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  1. Yay! I'm another statistic. Lol. Well my reopen claim likely got denied. I'm not giving up on it though. I'll wait for the BBE to see what happened.
  2. Check your disabilities list and see if your claimed condition was SERVICE-CONNECTED. If it says not service-connected and your disability rating did not increase then it's likely a denied claim. But, you'll have to wait to get the actual letter. Ebenefits isn't always reliable.
  3. yea, I got a hold of skip back in october and I re-sent my records to his colorado residence. I kept copies of everything and overnighted those copies.
  4. ED is rated 0%, but you'll be eligible for Special Monthly Compensation due to loss of use of a creative organ. It's an extra $100.You'll need to be diagnosed with ED before claiming it. Hopefully, you receive an increase for MDD. As far as, seizures go. You'll have to weigh the benefits and risks of the medication you're on. That'll have to be discussed and determined with your mental health dr. I doubt the seizures are a benefit to you your current medication.
  5. Looks like a 10% rating based on the occupational and social impairment the examiner marked, but there's good news; you have two options. #1. Appeal, obviously. Your other criteria and symptoms lean more towards a 30% rating. #2. Continue going to therapy through the VA or a private psychologist/counselor and build up evidence at least a year; for any worsening symptoms. What you have to consider is that going from active duty to the civilian world is a difficult transition after leaving service. Even if you were in the civilian world prior to entering the military. There will be challenges. I received a 10% rating for PTSD after I left service. I thought that was all I was going to get. I was never told my symptoms could worsen.It wasn't until 8 yrs later that another veteran told me about requesting an increase. I was like,"No way they'll give me an increase." I submitted a request for an increase and I was awarded 70%. Fortunately, I already had two years of regularly attending therapy and on medications to substantiate the increase. Before you get out, see if you can get set up for a sleep study, ASAP. The examiner did mark CHRONIC SLEEP IMPAIRMENT. It wouldn't hurt to try to get a sleep study done. If you are diagnosed with Sleep Apnea in-service and require a "medically necessary/required" CPAP machine that's rated 50%. Even if you are not diagnosed with Sleep Apnea in-service, you can still Secondary Service-Connect Sleep Apnea to PTSD; if you get diagnosed with Sleep Apnea after-service. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Keep in mind that most, not all service-connected disabilities can cause a secondary disability that will be considered service-connected.
  6. Weight gain is a misconception by most doctors, unless it's a sleep specialist. It's only one factor. There's plenty of veterans that are not overweight and still have Sleep Apnea. Why is that?? So you're right in not buying what they're selling.
  7. What was the date you received your denial letter? If it's been over a year...you'll need to re-open it with new and RELEVANT evidence as a supplemental claim for DRO review. https://www.va.gov/decision-reviews/supplemental-claim/ "New and Relevant Evidence" such as, new treatment notes for your mental health issues due to hearing loss and vestibular disorder; possibly a filled out mental health DBQ other than PTSD; and a nexus letter from a mental health doctor stating the minimum threshold of "at least as likely as not" the veteran's claimed condition is due to or the result of the veteran's hearing loss and vestibular disorder, plus a rationale linking your stress and anxiety to your SC conditions. Below I provided the proper DBQ that a mental health doctor can fill out. You can't fill out the medical part, only your personal information. MH disorders DBQ.pdf
  8. I didn't have Sleep Apnea diagnosed in-service, but I did get SC for PTSD with Depression. I claimed SA as secondary to PTSD medications. I was denied twice, I appealed each time, and the third time was the charm. You can secondary connect OSA to your Mental health conditions, if you're taking meds. Since you also have insomnia, the sleep medication that I'm sure is prescribed to you, to help you sleep; can cause or make OSA worse(aggravate). You can secondary connect OSA also to GERD, but there's not alot of literature that I could find other than the case I believe I provided to you in that earlier post. The URI claim suggested by BDD has to do more with chronic infections. That's what you will need to highlight in your claim. If you had recurrent and chronic respiratory infections well documented in your STR/SMR, and they still occur, you should have a relatively strong claim. [Read through the two articles I am providing at the bottom to give you an idea of which SC condition would make your OSA secondary claim stronger.] GERD&Sleep Apnea.pdf Psychiatric Disorders and Sleep Apnea article.pdf
  9. You would have seen an increase or no change to your percentage immeadiately. But, as other forum members have said to other veterans;we have to wait for the decision letter. Ebenefits isn't always accurate. A denial sucks but always appeal because don't be like me and let an appeal go past the year timeframe...then re-opening a denied claim becomes very difficult.
