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  1. My father filed a NOD back in September 2013 for stroke secondary to IHD. He's still waiting for any information on the appeal. He's got several other conditions that he's wanting to file claims for. Does anybody know if Chronic renal impairment is secondary to diabetes type II? His doctor put that in his records in May. He's also been diagnosed with PVD and he went to his podiatrist and on the notes it says that vascular status is barely palpable. He's worried that if he files any more claims it would slow down the appeal. What's the best thing to do? Thanks.
  2. My husband was recently diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. He was at camp Lejeune and it is presumptive but must be diagnosed within a year of exposure. Exposure was many years ago so he cannot file a claim on that. Diabetes is a common cause and that is presumptive due to agent orange which he also was exposed to in Vietnam but my husband is not diabetic at this time. He has been borderline for a while but he is short of diagnosis. Is it claim able in any way? Thanks Kate
  3. I have a service connected disability which includes Diabetes. I recently changed States and while getting set up for the new facility the Dr. stated that in an eye test over a year ago in another state they determined I have diabetic retinopathy. The prior VA facility did not tell me this, but the Dr. let me read it on the screen. My question is this, should I have this rated, does the diagnosis alone qualify me for a rating or does it require significant rather than minor damage? Thank you for your help!
  4. I am 100% SC for Diabetes with retinopathy and have applied for SMC for bilateral frozen shoulders that are caused by my Diabetes, my Diabetes physician has provided the nexus letter that is with my claim. I am trying to understand where I might end up in the SMC area, I have loss of use in both shoulders. Thanks for any information.
  5. My husband is active duty army. He's been in for 6 years. We just found out a week ago he has type 1 diabetes. Has anyone been in this situation before that can inlighten me on what's going to happen next. We aren't sure yet what to do, we don't know if they will allow him to stay in or take action to get him out. I hope I'm in the right place for info. I don't know where else to look for people in the same situation.
  6. I just received a new packet in the mail requiring a reply within 30 days. Basically they are asking for all the same evidence that has all ready submitted. I.E. SSD status.Approved, I took that directly to the Regional Office with my case number on every page. They copied and date stamped for me as received. Letters from my previous employer, which they all ready have. Etc. Etc. Etc. It even says that they are going to schedule another examination by the VA, which my service Officer previously said they would not do. I am currently 80% (70% PTSD and 10% for Diabetes Type II) I'm beginning to wonder if I should get a lawyer at this point. I all ready have the SSD,so now what is happening???????
  7. If someone could give me an idea how this report may be rated 1. Diagnosis Does the Veteran now have or ever had a foot condition (other then flat feet) YEs X Foot injuries- Fracture left & right 5th toes***Note this is a change in diagnosis and more accurately reflects the Veterans service connected bilateral foot conditions Date of diagnosis- 10/26/89 X Other foot conditions (specify): Degenerative Joint disease, left great MTP joint **Note this is a separate condition, and is not a progression of the Veteran's service connected bilateral foot condition Date of diagnosis- 12/19/2013 2.Medical history Veteran fractured left 5th tow in 1989 and was treated with splinting. He also reports fracturing his right 5th toe, but does not recall date or treatment he received. Since his injuries, he has pain & stiffness in his l& r 5th toes and is aggravated by standing or walking >30 minutes Does Veteran have any other foot injuries X-Yes Veteran fractured right toe in 1989 If yes,, indicate severity and side affected- X-Both Does the Veteran have any other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs and /or symptoms related to any conditions listed in the diagnosis section above? X-Yes left 5th toe No deformaties, redness, swellling, or tenderness. Callus formation lateral aspect of MTP right 5th toe No motion loss. Right 5th toe No deformaties, redness, swellling, or tenderness. Callus formation lateral aspect of MTP right 5th toe No motion loss 12. Assisted devices. Does the Veteran use any assistive devices as a normal mode of locomotion, although ocassional locomotion by other methods may be possible> X Yes Assistive device X-Cane X occassional 14. Diagnostic Testing Have imaging studies of the foot been performed and are the reslts available? X YEs If yes, are there abnormal findings>? X Yes X Degenerative or traumatic arthritis -left foot Are there any other significient diagnostic test findings and/or results? X Yes 3 weight bearing views of the left foot were obtained. Comparison 12/14/2011 There is a bunion deformity of the great toe. There is some metatarus adductus of the 2nd through the 4th toes as well. There are mild degenerative findings of the great toe MTP joit. Calcaneal pitch is normal. There is an achilles insertion site ethesophyte. Impression: Mild Degenerative findings of the great toe MTP joint 3 weight bearing views of the right foot were obtained. Comparison 12/14/2011 There is a bunion deformity of the great toe. There is some metatarus adductus of the 2nd through the 4th toes as well. There is minimal spurring about the great toe MTP joint. There are flexion deformities of second through fifth toes. There are flexion deforities of the 2nd through the fifth toes. There is a healed small toe proximal phalanx head and neck fracture. There are minimal degenerative findings of the small toe proximal interphalangeal joint. Calcaneal pitch is normal. There is an achilles insertion site ethesophyte. There are atherosclerotic vascular calcifications. Correlate clinically in regards to any evidence for diabetes. Impression: Deformity of the small toe proximal phalanx head and nek is compatible with a healed fracture site. Functional impact. Does the Veterns foot condition impact his or her ability to work? X Yes Cannot continously stand/walk>30 minutes at a time 16. Remarks Vbms review 9/22/78 STR Seen for blister R foot 10/26/89 STR Assessment "Fx small toe L foot 10/27/89 STR x ray report-left foot "Comminuted fracture of proxima 5th phalanx 2/6/90 STR Assessment: Resolving Fx of 5th digit l foot. 8/5/95 STR Evaluated for "Plantar Fasiciitis" 8/7/95 Seen for pes planus, calcaneal pain, and plantar fascittis 11/16/95 STR Seen for bilateral heel pain. Given bilateral heel support and "adjust arch supports Apr 02/2002 Podiatry Follow up "A/plntar Fascilitis b/l ***Statement of individual Unemployability Cannot continously stand/walk>30 minutes at a time. Otherwise caple of other sedentary functional activities Mitchell Functional assessment for left foot Can pain, weakness, fatigability, or incoordination significantly limit functional ability during flare ups, or when the joint is used repetably over a period of time> X Yes If yes- X it is not possible without resorting to mere speculation to estimate either losss of ROM or describe loss of function, because there is no conceptual or empirical basis for making such a determination without directly observing function under these condtions Mitchell Functional assessment for right foot Can pain, weakness, fatigability, or incoordination significantly limit functional ability during flare ups, or when the joint is used repetably over a period of time> X Yes If yes- X it is not possible without resorting to mere speculation to estimate either losss of ROM or describe loss of function, because there is no conceptual or empirical basis