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Johnny K.

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  1. Thanks,Commander Bob, I have not told the Psych yet, but I have an appointment next week and I see my Vet Center Counselor tomorrow. I have been taking Prazosin (a blood pressure regulator) for 2 years to combat the nightmares I used to have, which were filled with images from traumatic stressors, and it worked very well to help me sleep without bad dreams. But since starting the higher dose of Mirtazipine the "new" nightmares are downright dangerous. I thrash around pretty bad.
  2. I have been in treatment for Service Connected PTSD for years with the VA. Lately, I have been experiencing a really scary sleep disorder. I awaken 1-3 times nightly beginning about two hours after going to sleep with visions of death related experiences. My death. It has been in the form of people and sometimes huge animals, I can feel it coming in my sleep but I cannot escape. I am usually screaming when my wife awakens me. Last night I had three episodes, the last just before I got up. I thrashed around so forcefully that I am afraid for my wife. The episodes are becoming more frequent bo
  3. Thanks Mobie, That sounds like great advice, and I'll run it by my VSO. Doc
  4. Thanks Cloudy, I got the DRO letter in the mail today, explaining the decision. Now it's back to work on the appeal. My VSO had me sign a form to ammend my claim to include MDD. You have all been such a huge help I cannot put it into words. Doc
  5. Dear CG, Yes B) I got service connected for PTSD at 0%. But that is only the new beginning. I also have MDD , conceded as "more likely than not SC" by the C&P shrink. Now I need to have that diagnosis included in my claim. Just one little step at a time....I'll get there B) Doc
  6. Hello Susan, Thank you for your sacrifices. My sympathies to you and your family. Your husband is a hero to our country. I am an old USMC / Navy Hospital Corpsman. I am in remission with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. I had surgery, radiation and chemo beginning in September of 2000-February of 2001. My oncologists told me that the cause (etiology) of my cancer was unknown but was NOT caused by smoking, but was certainly exacerbated by "stress". The cancer was not esophogeal but was in the buccal mucosa inside my cheek. I was a grunt platoon corpsman with the Marines from 1973-1992, includi
  7. Thanks Entropent, I filed for PTSD in 2000, got denied and failed to appeal because of cancer surgery, and chemo/radiation. I filed a new claim for PTSD IN 2005, and now, since this DRO decision, I am adding Major Depressive Disorder, which the C&P psych conceded as service connected. I just keep punching the clock and filing appeals. They can play the numbers game all they want- I will not give up until I get what they owe me. Or die. Doc John
  8. Hi Berta, I saw a Fee For Service psychiatrist for my C&P exam. It was at 11:30 A.M. and he must have been hungry. He did a very brief and incomplete exam, not even mentioning hyper-vigilance, insomnia, etc. When he asked his first question it was about when I was first seen for my symptoms, and I said 1981. Then he asked what the psych's initial diagnosis was and I said " dysthymia (major depression)" and before I could say "but, he later changed his diagnosis to PTSD", the quack had moved on to the next question. Because of this poor exam (which did concede SC major depression but f
  9. Hey Testvet, Here is what Berta said on the topic earlier, I really appreciate her, too: date='Jul 29 2007, I am astonished that the VA has not awarded you yet with the evidence you mentioned. Do they have all of that evidence? Did they ever refer to it yet in any Statement of the Case? Have they attempted to rebutt those IMos with any VAola quackola medical opinions? I would certainly bring all of the above opinions to the DRO hearing and make sure they are fully considered- and are made part of the record---- My Rep at a DRO hearing- claimed he highlighted my IMOs -but the
  10. Carlie, I would just like to say amen to your assesment of St.Pete RO. The transcripts of my recent DRO meeting were filled with inacuracies. The Vet Ctr on 1st AVE North is very reliable. And they keep good records. And always get that date stamp! Johnny K.
