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  1. I was diagnosed with hypertension before I separated form the military and over the years I've developed chronic kidney disease (CKD) with eGFR of 54 sometimes int he 40's. And, I am wanting to get this CKD or renal insufficiency service-connected. I'm 10% on the hypertension already but don't know what the final outcome will be whether they'll combine the disabilities or rate each separate. So, I am wondering if I need a nexus letter from a physician or will the VA accept the doctor's notes from a nephrologist that says Diagnosis "Hypertensive chronic kidney disease with stage 2 through stage 4 chronic kidney disease, or unspecified chronic kidney disease. All the VA doctor's notes have the lab eGFR's at or near what the Nephrologist's office obtained. So do I need a Nexus letter? i guess it would help but sometimes doctors just don't want to prepare a letter.
  2. Folks, I'm 74 years old and not Housebound nor on A&A and I am 100& IU at 70%SC. Here is a listing of the SC disabilities: Bilat: Lt Shoulder 20%, Rt Shoulder 10%, Rt Knee 10%, Lt Knee 10%.. Other disabilities SC are: Impotence 20%, Hypertension 10%, Degen arthritis spine 10%, Tinnitus 10%. CAD 10% Rt Ankle 10% All of which I am awarded 70% SC items I can claim are Renal Insufficiency Secondary to hypertension 60%, Lt Ankle 10% (new) And even with the new ones I can claim it's 90%-maybe 92% unless the degenerative arthritis of the spine and the right ankle has worsened. I probably won't try to obtain "new" SC but have notified RO that I intend to file on the Secondary Renal Insufficiency. I hope this clears things up somewhat. Thanks.
  3. Thank you Buck! A former moderator I believe of this board led me to believe otherwise.
  4. i too am thinking about using the Ellis Clinic $500 for 4 claims and $100 for each claim thereafter. If he has to take an X-Ray is the cost of that in addition to the $100 per claim?
  5. I have received conflicting reports regarding 100% IU (70% SC) and then some years later a 60% SC is awarded. What does that make the person at 70% on IU? Is he awarded more money or reach a higher award of some kind? 70+60 doesn't equal 130% but is the IU considered 100% and then the 60% added to the 100% IU??? This is perplexing to me and probably a lot of other veterans.
  6. Broncovet, I'm going to ebenefits and file now. I have a;; the lab results and the VA has all the other data nad I'll use a VSO Representative on OKC. Thank you for listening and for the answers!
  7. I’m already 100% IU so the one month wait is negligible -right? I can’t receive anymore than 100%.
  8. Thanks Brocovet for being upfront! I do need to get Sc'd on the renal but I'm waiting for a repeat lab test in May and then I'll take the sC step along with about 6 other defects to be sc'd. Dunno why they want another repeat lab test because it's an ongoing problem over many years. I just wanted an idea on the percentages.
  9. I have a quick question, I've had hypertension for over 30 years and now my GFR is 46 which is Stage 3. I am not SC'd on the renal failure but am going to have to file in case something happens. The way I read the Stage 3 is as far as SC is concerned equals 60% unless Creatinine, BUN, Albumin or protein are spilling-if they are, it's 80%. Am I correct?
  10. Never mind the reply, I searched the internet and found that once a disability has been on the books for twenty years it is permanent even though it may have resolved as in my case the hypertension.
  11. I had no idea or knowledge of CRDP but I'll check it out and file if appropriate. I was in Vietnam and have tinnitus combat-related but all the other misc ailments that I'm SC'd on aren't related to Vietnam but according to what I've read that issue is moot. Thanks You so much for your insight and knowledge. I thought once a disability was sc’d for 20 years like hbp it couldn’t be taken away? It’s eliminated but can they still remove it from one’s disabilities? I still have the sc on the books.
  12. Buck, what did you mean by "If I have 20 years in?" I do have 20 years of the disability as well as 20 years AD in the military. Are you referring to having the disability for 20 years? I have that but I haven't had the IU for 20 years. Can you clear this up for me please?
  13. My IU is 100% and I am questioning whether the IU will be eliminated although the rating that awarded this says, "No further exams." I'm not A&A. My real problem is is if Congress addresses the veterans that are on IU and eliminates IU for everyone. I like most vets would not appreciate a compensation decrease.
  14. I am currently 70% 100% IU and have had renal failure for 4-5 years according to VA lab results but they've only told me recently that i had a problem. In reviewing myhealthvet I see that I am at stage 3 failure. I have had hypertension sc'd for over 30 years but with CPAP usage the high bp was eliminated. If I claim sc for renal failure, will that jeprodize my IU or reopen my entire file for reexam? All of my sc are well over 20 years old. I did have toxic hepatitis in '87 due to the VA medicating me without proper followup and was within a few days of liver failure but after ceasation of the offending medication the liver returned to normal. I did file to be sc on the liver but was denied. Im wondering if that episode of liver failure coupled with hypertension caused renal failure? If I file as secondary on the renal would that be the best way to go?
  15. I am not a doctor but after researching my own claims, I find that I mentioned what my problem was specifically. Even though I had other problems associated with my "specific" they didn't address the related problems, only what I noted. There is deformity of the ankle as well as instability and loss of ROM. And recently I have found that my Stage of Renal Insufficiency is Stage 3 up from 2 which if it continues will be a 60% on kidneys due to hypertension for over30 years-high BP resolved with CPAP. I'm sorry I wasn't more prompt in my reply.

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