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Michigander

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Michigander last won the day on November 17 2017

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About Michigander

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  1. Hi Michigander, Thank you for your donation! We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Your donation includes 1 month of ad free viewing. If you prefer the ad free view, you can subscribe for a monthly or yearly subscription. Thanks Tbird/VA Disability Compensation Benefits Forums - HadIt.com Veterans
  2. For me my PTST was due to MST and part of my claim paperwork did include a letter from my adult daughter who wrote her experience over the years watching how I suffered with irrational fears, extreme startle response, history of nightmares, panic attacks and other odd behaviors I tried to hide but still affected my life and my children in a life altering way. I agree that ptsd never goes away And even though I have participated in much therapy and I have learned to manage my behaviors a little better it’s something I live with every day.
  3. @Buck52 hi Buck, i did at least 12-14 weeks. For me they did not help I’m sorry to say. I get the theory of telling your conscious mind statistically the “stressor” won’t happen to you again or that you can see on paper that your thoughts and fears are not rational but 14 weeks can not change 30 years of reflex reactions or behaviors that have been your daily way of surviving and coping. For me I would be lying to my therapist... and on the worksheet if I started changing the percentages in the direction they would like and I was more frustrated that I wasn’t going in the direction th
  4. @AFVet04 I used to sell sleep monitoring equipment to doctors and hospitals...not the cpaps but the actual sleep study equipment. Naturally I know a lot about cpaps and sleep apnea. It is good protocol to check the data after one week so the doc can decide if you need adjustment on the pap pressures especially because you are on a bipap because it’s a more severe type of apnea and a bipap is basically a mini ventilator ...it’s helping you stay alive! Not to alarm you but people die from some types of sleep apnea which the obstructed airway can cause severe lack of oxygen to the brain, heart
  5. @vetquest I don’t do well at all with with leaving my home or changing my surroundings and this weekend I tried to stay overnight in a new place ...dummy me! I had an anxiety episode so bad I though I could do it but I thought I was going to die.. it was like a panic attack that lasted For hours !! I think they say panic Attacks last for minutes or several minutes but I swear it was so intense the anxiety I thought I was having a heart attack there was so much pressure in my chest and I couldn’t even think straight..almost in a state of confusion pacing around in circles ... my blood pres
  6. Hi @63SIERRA I filled a fully developed claim for PSTD secondary to MST and granted my SC claim without a DBQ. My VSO insisted I needed the DBQ and gave me a name of a civilian psyc doc that I could pay $400 as the office visit fee to write one based on the medical records they would review and give their opinion. That whole thing didn’t sit write with me so I told my VSO I will stand on what is in my records at the VA and to file my claim without it. In my case I had a PTSD dx from the VA that includes my mental health couseling notes at the VA, a police report and a letter from my adult d
  7. Hey there ...well my daughter bounced right back, but I have been in Physycsk therapy for almost 6 mo now after accident. My neck was pretty screwed up from whiplash and the concussion has caused complications and worsening of existing balance , tinnitus, memory and mood issues. Dark days to the point of just not wanting to go on, but once again God and God alone pulled me out of it at least to not wanting to end it and I’m back fighting everyday trying to deal with multiple physical and emotional issues. I’m trying my best to keep looking forward and not backward. How are things in
  8. @Buck52 hi Buck, i did this therapy for 8-10 weeks and then quit all together. It must help some, but for me it only frustrates me and caused me more anxiey. So many questions didn’t apply to my situation or I just could never get how to answer them questioning my therapist over and again if I was doing it correctly. I would talk out he worksheets with my therapist and at the end when you are suppose to re-rate your feelings my feelings..fears etc didn’t really change and she kept saying back “well remember feelings arnt facts!” This was her end all answer to everything and I’m sorry
  9. Hello there from Shelby Township Mi. I go to the VA Ann Arbor for 99% of my care. The VA there has been very good for the most part (exception of wait times) with mostly university of Michigan doctors doing rounds. I was in-patient there for 60 days after getting shingles that followed the nerve root into my brain and I was very ill and have multiple permanent deficits as a result . Many times in the ER there and again great care. The VA hosp stuck with me all the way after my hospital stay allowing me to rehab inpatient for many weeks post neurologic shingles (Ramsey Hunt Syndrome) . I
  10. Try not to worry too much about the hygiene part. For my C&p for MST/PTSD I was dressed comfortably in somewhat plain attire with tennis shoes, jogging pants, jacket, hair pulled back, no make up and good hygiene. I was rated 70% for MST/PTSD. Yes, I do go most of my day to day without taking care of my appearance or hygiene at times due to my mental state but the examiner would not have known that just by looking at me nor am I aware it’s anything that would stand out in my mental health records (although I’m not sure). I don’t think you have to hit every single point on the rating s
  11. @Grumpbox I am 70% SC for MH but prior to filing for my SC I applied for SSD (I’m 52) for medical unrelated to my service. I was denied first round then after obtaining a SSD attorney I was approved it took about 1 1/2 years start to finish to get my SSD and I call that a God intervention. After receiving SSD for just over two years I was notified my status was being reviewed by SSD. I had to submit all relevant medical to SSD office and they reviewed it and then I was notified my SSD would continue but they never put me into a permanent status so I will be getting reviewed again. Since my
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