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  1. I am currently 10% service connected for lumbar sprain. I have been diagnosed with degenerative disk disease by a VA doc. I always knew i had something else going on, and i stumbled across this on tricare online. Every time i was ever seen at a TMC was recorded. My increase for my back was denied but i was also being rated on my range of motion. Does it sound like i would have a foot to stand on if i filed for more than lumbar strain? My military files also shows me going to the TMC a total of 10 times with back and or neck issues. Thanks in advance brothers. This is what the report stated: 3 views of the lumbar spine demonstrate 5 nonrib-bearing lumbar type vertebral bodies. There are no subluxations noted. The T10, T11 and T12 vertebral bodies demonstrate relative decreased height with irregularities and defects in their upper and or lower end plates with similar findings noted at L1 which are more than expected in a 23-year-old, clinical correlation for Scheuermann's disease is suggested. There are no acute fractures clearly demonstrated. IMPRESSION: The imaged lower thoracic vertebral bodies and L1 demonstrate decreased height with end plate irregularities and endplate defects suggesting Schmorl's nodes which are more than expected in a 23-year-old, clinical correlation for Scheuermann's disease. Dedicated thoracic spine x-rays may be helpful. Change date range
  2. I have been having migraines for the last 3 years and was told my a VA doc that the migraines could be caused by my SC degenerative disk condition. The migraines seem to be related to my back or my sensitivity to light (spent a year playing in the deisert) or a combination of both. Should i file a new claim stating that this was caused from my service or state that it is secondary to my back? It has been less than 5 years since i returned from a combat zone. Also could i file a claim for my eyes being messed up and so sensitive to light? My vision is actually much worse than my last eye exam before i ETS'd
  3. I am at a crossroads in my battle with the VA. I was service connected at 10% for degenerative disk disease in 2011. My claim was pretty cut and dry and i made it through with little to no assistance. My symptoms became a lot worse after my claim was closed. I was treated on multiple occasions for back problem related to this ailment. I lost a great union job over not being able to preform. They drugged me up with the strongest pain meds 3X daily. I filed for an appeal. I claimed that at my original exam, the C&P examiner forced me to over exert myself. I was actually treated for a bulging disk within a week of the exam. I just had my 2nd exam a 7 days ago. The examiner never used the geniometer (sp). I went until the pain started, which was nowhere near what i did at my 1 C&P exam. From everything I've gathered including tricking the VA person on the phone into discussing my claim, my claim was not increased. Benefits explorer and Ab8 both say 10%. I need to know if i should file an appeal for another exam, get a DBQ, or appeal and let the BVA decide. There is noticeable deterioration on my X-rays from my first exam after ETS compared to know. I had an MRI done that said the condition is causing my disk to bulge , and for bone on bone contact to happen. Is it too late for the DBQ? Do i even have a foot to stand on filing an appeal? Thank you all for helping
  4. I am currently in the process of my first claim. I am petitioning for an increase based on my two bulging disks, the narrowing of my spinal collumn, and the thoracic/lumbar arthritis. The migraines are something I just realized may be connected. I usually just ate my motrin 800 , drank some water, and laid down when they would come around. At my appt today, i brough it up with my new doc and explained the symptoms exactly. He said theres a good chance it has to to with my back issues. Question 1: Do I file a new claim for migraines? Question 2: Do i have to wait for my current increase to be taken care of? Question 3: I was never treated for migraines in service, will this be an issue in service connecting it? One more gripe. I closed a bank account i had and forgot to change my comp direct deposit info. A few months later i realized i wasnt getting the check (its only for 10%). I corrected the issue back in march. My last payment went out october 2012. My balance has sine grown to over 1000 dollars and i cant get any help on releasing the funds. They said all someone has to do at my regional office is turn the payment back on. My VFW rep is unreachable(detroit for ya) and when i show up in person they say that they will take care of it. Any help on handling this? Thanks in advance brothers.
  5. I hope this thread can come back to life for me, I did apply but havent heard anything back. since I am only 25, do you think i will qualify? Im in a holding pattern as of now. I filed for an increase after talking with my vfw rep. I am supposed to start a very good job as a substation electrician apprentice, and I am worried my condition will get in the way. I am going to be honest on my physical about all of my back problems. I was wondering if that was the scenario (i couldnt complete my apprenticeship because of back issues) will i be able to attain an unemployability rating? Im very unsure about the unemployability rating as i have only heard of it here on the forum. Once again thanks for responses.
  6. Heres my situation. 10% Service connected for arthritis, degenerative disk disease in my thoracic region. I always complained that the pain was coming from my lumbar region, but they always took an x ray and said thoracic. I got the MRI a few weeks back and it turns out i have arthritis in thelumbar region and also slight bulged disk. This is what has been causing me these problems and they are just now finding out. Without over exaggerating, I have a constant back pain. 24/7. I lost a job and missed a promotion because i wore a back brace to work. I really wanna work but i just cant do it with my back!. I have had 4 incapacitating episodes where i had to be treated at my local VA in the 1 1/2 years. Does it sound like i warrant more than a 10%? Will i need to file a new claim for the condition that hadnt been discovered till now? I already felt like i needed to file a claim for an increase. Does it sound like i should get one? Sorry for throwing so much out there, The VFW or is shit and wont return my call and i dont know what i have to do next. I just want to fix my back and not become addicted to painkillers.
  7. Heres my situation. 10% Service connected for arthritis, degenerative disk disease in my thoracic region. I always complained that the pain was coming from my lumbar region, but they always took an x ray and said thoracic. I got the MRI a few weeks back and it turns out i have arthritis in thelumbar region and also slight bulged disk. This is what has been causing me these problems and they are just now finding out. Without over exaggerating, I have a constant back pain. 24/7. I lost a job and missed a promotion because i wore a back brace to work. I really wanna work but i just cant do it with my back!. I have had 4 incapacitating episodes where i had to be treated at my local VA in the 1 1/2 years. Does it sound like i warrant more than a 10%? Will i need to file a new claim for the condition that hadnt been discovered till now? I already felt like i needed to file a claim for an increase. Does it sound like i should get one? Sorry for throwing so much out there, The VFW or is shit and wont return my call and i dont know what i have to do next. I just want to fix my back and not become addicted to painkillers.
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