be caused by something else not associated with the Gulf War) - DUH!! - that's why it's unexplained.
Pursuant to the November 30, 2015 update of M21-1, Part IV, Subpart ii, Section D, if you are diagnosed with CFS during the presumptive period (Aug 1990 - Dec 2016), and you were in a designated Gulf War location, and there is no known etiology explaining the symptomatology, then the condition is PRESUMED to be associated with military service. Additionally, M21-1, IV.ii.D.3 instructs the RVSRs to follow "normal procedures for reduction of benefits or severance of SC outlined in M21-1, Part 1, 2." and cites an example of a grant of compensation under 38 CFR 3.317 where one examiner granted SC for a MUCMI and a second attributed the condition to a "clinically diagnosed condition with a clear etiology." My interpretation of M21-1, IV.ii.D.3 is that there is no VA standard regarding MUCMI, but rather rests upon the opinion of the most recent examiner, regardless of previous opinions. Is "poor sleep quality" and "insomnia" a clear etiology? It reeks of a catch-all to me.
While I expect to lose this portion of my benefits at the end of 2017, there is essentially nothing I can do about it in the interim. I know I can take the DBQ to my TRICARE doctor and ask her to complete it, but the burden is on me to convince her, a MD, that it's a MUCMI, and not co-morbid with some innocuous pan-etiology like "poor sleep quality." But I must wait for the VA to give me 60 days to lose the benefit before I can contest anything - at this time, the VA will argue I have nothing to contest since nothing has changed.
I'm working on a claim on Ebenefits. The following is what I am trying to add. Everything listed is verified by my doctors. I know that Gulf War Illness is not able to be rated but I also know that there is a lot in the works to possibly change that. I figured that I would ask it to be rated and worse case it would be thrown out. But at least it would be documented that I tried to have it rated. Can anyone give me feedback on the rest of what I am asking them to rate? I will wait a couple days to submit the claim so I can review everyone's feedback. I need about 60% added to get to 100% schedular. Thank you in advance! Gulf War Illness Environmental Hazard in Gulf War
Gulf War veteran with unexplained chronic multi-symptom illness Environmental Hazard in Gulf War
chronic fatigue syndrome Environmental Hazard in Gulf War
fibromyalgia Environmental Hazard in Gulf War
sinusitis Environmental Hazard in Gulf War
neurologic signs or symptoms Environmental Hazard in Gulf War
GERD Environmental Hazard in Gulf War
I'm currently 60% disabled, having been recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia though suffered with it "undiagnosed" for 6 years before I was actually given a diagnosis, Fibromyalgia is medically unexplained, I've done tons of research already on the disorder, my question now is can anyone point me in the right direction to validate my claim when it comes to Gulf War Syndrome, what evidence would be heavily weighted evidence in proving Gulf War Syndrome illness? My understanding is that no nexxus needs to be formed between service and the illness only pre-qualifying factors of whether I fit into the category of a Gulf War Vet which I in fact do.... More so where can I find Training Letters? And any information pertaining to the health effects on Gulf War Veterans and the use of Anthrax vaccine and Malaria pill both of which I was given amongst other vaccines. ANY information that would help me in filing my claim under the presumption of Gulf War Illness would be great. Thank you much, this is my last claim I will be filing with the VA and prayerfully no other illness pops up in light of all the crap and toxins I was exposed to in country...
I've got a GW exam in a few weeks, and was wondering if there's anything I should know before going in?
Also, does bringing in pre-filled DBQs help? I know they'll use their own, but I've read on here from multiple posters that the VA often skimps on these and doesn't always accurately document the conditions. By bringing in pre-filled forms I was hoping to just hand them a copy as we went through the questions so that there's no room for miscommunication.
Does anyone know if fibromyalgia can be a cause or associated with occipital neuralgia? I didn't know I had occipital neuralgia I just thought it was migraine headaches or tension headaches. I started receiving acupuncture and have some post stuck in my ears to block pain, anxiety, nightmares and so forth. Have been on multiple medications throughout the years with little success. Now I have ventured down the road with acupuncture and have been scheduled for Botox. I was planning on filing a claim for migraines/headaches related to fibromyalgia but now after reading the notes from my last two treatments I question the validity of my claim and if the two would be symptomatic of each other. Fibromyalgia and Occipital neuralgia. The headache is a headache either way you look at it but could or could not be related.