for making such a determination without directly observing function under these condtions Flatfoot(Pes Planus) 1. Diagnosis Does the Veteran now have or ever had a flat foot (pes planus) X-Yes Diagnosis #1 Pes Planus-Bilateral feet X-Both 2. Medical History Describe the history(including onset and course)of the Veterans current flatfoot condition (i.e., whe did the flat foot first became symptomatic?) brief summary: Veteran states that his feet are "extremely painful from the military." His flat feet was treated with orthotics "that never worked". Currently he has symptoms of pain with weight bearing and had constant pain from both his neuropathy abd his bones". Walking or standing >30 minutes aggrevates his pain. He perodically uses a cane for ambulation due to neuropathy in his feet. 3. Signs and symptoms a. Does the Veteran have pain on use of the feet? X Yes If yes, indicate side affected: Both Does the veteran have characteristic calluses(or any calluses caused by the flat foot condition? X Yes If yes, indicate side affected: X Both Does the Veteran have any other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs and/or symptoms related to any conditions listed in the Diagnosis section above? X Yes Left foot: No deformities, redness, warmth, or swelling. Subjective pain to palpation over calcaneus and lateral aspect of MTP left toe. Callus formation lateral aspect of MTP left toe and calcaneus. Right Foot: No deformities, redness, warmth, or swelling. Subjective pain to palpation over calcaneus and lateral aspect of MTP right toe and calcaneus. Assistive devices Does the veteran use any assistive devices(other than corrective shoes or orthotic inserts) as a normal mode of locomotion, although occassional locomotion by other methods may be possible? X Yes If yes, identify assistive devices used(check all that apply and indicate frequency) Assistive device: X Cane X occassional If the veteran uses any asstive devices, specify the condition and identify the assistive device used for his bilateral feet neuropathic pain and for his "bone" pain due to pes planus Diagnostic Testing a. Have imaging studies of the foot been performed and are the results available? X Yes b. Are there any other significient diagnostic test finding and/ or results? X Yes If yes, provide type of test or procedure, date and results(brief summary) Dec 19, 2013 Foot, Weight bearing 3 views 3 weightbearing views of the left foot were obtained. Comparision 12/14/2013 There is a bunion deformity of the great toe. There is some metatararus of the 2nd through 4th toes as well. There is minimal spurring about the great toe MTP joint. There are flexion deformities of 2nd through fifth toes. There is a healed small toe proximal head and neck fracture. There are minimal degenerative findings of the small toe proximal interphalangeal joint. Calcaneal pitch is within normal limits. There is an achilles insertion site enthesophyte. There are atherosclerotic vascular calcifications. Correlate clinically in regards to any evidence for diabetes. Impression: Deformity the small toe prximal phalanx head and neck is compatible with a healed fracture site." 9. Functional impact Does the Veteran's flatfoot condition impact his or her ability to work? X Yes If yes describe the impact of each of the Veteran's flatfoot conditions providing one or more example's: Cannot stand/walk continuously>30 minutes at a time. 10. Remarks, if any: VBMS review: 8/7/95 STR Seen for pes planus, calcaneal pain, and plantar fasciitis. 11/16/95 STR Seen for bilateral heel pain. Given bilateral heel support and "adjust arch supports." CPRS review December 14, 2011 Foot bearing 3 Views 3 weightbearing views of the right foot There is metatarus adductus of the great toe. There are minimal degenerative findings of the great toe MTP joint. Calcaneal pitch is within normal limits There is an enthesophyte at the achilles tendon insertion site. There is a healed fracture of the small toe proximal phalanx head-neck. There is mild dorsal spurring off the navicular and talar neck. Impression: Minimal degenerative findingd of the great toe MTP joint." ***Statement of individual Unemployability Cannot continously stand/walk>30 minutes at a time. Otherwise caple of other sedentary functional activities Mitchel Functional Assessment for right foot Can pain, weakness, fatigability, or incoordination significantly limit functional ability during flare ups, or when the joint is used repeatedly over a period of time? X Yes If yes- X it is not possible without resorting to mere speculation to estimate either losss of ROM or describe loss of function, because there is no conceptual or empirical basis for making such a determination without directly observing function under these condtions Mitchel Functional Assessment for left foot Can pain, weakness, fatigability, or incoordination significantly limit functional ability during flare ups, or when the joint is used repeatedly over a period of time? X Yes If yes- X it is not possible without resorting to mere speculation to estimate either losss of ROM or describe loss of function, because there is no conceptual or empirical basis for making such a determination without directly observing function under these condtions Neck (Cervical Spine) Conditions 1. Diagnosis Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with a cervical spine (neck) condition? X Yes Cervical Spine Common Diagnoses: X Degenerative artritis of the spine X Other Diagnosis Diagnosis #1: C5-C6 and C6-C7 Degenerative disc disease with C7 radiculopathy, S/P C5-6 and C6-C-7 antercervial discectomy and fusion with PEEK cages. **Note:This is a change in diagnosis and more accurately reflect the progresson of the Veteran's service connected neck condition. ICD code 722.6 Date of diagnosis: 2010 Medical History Describe the history (including onset and course) of the Veteran's cervical spine (neck) condition (brief summary): Veteran states that he injured his neck after a helicopter crash in 1990. Since this injury, Veteran states he has "many other" neck injuries and was diagnosed with "chronic cervical strain." He had "extremely severe pain" radiating to both arms. After failure of epidursl steroid injections, he had and anterior cervical fusion of the C5-C^ and C6-C7 at Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona on 7/17-13. Since his surgery, Veteran continued with constant 9-10/10 pain aggravated by neck movement. He has recurrance of with radicular pain to both hands 1 month after surgery. 3. Flare-ups Does the Veteran report flare-ups impact the function of the cervical spine (neck)? X NO Initial range of motion (ROM) measurements forward flexion ends X 15 degrees objective evidence of painful motion begins X 10 degrees Extension ends X 5 degrees Objective evidence of painful motion begins: X 5 degrees Right lateral flexion ends X 10 degrees evidence of painful motion begins X 10 degrees left lateral flexion ends X 5 degrees objective evidence of painful motion begins X 5 degrees right lateral rotation ends X 10 degrees objective evidence of painful motion begins X 10 degrees left lateraal rotation ends X 10 degrees objective evidence of painful motion begins X 10 degrees If ROM does not conform to the normal range of motion listed above but is normal for this Veteran ( for reasons other than a cervical spine (neck) condition, such as age, body habitus, neurologic disease) explain: Veteran had guarded movement of his neck. He appeared to demonstrate greater mobility, but still limited movement of neck that measure with active range of motion measurments. 