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EODCMC last won the day on September 6 2016

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  1. Skin Cancers Service Connection

    If you are service connected, meaning you were treated for actinic keratosis, cancers and/or precancers while on active duty or within a year of eaos or retirement, you may get compensation. The rating is based on the area of damage, much the same as dermatitis is computed. If you have cancers like Squamous or Basil Cell, you get an additional rating for the scars. If you have melanoma, you can get 100% only while you are being treated (chemo and/or radiation). After which it is rated by the scars left. The important thing for me is...if this ultimately ends my life, I want it documented so my wife will be taken care of. This is how it was explained to me. I developed severe actinic keratosis and dermatitis while on active duty and it is well documented. I get 10% for the dermatitis and I am waiting for a C&P for the AKs. They didn't do due diligence and fill out a DBQ for the AKs when they did the dermatitis...go figure. I didn't specifically ask for it...even though it was painfully obvious. I hope this helps and I will post the future results.
  2. Skin Cancers Service Connection

    I had some removed while on active duty, as well as UVA and skin peels for severe actinic keratosis.
  3. I'm not a DR. but I would think not because migraines can be diagnosed. I have tension headaches and chronic sinusitis. The C&P examiner opined that my tension headaches were sinusitis related because they often were documented relatively close together.
  4. They may have attributed your tension headaches to sinus headaches. If they did, then they wouldn't rate you for both because of pyramiding.
  5. Skin Cancers Service Connection

    I had a number of them removed, including 2 MOH's surgeries. They measured them and I received 10%. It was 0% until the MOH's, which were on my neck with one causing painful itch. I hope this helps.
  6. Actinic Keratosis

    Berta, when I try to open your link : http://www.va.gov/vetapp/wraper_bva.asp?file=/vetapp10/files3/1027560.tx I get: VIEWERROR IDOLPROXYVIEW-2147483134 0x80000202 Connection was closed before the whole entity has been read/written ERROR 02 Nov 17 20:06:31 Is this link still relevant?
  7. Berta, what is a death file and how do I start one for my wife?
  8. The VA can check on a veteran just as easy as insurance companies check on claimants nowadays. Drones can observe you in your yard or most places you go outside your home with little effort and cost. Or, am I looking under the bed for boogie men?
  9. Yes, ROM was the term the Dr. used.
  10. Yea, we shouldn't discount the recent changes in the VA, however. I've seen many comments about this and I can only speak to my experience in the San Diego region: I submitted 4 FDCs in the last 18 months. The first one took the longest (6 months) to decision....presumably because they had to gather all my records. The next 3 turned to tradition for one reason or another. Those only took weeks to decision. The last one I asked for a reconsideration and I think this will be decided within days.
  11. My experience...no, never too late. The risk is moving a Fully Developed Claim (FDC) to a traditional claim, by adding new evidence. Things are moving quite briskly of late and I think it will have little, if any, affect on the timeline. In fact, if information arrives after a decision is made you can request a reconsideration. I would add it immediately. Good luck!
  12. I received my C-file a couple of months ago. It took 13 months.
  13. I had my C&P exam yesterday for Musculoskeletal - Neck/Upper Back (Cervical Spine) and Cervical Radiculopathy (Both Sides). I will post the results when I find them. He did both tests as Mikey explained...passive and slide rule. Like you, I have constant pain and I explained that to the doctor. During a normal day, when someone speaks to me from the side, I will turn my head some and use my body for the rest of the motion. That is the stopping point that I used for the test. My integrity is intact. BTW, do not take medication that day, if you can function without it.