Anyone have any experience in this area or know of the two to have a comparison that might substantiate the claim?
So I went to my local Va and filed a 21-456EZ form for:
Gastrointestinal disorders,hiatal hernia(gulf war)
and a few other things in my record
I was honorably discharged from the USMC in 96 was dealing with this stuff then but, right or wrong I just dealt with it. I mean if I could get up and put my boots on in the morning and go to work thats's what I did. Only now it's taking longer to get going in the morning and so with the urging of my wife and fellow vets I went and filed.
They took down my info and sent the form off. Also told my to go get a gulf war registry exam, which I am still waiting on. He didn't ask for med. records, x-rays, DBQ or anything. I told him about my PSTD symtoms and he put down anxiety. I'm just wondering what I'm in for and what to do next. So any advice , info, or help you guys can send my way is much appreciated.
I need some assistance on filing a claim for Migraine Headaches.
I don't have any record of headaches while in service but I had them and had it noted during my out-processing physical.
After getting out I signed up at the VA and begun treatment for them. I am on Topamax twice a day and sumatriptin at the onset of the headache.
Here is what I would like to know. I have Fibromyalgia and receive 40% for it. I was told to keep a log of the headaches. For the last month I have done so and can say that when my Fibro is acting up I have some of my more intense headaches. But I also have headaches when my Fibro is not acting up.
Should I file my migraine headaches as a secondary issue to my Fibromyalgia?
Under the Claims for Gulf War Illness a presumptive diagnosed condition under section cfr 38. 3.317?
This way I would be filing with a diagnosis and I would state they are a result of my service while actively serving in South West Asia.
The illness then would not have to be shown in service records but have manifested and be debilitating at least 10%. The window for filing under the GWI presumptive illnesses with or without a diagnosis is open until Dec 2016.
Anyone have advise on this?
Claims Process – Your claim can go from any step to back a step depending on the specifics of the claim, so you may go from Pending Decision Approval back to Review of Evidence. Ebenefits status is helpful but not definitive. Continue Reading
68mustang posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,I was rated at 10% for tinnitus last year by the VA. I went to my private doctor yesterday and I described to him the problems that I have been having with my sense of balance. Any sudden movement of my head or movement while sitting in my desk chair causes me to lose my balance and become nauseous. Also when seeing TV if there are certain scenes,such as movement across or up and down the screen my balance is affected. The doctor said that what is causing the problem is Meniere's Disease. Does any know if this could be secondary to tinnitus and if it would be rated separately from the tinnitus? If I am already rated at 10% for tinnitus and I could filed for Meniere's does any one know what it might be rated at? Thanks for your help. 68mustang
GlennieHB posted an answer to a question,I have a 30% hearing loss and 10% Tinnitus rating since 5/17. I have Meniere's Syndrome which was diagnosed by a VA facility in 2010 yet I never thought to include this in my quest for a rating. Meniere's is very debilitating for me, but I have not made any noise about it because I could lose my license to drive. I am thinking of applying for additional compensation as I am unable to work at any meaningful employment as I cannot communicate effectively because of my hearing and comprehension difficulties. I don't know whether to file for a TDUI, or just ask for additional compensation. My county Veterans service contact who helped me get my current rating has been totally useless on this when I asked her for help. Does anyone know which forms I should use? There are so many different directions to proceed on this that I am confused. Any help would be appreciated. Vietnam Vet 64-67.
If you are new to hadit and have DIC questions it would help us tremendously if you can answer the following questions right away in your first post.
What was the Primary Cause of Death (# 1) as listed on your spouse’s death certificate?
What,if anything, was listed as a contributing cause under # 2?
Was an autopsy done and if so do you have a complete copy of it?
It can be obtained through the Medical Examiner’s office in your locale.
What was the deceased veteran service connected for in his/her lifetime?
Did they have a claim pending at death and if so what for?
If they died from anything on the Agent Orange Presumptive list ( available here under a search) when did they serve and where? If outside of Vietnam, what was their MOS and also if they served onboard a ship in the South Pacific what ship were they on and when? Also did they have any major physical contact with C 123s during the Vietnam War?
And how soon after their death was the DIC form filed…if filed within one year of death, the date of death will be the EED for DIC and also satisfy the accrued regulation criteria.