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IMEF-Gunny

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About IMEF-Gunny

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    E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class

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    E-4
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    Hoosier State
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    Family, Firearms,Grilling & Wine!

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    60%
  • Branch of Service
    USMC / IANG
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    Firearms, Family, Grilling & of course Wine!

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  1. Rating came in, 70% anxiety. I do attend therapy and take medication for Depression and anxiety. I am diagnosed with PTSD, major depressive disorder and anxiety secondary to IBS. I am rated only on the anxiety. Total rating is IBS 30%, Fibromyalgia 40%, Hearing 0%, Tinnitus 10%, Anxiety 70% - Total 90%
  2. IMEF-Gunny

    Re-Opening a 2016 GWI claim - Fibromyalgia DBQ

    I was awarded 40% SC for Fibromyalgia.
  3. Here is my recent C&P results for anxiety secondary to SC IBS and Fibromyalgia. Thoughts or opinions on SC rating? LOCAL TITLE: PSYCH C&P EXAM MA STANDARD TITLE: C & P EXAMINATION NOTE Mental Disorders (other than PTSD and Eating Disorders) Disability Benefits Questionnaire Name of patient/Veteran: Is this DBQ being completed in conjunction with a VA 21-2507, C&P Examination Request? [X] Yes [ ] No SECTION I: ---------- 1. Diagnosis ------------ a. Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with a mental disorder(s)? [X] Yes [ ] No If the Veteran currently has one or more mental disorders that conform to DSM-5 criteria, provide all diagnoses: Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: Anxiety Disorder due to another medical condition (IBS, fibromyalgia) b. Medical diagnoses relevant to the understanding or management of the Mental Health Disorder (to include TBI): No response provided. 2. Differentiation of symptoms ------------------------------ a. Does the Veteran have more than one mental disorder diagnosed? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Does the Veteran have a diagnosed traumatic brain injury (TBI)? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] Not shown in records reviewed 3. Occupational and social impairment ------------------------------------- a. Which of the following best summarizes the Veteran's level of occupational and social impairment with regards to all mental diagnoses? (Check only one)[X] Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity b. For the indicated level of occupational and social impairment, is it possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social impairment indicated above is caused by each mental disorder? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] No other mental disorder has been diagnosed c. If a diagnosis of TBI exists, is it possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social impairment indicated above is caused by the TBI? No response provided. SECTION II: ----------- Clinical Findings: ------------------ 1. Evidence Review ------------------ Evidence reviewed (check all that apply): [X] VA e-folder (VBMS or Virtual VA) [X] CPRS 2. History ---------- a. Relevant Social/Marital/Family history (pre-military, military, and post-military): PRE-MILITARY SOCIAL/MARITAL/FAMILY HISTORY: Please see previous C&P exams POST - MILITARY SOCIAL/MARITAL/FAMILY HISTORY: E. Social Functioning: The veteran is currently married to second wife since 1999 Current relationship description: "my wife is a great support. We get along okay, I pretend to give a shit about a lot of things. I don't have emotional connections with others. My wife can leave tomorrow and take the kids and I won't give a shit. I mean I love them but I don't I don't have the emotional connection. We have not slept in same bed in 7/8 years because she says I shake so my in bed. I sweat a lot in bed." Children: 7 children (23 through 1.5). 5 still live in the home. Oldest daughter thinks her father is distant from her. He Believes relationship with others children is good. He is supportive of them. Older son is autistic and lives in a home. He has one grandson (1 year old) Friends and Hobbies: no friends. talks to two military Buddies occasionally. Structure of day: work structures his day. When he is not working "I tries to stay busy but winter time is boring and gives me more time to think" b. Relevant Occupational and Educational history (pre-military, military, and post-military): PRE-MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL and EDUCATIONAL HISTORY: See previous C&P POST-MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL and EDUCATIONAL HISTORY: Education: none Occupation: refinery- maintenance coordinator; 11 years Has the veteran lost time from work due to mental health issues? He missed about 5 or 6 days a year due to anxiety. However, when at work he is missing time from work because of anxiety- for the days he must put on SCBA (similar to the MACH 4) this is highly anxiety provoking. He noted about 20 hours a week he is anxious, about 10 of those hours he is not as efficient, reliability due to the anxiety. Difficulties at work? Anxiety. Dangerous work, needing to don SCBA (similar to MACH 4) Causes difficulties? See above Are these difficulties mild/moderate/severe: ranges mild to Severe Efficiency/reliability/productivity at work: usually good except for those 10 hours a week Quality of interactions with supervisor/coworkers: poorly. 