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  1. Is Parkinsonism presumptive as it is in Parkinson's for Viet Nam vets if exposed to herbicides? I recently had a MRI of the head checking for clots. Surprisingly the report came back stating : "MRI head: There is a punctate chronic lacunar infarct of the left caudate head. There is no evidence of hemorrhage, edema, masses, mass effect, midline shift or infarction. The ventricles and sulci are normal in caliber and configuration. Scattered areas of nonspecific periventricular, subcortical and deep white matter T2/FLAIR hyper intensity are in a configuration most suggestive of chronic
  2. HI EVERYONE THIS IS MY FIRST POST I DO IN HERE, I AM OIFAND OEF VETERAN, I GOT OUT THE SERVICE IN 2005, I WENT TO THE VA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2006, MY PRIMARY DOCTOR DIAGNOSED ME WITH PTSD BACK IN 2006. VA HAS ME AT 80% RATING. I HAD TWO SEPRATE C&P EXAM ONE IN SEPTEMBER 2016 AND ONE ON NOVEMBER 22, 2016, THE ONE FOR SEPTEMBER THE PYSCHIATRIST TOLD ME THAT I HAD PTSD, AND VA SAYS I DONT HAVE PTSD, BUT I WAS FIRST DIAGNOSED IN 2006, SO MY LAST C&P EXAM THE PYSCHIATRIST WROTE ON MY NOTES THAT I HAVE PTSD, MY QUESTION IS WILL I GET A RETRO FROM 2006 OR 2016... bilateral hearing
  3. HELLO EVERYONE MY NAME IS EDGAR I SERVED IN THE ARMY FROM 2002-2005. I AM CURRENTLY AT 80% RATE, RECENTLY IN JULY I GOT AWARED 80% FOR unspecified trauma and stressor related disorder with major depressive disorder (previously addressed as major depression) 50% bilateral hearing loss 40% hypertension 10% tinnitus 10% I have been unemployed since 2015 and when i was awared the 80% in July 2016 the DAV sent me a letter that i could apply for TDIU so i called the DAV and told them that i have not be
  4. This is extract from my recent C & P exam for ED. I filed claim in 2012 for ED as secondary to HTN. Denied in 2013 as not service connected, even though started have ED problems before i retired in 2005. 4. Erectile dysfunction ----------------------- Does the Veteran have erectile dysfunction? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, complete the following section: a. Etiology of erectile dysfunction: htn b. If the Veteran has erectile dysfunction, is it as likely as not (at least a 50% probability) attributable to one of the diagnoses in Section 1, including residuals of treatment for this di
  5. Found this in an appeals search, thought it might be helpful to some: http://www.va.gov/vetapp16/Files4/1627677.txt "The Veteran has current sleep apnea that is the result of obesity that had its onset in service." In fact this person only "approached obesity" "There is no dispute that the Veteran has currently diagnosed hypertension and sleep apnea. The VA examiner attributed these disorders to obesity. The service treatment records document excessive weight in service that at least approached the level of obesity. Obesity was documented only a few months after the Veteran
  6. Sorry if this question/answer is already posted, but I couldn't find it. I have just received 10/05/26 another DRO De Novo denial for increase in PTSD [currently 50% PTSD 10% other] and approval for TDIU. This has been going on for a decade and the local DRO has blatantly ignored 12 years of therapy and VA psych assessments which counter the one C&P doctor's 40min assessment. But my question is; I have been in contact with a lawyer to represent this appeal to BVA. I'm a Vietnam Vet and at 69 I will be 74 by the time the 5 year BVA backlog gets to it. So I need to do this right. I have r
  7. Well, its that time again, wish me luck! Finally put it all together and will be dropping it off at the CVSO tomorrow. 1. Increase rating for right foot plantar fasciitis. Currently 10%, 2008. New issue, cortisone shots and orthotics. 2. Secondary left foot/ankle problems caused by above. Recently diagnosed with; Pain in Joint of Ankle and Foot, Ankle/Foot Instability, Pain in Limb, Difficulty in Walking, Bilateral Hammer Toe, Achilles Tendinitis or Bursitis, Tenosynovitis of Foot and Ankle and decreased Range of Motion. I was prescribed a
