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bh1981 last won the day on June 20 2015

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  1. For the TDIU, I have to say I was very fortunate to have had my coworkers sign forms and statements in support of my claim prior to me leaving. Even my boss did on my behalf. With that respect, I felt that I was pretty prepared as far as the paper process was concerned. However, the psychologist I saw at the VA, he was incredible. He was understanding, approachable, and he listened to my concerns and understood what those concerns were. With respect to SSA, I threw that application together under the thought that I would be denied. So when I received a call about a day ago saying I had b
  2. Hello all...I just wanted to post a couple successes that just recently came through. The first is on the social security front. As soon as I became entitled to TDIU I applied for SSDI. at process took 4 months and required absolutely no medical or physical appointment in person. I just printed out the TDIU letter from ebenefits, downloaded my medical history from myhealthevet and printed it off, which was subsequently sent to Social Security. That process took 4 months and required absolutely no medical or physical appointment in person. Just a quick 10-15 minute phone call with a repres
  3. I imagine it would be secondary to cervical DDD but I would have your neurologist state it in writing that your CTS is directly related and secondary. Good luck.
  4. Also, I forgot to mention that there is a device that has been approved for the FDA in alleviating the symptoms of CTS. I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with the device or manufacturer so hopefully this post does not get deleted by moderators. But it has helped me at night, when CTS is worse, and I figured I'd share it with you. It is called CTRAC for CTS. It's basically a device that can be used on both hands and the intended purpose is to stretch the ligament that pushes against the median nerve in the wrists. So it acts as a sort of "release therapy" without the surgery. I have
  5. Yeah, I got a positive in both Phalen's and Tinel's as well. I've had great luck with fully developed claims in the past. For my TBI screening they sent me to an outside provider and that was a horrendous experience. At least with these FDC's and DBQ's I can select and interview my treating physician and use my private insurance to pay for the assessment. When possible I can and will use my own selected provider for these assessments because I can follow up with them if I have a question pertaining to the DBQ they filled out. With the person I saw over the TBI assessment, because the VA w
  6. I found the bilateral calculator as well. For those interested it is http://www.pebforum.com/VA%20_CALC/VA%20_CALC/calc.html
  7. Thanks for sharing Julie! The last paragraph in your assessment is what my confusion is over. "The examiner reported moderate symptoms...but your sensory symptoms are more suggestive of a mild severity rating." How do they determine the severity rating as being mild if the rating examiner determined you had moderate symptoms!? I guess I'll throw my fully developed claim at them and see what happens. Thanks again for sharing!
  8. I'm glad yours was fixed. Surgery for me, at this point of time, is out of the question. I cannot afford to have any downtime due to recovery.
  9. So, if rated for moderate, my dominant hand would be 30% and non-dominant would be 20% correct? Using VA math that comes to about 48% with a bilateral factor, rounding up to 50%. Would that be correct?
  10. Hello fellow Vets, I had a nerve conduction test done with my neurologist and asked if he felt my carpal tunnel was related to military service with which he replied, "yes, definitively and absolutely". I obviously requested him to fill out a DBQ and am currently standing by for it. However, I have read numerous citations for this and cannot come up with a conclusive answer. How in the world does the VA rate carpal tunnel!? I read a few citations that stated the VA does not use terminology such as mild, moderate, or severe to characterize carpal tunnel so how do they rate it? Also, my
  11. Thanks for all of your help. I called the VA and they said they couldn't even find that letter, that was sent to me, in their system. As it stands, I'm going to assume that I am temporary, which is still okay for me. They need to make that letter a little less perplexing. Perhaps just put "glossary of terms" on the top of the page as opposed to "VA benefit details"! Have a good one!
  12. That's what I thought as well, GP. However, the only reason why I question it is that the back of the letter is worded in such a way that made me think that I was, in fact, permanent and total. All of the benefits I receive from the VA are worded like "The Veteran is receiving". I guess I gotta make a phone call. Thanks man.
  13. Hello all, I wasn't sure where to post this. However, I recently received TDIU with SMC. I assumed it was temporary, and I was okay with it. However, I received a letter int he mail today (the one the VA sends out after the ratings come back that outlines the various benefits and entitlements). On the back with the words VA Benefit Details a couple things are stated and based on what is stated, am I to now assume I am permanent and totally disabled? As always, your help is always valuable and appreciated. SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY: A condition incurred during or aggravated by m
  14. Srisatta, If you feel your fair shake it to be service connected for TBI, and you honestly feel you have it, then you need to fight it. Other than that I would continue to work closely with your VSO or go to a private physician and have them fill out a DBQ for migraines, etc. I was also denied TBI recently but have decided not to pursue it. After numerous tests and examinations it has been determined that it doesn't really exist and my migraines are more likely than not related to PTSD than anything. Migraines will be the next claim as I have about 4-6 prostrating attacks per month which req
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