5. Rom measurements after repetitive use testing a. Is the Veteran able to perform repetitive-use testing with 3 repetitions? X YEs Select where post-test foreward flexion ends X 15 degrees Post-test extension ends: X 5 degrees post-test right lateral flexion ends: X 10 degrees post -test left lateral flexion ends X 5 degrees post test right lateral flexion ends: X 10 degrees post test left lateral rotation ends: X 10 degrees Does the Veteran have any functional loss and/ or functional impairment of the cervical spine (neck) X Yes If the Veteran has functional loss, functional impairment and/or additional limitation of ROM of the cervical spine (neck) after repetitivr use, indicate the contributing factures of disability below X Less movement than normal X Pian on movment Muscle strength testing Elbow flexing, elbow extension, wrist flexion, wrist extension, finger flexion, finger abduction all X 5/5 Does the Veteran have muscle atrophy? X NO Reflex exam Rate deep tendon reflexes (DTRs) according to the following scale Biceps X 2+ Triceps X 2+ Brachioradialis X 2+ Sensory exam Shoulder area (c5) Inner/outer forearm (C6/T1 Hand/fingers)C6-8) all normal Does the Veteran have radicular pain or any other signs or symptoms due to radiculopathy? X Yes Indicate location and severity of symptoms Constant pain(may be excruciating at times Right & left upper extremity X None Intermittent pain (usually dull) Right & left upper extremity X Mild Indicate nerve roots involved: (Check all that apply) X Involvement pf C5/C6 nerve roots (upper radicular group) Indicate severity of radiculopathy and side affected: Right & left X Mild 12. Is there ankylosis of the spine? X NO Intervertebra disc syndrome (IVDS) and incapaciting episodes A. Does the Veteran have IVDS of the cerviccal spine? X Yes If yes, has the Veteran had any incapaciting epsidoes over the past 12 months due to IVDS? X NO ****Note- I submitted proof for this claim that I had 181 days off from work with Incapaciating episodes with signed copies from doctor who prescribed each ocurrance. I l also provided a copy from rating manual that showed 6 weeks or more of bed rest were entitled to a 60% rating and that per guide lines I should be rated at the minimum of 60-100%!!! Does the Veteran have any scars(surgical or otherwise) related to any conditions or to the treatment of any conditions listed in the diagnosis section above? X Yes If yes, are any of the scars pianful and/or unstable, or is the total area of all related scars greater than 39 square cm (6 square inches)? X NO Does the Veteran have any other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs or symtoms? X Yes If yes, describe (brief summary): Veteran had guarded movments of his neck. Left anterior 7.5 cm x 0.5cm healed, nontender, surgical, cervical scar. No cervical paraspinous muscle tenderness. O'Donohue's maneuver considered not reliable due to diminished effort. Breakaway weakness noted at tricepts and bicepts. Diminished effort for grip testing. Normal sensory exam of bilateral upper extrmeties. Phalen's and Tinnnel's negative bilaterally 18. Diagnostic testing a. Has the imaging studies of the cervical spine been performed and are the results available? X YEs If yes, is arthrititis(degenerative joint disease) documented? X YEs Are there any other significient diagnostic test findingd and or results? X YEs If yes provide type of test or procedure, date and results (brief summary): December 19, 2013 CERVICAL SPINE 3 VIEWS, RATINGS "REPORT: Ap, lateral, and swimmers views of the cervical spine were obtained. Comparsion 10/21/2010 Prevertebral soft tissues are within normal limits in thickness. There is some levoconvex curvature to the upper thoracic spine and dextroconvex curvature to the upper cervical spine. At C4-5 there is mild relative disc space narrowing and small ventral osteophyte formation. At C5-C6 an anterior plate, interbody screws, and intervertebral disc spacers are present. No lucencies about the screws are noted to suggest loosening. Impression: c5-C6 anterior cervical spinal fusion hardware is without lucenies to suggest loosening, Function impact Does the Veterans cervical spine (neck) condition impact on his ability to work? X YEs If yes, describe the impact of each of the Veteran's cervical spine (neck)conditions, providing one or more examples: Cannot reach above shoulder level or perform overhead work. Remarks, if any: VBMS review: (partial progress note-no date) Seen for cervical spine. History for 1990 injury from helicopter crash 2/5/13 Tucson Orthopedic Institute, Tucson AZ Seen for cervical spine and lumbar spine pain. Report indicated EMG showing "evidence of C7 nerve root irritation as well as carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel." 5/11/13 MRI "MRI of the cervical spine, dated 511/1 3/ reveals degenerative disc disease of the cervical of the cervical spine. Patient has a disc osteo-right complex at C5-6 with left greater than right foraminal narrowing. Patient has foraminal narrowing bilaterally at C6-7. Assessment 1. Cervical Radiculopathy 723.4 2. Cervical Disc Degeneration 722.4 3. Cervical Spine Stenosis 723.0 4. Cervical Spondylosis 721.0" 7/17/13 Operative note Procedure: C5-6 and C6-7 antercervical discectomy and fusion with PEEk cages." CPRS review : November 26, 2010 MRI CERVICAL SPINE W/O CONTRAST REPORT: Cervical spine MRI: Sagittal T1 and T2-weighted images, as well as axial PD, T2 & T2* weighted images, were obtained. Comparison exams: The height of the vertebral bodies, the disc spaces and the alignment of the cervical spine are preserved. C2-C3, C3-C4, C4-C5 livels are unremarkable. C5-C6 level: Mild bilateral uncovertebral joint degenerative arthropathy, causing mild stenosis of the neural foramen. Small posterior disc osteophyte complex, impinging the ventral aspecdt of the thecl sac, causing mild central canal stenosis. Impression: Mild degenerative changes of the cervical spine." Statement of Individual Unemployability Cannot reach above shoulder level or perform overhead work. Otherwise capable of other sedentary functional activities. MITCHELL FUNCTONAL ASSESSMENT FOR CERVICAL SPINE Can pain, weakness, fatigability, or incoordination significantly limit fuctional ability either during flare-ups or when the joint is used repeatedly over a period of time? X YEs If yes; Estimated loss of ROM due to pain and/or functional loss during flare-ups or when the joint is used repeatedly over a period of time, describing onlt he affected elements of ROM: X It is not possible without resorting to mere speculation to estimate to estimate either loss of ROM or describe loss of function, because there is no conceptual or empiricsl basis for making such a determination without directly observing function under these conditions. I retired in 96!! Rating exam(in 96) only gave me a 0% rating for cervical as the raters said there was no evidence in military records that I was involved in a helicopter accident & any other service accidents with cervical injury even though it was submitted repeatedly, The medical rater that did this exam, was given all these records personally to him by me at the exam to prove that it occured,. I had these stapled in the appropriate ratings, high lighted with stick um's for easier reading.The same thing also occured for all the feet isues as well. Given a 0% since 96 stating there was no evidence either. This examiner clearly saw this is my medical records that I provided. Do you thing the rater which is preparing a decision on my claim will rate me from 96 to current as there were Cue claims amoungst this huge claim? I also submitted an UI for my spine for 100%. There were quite a few other issues, however the rater was only told to rate the above, I also submitted for the other 2 months of convalescent from the surgery as they only gave me 1 month. I had the spine doctor who did the sugery to write another medical document so the rater could under stand this on a 3rd grade level, it was 3 months and not 1. I had over 6 weeks of bed rest, so they better not low ball me under the 60 %. With what you see here. (bilateral arms, legs, ect) how they may rate this. I am currently at 70%. I'm thinking with the Statement of Individual Unemployability's the doctor wrote I should easily reach this as a 100% scheduler or 100% IU. Thanks!!
