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  1. I recently got word from a VSO stating that the VA is no longer sending out the forms requesting employment from the Vet. They are reaching out to Social Security Administration for proof of employment. What SSA provides VA will determine whether you will be granted IU or if you are already collecting IU that benefit may come to an end depending on SSA employment verification report to VA.
  2. Hello creek chub I didn't request a second C&P. The VA did that based on the 1st C&P Exam. I guess that doctor didn't fill in all the necessary boxes to make a determination that they felt that they needed another doctor to fill in the blank. This is where all the VA funding is going to pay out doctors that didn't do the job right and getting another doctor to finish up the first doctors job. This is crazy and considered misuse of VA funding.
  3. Has anyone ever filed for Social Security benefits and was awarded benefits based on all the medical documentation that the VA provided. So why is the VA claims representative requesting medical documentation from Social Security administration when they were the ones that provided that information? Things like this bothers me because its like stalling the claim movement and delaying the decision process. If this individual can't make a determination pass the work load to someone else that has more experience or familiarity with these types of cases. SMH......
  4. Hello Everyone I recently had a 2nd C&P Exam for the same SC injury due to the 1st doctor didn't fill out all the boxes of the DBQ on that exam. So VA scheduled a 2nd C&P exam with a different doctor due to the first doctor didn't completely fill out the DBQ to completion. So weeks went by and so I decided to go on ebenefits to view my C&P Exam however there was a note on file stating You may not view this completed C&P administrative note. C&P note has addendum???? I thought every vet is entitled to notes concerning there health? Should I be concerned? My completion date is next week and the status has not changed?? Any suggestions anyone???
  5. Has Anyone ever had this experience? You go to your C & P Exam through Veterans Evaluation Services in May then you get another notification for a 2nd opinion for the same C & P Exam? I understand that this is a contract that VA has with this company but if we keep going to 2nd 3rd and 4th exams for 2nd opinion isn't that like a confirmation that they are trying to see that you don't get an increase for a SC injury? Lost for words right about now and I don't want to higher an attorney because of there outrageous fees. Any suggestions anyone?
  6. Hello Everyone, Has anyone ever gone to there Primary Care Dr and request to be seen by a VAMC Specialist? So from my experience I have a claim pending and I had asked my Primary Care doctor for a couple of referrals to certain Speciality Clinics. So what these clinics are doing is calling you and not leaving any messages. Then when you return the call it's the hospital main number and so you have to do the leg work as to figure out who called you. So this is no joke. I happen to look through my VA medical notes through ebenefits and a Neurologist stated that he tried several attempts to contact me which isn't true. They didn't even send me a letter stating to call or they had made several attempts to contact me. So I was trying to get an updated EMG from the Neurologist to support my claim that there has been no change since the last 2 previous ones that came back abnormal but instead he gave his medical opinion based off of my recent MRI? So what I'm noticing that these clinics are doing is calling and not leaving any messages or not reaching out by letter that they have tried reaching out to the veteran. This is so unfair and uncalled for. I'm going to go back to my primary doctor to make not of this and that I was requesting an EMG and that the Neurologist decides to give his medical opinion based off of my Mri instead of giving me an updated EMG test. Smh... Any suggestions anyone????
  7. So the saga continues. So prior to this C&P I have tomorrow with the VES contractors I had a MRI appt. So I go and pickup my report from release of information at the clinic. I was so upset with the report. The report nearly stated that my back healed itself overnight. The report states no herniated disc or bulging disc. The opening statement of report states 5 lumbar type vertebral bodies. No vertebral body fracture, suspicious lesion or spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis. No foci of abnormal bone marrow signal intensity. So throughout the report they mention no disc herniation or bulge. Mild degenerative facet arthrosis. Mild disc space narrowing; no disc herniation/bulge. Degenerative facet arthrosis with ligamentum flavum thickening. Mild central canal stenosis. Mild right neural foraminal narrowing. Minimal posterior disc bulge with tiny posterior annular fissure. So this same clinic I was complaining about my left hip and so they did MRI and it came back normal??? What the f. I have 5 years of MRI and cat scan from other clinics that states other wise. So now I'm pist and confused. I'm taking 1800 mg of gabapentin for pain because my primary care doctor doesn't know what to give me for the pain she did prescribe me with methocarbamol and naproxen . I had an allergic reaction that I ended getting an epi pen. So my doctor checked my list of meds and put me back on gabapentin due to my allergic reaction to the previous meds she prescribed me. All the MRI from the other VA clinics and University of Pennsylvania Spine institute states herniated and bulging disc. These Mri that I have dates back to 2014-2018 stating all of the above then the 2019 MRI states normal finding with degenerative changes maybe spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis. Anyone ever experience this type of overnight miracle of the back? SMDH
  8. Has anyone had a C & P exam with a nurse practitioner that wasn't interested in your disability but was looking for ways to state that your condition has improved? I've always had chronic lower back pain and was recently awarded 40% in 2016. After receiving that rating I then pursued IU and of course they set me up for a C&P exam. So after spending the morning with the nurse practitioner the exam lasted less than 30 minutes. So she had asked me to do certain movements which I was unable to perform and she did not measure or use any device to conclude her decision. So after weeks of waiting for the results I receive a letter stating that I had a normal range of motion. I was highly upset and was furious with the outcome. I then submitted evidence that my condition has not improved. I am also collecting Social Security disability due to my lower back and I sent them proof that I am no longer employed since 11/2016 and they sent me a form to give to my employer?? Go figure.... So they proposed to reduce my lower back % from 40 to 0. It is now a year and they have not reduced my lower back rating. So just recently I receive a call from the C&P clinic to have another examination for my lower back. So I asked the receptionist the same question is it a doctor that will be performing the examination? She stated no it will be a nurse practitioner. I informed the receptionist that I do not wish to have a nurse practitioner give her medical opinion due to the previous np and her medical opinion. So she told me to contact the Regional office to schedule me another C&P exam with a non va medical facility for this lower back C&P exam. So I receive an email from VES Services stating that I have a c&p exam with one of their medical providers at this facility. So it happens to be my old VA primary care Doctor who is no longer practicing at the VA clinic but with this VES Services agency. My concern is if I know this Doctor isn't a specialist for my lower back why bother going through with this examination knowing that she was a primary care physician and not a back specialist ? I tried calling several chiropractors to see whether they can perform my C&P exam on my behave rather than the VES Services and they all seem to say that they don't do that examination. So now I'm concerned that they are really trying to reduce my 40% to 0. Does anyone have any suggestion or advice to this matter or have gone through with this process??? I have until next week to find a back specialist who is willing to perform the C&P exam before attending this VES Service examination. Anyone help.