2016 almost lost job because a woman at work stated she was So intimidated by him she could not bring herself to come to work. "I have to be very careful the way I act, what I say. I walk on eggshells. I am very blunt, very honest and other people don't like it. I don't relate to them. I think differently than them" Does your problems only occur during times of significant stress? usually c. Relevant Mental Health history, to include prescribed medications and family mental health (pre-military, military, and post- PRE-MILITARY MENTAL HEALTH HISTORY: See prior C&P General Health: Active Outpatient Medications (including Supplies): Active Outpatient Medications Status =========================================================== ============= = 1) ARIPIPRAZOLE 20MG TAB TAKE ONE-HALF TABLET BY MOUTH ACTIVE ONCE A DAY 2) HCTZ 12.5/LISINOPRIL 20MG TAB TAKE 1 TABLET BY MOUTH ACTIVE EVERY MORNING FOR HEART OR BLOOD PRESSURE 3) PRAVASTATIN NA 20MG TAB TAKE ONE-HALF TABLET BY MOUTH ACTIVE EVERY EVENING TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL (REPORT ANY MUSCLE PAIN OR WEAKNESS) 4) SERTRALINE HCL 100MG TAB TAKE ONE AND ONE-HALF ACTIVE TABLETS BY MOUTH EVERY MORNING FOR MOOD 1) Essential hypertension 2) Hyperlipidemia 3) Testicular hypofunction 4) Smoker 5) Bloating 6) Sleep disorder 7) Smoker 8) History of noncompliance with medication regimen 9) Posttraumatic stress disorder 10) Erectile dysfunction 11) Irritable bowel syndrome POST-MILITARY MENTAL HEALTH HISTORY: History of Psychiatric care: His history of psychiatric care has included: PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS: sertraline a. Side effects of medication: none noted PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENT TREATMENTS: none PSYCHIATRIC OUTPATIENT CARE: symptoms and medication monitoring: Ronda Bray, nurse practitioner since 1.6.2017 Suicidal Thoughts, intentions, plans or intent Presence of SI: rarely (once every three or four months) SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT COMPLETED Veteran aware of 1-800 number yes Card handed to veteran no Homicidal thoughts, intentions, plans, intent Presence of HI: No Subjective Complaints: Describe fully. How do you see your symptoms affecting your daily living? "I can't go anywhere, I can't relax, I am always worried about the bathroom, if I am going to have an accident. I stay away from everyone. I am embarrassed" Any remission from symptoms? Veteran says no Stressors: Health, Family, Significant other, MH problems causing more MH problems Impairment in thought: none Spontaneous Reporting of Symptoms: "I never know when I have to go to the bathroom. I must carry close with me. You can't go anywhere or do anything. I have had incidents in public, work, home. I never have a good time. I don't like to go out. Its horrifying. It effects intimacy with my wife." End of Spontaneous Report: Anxiety: jittery, worry, jumpy, mind races, unable to shut Down thoughts. Inter turmoil. He paces and fidgets. Used to drink but no longer. Does not like crowds, noise, being out, being around people. Sometimes heart races, hands sweat other times it is feeling of uneasy. He noted when he is home he "gets a break" from the anxiety. He likes to grill and that helps him relax. He noted the IBS accidents : "its anywhere, anytime, there is no method, it can be morning, noon or night. I can go (to the bathroom) several times a day, I can go once a day" He noted incontinence of bowel at least once every two weeks. He noted IBS can "go away" for a week and he then obtains a false sense of security that he is better. Unfortunately then IBS returns. Mild anxiety: fidgety, overly watchful Moderate anxiety; somewhere in the middle of the two Severe anxiety: pacing "like crazy" he cannot sit still. Hands sweating, increased heart rate. His body aches. More anxiety he has the more he is eating, more sleep Problems He feels on most days he is moderately anxious. He notes he spends equal amount of time in mild and severe anxiety He does not endorse symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Consequence of anxiety: he cannot relax, he cannot enjoy being around family, Big public stuff is worse. Fibromyalgia: body aches all the time, interrupts sleep. "I don't think it increases my anxiety but fibro effects everything. You know every day is going to be a shitty day" He has 7 children. 2 from his first marriage (wife adopted his oldest two children). Poor impulse control when feels disrespected, unsafe. Last Physical altercation 3 months ago. Beat the heck out of a man who was threatening him and was trying to get violent with the veteran. He has been in very violent altercations (stabbed three times). Medications help to mellow him out. Themes that will incite violence is when he is threatened, disrespected (but this will incite angry but not necessarily physical violence). He carries a firearm when not working. He noted he has bene carrying a firearm since age 18. Anxiety makes it difficult for him to recall information. d. Relevant Legal and Behavioral history (pre-military, military, and post-military): POST MILITARY LEGAL HISTORY: Veteran denied any legal entanglements since discharge/last exam. e. Relevant Substance abuse history (pre-military, military, and post-military): PRE-MILITARY SUBSTANCE USAGE HISTORY: See past C&P exam POST MILITARY SUBSTANCE USAGE HISTORY: Substance abuse problems/treatment: denied "I might have one glass of wine a week. I just don't drink" Use or abusing illicit drugs: denied Use and abuse of prescription drugs: Denied f. Other, if any: No response provided. 