  8. I first got seen at my local VA clinic in Athens GA last year when things were at their worst when I say worst I mean I was ready to wrap my van around a pole. I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes, about three years out of service. I had gestational diabetes with my second child born in 2011 when I was about a year out of service and was borderline with my first child in 2010 while I was still in the service. I wanted to know if it is a condition that can be claimed? Also my therapist says that I have PTSD and anxiety and mild depression. I did claim anxiety and depression but not PTSD. Also, I have had an appeal going on since July 2012, it's still in phase 1 cause of a screw up by my lawyer I wanted to ask for advice if it's worth it to stick it out with the appeal or start a new fully developed claim with new evidence and another C&P exam. Also, when I left service in June 2010 I got a copy of my medical records but not my mental health records. I was being treated for three years. The VA doesn't have my mental health records either. Can someone tell me where I can obtain a copy of my records from? When I went to do my C&P my examiner told me all she had was that I was seen by mental health my last three months of service. I understand my case can take longer cause I have multiple conditions that I put in for I am just in need of some advice. Thanks in advance, Natalie
  9. might help someone here: "In conclusion, the Board finds that there is sufficient evidence which verifies that the Veteran was exposed to Agent Orange while stationed on Johnston Island and there is competent evidence of diabetes mellitus manifested to a compensable degree after service." http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp11/Files3/1120700.txt "2. Resolving doubt in favor of the veteran, the evidence establishes that the veteran was exposed to Agent Orange herbicides while stationed on Johnston Island from February 1972 to January 1973. " http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp07/Files1/0708979.txt FINDINGS OF FACT 1. The appellant was exposed to Agent Orange while stationed on Johnston Island from June 1975 to July 1976. 2. The competent evidence establishes a current diagnosis of diabetes mellitus type II. http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp08/Files1/0806141.txt
  10. Patient Name: Hugh T. McQuade DOB: Gender: Male VA File number Subject: Mr. McQuades Peripheral Arterial Disease Secondary to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus To Whom It May Concern: I am Mr. Hugh T. McQuade Primary Care Physician, he has been a patient of mine since_____. I see Mr. McQuade once a year for physical exams, in (date) I diagnosed him with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus based on his consistent high glucose and AC1 levels. I have reviewed Mr. McQuades Military Service and Medical Records that included his C and P exams, and VA blood test results, these records indicated that Mr. McQuade is a Viet Nam Veteran, he was diagnosed by the Saginaw VA Doctors with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and Mr. McQuade was Service Connected for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus by the VA Compensation Board. My review of Mr. McQuades private medical records from Dr. _________, M.D., Endocrinologist, who is treating Mr. McQuade for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, shows that Mr. McQuade is being seen by Dr. _________, M.D. every 3 to 6 months, that Mr. McQuades glucose and Ac1 levels had not been stable over the past 3 years, subsequently Dr. Thawani, M.D. had to increase Mr. McQuades Diabetic medication from Metformin 500mg once a day to 500mg 3 times a day, adding Amaryl 2 mg once and day, and Zocor once a day. My review of Mr. McQuades medical report from his Neurologist Dr. ___________, D.O. and Ultra Sound of Mr. McQuades, lower extremities show that Mr. McQuade has mild Peripheral Arterial Disease, more in his left leg that right leg. Based on Mr. McQuades history of Service Connected Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, my review of all tests and lab results, and my physical examination of Mr. McQuades feet and legs it is most than likely than not that Mr. McQuades Peripheral Arterial Disease is Secondary to his Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Further evidence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus causing Peripheral Arterial Disease is supported by The American Diabetes Association, The American Heart Association, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Please feel free to call me at_____________ Sincerely, Hi all feedback accepted. I write the following Nexus letter for my private doctor to send to the VA on my denial for PAD Secondary to DMII Thanks, Hugh
  11. I am wondering what to expect for this type of exam. On the 5th of next month I am scheduled for both general and physic C&P exams for increase in compensation. I am currently rated at 60% and do NOT currently qualify for an increase to 100% under their guidelines. When I filed for this increase I was hoping to have another item tied into my 60% (sleep apnea secondary due to GERD/Depression with CPAP (va approved)). This would of put me at 80% and would of gave me a real chance at the TDIU, but, unfortunately that claim is still in limbo. But, I have heard (read) where even if I do not meet the va guidelines that they "could" still grant 100% TDIU. I am wondering if their is any truths to this, and what should I expect at the exams for this type of claim? I plan on having my SSD approved letter with me that allowed me to be granted SSD, which all claims for SSD are the same claims I am already approved for VA. Nothing more than those items that got me SSD are the exact same items that got me VA compensation at 60%. I have other issues that are not SC, diabetes would be one of those. I also plan on having my fiance' do a statement, but I am not sure exactly what she should say... I know for her to tell the truth. I have not worked from day one when I filed my claims with VA or SSD, not a single cent have I made other than what the VA or SSD has paid me. It has not been easy to say the least, and I have tons of bills that piled up while I was not receiving anything. Anyway, if any body has any input on these exams or what I should concentrate as far as getting "my ducks in a row"... I would like to hear what you all have to say. Thanks!
