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  1. I am very confused. I have a NP as a PCP. I also see a NP most of the time when I can't see my Spine DR. I am having my Spine NP write an IMO because the DR refuses. I was told by a DAV rep that I should not have a NP write the letter even though she is experienced with nerve and spinal conditions. He said the VA will give it as much weight as if I wrote it... Any ideas?
  2. Hello again, I just received my letter for my supplemental claim for Acid Reflex/GERD and it was denied. When I started this claim, I initially tried to link asthma medications to Acid Reflex/GERD. I had an IMO form my PCP. That was shot down and eventually I was denied because the VA had 2 negative opinions, one from the C&P examiner (who wasn't a specialist) and a DR. who was tasked to clarify on the claim. After I received the denial the first time, I filed a Supplemental claim. In this supplemental claim I stated that I believe that my Acid Reflex/GERD could be a combination
  3. Hello! I was wondering if anyone knew veteran friendly DRs in Arizona, as a PCP or those who do Evaluations and IMOs? I am aware of DR. Anaise, but I don't have the money to pay for an IMO and he does not do physical evaluations. I am looking more for a PCP (I have tricare prime).
  4. So I meet criteria # 1 ( 2 incidents with stomach issues). Does number 2 have to be diagnosed by my PCP, cause I also have that. How Would I go about with #3? An example would be good.
  5. Hello, My question is, How do I go about getting my IBS service connected? I just went through my SMR and found that in 2009 I was experiencing "Fever, chills, and the inability to hold down food" after Eating. My wife prepared food and I ate, felt sick and vomited for hours. Mind you, none of my family got sick. Then when I was on Deployment to the Gulf (USS Bonhomme Richard LH-6) I had Acute Gastroenteritis (thats whats labeled on the paper) after departing from Thailand a month prior, we ended up in the Gulf Of Aden. Then in 2015 when I had already got out, I had a stomach issue which
  6. The Spine Specialist has agreed that my Sciatica is indeed connected to my L5-S1 narrowing and which is putting pressure on the nerves. She has said she will state that my sciatica on both legs is "more likely than not" due to my Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of spine and disc deterioration). My lower back injury is service connected at 10%, if she says my sciatica issues are the caused due to my lower back injury, is that enough or does she need to say "service connected" as the VA already knows about my service connected lower back.? thank you.
  7. What I meant was, I spoke to "Peggy" today and she told me a packet is on the way, kinda hinted it was denied and ebenefits shows nothing. I also mentioned I called last week and they said it was back in the developmental phase, which is quick because they went from Developmental phase, to decision, back to developmental phase to completion within a week. In refernce to my back, when you say "a new effective date" do you mean that the date will be when the new claim was filed? and what is the problem with that? Thank you!
  8. WHo do you suggest I speak to? in terms of Lawyers, I think they did what you just said, the guy on the Phone (VA) kinda hinted to me my claim was denied, even after everything was in my favor... Man, I never had trouble with claims back in washignton state, as soon as I moved to Arizona, DENIED DENIED DENIED!.
  9. Ok, So I called the VA regarding my Supplemental Claim for Acid Reflex secondary to Multiple medications for Multiple service connected disabilities. As I spoke to the gentleman on the phone, we got along and talked about infantry stuff etc. After our chit chat, he told me my claim was finished and a decision was made as of today. He said a packet would be out tomorrow. I said "well, usually I see something on Ebenefits, so I guess its not a good decision", he said "legally I cannot tell you anything because you don't have the packet, but if you disagree with it you can always appeal". I took
  10. Make sense, Well I guess I'll know soon enough, I have 3 other things that need upgrading in terms of service connected disabilities, so its only a matter of time for me to rate 100% (i am at 94%)
  11. Hello, I have been persuing a VA claim for over a year now in regards to Acid Reflex/GERD. I was medically retired from the Marine Corps for Asthma (30%). When I filled this claim, I was trying to Service connect Acid reflex/GERD to ASthma medications. I had a my private NP-C write a letter and added some information that shows connection between my meds and Acid Reflex. I then saw a VA P.A. for an examination. She wrote against me and the VA followed up with a second opinion from a DR at the VA. When I received this decision, I filed a supplemental claim. I had my private NP-C write a stronge
  12. Can someone point me in the right direction when it comes to medical literature or any information linking Acid reflex/ GERD to long-term NSAID usage? I am doing a supplemental to a denied secondary service claim for GERD and I'm trying to make sure my letter and my Doctors IMO are on point. Thank you! I also take Albuterol and Prednisone, and Lorazepam (Anti-anxiety) so if you have information on those, I would appreciate it. I am also doing my own research.
  13. Cause the claim started out as Acid Reflex/GERD secondary to Asthma, that was the title but I said Asthma Meds, now Im saying it could be something from Gulf War syndrome..
  14. Well, I dunno what to do next. I'm thinking I should do a supplemental claim to clarify things and add lay evidence. Like I said, I'm not sure if I should say that I believe it is my meds and or something that developed after deployment (OEF). I know I meet the presumptive conditions its all there. Some people say I should do a supplement claim others say go to appeals...I was hoping appeals would be my last resort. Can you see the cluster I'm in? lol. Thanks for the responses Shrek!
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