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JaeT.21

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  • Birthday October 21

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    E-6 Petty Officer First Class
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    Jacksonville, FL

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    USN

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  1. All of these were are S-C. The migraines 0 rating have confused me since I got out. Been hospitalized twice in one year for them on this claim. Still probably not enough. Who knows. Yes I plan going into the Jax clinic and requesting my C file's next week. Then I'll break out the Googler for all the VA "written to confuse you" jargon.
  2. So I went in Friday. Saw two examiners. I didn't have time to submit my Statements in Support of Claims (PTSD & knees) my wife and adult children filled out but I had them read them while I was there. I just uploaded them on Monday. The first wa a Nurse Practitioner. She checked my feet and knees. Don't know if this was the smartest idea but I didn't wear my AFO or knee brace at first, because I wanted her to see how I walk, move unassisted. I put it on after her examination and showed her how I'm still not stable on that leg no matter which apparatus I'm using. I explained my quality of life at work sucked becaue there's only one elevator, which means I walk twice as far to use it. I work upstairs and have almost fallen several times. I also told her I was concerned because the last rater wrote I was doing good with my orthotic insoles, when I 100 percent told him that I can't use the Navy issued insoles for regular shoes. My feet rating was decreased because of that. So I made it clear verbally that I was not getting better. For the Migraines increase i showed her my migraine tracker chart and she barely looked at it. It shows that I missed over 100 hours of work last year due to migraines. The second was the Psychiatrist She didn't ask me much about anything my VA psychologist wrote in her nexus letter. She skimmed over my buddy statements. She asked me about 6 questions, pretty much (yes or no) when was my last fight about my job am i taking my medications have I been arrested about my work history about my sleep It lasted about 15 minutes. So who knows what is going to happen. All I know is I left there without any confidence that the evidence nor my exams helped. We'll see.
  3. I have 4 C&P exams this Friday. All for increases. (Migraine, PTSD/depression/anxiety/chronic pain/agoraphobia, bilateral foot pain and knee pain increase [including VA issued knee brace and civilian issued AFO foot brace]). Should I have my wife ad adult kids who both witness and suffer from my mood swings, depression, anxiety and antisocial like living on a daily basis? They can also talk about my constant leg pain and migraines. I also want my supervisor to do one regarding my migraines that have me leaving work early, alot. But that is a touchy subject, because I don't want me asking him to affect my employment. Also I hide a lot from them, to keep my job, like just suffer with headaches and migraines at work. Or fake my way through the day, pretending to want to be around people.
  4. Hello, I have C&P exams all in one day in January. Any advice on what to expect? Here's a synopsis on what I'm up against/working with. - PTSD increase is based off several years of VA mental health treatment and a Nexus letter written by my mental health doctor, which named PTSD, Depression, Chronic Pain Syndrome with depression, Panic D/O with Agoraphobia and survivor's guilt as a diagnosis (last 3 are recently added to records). - Knee pain- VA issued me a big knee brace and my primary care (tricare) orthopedics specialist just put me an Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) brace because she says I have drop foot and weakened ankle support which tried to compensate for my weak knee/muscle strength - Foot pain- I reviewed all of my previous C&P exams and realized my foot pain rating had dropped from 30% to 10% because the rater misquoted me (lied) on the C&P exam. I told him these insoles and stuff didn't work. that my feet hurt all the time. He wrote, I said they were not effective insoles and I have to use all kinds of feet massages equipment to get through my work days. The primary care sent me to this foot pain doctor. All she did was cortisone shots (3 times) in my feet and tried to up-sell me on her brand of insoles. - Migraines- Been at zero percent since retirement. Last year I was hospitalized twice and misdiagnosed with having TIA and strokes/CVA. My VA advocate put in a secondary claim to my service connected cervical damage. End result not service connected for CVA/TIA. However, ALL TESTS revealed that I've never had a stroke. The neurologist diagnosed me with Hemiplegic Migraines. These rare migraines an mimic strokes, causing weakness on one side of the body. They can last from a few hours or in my case,first one lasted 3 months. The neurologist provided a letter stating that all of the hospital doctors had misdiagnosed me with having CVAa. He also diagnosed me with exertional headaches. I know I'm no more special than the millions of other veterans out here, but this "deny 'til they die" tactic is wearing me down. Thanks for any advice.
  5. Okay update. They actually dropped my GERD percentage from 60% to 10% and no increase for my actual claims increase request. Now I sit at 87% rating vice my 94%. Nope I haven't received the decision letter , just saw it on ebenefits and VA.gov. sooo appeal it is.
  6. Has anyone used the Vet Comp & Pen company? I've heard about them, but never talked with anyone that used them? Are they legit? More importantly are they effective?
  7. Oh no I didn't miss it. I was told it was an addendum C&P exam based off my VA records and I didn't need to be examined. I never new it happened until 2 weeks ago. Yeah, I haven't even gotten the notification letter. I just saw it all go down on VA.gov and ebenefits. The guy I used is renowned in Jacksonville, so hopefully he will also enthusiastically help me appeal and secure my increase. If not I'm going to use the Vet Comp & Pen company.
  8. Yeah when I went to the VA clinic a week after I found out about the 'ace' c&p exam, they couldn't see it I. My files. The only thing they saw was my C&P exam from last year. This is the second time I've filed for an increase and some random VA C&P exam for something I wasn't claiming happened and they decreased my rating. Last time was me finally getting the best evidence to prove my 18 years of neck/nerve/hand damage. Coincidentally I got an appointment for a C&P for my plantar fasciitis. Next thing you know my 30% went to 10% as my neck and hand went up. Thus I stayed at 94% instead of going over to 96% aka 100%. Now they dropped me down to 87%. Still 90% but I know my migraines warrant more than 0% and that's what the increase was for. That and trying to servicE connect my sleep apnea. I guess statement in support of claim and a visit about my sleeping lack thereof, slightly over year after I retired don't count....
  9. Welp, Just found out they closed my claim. Surprise surprise, nothing changed EXCEPT they reduced my GERD from 60% down to 10%! WHY and What the?! So apparently that random C&P without my knowledge played a significant part. So my questions are the following: 1. Should I reopen my claims or file an appeal? 2. How do I go about getting ALL of my C&P claim notes, especially whatever was said from this C&P without my knowledge? 3. Should I even attempt to ask for the much qualified for increase on other areas of my body, that have gotten worse, or fight this last round of let downs? I try to explain to everyone when you retire or get out and become a veteran, your own company (the VA) treat you like used tissue. Nobody has any use for used tissue...tossed to the side.
  10. Welp, Just found out they closed my claim. Surprise surprise, nothing changed EXCEPT they reduced my GERD from 60% down to 10%! WHY and What the?! So apparently that random C&P without my knowledge played a significant part.