  9. Hello everyone... I recently had a C&P exam for my lower back and was awarded 40%. I then filed for IU and they of course set me up for another C&P exam and had my previous employer send in forms needed for IU. I went to my C&P exam and it was a certified registered nurse practitioner who I saw. She started off interrogating me about who is controlling the pain is it pain management or primary care? Then she proceeded to ask me to show her how far I could bend. I should her how far I could bend and she wasn't even looking she was already asking me to twist my body and I was confused as to what she meant by that and so she proceeded to grab by arms and started to twist me. She asked if that hurt I told her no. Then she started typing away on her computer. So when I went to get a copy of my C&P exam she lied on they exam and checked the box that stated condition has improved and she also went as far as stating that after reviewing my xrays from 2003 it was normal and in 2005 it showed degenerative changes. First off they never sent me to do an Mri or ct scan. So when they finally decided to do an Mri and CT scan it was in 2016 it should herniated disk , etc. They also have me taking 1800 mg of gababetin for lower back pain. They did do steroid injections for my back and that didn't help. So I get a letter from Department of Veterans Affair stating that they plan to take my 40% away due to improved back condition. I was so upset seeing that this individual who isn't a doctor giving her medical opinion and they agreed. I went to my service rep and told him that how can my lower back improved after seeing all the medications that Ive been on and the MRI and CT Scan says something different. Can anyone please shed some light on this situation because my lower back is still killing me and I stopped working for a couple of years. My Social security disability was approved but my IU was denied due to my 40% being striped based on c&p exam. I am going from 80% down to 60%. Anyone please help.
  10. Well seminoles my back is killing me. I can't sit for a long period of time and I was rated 40% for my back. Due to the back injury It caused damage to my right leg where I have to wear a brace for footdrop which was I haven't file a claimed for among 3 other contentions. So I'm really thinking about quiting tomorrow when i go back to work. I was out all last week due to my back. Pain managment wants to start injections for my back and possibly physical therapy. They also stated that they may have to fuse my back and there is no guarantee that will work. I'm in constant pain with my back and the cold weather here on the east coast isn't helping my athritis.:( So if i cash on on my tsp is there a long wait to recieve my payment. I'm so looking forward to relocating to florida. They sent my forms to provide to my employers and the deadline is Dec 15th. So by quitting tomorrow and getting those employers to fill out application would help right?
  11. If I choose to go that route just to cash out on my tsp . I have up til December 17th to provide my previous employer information. The only thing that worries me is the amount I made during all these years. That may disqualify me even after I decide to quit. :( This cold weather isn't helping any and I plan on moving somewhere warm such as florida or arizone. Any other advice that you may have for me seminoles?
  12. I agree it is a messed up system. Everyday I wake up I don't want to go to work. All these medications they are giving me I just feel like I will be filing for a new contention of dialysis from all these meds they keep prescribing me for the pain. :( I'm still working and I'm at that point where I just want to walk in and tell them that I quit and walk out. The job isn't worth the heading and the stress and not knowing the outcome of my decision is frustrating and I know it is going to be an ongoing battle for them to award me unemployability. Everytime I go to the VAMC and they are so quick to prescribe a stronger medication. I've been working continously not able to quit for the fact that I can be homeless and bottom line i have bills to pay.
  13. so broncovet after hearing what you had to go through did you ever think about filing for social security disability?
  14. MPsgt no I haven't utilized my TSP. Right now they are working on the FMLA plan asking me who much time do i need? How the heck am I suppose to know how much time. The frustating part is when I'm considering going part time to cut back on my hours and was advised that I may lose my job because they hired me full time. So the FMLA came into play to save my job. All these years of working and I've always been in the negative for leave both sick and annual due to sc disabilities. My supervisors stated that they would write up a statement on my behalf. When I recieved the VA form 21-4192 the form is so misleading. Why are they asking for my wages? What does that have to do with anything? Do they want a breakdown of what I made through the years? I so want to quit my job but am afraid of being homeless and counting on this income coming through my job as my main support. So If I get my doctor to write a statement that I can no longer work due to my sc disabilities there is no way of knowing when social security would kick in and the reality sets in as to when my next income will be coming. :(
  15. Need some suggestions or guidance. If I'm rated at 80% however still working but I can't afford to quit my job due to financial circumstances. I was rated 40% for my back and the other contentions make up the other 40%. My back is constantly bothering me leaving me with a footdrop and I've exhausted all of my leave and I'm a federal employee. I've had a steady work history but my leave is always on 0 due to my sc disability. I would like some guidance as to how should I go about filing for unemployability even though I have not had a break in my work history and I can't afford to have no income coming in while waiting to see if I am approved. I've had supervisors write up the employment questionnaire stating that due to my sc disability I'm always on a negative balance. Could some one please shed some light of the situation. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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