  11. Berta you were so right in this message. We were organized and had copies of health and military records ready to display to the DRO. The American Legion rep was invaluable... and taking my wife along gave her a chance to correct me, remind me and generally share how my illness manifests in our daily life. See my new thread " Zero% after DRO" in the VA Claims Reserarch Veterans Affairs Claims and Benefits Research forum. My American Legion rep has advised me to get an IMO to write up my disabilities so we can appeal to get a higher rating in the future. THANK YOU AS ALWAYS. THIS WEEKEND MY
  12. Hey I consider myself a marine anyway after being a "grunt corpsman" for 16 years.Hell, I still fold my scivvies. Chloracne is nasty stuff. I saw some of it way back in about '72, caused by chemical burns in a torpedo shop in Charleston. Haven't heard much about it since then but my Marines were in a hurt locker for about ten days until we got the chems all washed out and the blisters cleared up. Did you have much scarring from the exposure? Doc John
  13. Hi Cowgirl, My father belonged to the DAV, but when I signed my power of atty at Florida Veterans Affairs, I got plugged in with American Legion. I have been married twice, most recently for fourteen years our 15th anniversary is coming up next month. This site is an unbelieveable blessing and, after more than two years of trying to prove service connection for my PTSD, Temporomandibular Joint disorder, and a back injury that was denied and not appealed, I finally found the siteseveral months ago. I am a Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran and worked as a Hospital Corpsman from 1973-1992 mo
  14. Dear Cloudcroft, I think you are right about the M.D./D.O. opinion being necessary. In my C-File I have three opinions from psychologists and one from a VA Psych,M.D. all stating I have PTSD and major depression with panic/anxiety which began during my first tour of active duty at the end of the Vietnam war. When I finished with the DRO she looked at me and my wife and said "good job". And then came the transcript, and my Rep telling me zero percent. I am not angry but I am determined to get the rating that is correct for my SC. Thanks for the good advice, Doc John
  15. Thanks, John, Do they specialize in PTSD? Send me some names by email. Doc John
  16. Hi Berta, So, I should go with a psychiatrist instead of a psychologist? The psychiatrist at the VA only manages my meds. Will a private psychologist do a full work up? The stress treatment group that I meet with has now been canceled 5 times in a row, and the head of the mental health department won't return my calls to complain. (Bay Pines in Florida) Thanks for your input. Doc John
  17. Dear Tbird, This site is an unbelieveable blessing and, after more than two years of trying to prove service connection for my PTSD, I finally found the site a couple of months ago, after my Legion Rep told me about it. I have been married twice, most recently for fourteen years. I am a Vietnam and Desert Storm non-combat veteran and worked as a Hospital Corpsman from 1973-1992 mostly with the Marine Corps as a Field Medical Service Technician as a platoon corpsman , and as an EMT/Paramedic at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital emergency services, and in the refugee camp in 1975 where all of my
  18. At least the DRO has conceded service connection even though at zero. Now back to the shrinks for more supporting evidence and then step 8 an appeal I guess. Is there no end to the journey?
  19. [font=Franklin Gothic Medium]Dear Berta, Your advice to me about prepping for the DRO was outstanding. After a one hour tape recorded meeting we were told we "did a good job" at the hearing. After reading the quack psychiatrist's report contradicting five other psych professionals, the DRO conceded my service related PTSD as a Paramedic and for my role in attending to burned, amputated, crushed, and otherwise mauled, mangled returning troops from SE Asia in 1972. She was good enough to leave the "door open" now to pursue the claim based on two new factors: I am now SERVICE CONNECTED for PTSD
  20. Thanks Jay, That was quick research! I will look it up in context. Is it listed in the VA mental disorder descriptions? Doc Johnny K.
  21. Dear Jay, Just where in the regulations can I find that kind of info. Right now I am baffled by the b.s. But, at least, the DRO told my wife and I we "did a good job" at end of the hearing. Thanks, Doc Johny K.
  22. Hey Berta, What can I do with the 0% rating I got for my PTSD from the DRO today (my American Legion rep gave me the latest verdict by phone today) I have a GAF of 55. Thanks!, Johnny K.
  23. Freddie, I just got my service connected PTSD rated at 0% by a Decision Review Officer and I have a GAF of 55. I am wondering where the rating percentage comes from. I read the hadit.com faq's but must have missed 0% somewhere. Thanks,I need an answer, too. Doc Johnny K.
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