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About mags1023

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  • Birthday 08/12/1959

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  1. Thanks for the link broncovet! Only been 16 years. What's another 5, right :)
  2. I had a sleep study and it came back positive for Sleep Apnea. I am service connected for Major Depressive Disorder, Cervical Spine DDD/limited ROM, and Migraine Headaches. My question is what condition should I attempt to connect it with/which has the best chance?? Thanks
  3. Coogvet: SO long as your civilian doctor provided an nexis between your nasal issues in service and your sleep apnea now, you should be able to get it service connected.
  4. do you still have the letter you had your doctor sign so i could us it as a template

  5. Thanks for the inputs. I am aware of the fact that you only get compensated for one mental health condition, but the addition of PTSD could equal an increase. Because of VA math, I will continue to fight to get every condition rated at the maximum extent I have earned. As we know and as I am experiencing, the VA can arbitrarily decide to send you a letter saying they intend to reduce your rating and all you can do is fight it with evidence. The current vets (OEF/OIF) seem to be getting taken card of as far as VA disibility goes except for some extreme cases we hear about in the media, but us
  6. I have been fighting different issues with the VA and have several still open going back to 2008; increase for GERD, VA calling CUE on itself to reduce my Cerv Radiculopathy and a remand for Headaches secondary to my cervical spine. I am currently rated at 90% overall and 30% for Major Depressive Disorder, but was recently diagnosed with PTSD by my VA Psych. This is his note: "Veteran presents today by himself. He is dysthymic. He denies SI/HI. He reports continued headaches. Will adjust up topiramate for mood/HA. The response to mood stabilizer and lack of response to SSRI coll
  7. No he is not kidding and your comments are not constructive. Good luck finding an attorney that will get you an IMO for free. Dr. Bash is clear and concise and he will get the veteran the maximum they have earned. This adds up very quickly over the years and makes his fee look minimal.
  8. My best guess would be 20% left hand (dominant) and 10% right hand. Combined as 30% for CTS and then you get the bi-lateral factor. It states your condition is minor. It would have to be moderate to get anything higher.
  9. I would say the Reasonable Doubt rule is also a joke. As far as the VA sees it, we are lying about a service connected condition until we jump through several hoops and spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to prove that the conditions we have are service connected. This is true even when a condition is covered under presumptive conditions for a particular war. How can this be???? Here is an excerpt from the VA's own rule, but my wife and I were called "Mere suspicion or doubt as to the truth of any statements submitted, as distinguished from impeachment or contradiction by evide
  10. The C&P examination process is a joke. I have had at least 12 C&P exams and they all but 1 have come back as "most likely not caused by service". Even on conditions that are documented in black and white in my SMR. I have to drive 2 1/2 hours (5 hr RT) to Pensacola for each of these and the VA pays me $103 every time I do just for their examiner to put a check in the "most likely not caused by service" block. Most of the time, the examiner does not even include the answers you gave them in reply to their questions!
  11. I'm with St Pete/Bay Pines and all I am hearing is denied, denied, denied. Including a couple of mine. I think they are clearing their desks off. This was happening before all of this stuff in the news. I was hoping it might have some positive effect, but my Lawyer says don't count on it.
  12. Be very careful on how you classify your migraines/headaches. I am going through the remand process right now on my headaches and I initially thought they were migraines, but my Doc is saying they are cervicogenic. I have DDD in my cervical spine with limited ROM. The VA will fight you tooth and nail saying that DDD does not cause migraines (C&P Doc). Then you will have to fight them to get them reclassified if they are not true migraine headaches (prostrating pain). Do you have cervical DDD and are you rated for it? I would definitely claim that they are secondary to your back or neck DD
  13. Here is an update on the C&P this thread is about. Of course the examiner found that my headaches were not associated with my service or accidents I had in service. I have my VA doctor and a neurologists that says they are and now this C&P examiner who says they aren't. As per the BVA remand, he was supposed to address whether my headaches were secondary to my cervical spine condition....he didn't cover it. My Lawyer has sent a letter back to the region pointing out the insufficiencies of this eaminer who I have had in the past and is incompetent. Now on to my C&P today in Pensaco
  14. You are exactly right Berta. I hope all of the active duty folks that belong to our site take notes. This is a lesson to them. When I went for a physical and they asked me if my back hurt, I said no, because it didn't hurt that day. I didn't think about the 3 weeks before when I was standing for an hour or 2 during an inspection and my back hurt like hell and was cramping or after my physical readiness test when I would have to pop motrin like it was candy. Then they call me and my wife non credible and they ignore the letter from my lawyer, because he didn't specify what area of my back that
  15. Thanks Berta. I think I screwed up by listening to my lawyer back in 1992 and not using the base doctors. He said he always had problems getting information from the base, so he sent me to his doctors out in town. I didn't keep those records or have them incorporated in to my service medical record like I should have.The Physical Therapy place I went was no longer in business either. I was hoping the lawyer I had back then would have something, but it was too long afterwards. My ex-wife, who was in the accident with me said she would right a buddy letter, but never did. I have other issues on
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