  10. I agree with Berta's post. My suggestion though would be to go to behavioral health and at the very least get seen for MDD before you are discharged; that way it's in your service medical record for treatment, along with your private counselors treatment records (the more evidence there is the better). Your Primary Care Manager (PCM) probably gave you a questionnaire to fill out and you answered questions that would satisfy the criteria for MDD. A psychologist or psychiatrist are specialists in their field. Your PCM is probably a family or general practice Dr. only and vaguely has a basic knowledge on mental health disorders. Is your counselor a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), psychologist/psychiatrist? Upon your ETS make every effort to register sooner rather than later with the nearest VA facility to begin behavioral health treatment through the VA. You don't want to go more than a year after your discharge without getting seen because what the VA looks at are the "continuity of symptoms" and "chronicity of symptoms". You'll be helping yourself to build evidence for an increase if you are granted service-connection for MDD or any other granted service connected disabilities. The EO complaint would actually carry some weight in your claim. It would prove you had difficulty interacting with fellow service members. This will give you an idea of how mental health disorders are rated: The majority of mental conditions are rated on the following schedule. Each rating has 5 main categories of symptoms/circumstances. Not every single symptom or circumstance has to be present in order to be assigned the rating, but the rating that most closely defines the condition should always be used. The Ability to Work: This individual cannot work at all. Social Relationships: This individual cannot participate in any relationships. In other words, they cannot interact or build a relationship with another person. Family members may care for them, but it is only a one-way relationship. They cannot seek, invite, or encourage any relationships. 70% rating: This rating will have the majority of the following circumstances and symptoms: The Ability to Care for Yourself: This individual cannot take care of himself most of the time. He is in the hospital or a care facility or is being taken care of by family members all of the time, and requires one-on-one supervision 50% of the time. This person cannot take care of his own personal hygiene. Medications: This individual requires psychiatric medication at all times. Symptoms: Some or all of the following symptoms will be present. – There is the regular possibility of hurting self or others (including suicidal tendencies) – This individual often cannot communicate logically – This individual is actively psychotic, but may have intermittent contact with reality – Obssessive-compulsive behavior that causes repetitive physical actions that interfere completely with daily necessary activities – Severe, constant anxiety – Mood often changes radically, without warning. – Almost constant severe depression or panic, with the inability to function at all in stressful situations – This individual cannot control impulsive actions like anger, violence, etc. – Often disoriented to time and place The Ability to Work: This individual may not be able to work at all or may be severely under-employed (such as a former intelligence analyst now working part time as a custodian). Social Relationships: This individual cannot participate in any relationships most of the time. In other words, they cannot interact or build a relationship with another person. Family members may care for them, but it is normally only a one-way relationship. They cannot seek, invite, or encourage any relationships the majority of the time. 50% rating: This rating will have the majority of the following circumstances and symptoms: The Ability to Care for Yourself: This individual is occasionally hospitalized, but can mostly take care of the basic personal needs like bathing or going to the bathroom, although their personal hygiene may not be kept up regularly. They may also be able to function in areas like shopping, driving, cleaning, etc. Medications: This individual requires psychiatric medication at all times. Symptoms: Some or all of the following symptoms will be present. – Trouble expressing or showing emotions (This doesn’t mean that they are just reserved. It basically means that they are completely blank the majority of the time), or shows the wrong or inappropriate emotion for the situation – Always shows significant signs of anxiety – Regularly gives unnecessary or unrelated details when communicating – Two or more panic attacks a week – Trouble understanding complex directions – Trouble remembering things (forgetting to complete tasks, etc.) – Trouble thinking logically and often has poor judgment – A serious lack of, or a seriously increased, mood or motivation – Occasional delusions or hallucinations – Regular to nightly trouble sleeping (nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, etc.) – Complaints of physical symptoms, like pain, that do not have a physical cause – Suicidal thoughts, but no definite plan to hurt himself The Ability to Work: This individual may try to work, but will not be able to hold a job for more than 3 or 4 months because of their inability to remember or follow all directions or other similar reasons based on the symptoms or circumstances described under this rating. (In other words, they wouldn’t lose their job simply because they have anger issues and would regularly get in fights. A person like that could also not hold a job more than 3 or 4 months, but they would still be considered able to work). This individual would only be hired for jobs like cleaning, picking up trash, or other simple-task jobs. Social Relationships: Like his ability to work, this individual may try to build and engage in relationships, but these relationships would not last long in most situations. Divorce or other breaks in relationships and friendships could occur due to his inability to properly participate in a relationship. 