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rpowell01

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  1. I'm on this just waiting for the RO letter that I have yet to receive. I usually receive the letter within days after it post on ebenefits but it's delayed this round. I was told that this is normal and they are mostly going to schedule another exam to properly rate it. Weird thing is I am P&T no future exams. Oh well I will wait a couple more weeks to see if I receive the letter. I just can't believe the RO is doing this, mainly after 2 VA MDs diagnosed it already, one being a GI surgeon who in fact wanted to implant some kind of stimulator in my body. I asked the surgeon "Will this h
  2. The VA ratings system needs to be overhauled because those of us that has medical records from the military showing everything still gets screwed one way or another. one thing is for certain I'm glad I left the VA Medical 4 years ago, that was worse than the claims process. I could or still can keep bombarding the RO with all kinds of claims such as Thyroid issues because of the long term pain killers I was on and the Obstructive Sleep Apnea but I decided sometime ago I don't want to go that route unless I end up having more issues related to these things. Yes if you take pain killer
  3. Well it looks like the ruthless folks at the RO wants to keep playing the game because in all their wisdom they rated both at 0%....Time to bypass the RO completely and go back to the BVA!!!! I haven't received anything yet but noticed the changes on ebenefits. Well time to work on Form 9 I guess because I'm going to bypass the RO completely. You know what is bad about all of this? The VA in their wisdom tried their best to Doctor shop on these two issues because I already had 2 C&P exams then they ordered a third which I refused to drop my pants and told the examiner n
  4. Thank you TBird...I haven't forgotten you, JBasser and many others on here all these 8 / 9 years...
  5. On the VA.gov website where I looked at the case, instead of only 2 they added a 3rd contention. Granted Service connection, anal stricture Service connection, Neurogenic bladder Service connection, External popliteal nerve paralysis I guess this may take a month or two for the RO to update everything.... thanks, it's been a long painful road. Been on this road since 2010 with all claims...then 2012 started all the claims on appeal...
  6. A few years ago I was granted TDIU then P&T...If the older posters here recall, I was the person Dr. Craig Bash did an exam on up at the airport in DC right in the middle of Starbucks and AskNod wrote an article on this!!! Well, because of Dr. Craig Bash and his NEXUS and medical opinions, I was not only granted TDIU then P&T and SSDI some years ago, but last week I received a Board of Veteran Appeals Decision GRANTING my final two contentions, of Bowel and Bladder Incontinence due to ALL the Spondylosis I have throughout my Cervical and Lumbar spine. The Board granted both and stated
  7. I guess I should chime in. I went with Dr Bash, who first reviewed all my records then a year later I flew to DC, I think JFK, and Dr Bash did a full head to toe exam, clothed, on me in the airport, right inside Starbucks!!!!!!! Today im 90% IU and P&T!! I should be SMC but decided to stop other claims and now new stuff arising from SCd issues. May e in the future I may file but for now I just done with everything VA.. Dr Bash knows his stuff and the SSDI Judge said in her own decision hismedical opinion held more weight than any VA MD becausethe VA hid th eir own EMG reports f
  8. Yes sir it has helped very much so far. I had to start slow because I was at first getting night sweats taking that medication but after talking to my pharmacists he said it has to get into my system so cut it in half. So I did that for about 2 weeks and decided to take 3 full ones in one day...NO NO!! Man I was hearing and seeing things not there. So I had to cut it back in half. I had to do a little more research and well since I take pain killers which also releases Dopamine I was getting too much of it which caused me hearing and seeing things not there. So now I will take one full one in
  9. Sorry for such a late reply. I tested Medical Marijuana here in Florida for about a month or two and all that stuff did to me was cause me to sleep all day and all night. What kind of life is that? CBD oils does nothing even the CBD they were selling at these "medical marijuana shops" here in Florida. I tried everything they had because my Pain Management MD told me I had to find what works for me. I just felt stoned all the time, and well that is no life for me. It didn't matter if I took a full 5 second hit or a 1 second hit man I was OUT COLD..... I'm sorry to say that stuff doesn
  10. They may but its real cheap medication. If the VA doesn't go to your local MD and ask him just show him the studies done on it. This may be the medication we really need....
  11. Nope its just a Parkinsons Medication and I can tell you in one week it has CHANGED MY LIFE. I started taking it last Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and yes since I decided NOT to fill my monthly Extended Release Pain Killers and only the instant release I have noticed a HUGE, HUGE change. My T-Levels have risen once again and my sex drive has gone way, way up which the love of my life has enjoyed it. I've been dealing with this muscle spasm next to my shoulder blade for about 4 months, its still there, and trust me it has nagged me so bad, Its very painful. My local PCP says its coming from my n
  12. I’ve been doing my own research on pain and using other meds besides the opioids. I was watching some documentary and came across this. The brain actually gets rewired because of chronic pain. The chemicals in the brain gets all out of whack and we who are in chronic pain gets addicted to pain. This addiction is not an addiction on narcotics or alcohol but it’s a brain addiction without the cravings. Read this below to understand more in detail: https://www.iflscience.com/brain/parkinsons-drug-could-treat-patients-chronic-pain/ The medication Carbidopa/Levo