  12. Low oxygen levels have been linked to hyperglycemia. See: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_145672.html and other studies indicating the relationship between lung disease and diabetes. Has anyone ever "heard" of a Veteran who was SC'd for a lung disease / copd / possibly even sleep apnea who later developed diabetes and received service connection for the diabetes as a secondary condition to the pulmonary disorder? VA Clinical Guidelines For Diabetes: http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=24192
  13. Read the Board of Veterans Appeal Decision Here. James Cripps won the first ever VA claim for Agent Orange exposure in CONUS James Cripps "On November 2, 2009, I won the first ever VA claim for Agent Orange exposure, "inside the Continental United States." The claim was granted for Chloracne, Diabetes and Heart Disease with ICD implant, as due to Agent Orange exposure at Fort Gordon GA., in the years 1967-1969. You will be able to read the Board Of Veterans Appeals detailed decision along with the supporting evidence at WWW.va.gov in a couple of months when it is posted. From the web site choose Board of Veterans Appeals, then click on Decisions. Next type in the search box Docket No.08-11 937." Read the Board of Veterans Appeal Decision Here. View the full article
  14. Well I finally Got my explanation of benefits and i have a couple of questions so here goes a little bit of the history I am currently rated at 90%, 70% for depression 50% for sleep apnea and 10% for left knee and 10% for Left ankle also 10% for right lateral epicondilitis and 10% for tinnitus so I put in a claim June of last year for increase on L knee and ankle and also new right ankle instability and arthritis new in all lower joints ankles and knees and to reopen my Diabetes that was ruled non SC in 2011 Fast forward to today I have read the explanation many times and i have some questions that I am hopping that you all can help with so here goes. First question is i know that the knee is the body part that can have more then one SC disability with out pyramiding the disabilities so when i got my letter it explains that the have awarded my arthritis claim and changed the the diagnostic code from 5259 but combined previous rating with the arthritis but if i look up the old code it deals with removal of semilunar cartilage but i thought that the arthritis should be under its own rating. Second question when you are diagnosed with Arthritis in two or more major joints as diagnosed with X-Ray evidence that the rating would be 20% i was awarded SC for arthritis in both knees and both ankles so i am wondering if this is correct and if so is the 20% for each joint or do they rate them all at a single 20% my right knee was given 10 for arthritis and the ankle was combined together with chronic tearof the talofibular and calconofibular ligaments and DJD and achilles tendonitis and given a 10%. question 3 is with the Diabetes they still say denied but give me a list of evidence that if i can show was taken before i left service or with in one year that would prove it started while on active duty and at the end of the statement it says the claim for SC is reopened does that mean they are giving me the benefit of the dobt to find the info and send in to get it granted instead of saying the info i sent in to try to get the claim reopened was not new or material evidence Thanks all for your help My VSO Hasn't answered my Emails so im just trying get all this clear inmy head as to what i need to send in a appeal on thanks again all
  15. I am seeking advice. I would appreciate any constructive advice given. I am currently SC at 20% - 10% for unspecified muscle issues in each leg. 0% for knee, 0% for tinnitus, 0% for eardrum. I joined the Army in 1991. I have always been a big guy 5'11 185-200 pounds. They always had to perform a BMI test because I never matched the height/weight standards. Still I was in really good shape and ran sub 13 minute two miles on the PT tests. I hurt my legs after about a year at my first duty station. I told my chain of command that I was hurt and had a hard time running and exercising. They did not believe I was hurt and proceeded to increase the damage by adding more and more stress to my legs. The assigned someone to run it out of me. The physical and mental abuse continued for a long time. They eventually broke me. I refused to do anymore. I told them I would report to sick call everyday. They suck me in the company mail room and continued their mental games but did not force me to do PT anymore. However, by that time the damage was done. My weight started to increase because of the stress and the fact I could not exercise. I quickly exceeded the BMI limits and was sent to weight management. They discharged me because I could not bring my BMI in line with the Army standards. I quickly balloned from the 230s at the time of discharge to the 290s. I lost jobs because I could not stand for long lengths of times. However, because of my SC I received voc rehab. and got a desk job. However, my weight continued to climb. I am currently in the 360's and have not been below 300's since 1995. One of my legs gave out last Oct and I thought I might have broke my arm. I went to the VA to get it on record in case my arm was broken. I had a mental melt down at the VA and was referred to MH. My new PHP thought I was suffering from PTSD and sleep apnea. I have not slept well in 20 years but I had no idea what sleep apnea was or its effects. I also did not believe I had PTSD although my I had most the symtoms. I recently went through the sleep study at the VA and it was confirmed that I have sleep apnea. My MH doctors told me to file for benefits for depression. Which I did with the DVA. I amended my claim today to add sleep apnea, increase for knee, increase for ear, hyper tension. The DVA rep said that he didn't think sleep apnea would be SC because I didn't complain about it in the service. I believe that it should be secondary to my leg problems which in turn contributed to me becoming overweight while I was in service and finally discharged for being to fat. Being fat is what causes sleep apnea and my diabetes and a host of other problems. To me there is a clear line that started in the service. Also before anyone chimes in with the whole eat less and don't be fat I would like you to know that I have tried. It isn't always that simply. I also think it is niave to think it is that simple. Ask a drug addict or an alcholic to have a little bit of drugs and alchol every day but keep it under control. I have to eat to live but mentally I have not been able to keep it under control and I am just starting to figure out why. The Cpap machine is a godsend. I really had no idea what a difference it would make. Any advice from someone that has been in my situation or knows someone that has been in my situation and won their claim would be greatly appreciated. I have a healthy distrust of the VA doing the right thing.
