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  1. ptsd re eval

    Thanks for your input. I guess my main question and wondering if its an issue that hallucinations/delusions were not listed under symptoms this time and they were last time. Yet, Ive had no change in that area. Wondering if the fact that they didn't list that symptom can affect me.
  2. I had a re eval for my ptsd rating, which incidentally I only got 6 months ago. No clue why I had a re eval so soon? Got the notes today and compared them to the initial evaluation 6 months ago. This statement is exactly the same on both evals: ------------------------------------- a. Which of the following best summarizes the Veteran's level of occupational and social impairment with regards to all mental diagnoses? (Check only one) [X] Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks, although generally functioning satisfactorily, with normal routine behavior, self-care and conversation b. For the indicated level of occupational and social impairment, is it possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social impairment indicated above is caused by each mental disorder? [ ] Yes[ ] No[X] No other mental disorder has been diagnosed However under this part, a note for delusions, hallucinations is left off the second eval and was on the first. She did note it in the remarks section later, but it was something discussed in detail a this re eval? 4. Symptoms ----------- For VA rating purposes, check all symptoms that actively apply to the Veteran's diagnoses: [X] Depressed mood [X] Anxiety [X] Panic attacks more than once a week [X] Chronic sleep impairment Im currently 70% PTSD and am not sure what to make of this. Thoughts? Thanks for any input
  3. So, I was rated 70% PTSD in June of 2015. I subsequently submitted another claim for other conditions shortly thereafter. Today, I got a call to schedule some C&P exams. I scheduled them and then inquired about what they were for. One is for my knee condition. The other was a reevaluation of my PTSD (that was rated less than 6 months ago). Should I be worried? I work a full-time job and my wife is my caregiver when I'm not at work. The caregiver office at my local VA hospital told my wife that I shouldn't be working if I was 70% PTSD, so do you think the caregiver office alerted the BVA somehow? Thanks, Kevin
  4. strange

    I just got a call today to schedule 2 C&P appointments for a claim I submitted for in June. I was awarded 90% in June 2015 (70% PTSD and a host of others). I submitted a follow-up claim shortly after the award in June. When I asked the lady that called what the appts were for, she indicated one was for my knee condition and the other was for a reevaluation of my PTSD. I've only been rated for 6 months!
  5. Question About A Recent Fdc

    At what point do I try and contact someone else? Ebenefits isn't updating, the 800 # doesn't offer any assistance, the chat window is never online and my IRIS inquiry wasn't answered in the 5 business days that they say it would be? Thanks, Kevin
  6. Question About A Recent Fdc

    Gastone, My rating was rounded to 90%. I'm not necessarily trying to get to 100% as I have a good job that I enjoy and pays me well. As of today, it's still prep for decision. I sent an inquiry to IRIS about a week and a half ago (the 5 business days to respond didn't happen in my case) so I'll wait to see what they say. The 800 # is clueless. Kevin
  7. Question About A Recent Fdc

    Update on 29 Sep - Still nothing as of yet. Same status as before. I believe my next step will be to send an inquiry to IRIS? Kevin
  8. Question About A Recent Fdc

    Update (sort of). The claim moved from gathering evidence to prep for decision on the 16th of July. Today is the 15th of Sep. It's still in that "stage". My estimated completion timeline was 8/2/2015 - 9/12/2015. Nothing has happened yet and I haven't received anything except a letter about a month ago that said they were still working on it.
  9. Adding Dependents

    I called to have mine input and didn't have the information I needed (like my kids SSN...I was traveling and didn't have them with me). SO, I went online and filled out an application and within 2 days, the back pay was there and everything was fine.
  10. C&p Exam Shoulder

    I am rated 20% for each of my shoulders. I have had both repaired and they both now exhibit osteoarthritis. When I went to my C&P exam, the examiner started his ROM portion. He asked if it hurt. My response was "it's not pleasant if that's what you mean. I've learned to adapt over the past 10 or so years. Pain is all relative." His response was something akin to "You're either pregnant or not. You aren't half pregnant. Let's do this ROM again. Go as high as you can until you feel 'discomfort' as you like to describe it." Needless to say, I didn't get much ROM out of that. My C&P examiner was extremely helpful, honest and fair.
  11. Quick(Ish) Success! - 90%

    Hey marinewife...I'm just now seeing this, so sorry for a late reply. BlueButton isn't on ebenefits. It's on myhealthevet...you need to have a "premium" account to access the BlueButton data...easy enough to do though. If you any questions, let me know. All, my DBQs showed up in notes section of bluebutton data 37 days after my exams. I too was told by the special programs coordinator that the notes from my C&P wouldn't be available in bluebutton data.
  12. Question About A Recent Fdc

    90% is broken down as 70% PTSD, 20% for each shoulder, 10% for asthma, 10% for tinnitus. My new claims are knee condition (both knees) and irritable bowel syndrome - both of these issues are what my C&P examiner told me I should have filed for. My initial C&P exams (for those outlined above) was done on 6/3 and my new claim was submitted on 6/20. So, it is very possible that they are using that exam? Also, I have a few other conditions that I claimed that they may attach to my PTSD (anxiety and depression) as well as some "new" conditions that I wanted to get a C&P apt for (ED; reopen on sinusitis/rhinitis as IMHO my record indicates but was denied the first time around; shin splints). I understand the development letter sent may be meaning they want to do a C&P, but what was different about this one was the status was prep for decision, development letter sent. To me, that read as they sent their "thoughts" to the rater. Thanks all, and I will update when I hear more. Kevin
  13. 37 days is what mine took. Was told by special programs that they weren't even supposed to be posting them on myhealthevet anymore, that I had to go get a hard copy of them. Guess she was wrong? I actually was reading my notes as I was in the office doing the interview with my wife for caregiver support.
  14. I am 90% combined for a multitude of things. I applied in Jan 2015 and was awarded June 2015. On the advice of my C&P examiner, I filed a secondary claim for other conditions. Basically, the examiner said "why didn't you file for xxx and xxx? Your medical records certainly support that." So, shortly after the award in June 2015, I filed another claim, this time a FDC. I logged onto ebenefits on Friday to help my brother answer a couple of questions he was having prior to his C&P appts about the same time (on Friday). I was "pleasantly surprised" to notice that my claim had moved from "gathering evidence" to "preparation for decision" with a note of "development letter sent". I said I was pleasantly surprised because I filed on 6/20/2015 and it changed to prep for decision on the 16th or 17th of July. However, I didn't have any C&P exams for any of the "newly claimed" conditions. My first claim (stated above) was not a FDC, so I wasn't sure if the difference between the two was because this one was a FDC and I wouldn't be getting any C&P appts? Thanks. Kevin
  15. Thanks Bronco and Boomer. I am not trying to get to 100%, but did think the C&P results contradicted each other. My hearing is average, I'd say. Nothing that warrants a new claim or anything. I didn't even apply for hearing, but figured since they were doing the tinnitus, they tested hearing as well. When I read the results, I saw it as contradicting information and wanted to verify. I'm 90% combined with one at 70%, 2 at 20% and 2 at 10%. The probability that I'd get to 100% is very slim. Besides, I have a good job that I love and don't need to apply for unemployability.