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  1. This from National Review Online: "The V.A. buys drugs from pharmaceutical companies at the Federal Ceiling Price — a minimum 24 percent discount below the Average Manufacturer’s Price, or the “best price” offered to private-sector purchasers, whichever is lower. Not surprisingly, paying drug suppliers nearly one-quarter below wholesale (or less) generates myriad economic distortions for which patients pay the price. The vaunted VANF covers some 1,300 drugs, just 30 percent of the 4,300 drugs available on Medicare’s market-priced formulary. “The V.A. system does not provide a formular
  2. Korean Dioxin/Herbicide Veterans The VA just continues with its' injustice. _http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/KoreanDioxinVeterans.htm_'>http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/KoreanDioxinVeterans.htm_ (http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/KoreanDioxinVeterans.htm) Kelley To Congressman Filner and Senator Akaka Attn: Ms. Sharon Schultze and (yes Ms. Schultze I am angry!) Ms. Schultze, Please pass this on - that this is why Veterans and their families have an a legitimate grip about how our congress has let Veterans Affairs g
  3. Volume 42 Number 5, September/October 2005 Pages 573 — 584 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Prevalence and characteristics of chronic pain in veterans with spinal cord injury Diana H. Rintala, PhD;* Sally Ann Holmes, MD; Richard Neil Fiess; Daisy Courtade, MA; Paul G. Loubser, MD Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX Abstract — To assess prevalence and characteristics of individual chronic (>6 mo) pain components in the veteran spinal cord injury (S
  4. Clinical Psychopharmacology Seminar 1996-1997 Efficacy of Antidepressants in Medically Ill Patients Paul J. Perry, Ph.D., Bruce Alexander, Pharm.D., Vicki L. Ellingrod, Pharm.D. Peer Review Status: Not Peer Reviewed Diagnosis of Depression in Patients with Medical Illness (DSM-IV, 1993) Patients with both a medical illness and depression present a diagnostic and treatment challenge. Combined illness is not an uncommon problem for physicians. Surveys of patients seen in medical settings found a majority of depressed patients have a comorbid medical diagnosis. The comorbid illness may
  5. When I was in the service I was exposed to Asbestos, I have filled a claim for Hypertension. Does any one have a link I can check out to see the affects Asbestos has on hypertension?
  6. hey everyone, i got notification that i have my C&P's coming up. 2 on april 6th, and 4 on april 10th. hopefully this is about to come to a head. do i need to bring any documentation with me? the V.A. should have all of my documents obviously from the V.A. Dr's, as well as from my civilian Dr's. also, while being examined, can i bring up the fact that I have Hypertension as a compensable condition eventhough i didnt actually claim it on the initial claim form? it showed up on my over 40 physical for the Army.i so far have filed for PTSD, anxiety disorder, IBS, numbness in fingers and neck,
  7. fwd from: Kelly A few updates: I have been going to the VA two times a week and this week three times. This is a 16-week course so it will continue into June. Therefore, I am running way behind on our issues and challenges. Glenda's computer bled to death after many many band aides so we have been sharing my computer with the activities she has also. A new computer is on the way for her and I can tell you first hand, sharing is not what it is cracked up to be! I am about a third of the way through the edits from Richard on the PN challenge with data and statistics to be submitted. Fo
  8. I do have some questions that I just am not sure about and have read some of the past info posted but I am not real clear on some of it. Well , I have the peripheral neuropathy all 4 extremities, claim filed. My new doctor has asked me to file new claims for reopen back injury, which I do not think I received military medical treatment.It was a while back. I also filed this week , for depression from the pain , hypertension because of the high blood pressure from it and no sleep,chronic diarrhea, and sleep disorder. I am now on meds from the VA to try and treat this disease. I also have some
  9. Greetings and Merry Christmas I have a problem with numbness in my left arm, right lower leg and right foot. This numbness sensation was hit and miss but seem be to be happening more regularly here lately. My foot gets completely numb then it goes away after a while...weird feeling. I mentioned this problem in my reopen claim for an increase for lower back and neck pain. An increase would be great but I'm more concern about this numbness problem. I'm going to schedule an appointment with the doc next week. Current Medical Conditions: Hypertension, Nasal Congestion, Asthmatic Bron