  16. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a Dr. in the Boston area or where ever that has done/will do an IMO/IME (Whatever is required) for Sleep Apnea (OSA) secondary to SC'd PTSD. I am medically retired Marine as of 2007...I complained for years about sleep issues and was told that I snored extremely loud. Others said I stopped breathing. I said maybe I have sleep apnea, i dont know, but I want a sleep study. Well the Marine Corps, never got me one as I was on my way out. It is noted in my exit physical that I had complained and have continously complainted since getting out finally in August of 2007. I know that other than that I had no service records of sleep issues. Upon finally getting the green light for a VA sleep study in 2009, I filed a claim as secondary to ptsd in 9/2009. It was denied in 8/2010, even though once I had the sleep study they said I have sleep apnea and even issued me a CPAP. I appealed in 2011, which is where that appeal is still sitting at the RO. I am currently 90% combined. I have been on meds since 2007. I understand that I need to have the dots connected for the VA to approve that sleep apnea as a secondary that was either caused or aggrevated by my service connected PTSD. sorry for the long back story. I am looking for others that have had this approved as a secondary to PTSD and a doctor familiar with VA procedures, PTSD, OSA for an IMO. I also was diagnosed last 2/2013 with type 2 diabetes (DMII). I'm wondering if that can be service connected. I have not filed a claim for that. I'm not trying to claim everything under the son but i also want to make sure everything is covered. I'm currently sc'd for PTSD 70% (have an appeal pending for schedular 100%, last c&P on 6/2013 for 3/2013 reevaluation) examiner thought I should be 100% but due to some work in the past, he lowered it to 70%. I also put in a claim for TDIU in 12/2013. I have not worked since 12/2012. Once again, sorry to go off on another tangent. I get side tracked easily. I'm also sc'd for HTN (10%), Tinnitus (10%), Bilater Factor for left and right dislocations (20%,20% Combined 40% with bilateral factor for those 2. I was told in the Marines I was prediabetic, but they never treated nor did anything for me. It was kind of off the cuff when I was going through my exit physical.I'm just curious if it is possible to service connect my recent type 2 diabetes (DMII) to secondary for ptsd or alone on its own. I currently take metformin pill and was increased from 1 pill once a day to 2 pills per day. I know that would fall under the 20% for DMII due to taking medication, even without the bump from my ptsd, either schedular 100% or IU...having SA & DMII service connected would get me to 95% which rounds to 100% schedular. So any info people can shed I appreciate it. Someone mentioned Dr. Bash. I emailed but never got a response and I'm not even sure he would be the right person for my case. I'd love to know who was successful in service connecting DMII as secondary to ptsd or stand alone (no in service diagnosis) and successful for Sleep apnea (OSA) secondary to ptsd. I know I droned on and on. I thank each and every one who takes the time to even read my post, let alone respond with some help. thanks and I look forward to hearing from you all.
  17. Hi: Just came yesterday from the doctor who diagnosed me with arthritis. I'm a AO service connected with diabetes type 1, NP in both hands and legs. No family related with arthritis or diabetes. Does the arthritis has to be with my diabetes?
  18. Hi all, currently have osa on appeal as my initial claim I didn't have an IMO. I'm 70% ptsd, major depression/panic w/agoraphobia, 20% bilateral shoulder dislocations (major and minor), 10% HTC, 10% Tinnitus...90% combined. I have increase tdiu for ptsd and appeal on my b 70% from July. Guy said I should be 100 but Cuz I worked 2 yrs ago, he had it at 70. My osa I use full face sleep mask pressure is 13.0.. Finally got sleep study in 2010 were was diagnosed. Complained for 5 yrs prior. I believe my osa is due to my massive 150 lb weight gain due to. My ptsd...I'm in Boston area, who can someone recommend. Don't have insurance. Ch 61 retiree from usmc for shoulders and ptsd. I also recently was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last February. Any Suggestions? I'm currently in 3rd week of CUP program for ptsd at VA.
  19. Re cap of current claim with the rating board shows(currently rated at 70%) IU was submitted by deadline through e-benifts and received- Report from VA compensation doctor states: -claim for my cervical fusion in July with medical evidence that I was off for over 7 months for incapacitating Episodes( rating doctor stated I had IDS, however no episode having a total duration of 6 weeks or more which is 60%.) Evidence was faxed in to the rating board showing 3 months bedrest, 7 months total! -Nerve conduction studies and EMG's-show medical evidence of the radiculpathy. -the Veteran has bilateral carpal tunnel -Involvement C5/C6 nerve roots (upper radicular group) -Indicate severity of radiculopathy and side affected: -Right & left X Mild Intervertebral disc syndrome (IVDS) and incapaciting episodes A. Does the Veteran have IVDS of the cervical spine? Yes Cannot reach above shoulder level or perform overhead work. Seen for cervical spine and lumbar spine pain. Report indicated EMG showing "evidence of C7 nerve root irritation as well as carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel." MRI of the cervical spine, dated 511/1 3/ reveals degenerative disc disease of the cervical of the cervical spine. Patient has a disc osteo-right complex at C5-6 with left greater than right foraminal narrowing. Patient has foraminal narrowing bilaterally at C6-7. Assessment 1. Cervical Radiculopathy 723.4 2. Cervical Disc Degeneration 722.4 3. Cervical Spine Stenosis 723.0 4. Cervical Spondylosis 721.0" X Foot injuries- Fracture left & right 5th toes***Note this is a change in diagnosis and more accurately reflects the Veterans service connected bilateral foot conditions Other foot conditions (specify): Degenerative Joint disease, left great MTP joint **Note this is a separate condition, and is not a progression of the Veteran's service connected bilateral foot condition Degenerative or traumatic arthritis -left foot There is a bunion deformity of the great toe. There is some metatarsus adductus of the 2nd through the 4th toes as well. There are mild degenerative findings of the great toe MTP joint There is an Achilles insertion site ethesophyte There are atherosclerotic vascular calcifications. Correlate clinically in regards to any evidence for diabetes. Deformity of the small toe proximal phalanx head and nek is compatible with a healed fracture site. Does the Veterans foot condition impact his or her ability to work? X Yes Cannot continuously stand/walk>30 minutes at a time x ray report-left foot "Comminuted fracture of proxima 5th phalanx Assessment: Resolving Fx of 5th digit l foot. Evaluated for "Plantar Fasiciitis" Seen for pes planus, calcaneal pain, and plantar fascittis Seen for bilateral heel pain. Given bilateral heel support and "adjust arch supports ***Statement of individual Unemployability 9. Functional impact Does the Veteran's flatfoot condition impact his or her ability to work? X Yes If yes describe the impact of each of the Veteran's flatfoot conditions providing one or more example's: Cannot stand/walk continuously>30 minutes at a time. There is minimal spurring about the great toe MTP joint. There are flexion deformities of 2nd through fifth toes. There is a healed small toe proximal head and neck fracture. There are minimal degenerative findings of the small toe proximal interphalangeal joint. - issue for the unemployability -Doctor wrote I can't reach over my shoulders, and on the feet I can't walk or stand more than 30 minutes. Probably will be given 10% bilateral for each feet, same for arms, and also same for hands. Spine, either 40 or 60%. Not sure about the nerves. I estimate amount 90%-short 5%
