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About Gridsmasher11

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  1. I haven't been here in a while.I just wanted to share my success story. In 2010 when I found this wonderful website I was rated at 10 percent and had almost given up.Using this site by reading tips, other peoples battles and using the CFR I successfully went from 10 percent to 100 percent .It took me a few years, first up to 70%, then 90% and finally up to 100%.... I am rated at 70 for PTSD with major Depressive Disorder, 10 for Degenerative Arthritis right wrist,50 for bilateral ples planus (flat feet), 10 for right knee, 10 for left knee, 10 for tinnitus, 30 for sleep apnea and 20 for Diabet
  2. You need to get a primary care doctor ASAP and get them to refer you to mental health as soon as they can.....If symptoms are severe especially the ones about self harm you need to go to the VAMC emergency room or mental health clinic before you do harm to yourself or others..You need to get in the system as soon as you can so that you can get treatment and then an evaluation.......it took a couple of months of me seeing my shrink at the VA for her to decide that i did indeed have PTSD...At a minimum you are displaying signs of serious depression and most probably PTSD....Good luck and remembe
  3. Doc, congratulations, great news....Isn't the Fully Developed Claim Program great..I used it for my PTSD claim and it took them about 4 months for me also..Enjoy the award and relax a bit now.I'm sure that some of the stress will go away now..It's true that money cannot replace your health but it sure helps to know that you have something coming to help with the family and expenses....If you haven't done so consider applying if not able to work...Also don't forget to change your percentage here on Hadit..................................................Grid
  4. Welcome, I wish you luck I've been where you are...You need to make sure you have and keep copies of your mental health treatment....Also for the VA to recognize your PTSD it MUST be diagnosed by a VA Psychiatist or Psycologist....I know it is a PITB but you really need to get back into the VA mental health system and see their docs and recieve medication from them...It took a years worth of Mental Health notes from my VA psychriatist with a diagnosis of PTSD/MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) and the records that I was attending a VA PTSD group at my local clinic for them to finally approve my c
  5. Dearman, from what I have heard the TVC is really good in helping Texas Vets with their claims and other Veteran related items such as employment...I wish now that I had used them as my POA instead of DAV..The DAV has done nothing to help my claims, the claims were approved because of what I learned hear on hadit and applied to the process..All the DAV has done was send a letter when my 70% PTSD was approved and ask me for money.........TVC has a web site that is pretty good.Don't know the URL, just search Texas Vets and it will pop up........Hopefully they can help you out..It is a long hard
  6. Papa, congratulations It sure does feel good when they finally get it right..thank for your service..
  7. WooHoo, great news..So happy it went so fast..Enjoy and good luck on the new contentions...............................Grid
  8. maine2000, I went through something similar during my recent awarded claims for Ples Planus (bilateral) and knee pain/problems.the Va had consistently denied these items as service related or stated that I didn't have the claimed problems currently.I had a C&P exam that was a sham about 2 years ago where the C&P doc stated that there was nothing wrong with my knees......Fast forward 2 years, I resubmitted the claim with a copy of my MEB/PEB board results that list these items on the MEB exam conducted by my Orthepedic surgeon (which also served as my exit exam).The VA sent me to 2 C&am
  9. Dearman, were you medically discharged due to the medically problems relating to the accident you were in or did you ETS normally as a result of your decision not to reenlist?If you were medically discharged then you had to go through Med Board proceedings.This is what a MEB is and turns into a PEB if used to discharge you.Also did you have a permanent profile .My profile in the events leading up to my discharge went from a normal profile to a P3 from hell.Based on my profile I couldn't do the physical aspects of my job, couldn't wear a kevlar (so couldn't go to range to qualify),no running ,
  10. When I was medically discharged in 1994 my medical exam consisted of the exam that was sent to the MEB/PEB board.It was a decent and thorough exam and listed all the concerns that I knew of at the time.Of the 4 items listed on it that went to the board the Army only rated one.But having these items listed on that exam helped me win my recent claims for Ples Planus and Knee issues plus Tennitis.....I was told that I could have another exam but that it would delay me getting out.By that time I was burnt out,treated as a Leper by my unit, and nearly a year over the time I would normally have PCS'
  11. Good article,but not for me.And it sounds awful fishy that it could work in as little as 30 minutes.It probably just makes them more numb than they already are.And no one knows the long term affects of this.My meds have leveled me out and I am functioning much better as long as I take them.I guess if the meds and nothing else worked I might consider trying this.But, the VA doesn't recognize this therapy......................Mike
  12. Congratulations Mike, hopefully they will give you your rating quickly and fairly.Hang in there.........Grid
  13. Hello and Welcome to Hadit.I can't help you out any.I am sure that someone that can will come along soon.The site seems to be not as active as normal due to the holiday.You can learn a lot of info here,the site has helped me immensly in my claims.In 3 years I have gone from 10% to 90% most of it by using what I have learned on here, a lot just by reading threads.Good luck and keep up the fight...........Grid
  14. LivingInPain, the name is Arty related.Its what I used to do.I took out gridsquares..I was an MLRS launcher chief during the Gulf War and my track was C11.Funny I can't remember my wifes birthday from year to year but I can still qoute the serial number of the weapon I used in war. Have you been diagnosed with PTSD by the VA.If not you really need to get there.Also if you have been diagnosed by them they really should be treating you with some form of antidepressant.The depression and PTSD can get very much worse very quickly.When I was finally able to get a mental health appt. and diagnose
  15. Welcome and thank you for you service...You might see if your Doc will prescribe you Diclofenac.I take it once a day and it helps with pain Doesn't kill it but dulls it to a manageble level.Plus it is not an Opiate.I also have Tramadol avaliable but very seldom use it anymore...And as was previously pointed out see if you can go to the pain clinic.. Also see if they will switch you Trazadone for your sleep.They switched me from Mirtazipine to Trazadone a few months ago to try to see if it would bring my Glucose reading down.I don't really think it has done much there but I am sleeping much
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