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  1. Did you see my response on this thread?


    any other advice?

  2. Gastone, did you see the attachments I last posted?
  3. Stick Slinger

    Successful Sleep Apnea Secondary to PTSD

    Was anyone able to get any more info from the original guy that started this thread? I was denied as well for OSA 2nd to PTSD and I thought I had it all wrapped up tight.. not so as I found out. any more info here??
  4. Attached is the letter I got today from Veterans services. I didn't have this so she printed it for me. She also told me that she has had no success to this point getting OSA 2nd to PTSD. She said maybe 10% will go through but her office has yet to have one approved. Doesn't sound too good.. My award date where my PTSD went from 30% to 70% is 08-07-17 My sleep study diagnosis was 02-08-17 and I have no Sleep Specialist treatment notes. Only my Dr prescribing me a CPAP machine. Here also attached is the letter from my Doctor who is a PA but had the Dr he works with also sign the letter and the DBQ. and again.. thanks for all the help! denial.pdf denial1.pdf
  5. I apologize if I am confusing you (may be confusing myself) The sleep study was done, they prescribed me a CPAP machine so the sleep study is complete. I have been using the machine now for @ 1 year.OSA.docx I did attach the denial above. I will attach it again now. Can you open the document attached? thanks!
  6. Failed the sleep study meaning they did diagnose OSA and prescribed me a CPAP machine. I guess in my mind if I passed the sleep study, I would not have OSA. Also, I was never scheduled for an appointment for a C&P or sent to see anyone after I sent this in to them. They never saw me or examined me. just made the decision. I have attached the decision. OSA.docx
  7. I was never diagnosed in service with OSA. I weigh 220 and I am 6' tall. I am rated at 70% for PTSD and the meds I take add to the OSA. I had my personal Dr. and the Psychiatrist I see both write letters to support that the meds I take add to and cause the OSA. My Dr filled out the DBQ and sent it in as well. I had a failed sleep study results sent in with my claim. I also have documentation I sent it that back up the fact that OSA is tied to PTSD and is aggravated by PTSD. Then sleeping with the prescribed CPAP machine adds to the PTSD. Just curious if anyone has ever won this claim? I am going to appeal but wanted to get any advise here first if someone has any to share.. not sure if there is anyone who has gone this route before and won? thanks!
  8. Stick Slinger

    Bruxism secondary to PTSD

    I still have not received anything from the VA except a denial of OSA secondary to OTSD. They have approved several of my claims without even going to a C&P exam. My PTSD was raised from 30% to 70%, I got 10% for the Bruxism, 30% for migraines for a total of 80%. I had a letter from my dentist saying how bad my Bruxism is and it is causing my TMJ. My private Doctor filled out a DBQ for me stating that it was 50% greater than not, caused by my service connected PTSD. They then sent me to a VA dentist who agreed and it was done. I can see the award E Benefits but still have not received anything from the VA through the mail.
  9. Stick Slinger

    Bruxism secondary to PTSD

    So I have not received any paperwork from the VA yet, but I was granted 10% for Bruxism secondary to PTSD. They did not rate the TMJ at all but it looks on E benefits that the looped it n or joined it with the Bruxism.. I will know more when I get my PW back from them,,
  10. I never went for a C&P exam.. they sent the info I had submitted out for review and it was denied. I don't have the letter from the VA yet.. waiting to get it and look it over.
  11. Thanks for the info.. it was denied so I will do more research. Thanks for the advice..
  12. Stick Slinger

    Bruxism secondary to PTSD

    So I looked on Ebenefits last night and see I have been rated 10% for the Bruxism but nothing for the TMJ??
  13. I am rated at 30% for PTSD now and trying to tie the sleep apnea to the PTSD. My question was if they are sending it out for a medical opinion, will I still need a C&P exam? just trying to understand what is going on?
  14. Yea, I figure it could get denied. My psychiatrist used to work for the VA and he wrote the letter tying them together. IF it works out I will post the letter. I think this is a great site to share info so I am just trying to share what I am doing to hope it may help someone else down the road. But getting to the original question, What does this mean? Are they sending it out and there will be a C&P later or is this in place of the C&P.. if anyone would know, or care to guess?
  15. After failing a sleep private study and required to sleep with a CPAP machine and meds, my private psychiatrist wrote me a NEXUS letter linking the sleep apnea as secondary to the PTSD. Also I had my Dr fill out a DBQ also linking them together. I have been waiting on them to send me info on when to go to a C&P exam but nothing yet. So I called my Veterans Services Rep and they looked it up and said they see where the information has been sent out for a medical opinion. any idea if this means NO C&P or if they are looking info to see if they will even schedule one? thanks!

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