This is my first post on this site, first of all I think it is wonderful that people take time out of their lives to put together a community where vets can help each other, not for profit, but just to help a brother vet. Good stuff. Now my question. I ETS Sept 1, 2007. I was always one of those guys to "tough" it out and not go to the doctor so I don't have that many visits. But a couple months ago I had alot of breathing problems while running, they did a Pulmonary Function Test on me and concluded it was Asthma and on the doctors notes, after reviewing test results and his impression on me he called it "Severe". I have been to the emergency room twice in the last couple of months gotten a steroid shot in my rump once and put on a nebulizer the other time, it's also noted in my medical files that I have to use my albuterol 3 times week due to asthmatic attacks. My question is, I have my appointment at the little VA center where I am at on May 22, for a BDD (Benefits Delivery at Discharge) meeting with a counselor. Does someone have some experience with doing claims for asthma? From what I read on the VA schedule rating website there is 10%, 30%, 60%, and 100% for just asthma. Recently it was also added I have Allergic Rhinitis. Just trying to have a compass to go by so if I get rated too low I know what I need to do. Other things that aren't associated with asthma but I will be claiming is a Radioactive accident in which I was exposed to include a full report, but not a high enough exposure dose, Dermatitis in my feet, and as noted by the Doctor "Chronic Mid-Back Pain" which I had an X-Ray that showed abnormalities and an MRI that really didn't show anything and nothing else was done. If someone could give me some ratings information, it would definintely be appreciated.
I know that all figures are ball park but just wondering what I was looking at as I have no idea what I am doing with this.
***I sincerely apologize for the multiple post, I hit the enter button to move down a paragraph and it said something about flooding, my apologies***