  8. The VA gave me 60% disability back in 2009 for sleep apnea and pseudofolliculitis barbae. I also submitted a claim for plantar fasciitis which is documented in my medical records but they denied it. I recently submitted another claim for plantar fasciitis again, hypertension (which is documented in my medical record along with my medication. The Va hospital diagnosed me with anxiety and depression I attended the mandatory classes, but the results came back as not being service connected, and I'm really confused and disgusted on their decisions on everything. They did give me a 0% rating se
  9. Chronic kidney disease secondary to hypertension, was approved for a 60% ratings, two days ago. Which moved me from 80% to 90%. One thing I did notice, is that VARO did screw up my award effective date, they gave me an award date of my BVA remand date of 2013, when the award effective date should have been in 2004. So the award date of my CKD that fight will begin in the next day or so, and I'm in a battle with the VARO right now, over my OSA. So one mission accomplished, and two to go, I will win both, its not going to be easy, I understand that. But the battle goes on, I REFUSE TO QUIT
  10. The BVA remanded my claim back to VARO, two years ago. The remand order was for VARO to develop and adjudicate my claim, well about a year ago they did adjudicate my hypertension, and about six months ago I had C & P Exams done for my kidney and sleep apnea, so I contact the VARO in June 2016, and reminded them that my remand was about 2 years old, and when were you all going to finish adjudicating it, so they told me, we're trying to get everything together here very shortly. So a month after that, I received a letter in the mail from VARO, stating that we have certified your
  11. As of June, my husband received a packet from the VA with his disabilities now reading: coronary artery disease and bypass graft surgery times three 100% Service Connected Agent Orange - Vietnam 02/04/2016 pulmonary hypertension 10% Service Connected 02/04/2016 scar(s) status post coronary artery bypass surgery 0% Service Connected 09/30/2015 bilateral hearing loss 0% Service Connected 09/29/2011 prostatitis Not Service Connected posttraumatic stress disorder 50% Service Connected PTSD PTSD - Combat 12/05/2007 erectile d
  12. My brother was diagnosed with hypertension and unqualified for duty on his induction exam into the USMC. Two weeks later they took more blood pressure tests, found them normal, and crossed through all of the previous disqualifying remarks. I saw a VA citation where the same thing happened to another veteran, and the board decided they must use the 'final' exam results therefore disallowing hypertension as pre-existing. Am I better off just submitting the hypertension claim as secondary to Diabetes Mellitus II (from exposure to Agent Orange - has current diagnosis)? If they deny it as pr
  13. Getting ready to file a new claim for Agent Orange symptoms for my Vietnam Vet brother who was on the ground as USMC rifleman for 9 months, until he was WIA by a grenade booby trap. He was found to have hypertension and his USMC ENTRY physical showed him ineligible to serve -- then they gave him 3 more blood pressure tests and someone scratched threw the 'hypertension' and said ELIGIBLE to serve. His USMC exit physical after recovering from his wounds in 1970 also showed hypertension. In 2008, a physical showed hypertension, along with abnormal EKG with doctor's notes indicating cardio i
  14. Under the VRE, I am now being re-evaluated, due to my new evidence/material to my service connection disability. I took a computer related assessment (like a generic ASVAB) testing system. I printed out the report and I am suppose to discuss the information with my case manager. Where can I go, to read and hopefully understand that regulation this falls under? I would like to know what my options are. I would like to go one way, but based on the assessment test, I am only authorized to another way, due to the information (what my case manager stated). Thoughts? 50% S
  15. I suffer with anxiety, depression and seizures I am wondering if this could could cause hypertension
  16. Ok, So, my DBQ for heart disease says, "evidence of cardiac hypertrophy", "yes". DBQ medical opinion, a. least as likely as not, 50% greater, etc., resulted from a service connected condition (hypertension), so a win I believe. c. Rationale, documented left ventricular enlargement. From what I read in the rating scale, most of the heart disease codes call for 30% for cardiac hypertrophy, My METs are/is to high (12.7), but the paragraphs state "or", so should I get the 30%?? Workload of greater than 5 METs but not greater than 7 METs results in dyspnea,