30% rating: This rating will have the majority of the following circumstances and symptoms: The Ability to Care for Yourself: This individual may have occasional, short hospitalizations, but can entirely take care of himself most of the time. Medications: This individual usually requires medication to function normally. Symptoms: Some or all of the following symptoms will be present. – Spikes or drops in mood, like depression – Often anxious or becomes easily stressed – Panic attacks occur, but no more than once a week – Difficulty sleeping (nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, etc.) – Mild memory loss could include regularly forgetting names or directions – Often suspicious of other people, particularly ones he does not know The Ability to Work: This individual will be able to work and will usually function normally. There may, however, be occasional times where he is unable to properly fulfill all job requirements. This could result in occasionally losing his job. Social Relationships: Like his ability to work, this individual will normally have fairly stable relationships. These relationships, however, will not be great and will often be strained by the symptoms of his condition. Divorce or breakups could occur, but not in every case. 10% rating: This rating will have the majority of the following circumstances and symptoms: The Ability to Care for Yourself: This individual will always be able to take care of himself and will very rarely, if ever, be hospitalized. Medications: This individual may or may not be taking medication. Meds may be taken all the time, or only during stressful times. They satisfactorily keep all symptoms under control. Symptoms: Some or all of the following symptoms will be present, but only during times of significant stress. The majority of the time there are no symptoms. – Mild depression or other mood changes – Mild to moderate anxiety – Mild panic attacks may occur, but very rarely – Occasional difficulty sleeping (nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, etc.) – A range of other, very mild symptoms, which could include suspiciousness of strangers and hyperarousal The Ability to Work: This individual will be fully employable and will very rarely have any problems at work that are caused by the mental condition. Social Relationships: This individual will have full, functional relationships with only occasional, mild stresses that are caused by the condition. 0% rating: If a mental condition has been diagnosed but there are no symptoms that impair social or occupational functioning or require medication, then it is rated 0%.
  11. I was awarded an increase for PTSD from June 2015. My C-file has documented that a future re-examination for PTSD will be January 2021. That's a 6 yr gap. But, it can be whenever the VA wants to be honest. Just keep going to therapy or if you haven't gone in awhile....start getting seen.
  12. Congrats! Just keep in mind that if your depression worsens over the next year or more; you can request an increase. But, worsened symptoms have to be well- documented by your VA mental health dr. or by a private mental health dr.
  13. The emails would be pertinent documentation for the unit records to be located sooner rather than later; since the emails would have the dates of when the attacks occurred confirming your stressor or stressors. The emails may hold some weight, so submit them with your evidence.
  14. You will need a nexus letter to secondary service connect your hypertension to your PTSD/MST. Not so much for a visitation. So, correct me if I'm wrong, but the VA is recommending taking you off your meds, just to get some readings? Sounds fishy to me. Apparently, you've already been diagnosed with hypertension and have been on hypertension medication for over 25 years. You wouldn't need to be on hypertension meds if you were NOT diagnosed with hypertension. The VA doesn't need to do a re-diagnosis; but that's just my version of logical reasoning. I hope that makes some sense. If your doctor doesn't feel comfortable with what the VA is recommending, then there's a very good reason why he wouldn't want you to DIE; if you are taken off your medications. It's a risk even for just a few days. To SECONDARY SERVICE CONNECT: #1. Current service connected disability. (You have that.) #2. Current diagnosis of condition claimed. (You have that.) #3. Obtain a nexus of opinion that states the minimum threshold as follows: The veteran's claimed condition is "at least as likely as not" (equal to or greater than 50% probability) due to or the result of the veteran's service-connected PTSD. A rationale will be required to be included.
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