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  1. Echocardiograms for IHD seem to be a new thing for C&P exams. I have always thought that a C&P examiner guessing at your METs level by just asking you questions off of a DBQ was questionable. A physical stress test should give a more accurate METs level. I just received a call for my 3rd C&P exam for IHD and it includes an echocardiogram. You need to get someone who understands the results of your echocardiogram to tell you what it has to do with METs. As Bertha informed you that IHD falls under Diagnostic Code 7005 and she listed the requirements for the different disability per centages. The VA dropped the LVEF several months ago and supposedly just going by your METs level . . . that may have changed with the inclusion of echocardiograms.
  2. Thanks @Buck52, no did not receive SOC - that's what I'm waiting for in order to file NOD.
  3. I am still waiting on a C&P exam to be scheduled. BVA requested the RO schedule one in March 2019 so I have no been waiting as long as you. Good luck
  4. August 6 my claim was closed. VA.gov information was that they "agreed with me". No letter was forthcoming. August 26 decision on ebenefits lists my disability percentage as 0% . . . as of this date I have not received the decision letter which should outline the reasons for the decision. So it has been a little over 3 months with a decision that I disagee with but am unable to refute because I don't have the letter telling me how they came to that decision. I have called Peggy - as usual no help there. Twice I have emailed IRIS inquiring as to why no decision - they say it should be coming soon. So, to answer your question yes I have and still am experiencing what you are experiencing. I figure that because of my age they are pretty sure I'll be ashes and they won't have to expend anymore energy on my case. Oh, yeah and I'm still awaiting on some move from the RO on a second remand from the BVA instructing them to order another C&P exam because they will not accept the evidence I submitted from two professionals that substantiates my contentions. Deny and obstruct until we die. Good luck in your quest . . .
  5. What do you mean by "applied" and "implemented"? Do you mean when do you get paid for the increase in your disability percentage? If so, it can be right away or it can take several months.
  6. You submit a claim to the Regional Office (RO). The RO either approves your claim or denies your claim. The RO needs to state the reason for denying your claim. You disagree with the RO and you file an appeal the the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). The BVA judge either agrees with the RO or agrees with you. If the BVA agrees with you they Remand your appeal to the RO with instructions as to what the RO needs to do.
  7. This sounds very much like a bone conduction hearing test except for the placement of the insturment on your shoulder. For bone conduction hearing tests an oscillator is placed on the mastoid process (the bone at the base of your skull just behind your ear) and the results of this test are compared with your air conduction results (the air conduction test is when you had headphones on). The reason for the two tests is to see if there is some form of barrier interfering with the transmission of sound from the outer/middle ear to the inner ear.
  8. Higher level Review: https://www.va.gov/decision-reviews/forms/higher-level-review-20-0996.pdf
  9. I can't say whether or not you have a case but there is a lot of information that may help you here: https://www.knowva.ebenefits.va.gov/system/templates/selfservice/va_ssnew/help/customer/locale/en-US/portal/554400000001018/content/554400000014205/M21-1,-Part-III,-Subpart-iv,-Chapter-6,-Section-B---Determining-the-Issues#1d M21-1, Part III, Subpart iv, Chapter 6, Section B - Determining the Issues Scroll down until you see the above and start reading. 6.B.1.c looks promising for you.
  10. Typically, GERD is rated analogous to a hiatal hernia under 38 C.F.R. 4.114 diagnostic code 7346. Ratings under diagnostic code 7346 range from 10 to 60% disabling, and depend on the presence and severity of a variety of symptoms. The requirements for each are as follows: For a 10% rating, a veteran must present with “two or more symptoms of the 30 percent evaluation of less severity.” A 30% rating requires “persistently recurrent epigastric distress with dysphagia, pyrosis, and regurgitation, accompanied by substernal or arm and shoulder pain, productive of considerable impairment of heath.” A 60% rating requires “symptoms of pain, vomiting, material weight loss and hematemesis or melena with moderate anemia; or other symptom combinations productive of severe impairment of health.” You're presently at 10% for GERD. In order to get to 80% with just an increased GERD rating you will need to get your GERD to 60%. The reason for this is VA Math. 50% MDD plus 30% GERD = 65% which gets you to 70%. 60% GERD plus 50% MDD = 80%. Get an IMO/IME for your GERD which states that your symptoms are what is listed above. Good Luck.
  11. With your clarification it may have to do with your application for adaptive equipment. I am assuming that your "lower left and right neuropathy" has to do with your feet. If so then the following would qualify you for adaptive equipment. At least one of these must be true for you. You have: Loss, or permanent loss of use, of 1 or both feet
  12. I am unable to find anything for the upper or lower back having to do with adaptive equipment: https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/special-claims/automobile-allowance-adaptive-equipment/ I did get my brother-in-law a grant for a vehicle due to his being legally blind from a gsw. He had been certified disabled for many years and did not have to have a c&p exam.
  13. I assume that you would appeal the the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). I went here: https://www.index.va.gov/search/va/bva.jsp and typed in "HISP" under "Find these words" and came up with quite a few cases that were appealed to the BVA some were granted some were not. Good luck
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