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About wysiwyg1965

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  • Birthday 08/17/1965

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  1. Hi, Does anyone know of a good Behavioral MD in the SE Michigan area I could consult with that is knowledgeable of VA DSM requirements and OIM letter? Thank you!
  2. Thank you everyone for your advice. I have a NEXUS showing a diagnosis of PTSD, Generalized Anxiety, and ADHD. I guess I will have to try and tie the two together for secondary? I am using "Legal Help for Veterans" so I hope I can get this moving and over with, so tired of the back and forth with appeals between the BVA and RO... Thanks again, will give update as soon as I have one!
  3. Hi All, Was hoping I could get some feedback. I just had a C&P for Gulf War Illness Syndrome. Attached are the C&P results. Kind of long, sorry. Anyway, I received the Statement of Case and was surprised to be denied on everything. Especially Sleep Apnea and Hypertension. Also have Osteoarthritis in both hips. I am already collecting 30% disability for Eczema as a Gulf War Hazard since 1998. I am currently appealing PTSD, Anxiety and Depression. Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  4. Wow, thank you so much USMC Vet and Buck! That is very good information but seems like a pain too! But I understand if I want the VA to take notice that's what one must do I guess. What B.S. Unfortunately I've already sent in the Nexus from the M.D. Physiatrist and Psychologist stating that it is as likely as not due to my military service. My claim has been open since 2010 and was at the BVA level for Anxiety and Depression, they noted a Nexus letter for PTSD but my first C&P they did not address it. So the BVA sent back to Detroit RO to give me another C&P. I tell you, this woman didn't ask me hardly anything, I had to keep talking or I think she would have just marked it finished and closed. Luckily I've been seeing the MD and Psychologist so I knew what to say but I guess it wasn't enough, she didn't bother writing anything down anything I talked about that were triggers, only stressors. The examiner didn't even bring up depression...it was a ridiculous exam. Unbelievable. The BVA even said to give me a couple exams if needed, she didn't even bother. Luckily I've already taken several from the personal Doctor. So I'm hoping the Nexus letter will give further insight for the rater, I've heard they will take that into consideration and possibly over ride the examiner's decision? I don't think the BVA was happy with the Detroit RO with the first C & P and ask for another one so I'm surprised they are taking this so lightly. Anyway, I suppose I will just wait for a decision and/or a new C & P exam. I want to thank you for all your help. I will keep you posted on the outcome. In the mean time I really, really hope I don't have to go through all of the above to get this through the VA! Uggggg....I'm so tired of talking about it, just brings it all back up to the surface! I want it to be over. P.S. Yes, I am taking Xanax and also Adderall for my anxiety and mood and concentration. Thanks again for all your advice!! Rob
  5. Hi, Thank you for your post! I appreciate it! My personal Dr. is a MD, PC and Psychotherapist is a MA, LLP, LPC, CAAC. They wrote likely as not instead of more likely than not unfortunately because I don't think she may of understood the importance between the two. I took all kinds of tests and exams so I've just submitted as evidence. The C & P examiner did not really ask me anything, I came prepared and told her what I thought she needed to know. I can't believe that in the beginning of the exam she had marked YES for DSM-5 criteria: Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-5 criteria based on today's evaluation? [X] Yes [ ] No But at the end of the report she writes that I do not meet DSM-5 criteria? Rationale: BASED ON REVIEW OF MEDICAL RECORDS AND HISTORY PROVIDED BY VETERAN, HE DOES NOT MEET DSM-5 CRITERIA FOR PTSD AT PRESENT I think I'm getting hood winked here?? Will the rater ask for another C & P since she did not ask me those specific questions? I answered everything she ask me! Thank you for your help and advise!! Rob
  6. Hi All, I just had a C & P recently and found the below in the blue button on Myhealthevet. I would really appreciate it if somebody could tell me what all of this means. It doesn't make sense to me when it comes to the bottom whereas the examiner puts her opinion. I just supplied a PTSD Nexus letter from my personal doctor stating my PTSD is likely as not a result of military service. Initial Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ---------- 1. Diagnostic Summary --------------------- Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-5 criteria based on today's evaluation? [X] Yes [ ] No 2. Current Diagnoses -------------------- a. Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: Anxiety disorder unspecified Mental Disorder Diagnosis #2: None b. Medical diagnoses relevant to the understanding or management of the Mental Health Disorder (to include TBI): OSA, HTN 3. Differentiation of symptoms ------------------------------ a. Does the Veteran have more than one mental disorder diagnosed? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Does the Veteran have a diagnosed traumatic brain injury (TBI)? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] Not shown in records reviewed 4. Occupational and social impairment ------------------------------------- a. Which of the following best summarizes the Veteran's level of occupational and social impairment with regards to all mental diagnoses? (Check only one) [X] A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social functioning or to require continuous medication b. For the indicated level of occupational and social impairment, is it possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social impairment indicated above is caused by each mental disorder? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] No other mental disorder has been diagnosed c. If a diagnosis of TBI exists, is it possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social impairment indicated above is caused by the TBI? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] No diagnosis of TBI SECTION II: ----------- Clinical Findings: ------------------ 1. Evidence review ------------------ In order to provide an accurate medical opinion, the Veteran's claims Folder must be reviewed. a. Medical record review: ------------------------- Was the Veteran's VA e-folder (VBMS or Virtual VA) reviewed? [X] Yes [ ] No Was the Veteran's VA claims file (hard copy paper C-file) reviewed? [ ] Yes [X] No If yes, list any records that were reviewed but were not included in the Veteran's VA claims file: If no, check all records reviewed: [ ] Military service treatment records [X] Military service personnel records [ ] Military enlistment examination [ ] Military separation examination [ ] Military post-deployment questionnaire [ ] Department of Defense Form 214 Separation Documents [X] Veterans Health Administration medical records (VA treatment records) [ ] Civilian medical records [ ] Interviews with collateral witnesses (family and others who have known the Veteran before and after military service) [ ] No records were reviewed [ ] Other: b. Was pertinent information from collateral sources reviewed? