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Stick Slinger

OSA secondary to PTSD.. anyone ever won this?


I was never diagnosed in service with OSA. I weigh 220 and I am 6' tall. I am rated at 70% for PTSD and the meds I take add to the OSA. I had my personal Dr. and the Psychiatrist I see both write letters to support that the meds I take add to and cause the OSA. My Dr filled out the DBQ and sent it in as well. I had a failed sleep study results sent in  with my claim. I also have documentation I sent it that back up the fact that OSA is tied to PTSD and is aggravated by PTSD. Then sleeping with the prescribed CPAP machine adds to the PTSD. Just curious if anyone has ever won this claim? I am going to appeal but wanted to get any advise here first if someone has any to share.. not sure if there is anyone who has gone this route before and won?



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Yes there have been several vets win a secondary claims to OSA /sleep Apnea Due to PTSD/MEDS

if you had all the evidence Listed above and was denied ?  it will help us to help you if you can put a redacted copy of reason and bases of your denial.?

 I'm unsure what you mean here?

Do you mean you had a failed sleep study as in Non- Diagnose for Sleep APNEA? or do you mean the failed sleep study  meaning to be you did not have Any sleep disturbance  S.A. /OSA?

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Failed the sleep study meaning they did diagnose OSA and prescribed me a CPAP machine. I guess in my mind if I passed the sleep study, I would not have OSA. Also, I was never scheduled for an appointment for a C&P or sent to see anyone after I sent this in to them. They never saw me or examined me. just made the decision. I have attached the decision.


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A sleep study is performed while you sleep and the attendant Tech watching you like a hawk via cameras. Recording you How you breath if you stop breathing/ coughing  if you stop berating and the time you start back to breath is recording  this is called episodes of sleep disturbance and its all recording and then analyzed. 

I'm not sure what all they look for but they watch you like a hawk your every Breath/NON BREATH.  & the time in between.

sleep study's are done to see if you have any type of sleep disturbance and the severity of it.

so a failed sleep study means you don't have a Sleep Disturbance.

You should not been denied according to what you posted above. if a Dr gave his opinion that  your  s.c. 70%PTSD/MEDS is related to your now Diagnosed Mild/Severe Sleep disturbance  known as Sleep Apnea and is prescribe a C-PAP Machine  for  your health/sleep and'' it is likely as not the reason you have Sleep Apnea'' the rater should have went with that for at least a 50% rating.=== or something close to this ect,,,ect,,

Unless your Dr that filled out the DBQ was not qualified to render his/her opinion?

post your denial from the VA.....>   cover /blackout name and claim # personal information.

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I apologize if I am confusing you  (may be confusing myself) The sleep study was done, they prescribed me a CPAP machine so the sleep study is complete. I have been using the machine now for @ 1 year.OSA.docx

I did attach the denial above. I will attach it again now. Can you open the document attached?





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Slick, visit the BVA Decision site and do a search with the key Words PTSD Secondary SA for 2015, 16 and 17.

As you would expect, there are Awards, Denials, and Remands. Should be very informative for you.

The Award date for your PTSD SC is? The SA DX date is? Any Sleep Specialist's "Treatment Notes" opining as to the possible/probable etiology of your SA?

Could you post a redacted copy of your SA DBQ and/or overnight Sleep Study?

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