     

    So my questions are the following:

    1. Should I reopen my claims or file an appeal?

    2. How do I go about getting ALL of my C&P claim notes, especially whatever was said from this C&P without my knowledge?

    3. Should I even attempt to ask for the much qualified for increase on other areas of my body, that have gotten worse, or fight this last round of let downs?

     

    I try to explain to everyone when you retire or get out and become a veteran, your own company (the VA) treat you like used tissue. Nobody has any use for used tissue...tossed to the side.

     

     

  11. I hope so, as far as I'm concerned, I've supplied enough information the VA should feel like they were there when it all happened. Sheesh. We'll see.I'm right at the cusp of 100% so VA claims seem a little different now.
  12. Thanks for this information. I'm actually going to head over to the Jacksonville clinic and request to see my C&P exams notes. I did it last year when the VA gave me an impromptu C&P for by bilateral foot pain aka plantar fasciitis and the dropped my percentage from 30% to 10%. I believe it was clearly done rather coincidentally done as I was about to go from 90%(92% no rounding down) to 100% (96% before rounding up). Now I'm sitting at 94% combined with 3 claims all with definitive proof of service connected damage. We'll see...
  13. No, I didn't attend because I didn't know about it. Actually my psychologist saw that a C&P was completed on the 16th when she was "pregaming" for my PTSD TODAY and she asked me about it. I had no idea what she was talking about. So I downloaded my record and Boom, a C&P happened WITHOUT ME NOR NY NOTIFICATIONS ON August 16th.
  14. No, I didn't attend because I didn't know about it. Actually my psychologist saw that a C&P was completed on the 16th when she was "pregaming" for my PTSD TODAY and she asked me about it. I had no idea what she was talking about. So I downloaded my record and Boom, a C&P happened WITHOUT ME NOR NY NOTIFICATIONS ON August 16th.
  15. I just discovered that a C&P exam was held without me even knowing about it on August 16th. I just happened to see it in my Blue Button VA medical record download today. I have submitted a few claims last year. One in May and another in October. The VA combined my claims and back dated them to May 2018. The estimated completion date has jumped around 4 times. In July it jumped to an estimated completion date of 9 May 2019. At the beginning of August it jumped to 22 May 2019. It's still in the "Evidence gathering, review, and decision" phase. Does anybody know why they did a C&P without notifying me? Does anybody know what this means regarding my increase requests for the following? - VA exam for sleep apnea (Increase) -I'm trying to service connect my sleep apnea- I submitted Statements in Support of claim dating back to 2007. - VA exam for headaches (Increase)- I've been hospitalized twice in the past year diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines. They mimic strokes and can mess you up just like strokes. And exertional headaches. The worst headaches ever. I originally submitted a claim for TIA and stroke and got a 'not service connected'. Got the migraine diagnosis after they denied the claim, after the 2nd "stroke" episode. - 4138 and MTR for esophageal (Increase)- Not sure what this is for., but I di have a disc replacement in my neck....and my GERD is the weapon of demons.
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