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vetquest last won the day on March 19

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About vetquest

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    E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer
  • Birthday 02/24/1961

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  1. This cannot hurt you to do this. I kept a pain log for six months and turned it over to the VA.
  2. You say you have recently filed for IU. Where is that case at this point? I will also echo broncovet's recommendation to get your cfile. It contains all of the information on your case and all examinations for your case.
  3. If you look up veterans benefits attorneys you can find them by state or locality. I worked with a law firm out of Virginia that had several attorneys and many paralegals working for them. I was not able to meet with the attorney but I was given a phone consultation and told that they would accept my case. Find one willing to work with you, not someone who wants you to look pretty and be quiet. My attorney did not want to handle my appeal for neuropathy but relented after I did a write up on it. I won SMC out of that.
  4. I find it interesting that you requested disability for headaches in 1980 but I see no C&P referencing this. I would pursue this, while it is only a 50% disability at the max. As for the other conditions, dementia and PTSD I believe they are combining the two as psychological disorders, which they can do. While there is complaint of issues with the nerves in the arms I see that the VA has performed negative tests. I would see if you could get these tests redone at this later date as sensory neuropathy can not be determined by NVCS until it has progressed. I had this same problem. I knew something was wrong but no test would prove it until I have become much worse. Therefore ask for new nerve conduction studies. I wish you the best of luck with this.
  5. I know it is tough but wait for the BBE. If you get really desperate you can check under Vets.gov and check to see if the claim is closed. It will usually tell if the decision is granted or denied.
  6. Gotta love the VA. My exam for new medication was completed and two weeks later the VA called to reschedule me because they said I did not show up for the examination.
  7. Look up doctors in your area that perform IMO's. The first place to start is: https://www.imenet.com/search?utf8=✓&search[query]=&search[specialty]=&search[location]=34&commit=Search&search[kind]=normal http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/search.asp?appSession=87WLB7S0VHBSF0EGR4W41C67H0ON202UC9U739X3N84SL419MV5Q4R2SGSF310O9IR1F2150406NDFQKM423L9PFZR06902LXIAND84T6E8V2VQY1L4E0708579ZD13H https://www.jurispro.com/search?search=north+carolina&_token=jAIGSWyFE6RtztOT1GbrqkNJWoIZOun46fnlrn7g
  8. I have an abnormal gait due to neuropathy and a broken ankle. That does not figure in because I receive disability for the neuropathy and my broken ankle is not service connected. If you are receiving disability for the condition causing the abnormal gait it is considered covered. That is until the abnormal gait causes something like knee problems or the like.
  9. @firedog974, what company are you using? It sounds like something to tell other veterans to watch out for.
  10. An EED (earlier effective date) appeal will usually go before the BVA. You need to provide evidence to show that the EED is valid. Usually the BVA provides much more weight to your case and evidence than the RO. My appeal took five years but that is quick now a days. A lot of veterans hire an attorney for their appeals, I did. They get twenty percent of your award but that is better than 100% of nothing.
  11. It sounds like you need a forensic IMO. They would need to review your service records and VA records and state that they did than and then provide a nexus between your service and current chronic condition. This is a high hurdle to make but it sounds like your only option. I looked for local doctors that did IMO's and found a neurologist that performed two IMO's for me. It is expensive unless @Buck52 or @broncovet can offer something else it looks like that is your only route.
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