  13. More people die each year due to alcohol related issues and accidents where’s the outcry over this?
  14. I have a daughter who is a Junior in college utiling Chapter 36 Benefits… So, Since she is using those benefits I do not receive any dependency pay because of this… But my question is this, during the summer months she does not receive any pay for Chapt 35… So, Since she does not receive any Chapter 35 pay during those summer months shouldn’t the VA pay me dependent pay? I have not found any CFR, policy or law that says anything otherwise so I’m thinking the VA is just being real lazy of setting this up for us veterans!!!! your thoughts opinions needed and as always thank you in a
  15. I received a letter from DOD Finance and Accounting, DOT and IRS all on letter head. It appears in December 2016 the POTUS signed the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 into law. What this does is if you were separated from the military due to disability your severance was TAXED and it shouldn't have been taxed. So Congress fixed it so you can get your money back. Your injury while on active duty happened: 1 Resulted Directly from Armed Conflicts, or 2. Took place while you were engaged in extra hazardous duty, or 3. Took place under conditions simulating war
  16. I’ve been taking 100mg CBD and they don’t work that much for the nerve and muscle pain… But it does wonders for my cervicogenic headaches I get all the time… I really want a very high dose of CBD with a very low THC… From my research and studies from college some years ago CBD alone won’t work good by itself… With low THC the CBD actually helps the THC which is a type of cannabidiol… I’ve been reading nothing but great news about it so I hope what I read is great news for me… I’m a Bible Thumper and believe with all my heart in the Word… I also believe that there is a m
  17. That are now on medical marijuana for pain please give details of the best one you found to work. I am looking for a strain or type that will give me energy, take care of the pain but won't get me stoned!!! I do know I am going to get a little high with the THC but I am not looking to get such a high that I cannot do anything. I am now just waiting for the State of Florida folks to enter me into the database so I can go do the dispensary. I've been looking over the brochure the PM office gave me to the dispensary I am going to go to. Around where I live I have to travel an hour
  18. I asked the question right after I sent a secured message to my PCP and he just responded yesterday stating he did not know about the outside study that showed OSA. I just replied and told him to look back at the secured messages as I told him back in Sept or October 2015 I had the study done outside of the VA because I felt the VA was completely wrong on their study or something went wrong with it to show a negative result which does happen a lot with these crappy home studies they do. So he wants me to fax the report of the study not the prescription to CPAP clinic (pulmonary I'm guessing).
  19. Back in late 2014 or early 2015 I had sleep study conducted at the Tampa VA. Of course they came back saying I was fine and didn't have Obstructed Sleep Apnea. But my PCP sure sent me to the ENT clinic to allow them to do surgery by taking out my tonsiles and clipping my uvula (spelling). Of course I refused because something did not feel nor sound right. I would and still do wake up with shortness of breath, heart racing and in sweating from head to toe. So I decided to go outside of the VA and well, well, well they said I have severe OSA and my NON VA PCP said I NEEDED a CPAP. Wel
  20. I’m up here in Jefferson City, Tennessee currently for two weeks on vacation… Being from Florida this place is like night vs daycompared to Florida…To be honest I have been looking at houses online for sale all around this area… I haven’t used my VA Home Certificate yet because the bank I use now is a private local bank so they don’t use or accept the VA Certificate… Anyway I just love this place/area and right now I’m researching and really thinking of selling out in Florida and moving up here… Tennessee doesn’t have the full exemption on property taxes that Florida has but the cost of living
  21. I agree ADs help the site very much and without them we would not have HADIT. Thank you Tbird for doing what you do.
  22. The day you stopped worked is the day YOU SHOULD receive your back pay to. That is what happened with me. I stopped worked in April 2012 and in February 2014, two weeks after my SSDI hearing, the Social Security Judge approved me for SSDI. Then on March 1st boom I received my TDIU rated back to April 2012. So remember its the day you stopped work because IU is given to those who cannot work due to their service connected issues. I would check eBenefits and look at your pay history and keep an update on your bank account because mine hit days earlier than I go the letter. Myself I am 90% T
  23. A lot of people get it wrong about the VA Home Loan. Its really NOT a loan, just a guarantee on the loan. The VA will guarantee the loan up to a maximum limit which I cannot remember off the top of head. So if the loan goes in default or foreclosure the VA will pay off loan. Then the VA will end up with the home & land and they will auction it off. If a veteran owns the land then most of the time the land will become part of the loan as collateral. What the VA Loan does is gives the Veteran Low interest Rate (because its guarantee to be paid off no matter what) and it helps to waive a
  24. This is what you want. You want to see the judge in person or by video. Just make sure you have ALL your medical records on hand at the hearing because the VA purposely left out EMGs and other reports that showed I was disabled and couldn't work. I had them with me at the hearing and turned them over as evidence. Just be ready and prepared. Don't argue with the judge and just be polite. If you are in pain, stand up, let the judge know you cannot sit all the time, if you have problems. The ALJ is the FEDERAL level, everything before this is state levels. States deny 80% of the time and don
  25. Take it from me get a NEXUS by a specialist stating you cannot go back to work. SSDI tried twice, first the initial hearing to deny me but I won because the VA purposely tried to hide the EMG reports by not sending them to the VA. Luckily I had everything at the SSDI hearing in front of the judge. This was in Jan 2014 then in Feb 2015 they sent me a letter they are "reviewing my case"..Again I had to get a specialist to do an exam and write a letter. This time around I was found to be P&T with SSDI because if they say no future exams schedule then its permanent. Then I used that letter jus
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