  20. With a current claim pending at the decision stage in Phoenix, I am trying to contemplate my chances of going from a current rating of 70% to 100%. Last time I had a claim, I noticed that there was a statement saying "Veteran spoke of chronic fatigue, drowsiness and tiredness. However he didn't make it clear if he was seeking service connection. So, I put in a claim for chronic fatigue caused by all the service connected medications I am on. Also, I have a claim for my cervical fusion in July with medical evidence that I was off for over 7 months for incapacitating Episodes( rating doctor stated I had IDS, however no episode having a total duration of 6 weeks or more which is 60%. I had faxed and mailed this info to the VA with proof I had 3 months off for bed rest from the surgery plus the other 4 months that would give me the 60 % or possible 100%. Also, I was just admitted to the hospital again because of the neck pain that returned. Also-Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with a cervical spine (neck) condition? X Yes Degenerative arthritis of the spine X Other Diagnosis Diagnosis #1: C5-C6 and C6-C7 Degenerative disc disease with C7 radiculopathy, S/P C5-6 and C6-C-7 antercervial discectomy and fusion with PEEK cages. Veteran states that he injured his neck after a helicopter crash in 1990. Since this injury, Veteran states he has "many other" neck injuries and was diagnosed with "chronic cervical strain." He had "extremely severe pain" radiating to both arms. After failure of epidural steroid injections, he had and anterior cervical fusion of the C5-C^ and C6-C7 at Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona on 7/17-13. Since his surgery, Veteran continued with constant 9-10/10 pain aggravated by neck movement. He has recurrence of with radicular pain to both hands 1 month after surgery. Initial range of motion (ROM) measurements forward flexion ends X 15 degrees objective evidence of painful motion begins X 10 degrees Extension ends X 5 degrees Objective evidence of painful motion begins: X 5 degrees Right lateral flexion ends X 10 degrees evidence of painful motion begins X 10 degrees left lateral flexion ends X 5 degrees objective evidence of painful motion begins X 5 degrees right lateral rotation ends X 10 degrees objective evidence of painful motion begins X 10 degrees left lateral rotation ends X 10 degrees objective evidence of painful motion begins X 10 degrees If ROM does not conform to the normal range of motion listed above but is normal for this Veteran ( for reasons other than a cervical spine (neck) condition, such as age, body habitus, neurologic disease) explain: Veteran had guarded movement of his neck. He appeared to demonstrate greater mobility, but still limited movement of neck that measure with active range of motion measurements. 5. ROM measurements after repetitive use testing a. Is the Veteran able to perform repetitive-use testing with 3 repetitions? X Yes Select where post-test forward flexion ends X 15 degrees Post-test extension ends: X 5 degrees post-test right lateral flexion ends: X 10 degrees post -test left lateral flexion ends X 5 degrees post test right lateral flexion ends: X 10 degrees post test left lateral rotation ends: X 10 degrees Does the Veteran have any functional loss and/ or functional impairment of the cervical spine (neck) X Yes If the Veteran has functional loss, functional impairment and/or additional limitation of ROM of the cervical spine (neck) after repetitive use, indicate the contributing factures of disability below X Less movement than normal X Pian on movement Muscle strength testing Does the Veteran have radicular pain or any other signs or symptoms due to radiculopathy? X Yes Indicate location and severity of symptoms Constant pain(may be excruciating at times Intermittent pain (usually dull) Right & left upper extremity X Mild Indicate nerve roots involved: (Check all that apply) X Involvement pf C5/C6 nerve roots (upper radicular group) Indicate severity of radiculopathy and side affected: Right & left X Mild Intervertebral disc syndrome (IVDS) and incapaciting episodes A. Does the Veteran have IVDS of the cervical spine? X Yes ****Note- I submitted proof for this claim that I had 181 days off from work with Incapacitating episodes with signed copies from doctor who prescribed each ocurrance. I l also provided a copy from rating manual that showed 6 weeks or more of bed rest were entitled to a 60% rating and that per guide lines I should be rated at the minimum of 60-100%!!! Veteran had guarded movements of his neck. Left anterior 7.5 cm x 0.5cm healed, non tender, surgical, cervical scar. No cervical paraspinous muscle tenderness. O'Donohue's maneuver considered not reliable due to diminished effort. Breakaway weakness noted at triceps and biceps. Diminished effort for grip testing. Normal sensory exam of bilateral upper extrmeties. Phalen's and Tinnnel's negative bilaterally At C4-5 there is mild relative disc space narrowing and small ventral osteophyte formation. At C5-C6 an anterior plate, interbody screws, and intervertebral disc spacers are present. No lucencies about the screws are noted to suggest loosening. Does the Veterans cervical spine (neck) condition impact on his ability to work? X Yes If yes, describe the impact of each of the Veteran's cervical spine (neck)conditions, providing one or more examples: Cannot reach above shoulder level or perform overhead work. Seen for cervical spine and lumbar spine pain. Report indicated EMG showing "evidence of C7 nerve root irritation as well as carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel." Also the doctor has stated if I had a pain from my shoulders arms from the spine-I stated severe. Then I have carpal tunnel per EMG I think they only give like 20% for arms including hands, not sure about the nerves, "MRI of the cervical spine, dated 511/1 3/ reveals degenerative disc disease of the cervical of the cervical spine. Patient has a disc osteo-right complex at C5-6 with left greater than right foraminal narrowing. Patient has foraminal narrowing bilaterally at C6-7. Assessment 1. Cervical Radiculopathy 723.4 2. Cervical Disc Degeneration 722.4 3. Cervical Spine Stenosis 723.0 4. Cervical Spondylosis 721.0" X Foot injuries- Fracture left & right 5th toes***Note this is a change in diagnosis and more accurately reflects the Veterans service connected bilateral foot conditions Other foot conditions (specify): Degenerative Joint disease, left great MTP joint **Note this is a separate condition, and is not a progression of the Veteran's service connected bilateral foot condition Veteran fractured right toe in 1989 left 5th toe Callus formation lateral aspect of MTP right 5th toe No motion loss. Right 5th toe Callus formation lateral aspect of MTP right 5th toe No motion loss Assistive device X-Cane X occasional Degenerative or traumatic arthritis -left foot There is a bunion deformity of the great toe. There is some metatarsus adductus of the 2nd through the 4th toes as well. There