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe: VBMS 2. History ---------- a. Relevant Social/Marital/Family history (pre-military, military, and post-military): xxx her. b. Relevant Occupational and Educational history (pre-military, military, and post-military): xxx Does this stressor meet Criterion A (i.e., is it adequate to support the diagnosis of PTSD)? [X] Yes [ ] No Is the stressor related to the Veteran's fear of hostile military or terrorist activity? [X] Yes [ ] No Is the stressor related to personal assault, e.g. military sexual trauma? [ ] Yes [X] No 4. PTSD Diagnostic Criteria --------------------------- Please check criteria used for establishing the current PTSD diagnosis. Do NOT mark symptoms below that are clearly not attributable to the Criteria A stressor/PTSD. Instead, overlapping symptoms clearly attributable to other things should be noted under #7 - Other symptoms. The diagnostic criteria for PTSD, referred to as Criteria A-H, are from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5). Criterion A: Exposure to actual or threatened a) death, b) serious injury, c) sexual violation, in one or more of the following ways: [X] Witnessing, in person, the traumatic event(s) as they occurred to others Criterion B: Presence of (one or more) of the following intrusion symptoms associated with the traumatic event(s), beginning after the traumatic event(s) occurred: [X] Recurrent distressing dreams in which the content and/or affect of the dream are related to the traumatic event(s). Criterion C: Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the traumatic event(s), beginning after the traumatic events(s) occurred, as evidenced by one or both of the following: No response provided. Criterion D: Negative alterations in cognitions and mood associated with the traumatic event(s), beginning or worsening after the traumatic event(s) occurred, as evidenced by two (or more) of the following: No response provided. Criterion E: Marked alterations in arousal and reactivity associated with the traumatic event(s), beginning or worsening after the traumatic event(s) occurred, as evidenced by two (or more) of the following: No response provided. Criterion F: No response provided. Criterion G: No response provided. Criterion H: No response provided. Criterion I: Which stressor(s) contributed to the Veteran's PTSD diagnosis?: No response provided. 5. Symptoms ----------- For VA rating purposes, check all symptoms that actively apply to the Veteran's diagnoses: [X] Anxiety 6. Behavioral Observations -------------------------- pleasant and cooperative 7. Other symptoms ----------------- Does the Veteran have any other symptoms attributable to PTSD (and other mental disorders) that are not listed above? [ ] Yes [X] No 8. Competency ------------- Is the Veteran capable of managing his or her financial affairs? [X] Yes [ ] No 9. Remarks, (including any testing results) if any n/a [X] In-person examination Evidence review --------------- Was the Veteran's VA claims file reviewed? Yes If yes, list any records that were reviewed but were not included in the Veteran's VA claims file: cprs MEDICAL OPINION SUMMARY ----------------------- RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: CLAIMS FILE BEING SENT FOR REVIEW BY THE EXAMINER. Date of claim: 10/08/2013 Days pending: 632 An in-person examination is required for the following exam(s). ACE process must not be used to complete the DBQ. DBQ General Medical Gulf War DBQ PSYCH Mental disorders ____________________________________________________________________________ The following contentions need to be examined: PTSD TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] b. The condition claimed was less likely than not (less than 50% probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. c. Rationale: BASED ON REVIEW OF MEDICAL RECORDS AND HISTORY PROVIDED BY VETERAN, HE DOES NOT MEET DSM-5 CRITERIA FOR PTSD AT PRESENT. HIS ANXIETY IS AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT SECONDARY TO HIS FAMILY AND LEGAL ISSUES.
  7. Hi Again, my claim went to Decision & Claims File Dispatch today but my AB8 letter has not changed, should I be worrying that it was denied?
  8. Thank you Greg and Tbird with your responses! The weird thing is now it shows back to VLJ after pending dispatch...weird! 03/12/2015 With VLJ BVA 03/23/2015 With VLJ BVA 04/11/2015 Pending Dispatch BVA 04/13/2015 With VLJ BVA
  9. Thank you Chuck and Gastone for your feedback!! I will just keep crossing my fingers!! This site is great! Has helped me quite a bit over the years, thank you all so much!!
  10. Sorry, I sent two post basically on the same thing...I didn't see this one get posted until after!
  11. Hi Everyone, I've been a member for a while but don't have the experience to reply to folks questions. With that being said, I would like to know if anyone else out there has ever had their claim go to Pending Dispatch on a Saturday and wanting to know If the AB8 letter gets updated immediately or now? If so, I am screwed again as it has not changed. Am I being too anxious? It's just been so many years and this is the first time for me to get this far and wanted some feedback as to when I should see a change on the AB8 letter before getting the official decision in the mail. Any experienced advise would be very welcomed...thank you all very much!!
  12. Hi, I just wanted to know if the AB8 letter will show the results from a decision for a claim that just went to Pending Dispatch, BVA has made a decision and will mail it soon. This just happened on Saturday, April 11th. Should I already be able to see the results on the AB8 letter? Thank you for any input!!
  13. Hi All, Mrs. Hickey is the best! Been waiting a year and a half for dependency updates and emailed her it was done in one day, retro in the bank tomorrow! I am floored...she is the best!!!
  14. Thank you everyone, that is a bummer!!! I just hope my file doesn't end up under a desk or something now....
  15. I just filled out a privacy form to have my state congressman inquire into my appeal that has been going on for over 3 and half years. Is it likely this will help? They said that it will be expedited but wanted to know if this really works? Thanks everyone....
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