Single Status Update
any luck with your sleep apnea clain secondary to GERD. I have a similar apeal in with DRO.
I won't find out until then unfortunately. The VA has a weak stance, neither in the denial and the SOC was there any medical rationale used. Absence of symptoms is their position and well the evidence is there in my medical records. I think the process is going to long, that I know for sure. Evidence is what wins though. I'm not nervous about that in the least, however, I am really curious to hear their counter argument on the Ellis opinion.
Maybe this will help. Let me know.
1. Citation Nr: 1410437, Decision Date: 03/13/14 in which the VA granted entitlement to service connection for gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and Barrett's esophagus, to include as secondary to the service-connected Type II diabetes mellitus. Two different VA examiners stated that, "It is at least as likely as not (50/05) [sic] probability that this condition has been aggravated by the Veteran's DM2, since longstanding DM2 causes autonomic dysfunction of GI tract with delayed emptying of stomach and de creased [sic] rate of peristalisis."
“The Veteran's lay testimony and the Internet articles he submitted regarding a link between GERD and diabetes mellitus are supported by the medical evidence.”
2. Citation Nr: 1411257 Decision Date: 03/19/14 in which the VA granted entitlement to service connection for gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) as secondary to the service-connected Type II diabetes mellitus. “The March 2013 VA examiner related the Veteran's gastrointestinal symptoms to his service‐connected diabetes, noting recent research showing a nexus between GERD specifically and diabetes.”