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  1. If the VA considers an NP qualified to do a C&P exam, then by their standards, any MD certainly is. The best way to challenge the C&P opinion is with an IMO from a specialist, board certified in an appropriate specialty.
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  2. So after receiving my C-File and reading the doctors notes for my Knee, Back and Ankle exam two months ago and realizing something was off as her rationale make little sense given my record I looked into the doctors qualifications and found that she is gynecologist who apparently began with the VA Exam Contractor QTC Management after being losing a lawsuit for malpractice. My problem is this lady should not be doing exams on these issues when it is not her specialty. Her medical opinion and rationale is attached here but she says my back and ankles are less than likely secondary to my service
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  3. I haven't been here in a while.I just wanted to share my success story. In 2010 when I found this wonderful website I was rated at 10 percent and had almost given up.Using this site by reading tips, other peoples battles and using the CFR I successfully went from 10 percent to 100 percent .It took me a few years, first up to 70%, then 90% and finally up to 100%.... I am rated at 70 for PTSD with major Depressive Disorder, 10 for Degenerative Arthritis right wrist,50 for bilateral ples planus (flat feet), 10 for right knee, 10 for left knee, 10 for tinnitus, 30 for sleep apnea and 20 for Diabet
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  4. 1st Acupuncture procedure completed 11/19 11:30am, so far, so good. It appears that this has really helped with lessening the pain and the return of sensations (other than just numbness) to my toes. The Procedure: The Acupuncture Dr advised me to close my eyes or look away, if I had problems with needles. I've never had a problem so kept an eye on what he was doing. The Acupuncture needles are long and very thin, can't say they caused any pain upon insertion. At 1st, it was a little disconcerting seeing the Dr start to insert the needles (7 in each foot) between my toes. After the 1st 2, no bi
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  5. If the doc offers a favorable exam, and VA accepts it fine. But, when its unfavorable you can challenge it, as Veterans attorney Chris Attig sugguests. The way I read it, VA will remand and give you a new exam (this is especially applicable if you can not afford an IME/IMO). Chris Attig: Like Ants at a Picnic, Junk Science Invades MOST C and P Exams.Chris Attig 7I’ve wrote about it on the Veterans Law Blog, but one of my biggest gripes with the VA is the crappy medical opinions that they provide. As any practitioner who works in the VA ratings system will tell you, the inadequate C and P
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  6. Hi all...Just wanted to give you an update on my claim. It posted today in eBenefits at 70%. Overall I've had a positive experience with the VA...I know that's not always the case in some instances, but, I was treated fairly, and with great respect. I hope and pray other Vets get the same treatment, and the care they deserve. Also, thanks to Hadit and its members...Keep up the good fight! PEACE
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  7. there are a few defenses against this, first your entrance pbysical, if no notations were made you were 100% good to go, secondly even if you had a preexisting condition that was noted the question becomes whether active service made that injury or disease worse in other words did service make it worse.
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  8. I have gone over my STR, trying to find any entries related to sleep issues. I found one on a health survey, where you check off the boxes "yes, no, or don't know" and then write on the back why you checked yes. I wrote trouble sleeping. I'm fairly certain that I mentioned problems sleeping during a visit to sick call. I have to go over my STR again, to find it. Cuz even tho there isn't any specific mention, beyond high levels of stress to SC my depression, those sleep issue entries may just be the thing to getting my SA and MDD SCd! Wish me luck, please!!!
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  9. lots of answers today. if already stated apologize, but here's a couple additional pieces Had this in my file- for what it's worth> Independent Medical Opinions VA plays a war game called the War of the Words. The proper wording of an IMO is critical to VA's acceptance of it, as probative evidence. A Valid IMO must contain the following: The doctor must have all medical records available and refer to them directly in the opinion. In cases involving an in-service nexus- the doctor needs to read and refer to the SMRs. Also the doc needs to have all prior SOC decisions from VA ,particularly t
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  10. Hello everyone, I haven't posted in a while. I just got awarded 80%. 3 years ago I stared this journey and didn't know anything about claims. I have done all the work myself from reading on this site and others. 70% PTSD 30% Chronic Bronchitis 10% shaving . I have several I'm about to appeal with sleep apena being one. Thanks for all the support.
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  11. SemperFiGeek, Just as easy to say your weight gain was caused by your service connected knee, etc. My fighting weight when I left service in 08 was 226 with a passing PT score and made weight with the tape test, 25% body fat. 8 years later I'm 241. 15 pounds, not too bad. I still had a VA doc poke me in the belly when I told him by back hurt. So, did my plantar ficitis, DDD DJD of the cervical, DDD DJD of the lumbar, arthritis of shoulder bi-lateral, arthritis of elbow and high blood pressure cause me to gain 15 pounds. I think an argument could be made that it did. Ask for a re-do, and i
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  12. "This my first appt with them" I'd ask what led to the appointment. Beyond that, the first appointment usually involves a long questionnaire, probable lab tests, and beyond a basic medical exam, additional areas to look at based upon your answers to the questionnaire and any medical history or information you have, The initial exam is an interesting combination of the things that you would expect any "new" doctor to look at, plus things that are more or less specific to veterans. A great deal depends upon the person conducting the appointment/exam. Assuming you have not dealt with the VA bef
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  13. I had NOTHING in my medical records!!!!! Because of my service connected injuries I was able to show excessive weight gain during service, numerous complaints from roommates with loud snoring, gasping for air during my sleep habits, able to show I had requested numerous sleep studies from the VA but was denied during my 1st year out(important you make sure you have them DATE STAMP ALL CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE VA). I had an IME from Dr Bash(don't listen to the rumors...call him because each case is different!!!!! His IME along with my Dr. Riad Dahkell Board Certified Pulmonary dise
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  14. I filed sleep apnea as secondary to PTSD. Originally I filed SA separately, denied. Went back and filed as secondary to PTSD. Approval was quicker than a recruit platoon getting into the barracks after the Drill Instructor says "move."
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  15. the problem with VSO's is that there is no incentive for doing a good job, this is how the free market works. These guys are not volunteers, this is a job. While many may be motivated to help their fellow vets, for a chunk its also a job. A job where they have no incentive to do it well. That why i would prefer a good lawyer. I know there are bad lawyers out there who dont know much about VA law and regs, etc. However I feel that this would be a better solution. VFW/DAV/ETC has VSO's not as reps, but as just information folks, they run seminars for vets to teach them how to read the 38 CF
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  16. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a rateable disease. My wife was awarded 40% after she was medically retired and then 7 years later increased to 100% p/t. Document your symptoms. Go to the doctor weekly if needed. Keep a journal of your symptoms. And don't let anybody tell you it isn't real.
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  17. you need to ask yourself what you're really trying to accomplish man. You're spinning your wheels by staying on a job that's causing nothing but aggravation. Again, YOU CANNOT be awarded TDIU while employed in any capacity. You may or may not receive OPM disability retirement. You staying on that job isn't helping you in any way.
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  18. That's too much man. If you can't do it anymore, it's time to call it quits. I got to the point where I was walking out of the job due to panic attacks (sometimes 2-3 a day), furious outbursts, detachment issues, poor to no sleep, thoughts of suicide and being attacked. At some point you have to say enough is enough and lay things out to the VA in a way that they hear you loud and clear. I'm not a soldier anymore and am not required to "suck it up and drive on".
    1 point
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