are mild degenerative findings of the great toe MTP joint . There is an Achilles insertion site ethesophyte. Mild Degenerative findings of the great toe MTP joint 3 weight bearing views of the right foot were obtained. Comparison 12/14/2011 There is a bunion deformity of the great toe. There is some metatarsus adductus of the 2nd through the 4th toes as well. Calcaneal pitch is normal. There is an Achilles insertion site ethesophyte. There are atherosclerotic vascular calcifications. Correlate clinically in regards to any evidence for diabetes. Deformity of the small toe proximal phalanx head and nek is compatible with a healed fracture site. Does the Veterans foot condition impact his or her ability to work? X Yes Cannot continously stand/walk>30 minutes at a time Seen for blister R foot Assessment "Fx small toe L foot x ray report-left foot "Comminuted fracture of proxima 5th phalanx Assessment: Resolving Fx of 5th digit l foot. Evaluated for "Plantar Fasiciitis" Seen for pes planus, calcaneal pain, and plantar fascittis Seen for bilateral heel pain. Given bilateral heel support and "adjust arch supports ***Statement of individual Unemployability 9. Functional impact Does the Veteran's flatfoot condition impact his or her ability to work? X Yes If yes describe the impact of each of the Veteran's flatfoot conditions providing one or more example's: Cannot stand/walk continuously>30 minutes at a time. There is minimal spurring about the great toe MTP joint. There are flexion deformities of 2nd through fifth toes. There is a healed small toe proximal head and neck fracture. There are minimal degenerative findings of the small toe proximal interphalangeal joint. There is an Achilles insertion site enthesophyte. Right Foot: No deformities, redness, warmth, or swelling. Subjective pain to palpation over calcaneus and lateral aspect of MTP right toe and calcaneus. Does the veteran use any assistive devices(other than corrective shoes or orthotic inserts) as a normal mode of locomotion, although occasional locomotion by other methods may be possible? X Yes If yes, identify assistive devices used(check all that apply and indicate frequency) Assistive device: X Cane Keep in mind I had written a statement that the VA needed to Cue themselves back to 96 for deliberately stating I didn't have any feet issues-gave a 0%, and a 0% for spine as they said I didn't have any medical info stating I had any accidents such as the helicopter crash in the service as well as all the other injuries. This doctor clearly saw them. So far, I'm thinking it will be close-perhaps 90%. I also submitted the IU for as well. For one issue for the unemployabilty Doctor wrote I can't reach over my shoulders, and on the feet I can't walk or stand more than 30 minutes. Not sure if that will sway the rating board as I never saw a response if that is favorable. Currently still not working, employer has me on FMLA. Only worked 2 weeks out of the last 7 months.
  21. Dx: Central Retinal Ischemia OS Visual field loss consistent with h/o stroke. Diabetes mellitus no retinopathy Nuclear sclerotic cataract OU Refractive error OU RIGHT EYE UNCORRECTED 20/25 J5 RIGHT EYE CORRECTED 20/20-3 J1 LEFT EYE UNCORRECTED 20/LP LP LEFT EYE CORRECTED 20/LP LP HUMPHREY KINETIC 16 MERIDIAN VISUAL FIELD PLOTTED ON GOLDMAN BOWL CHART: OD: SUPERIOR 9 DEG; TEMPORAL 71 DEG; INFERIOR 60 DEG; NASAL 9 DEG OS: SUPERIOR 0 DEG; TEMPORAL 0 DEG; INFERIOR 32 DEG; NASAL 0 DEG HVF 24-2 OU: OD: LOW RELIABILITY; COMPLETE NASAL VFD; GHT OUTSIDE NL; MD: -16.34DB OS: RELIABLE; COMPLETE SCOTOMA; GHT OUTSIDE NL; MD: -32.14 NOTE: CONSTRICTION OF VISUAL FIELDS CORRESPONDS TO CLINICAL PICTURE OF LEFT HEMIANOPSIA AND VISUAL LOSS LEFT EYE FROM CENTRAL RETINAL ARTERY ISCHEMIA. If anybody knows any of what this means it would be helpful.
  22. After 3 years and 2 months in the Marine Corps I had a heatstroke while on a battalion run. I spent 5 days in ICU. I was told I had a heat intolerance and therefore discharged from the Marines shortly after. That was back in 1993, since then I have been diagnosed with diabetes, have heart problems, and this week was told I have skin cancer. Are there any chances of getting a service connected disability from my heatstroke?
  23. ok, just found active problem list in med recs. it saysd hyperglycemia. I did a little research and it appears liver disease can cause hyperglycemia because the liver helps regulate carbs and sugar. I have resids of hepc. So my question is, is this part of the resides of hep c that im getting 40 percent for, or should I file seperate claim for hyperglycemia,. which leads to diabetes.
  24. Hi Folks, I have a bunch of diagnosis, the short story being that my condition is terminal, heart attacks on active duty, peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, inoperable coronary artery disease, diabetes..(no, not due to obesity :) ). Here's what I don't understand . My claim was denied because of one reason , Incompetence. My claim was denied after 23 months. VA AGREED with every diagnosis and when it was diagnosed. The incompetence referred to is this- Each diagnosis VA denied they wrote that when it happened I was a reservist, not on Active Duty. They called it what is a a non-existent status, in VA's words "Active Guard Reserve". They obviously focused on the 'Reserve' in AGR ,and further with my future,and home for my family in their hands, were incompetent. Each and every day during the 2005-2011 time period I was on Active Guard and Reserve duty, title 32. My 214 stated that so clearly, in "tricky" areas on the 214 like 'AD this period') which clearly showed this was entirely and completely an Active Duty period. This is black and white, just like the documentation I provided was, but it was shabbily dismissed. For someone with so much responsibility, why is that not incompetence ? So. Terminal health, I waited 23 months for this ? I'm losing my home, and the best VA can do is say to file a disagreement and wait months more ? You know what ? When I was serving them I never did a half assed job like they have done to me and thousands others . When I screwed up it was fixed immediately. But the VA ? Oh no. File a disagreement , ad nauseum, wait for months or worse, just so finally someone can say "oh, he's right". From what I see you couldn't possibly care less. Guess I better get the lawyer, I'll read up on that here. Un freakin' believable. You'd think they'd have a 'quicky' review to discuss obvious errors, but common sense is in shortage status. As is integrity. Shame. Doug
  25. Hi all....I'm new so I'll give you a little background. I am 40% SC Disability for my R/L Knees, R Ankle, and G.E.R.D. I was stationed on board the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 and worked on the flight deck. I' was a blue shirt who chocked and chained on night check. I've been covered in JP5 and breathed in ll those exhaust fumes too. My last rating was 2009. Since then I have been diagnosed with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Type II Diabetes, have torn my Meniscus in my L Knee, Chronic Bronchitis (w/ possible Asthma-COPD). Now I am NOT a smoker and never have been. I have had the Auto Immune problems since being discharged from the service. No one in my family has Lupus. Does anyone think any of these symptoms could be service connected? I know my torn meniscus can be re-evaluated, but trying to decide if I should file a claim on the rest!?!?!?!? Any input would be appreciated.
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