  17. Long time reader, looking for advice/help - I may have screwed up, but last Sept I filed what I was convinced was a slam-dunk CUE. In short, back in 1992 I was rated at 30% for - "Hypertension was diagnosed from 1983 with persistently high blood pressure reading.... Continuous medication is required for control of blood pressure." ... "[Arthrosclerotic] cardiovascular disease with myocardial infarction, four vessel coronary artery bypass grafting and hypertension." Later ratings in 2008 and 2012 used the same language "coronary artery bypass grafting and hypertension." I in
  18. I have a question. I am currently 90% disabled for s/c 50% PTSD , 50% sleep apnea, 30% migraine headaches, 10% cervical strain, 10% tinnitus and 10%, degenerative joint disease, 0% hearing loss, 0% shoulder injury. Awarded SSDI last year on first attempt for all s/c disabilities, only things not s/c (in VA eyes) was my left knee and hypertension. How much weight will my SSDI rating mean if anything to the VA? My 50% rating for PTSD will be increasing to 70% per my DAV reps comments taken from my last C&P exam. I haven't worked in 11 months due to my s
  19. So I'm pretty stoked I finally, after 9 Months, got my Disability Rating back from the VA!! All the below items were service connected and it breaks down as follows: Sleep Apnea: 50% Cardiomyopathy: 30% Degenerative Disc Disease Lumbar Back: 20% Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: 20% with Bilateral Factor= 22% Tinnitus: 10% Hypertension: 10% Plantar Fasciitis (also Fallen Arches): 0% Shin Splints: 0% Allergic Rhinitis w/ Sinusitis: 0% Migraine Headaches: 0% GERD associated w/ Gulf War Syndrome: 0% Hypogonadism: 0% Dermatophytosis (nail fungus): 0% Everything else was not awarded a ra
  20. ZERO Rating Decision received! "The previous denial of service connection for PTSD is confirmed and continued. The evidence does not show a current diagnosed disability". "The previous denial of service connection for schizophrenia, residual type, competent is confirmed and continued. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. The evidence does not support a change in our prior decision. Therefore we are confirming the previous denial of this claim.
  21. I was diagnosed in service with hypertension. I am currently getting reading of 150-165/90's. I would just be happy with a rating of 0% just in case it gets worse. I am sure it will with age. I have been out for 3.5 years now. Do they even have a 0% for it. I have seen the ratings for it. I did not see a 0% though. Thanks
  22. ok as all know I was granted service connection by bva. Hypertensive heart disease secondary to hypertension. Now my question is in my file there is a nuclear stress test that list my ejection fraction @ 50%. WWhich would warrant a 60% rating. There is also a c&p exam documenting left ventricle hypertrophy. So could the regional office use these to complete my grant. I'm tired of exams. My attorney sent the VSR at my regional office a email of bva decisions and told me the reason was he wanted to get them started on my ratings, as according to him it takes awhile to download through the sy
  23. Hi All. My claim for Sleep apnea, Hypertension and Rhinitis just hit the "pending decision phase". I dont know how it will turn out but I wanted to post a copy of my IME/Nexus from Dr Ellis. I am curious about your thoughts. By the way, his practice is very vet friendly and the cost of the exam and report was 500. Expert Medical Eval_2.pdf
  24. got the official letter today. Hypertensive heart disease secondary to hypertension is granted. Thanks to all here for help and support. Especially Alex
  25. Long time reader, first time poster. Many thanks for all of the valuable advice. Current ratings: 100% UI P&T 90% Rating Disabilities: 40% Head injury with C5 fracture, headaches and history of right upper extremity radiculopathy 40% Low back pain with degenerative joint disease, lumbar 30% Page Kidney; Status Post Left Nephrectomy 30% Somatic symptom disorder with predominant pain with unspecified anxiety and depressive disorder (previously addressed as Panic Disorder, Competent) 10% Hypertension 10% Scar, status post incisional
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