  10. Hello all, I retired from USN in 1997 22 years, applied to VA after getting out and was awarded 10 l knee, 10 r knee, 10 hypertension, 10 cervical DDD, and 0 for Bi Lateral hearing loss. now at 60 with a new claim submitted on 12/06. in 2004 updated my claim due to MI and TIA, now have all the above but an added 10 for MI, 10 for L arm sensation lost, 10 for r arm sensation lost, 10 for migraines. New claim is for increases of most of the above, plus tinutis, gerd, sinus. VA just loves giving me the lowball 10's... :) Thanks Boats
  11. I'm a newbie on this site - please indulge me. I retired in 1988 and since have been recalled to active duty twice. I got out again in August 06. While on active duty I had a heart attack and stent replacement. Prior to my last recall I was 40% disabled. PTSD (30%), skin condition and Tinnitus (20%). Service connected (Vietnam Radio Operator) I put in a claim via VFW representative in August and still have not heard from VA. In addition to the heart attack I put in a separate claim for Increase for PTSD, Neuropathy, Hypertension, ED, and Cataract. During my latest active duty ti
  12. i was just wondering.. my claim is before the ratings board for a second signature as of march 7th. on my initial claim i stated instead of chronic ethmoid sinusitus,and chronic maxillary sinusitus.there was also something to do with polyps. i claimed sinus surgery. this being is i didnt know what the diagnosis was until i had gotten a copy of my med records from the ENT doctor that was sent to the V.A. after returning from Iraq, i was having problems with my sinuses to the point where iwas dizzy, and constantly had headaches. i went under the knife in Feb of 06, about 6 months after i was di
  13. Ok Vike here you go: Service connection is no problem. In Jan 05 I had a stroke. In Feb/Mar 05 after Hospital, MRI and neurologist verifed that it was a stroke that was causing the paralysis of the left face, hand and foot. All three MEDICALLY DIAGNOISED this paralysis as Dejerine-Roussy Syndrome resulting from the Jan 2005 stroke. The claim was submitted in Mar 05 less than 60 days from the occurance of the stroke. In the claim it was asked that a claim be established for the stroke, secondary to ALREADY SERVICE CONNECTED hypertension and DMII under CFR 38 disability code 8008. As
  14. I'm a newbie on this site - please indulge me. I retired in 1988 and since have been recalled to active duty twice. I got out again in August 06. While on active duty I had a heart attack and stent replacement. Prior to my last recall I was 40% disabled. PTSD (30%), skin condition and Tinnitus (20%). Service connected (Vietnam Radio Operator) I put in a claim via VFW representative in August and still have not heard from VA. In addition to the heart attack I put in a separate claim for Increase for PTSD, Neuropathy, Hypertension, ED, and Cataract. During my latest active duty time I w
  15. July 10, 2003 Director 211A All VBA Regional Offices and Centers Training Letter 03-04 SUBJECT: Training letter on spinal cord injuries and potential complications 1. This training material was written in cooperation with Dr. Barry Goldstein, Assistant Chief Consultant, Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Strategic Healthcare Group, Seattle, Washington. It includes primarily medical information on spinal cord injuries and complications from spinal cord injuries. The intent of this letter is to increase
  16. The below statement is taken from my PTSD C&P I think I can use this to get my depression SC30% raised. I think it is pertinent to my case I am just brain fried and asking you guys are you seeing a relationship between ptsd and depression in the doctors statement? First I am going to post just part of her statement in italic and then I will post other stuff about my hospitilizations and then the PTSD C&P again At this time the examiner is asked to note that the veteran is already service connected for major depressive disorder, and, if post traumatic stress disorder is found, ind
  17. I finally received the decision on the Notice of Disagreement that I filed last March. I had appealed for my back, blurred vision in my left eye, and hypertension. All three were denied. The logic that they used in the explanation was solid, and I have to say that I agree with the decision. I had hoped that one of them would get approved, but it was not to be. I could appeal, but like I said, I agreed with their assessment. When I filed the NOD, I was not real sure about the rating criteria, but have learned so much since I joined this site that I figured out that the initial rating was correc