3. Symptoms ----------- For VA rating purposes, check all symptoms that actively apply to the Veteran's diagnoses: [X] Anxiety [X] Chronic sleep impairment [X] Mild memory loss, such as forgetting names, directions or recent events [X] Impaired judgment [X] Disturbances of motivation and mood [X] Difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships [X] Difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances, including work or a worklike setting [X] Suicidal ideation 4. Behavioral observations -------------------------- Confidentiality and lack of discussed and veteran voiced understanding. Veteran's response to interview: "I wish you were my therapist: Cognition- Attention & Concentration: Sufficient Memory- (ST & LT) average for recent events of last few hours or days; average for remote events of past year. Abstraction- able to think abstractly Insight into illness- both intellectual and emotional awareness. Orientation: Time, place and person Judgement: poor when feeling threatened Thought Patterns- Clarity: Coherent Relevance/logic: Logical Flow: slow Content: wnl Is the thought content consistent with reality? yes General Appearance Accessibility- co-operative Clothing Appropriate to age, season, setting and occasion? yes Clean, neat, tidy,? yes Hygiene and grooming: clean Hair: neat Odor: NOne Eye Contact: WNL Psychomotor Behavior Gait: Brisk Handshake: Firm Abnormal movements: none noted Mood and affect Appropriateness of affect: Appropriate to situation. Congruous Range of affect: flat Stability of affect: Stable. Attitude toward examiner during encounter: Frank. Specific mood or feelings observed or reported: anxious Speech Rate of speech: WNL Flow of speech: wnl Intensity of volume: soft. Clarity: Clear. Quantity: offers information Other disorders or symptoms and the extent they interfere with activities particularly: substance abuse disorders: none current somatoform disorders: no personality disorders: no 5. Other symptoms ----------------- Does the Veteran have any other symptoms attributable to mental disorders that are not listed above? [ ] Yes [X] No 6. Competency ------------- Is the Veteran capable of managing his or her financial affairs? [X] Yes [ ] No 7. Remarks (including any testing results), if any: --------------------------------------------------- Explained to veteran: examiner has no decision making capacity regarding the veteran's rating; the examiner will be asking numerous questions, some of which will provoke emotional response; the veteran was asked to please understand the examiner is not make any personaljudgments regarding the veteran but due to the vast amount of questions some might feel they are being judged and the veteran is encouraged to understand this is not the case it is simply a matter of gathering information for the examination the veteran requested; the veteran was informed the examiner is not native of this geographical area thus mannerisms are different and no offense is meant if the examiner appears to be abrupt or blunt; Veteran was informed of these things at the onset of the interview; the veteran voiced understanding of the above statements: yes Did veteran bring documents to interview: no Interview started: early on time Testing deemed necessary: no OPINION: Anxiety Disorder due to another medical condition (IBS, fibromyalgia) is at least as likely as not due to or caused by IBS and fibromyalgia.
  4. My HL test average was 64/65 and word recognition was 84 both ears and that's 0% anyway you cut it......and if you were addressing me Gastone , I know the HL exam, especially the WR cannot be beat.....that's a given, and I have no feelings to speak of.
  5. My hearing is pretty darn bad, my tinnitus is horrible, and I still only met the criteria for 0% HL
  6. The IME report is in.......Thoughts? I warn you, it is lengthy......oddly, as much social issues, no friends, agression,etc as I have....he gave me a GAF score of 65. DrCoyleIMERedacted.docx
  7. Figured out the problem......I used an older version.....new updated Hutsky calculator says 0% for HL. So 0% HL & 10% Tinnitus.
  8. Oddly, if I plug the numbers into the Hutsky calculator, comes up 40%.....If I look at the VA's confusing ass cross reference chart, comes up 0% or maybe 10%?
  9. The results are in......looks like, after running her numbers thru the calculator it would be 40% HL, 10% tinnitus....assuming they don't deny anyway, irregardless of their own audiologists opinion......stranger things have happened! RedactedHearingResults.pdf
  10. Oh, I will....it would be awesome to watch a movie or TV without having to read the words for once!
  11. So, I had my hearing C&P and it went as expected. I haven't seen the results yet, got to check myhealthevet Monday or Tuesday, but I do know that I showed the girl my work exams from the past 10 years, which are bad, and she said her results were about the same. When the testing was over, she was talking to me waaaaay louder and told me I didn't have to wait on the rating to get hearing aids if I am interested. She said as long as I make an appointment to get hearing aids within 6 months, i don't have to re-take the hearing exam. Thoughts?
  12. Ha.......My employer went to what they call "The whisper test" last year. The nurse stands 10-20 feet away, faces away from you and says a word, you have to repeat the word. I fail it misearbly.....mostly I think because my tinnitus rings constant and loud non-stop! I'll post my C&P results around the 20th
  13. Yeah, filed tinitus too....mines constant. I know civi hearing tests are irrelevant to SC ratings.....point being, they show what can be expected on an audiogram by VA.
  14. Well, I'm an 0311 combat veteran, have a MEPS hearing test showed good hearing, boot camp hearing test showed mild hearing loss and post service that shows severe hearing loss in 1000+ Hz ranges. My company does annual hearing tests and last year they started doing a "whisper" test in 2016 , which I also fail miserably. Hopefully I can get some hearing aids!
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