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About AmicusBrief

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  1. My point is a simple one, even the worst physician will know more about an individual's case history than anyone else here. Making blanket statement in regards to a prescribed treatment regiment is both irresponsible and foolish. The responses here are a prime example that range from seeking CPAP to ceasing a prescribed medication. The best advice for the OP is to seek a second professional opinion in the event he/she feels uncomfortable with their treatment modality; following medical lay advice on an internet forum is the worst.
  2. COPD is not a sleep disorder. I'd recommend the OP follow his physician's advice and NOT some of the cowboys here practicing medicine.
  3. Its likely your physician reduced the dose of hydrocodone to mediate the CNS depression effects of the drug. Opioids, in general, suppress respiratory drive and have a depressive effect on the hypoglossal nerve that maintains airway patency. COPD is usually associated with an increase in arterial blood carbon dioxide levels. The administration of hydrocodone can increase CO2 levels, decrease blood oxygen, and result in an exacerbation of respiratory failure and CO2 narcosis.
  4. Start by contacting your local Bar Association for a referral. I don't recommend you go it alone. It sounds as though you know your ex's disposition and it isn't good. The family courts are notorious for handing some men a raw deal. Being prepared is the best way to approach the situation.
  5. I'm happy for you, I know its been a hard fought battle.
  6. I'm not giving up, I'm too pissed off now. I wonder if I could claim TBI from banging my head on the table after I read the decision letter?
  7. I just don't get how they completely ignore 2 out of 5 claimed conditions and close them all. Not even a single mention in the decision.
  8. Finally got the brown envelope today. Too pissed off to even talk about it.
  9. Be advised that it sounds like SS has deemed you incompetent to handle your financial affairs. This is not as benign as it seems. If it matters, you might want to check on the legalities of firearm ownership. You have may just lost your right to own a firearm and could be subject to criminal prosecution if in possession of a firearm, re: 27 C.F.R. § 478.11, as follows: ADJUDICATED AS A MENTAL DEFECTIVE a. A determination by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that a person, as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or dis
  10. I guess that 's one way to decrease the backlog. What's next, secret death squads?
  11. I know I'm starting to get pissed over this stuff. I think I may begin hanging out in front of the local recuiter's office and have a talk with the young guys/gals going in the door. Maybe hand out silicone wristbands with the number of pending disability claims printed on them.
  12. I sent two letters at the same time to my RO, one for the NOD and the other revoking the POA of the VSO.
  13. My favorite part is the comment from their expert that said if someone gets a good nights sleep on CPAP they're not disabled. I guess if a diabetic is not in a coma while on insulin they're not disabled either.
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