  18. Here I go again with more questions. I am 70 % PTSD 10% Tinntius 10% Athletics feet 20% left shoulder rotator cuff An I filed for the following:and Denied! for Secondary condition! 7. Erectile dysfunction 8. Depression,anxiety disorder with panic attacks;Agoraphobia,mostly I leave house for Dr.appointments xxxSleep apnea (using machine every nite) got from VA. 1. Heart conditi
  19. http://www.va.gov/vetapp06/files3/0611742.txt This fairly recent BVA decision holds this specific medical rationale: "The record contains several statements from VA physicians to the effect that the veteran's blood pressure was affected by his stress levels and that, essentially, the veteran's service connected PTSD was a "contributing factor", among others, in the development of the veteran's hypertension. In a November 2001 statement, a VA physician also stated that, in his clinical experience, PTSD could be an aggravating factor for hypertension. In a statement dated t
  20. hello everyone, i was wondering how much longer do ya'll think it will be before i hear anything positive,and what rating i may get. my packet has been at the ratings board in Houston since December 8th. i called the 1-800 number, and i was told that its a two person process. the first person on the board has reviewed my file, and has since been passed on to another person for review to check for any mistakes. if approved i am expecting retro pay from August 2005. i was diagnosed through the V.A. with PTSD- 309.81, panic attacks with agoraphobia-300.21. i was also tested for hearing loss (tinn
  21. As I prepare for my upcoming hearing which should be in Apr 05 according to IRIS I would just like for someone to give me a quick sanity check on the reason for my argument of EED on a Back Issue: 2002: File claim for back strain. Feb 2003 SOC issued: Disability SC'ed at 0 % effective 2002. Feb 2004 - Being the dumb butt that I am I failed to timely file VA 9 (mixed up the one year requirement for a NOD with the 60 day requirement to perfect appeal). So I filed the VA For 9 at this time. July 2004 - VA sent me a letter saying hey dummy, sorry but the VA 9 was not filed in a ti
  22. A couple of weeks ago I posted that the VARO was requesting opinions from the VAMC and I was all worried about it. This was done as a C&P Physical with out the vet present, the DRO asked for four opinions and the doctor answered with the following: 1. The C&P report states it is at least likley as not that the erictile dysfunction is at least likley as not due to or being aggravated by medications taken for control of his service connected mental disorder and service connected hypertension. 2. The C&P report states the overall evidence tends to show that the veteran may ha
  23. I have been helping Vet with his claim. All has appeared to be going smoothly ( except the delay--claim started in Oct. 2005 ). The initial claim was for PTSD and hearing loss. After submitting the claim in October 2005, the Vet received a C&P examination on 23 Dec. 05. The Vet attended and received an examination that seem to indicate a finding of service connected PTSD ( I 'am enclosing some Quotes from the report in a few sentences ). Additionaly he has already received hearing aides for his hearing loss, even though he has not received ANY disability rating. He is also being trea
  24. Hello, We took the advise of those of you at Hadit and made some telephone calls regarding the C&P letters and what we thought were three C&P exams. We jumped the gun a bit about getting all upset and emotional in this. It turns out the following. One of the appointments is to have his blood pressure and vitals taken- 1.this is at 2:00 pm (it could be that they need this info again for his Hypertension claim 2.at 2:30 he has a C&P exam for IBS he didn't file for IBS he filed for gastrointestinal distrubance idiology unknown- because they didn't specify on the paper
  25. <H1 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">July 10, 2003</H1> Director 211A All VBA Regional Offices and Centers Training Letter 03-04 SUBJECT: Training letter on spinal cord injuries and potential complications 1. This training material was written in cooperation with Dr. Barry Goldstein, Assistant Chief Consultant, Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Strategic Healthcare Group, Seattle, Washington. It includes primarily medical information on spinal cord injuries and complic
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