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  1. Started claim Feb 2014 and they back dated it to Dec 2013. I am not P and T tho. That will be the next thing to fight for. I am tired of dealing with it now. Dont wanna even think about it for a while even tho I need to file for an appeal on some of the issues. I am somewhat nervous about doing that and losing my 100% which I am extremely grateful for. I have hypertension that needs to be rated at least 0% and some issues with my legs secondary to my back. I have not been good at pleading my case on my behalf so I will seek help from DAV this time and see how that goes. Thanks for
  2. Hello all. Longtime lurker, first time poster. I have a few concerns about my recent C&P results. I am currently in the Ides process so I understand there are going to be differences. Any insight is appreciated though. I am trying to format it and remove PII, but I can not figure out how to get it spaced out so I will attempt to post and then edit. I have addressed a few concerns I have. Thank you for your time. Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DMS-5 criteria based on today's evaluation? [x ] Yes [ ] No If no diagnosis of PTSD, check all that apply: [ ]
  3. Hello all. Longtime lurker, first time poster. I have a few concerns about my recent C&P results. I am currently in the Ides process so I understand there are going to be differences. Any insight is appreciated though. I am trying to format it and remove PII, but I can not figure out how to get it spaced out so I will attempt to post and then edit. I have addressed a few concerns I have. Thank you for your time. Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DMS-5 criteria based on today's evaluation? [x ] Yes [ ] No If no diagnosis of PTSD, check all that apply: [ ]
  4. I just got awarded 60 percent with my other claims deferred. They sc my sleep apmea hypertension and my neck. Deferred my ptsd, back, vision, pseudo Barbae. I really can't complain because I filed 4/12/14 my ab8 letter says may 1 2014 is the start date. I been seeing my doctor at the vet center every week. Both VA doctors diagnosed me with ptsd. I just had an appointment for my medicine yesterday. She said she giving me medicine for ptsd because I was really alert and restless. She said my foot never hit the ground while we was talking. I was wondering do I upload the noted from the vet center
  5. Ok, I had multiple QTC appointments in 2007 for blood pressure checks. I thought I went to all of them. When I got my first rating I did not understand any of it and was happy when i was told I was 60%. I thought ok they say I didnt go to all my appts for the BP checks and said oh well. I applied for increase in 2010 and also to reopen Hypertension claim. They wont even give me a C&P for it and dismiss it. I got increased to 80%. Well this time I am waiting on my new claim which is in Pending Decision Approval and again I did not get a C&P exam for it. I was Dx with it in servi
  6. I was hoping someone that works at the VA could provide me some insight. I was in the Marines from 2001-2005 with two combat tours. I went through the initial process in 2006 and was awarded: PTSD 10%, degenerative joint disease of the right knee 10% and degenerative joint disease of the left knee 10% for a total of 30%. After speaking with friends I decided to have my claim reevaluated. I opened my claim with the VFW January of this year for: PTSD (Increase), degenerative joint disease of the right knee (Increase), degenerative joint disease of the left knee (Increase), residual injury lowe
  7. I was hoping someone that works at the VA could provide me some insight. I was in the Marines from 2001-2005 with two combat tours. I went through the initial process in 2006 and was awarded: PTSD 10%, degenerative joint disease of the right knee 10% and degenerative joint disease of the left knee 10% for a total of 30%. After speaking with friends I decided to have my claim reevaluated. I opened my claim with the VFW January of this year for: PTSD (Increase), degenerative joint disease of the right knee (Increase), degenerative joint disease of the left knee (Increase), residual injury lower
  8. I am currently 70% combined SC. I have 50% PTSD, 30% Kidneys, and 10% Hypertension. I currently have on appeal for a denial for TDUI as well as seizures. My lawyers certainly went through the piles of my medical and presented a good argument for the DRO to reconsider as I am 100% SSDI for PTSD, and do not leave the house anymore and have not been able to work since 2009. I recently was pulled in for a C&P over a month ago. My question is today I received a Letter from VFW asking me to enroll in TRICARE and CHAMPAVA SUPPLIMENT insurance. It saws the only way I can enroll is if I am curr
  9. I would like someone to read my NOD I've created with there format. I was by rater per call to have my primary physician fill out DBQ which he did. Grade this attachment for me and any suggestions would be helpful. This is just one section. Notice of Disagreement 1. Service connection for sleep apnea: Your office continues to state not show an event, disease that my service records does or injury in service, but it should. I have stated previous of times that I went on sick call for snoring,
  10. I received my husband's medical records from Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB for his surgery there in 1992. I had to ask for them from the National Archives, as they were not included in his military medical records that we received when he first retired. He was at Wilford Hall for three weeks, and during that time, his blood pressure readings were taken with great frequency. He was immediately put on steroids for a pituitary tumor and, for the most part, the gland itself was removed with the tumor, so he's on total hormone replacement. We claimed hypertension secondary to th
  11. I'm 100% T&P for kidney failure requiring dialysis, and 10% hypertension. I currently perform dialysis at home. This involves 4 dialysis treatments each day. I won't live very long if I don't receive these treatments. Although my wife wasn't officially trained on this method of dialysis, I wouldn't be able to do these treatments by myself. First of all, I'm unable to lift more than 10 pounds. Therefore, my wife has to lift heavy boxes of dialysis solution, and load bags of solution onto my machine. She records my blood pressure and weight prior to and after each treatment. She
  12. Need help with new PTSD claim A vet reached out to me for help because his VSO is not doing anything for him. He actually mailed me all of his records. There's one slight problem however. There are no service medical records at all except an exit examination with everything showing normal. Oh I forgot there are about 15 pages of vaccination records. VA is claiming the rest of his records are lost. The vet served in the 82nd airborne as a paratrooper in 1978. During a training jump he witnessed his good friend die due to a parachute malfunction. He states that is his primary stressor.
  13. While this isn't particularly new news, there is a large story in USA Today 07/23/2014 page 6B by reporter Nanci Helmich mentioning solid medical research that links sleep deprivation to weight gain: "Losing sleep doesn't just leave you tired--- it can make you fat." This is due to how sleep deprivation affects certain hormones namely increasing ghrelin and decreasing leptin. Therefore, the connection of sleep apnea causing weight gain and even diabetes should be a no brainer and service-connecting weight gain/obesity or perhaps diabetes and hypertension as secondary conditions to a sleep diso
  14. My C & P exam for ED last year was denied later by the RO, stating that my ED was caused by medications and age. This is what the VA contract doctor put in his opinion. I agree with in part as it was my contention when I filed the claim for ED that my 7 high blood pressure medications caused the ED, along with the uncontrolled hypertension. My question is, do I have valid claim or not. The medications clearly state on the warnings that come with each prescription that they may have side effect of causing ED. I have lettter from my Urologist and his DBQ to support my contention, but it
  15. Does the Veteran have to meet each criteria in the rating to be eligible? Example; I have been dianosed with hypertensive heart disease and heart failure due to cardiomegaly. My contention is that my EF (ejection fraction) rating is misleading as my heart is very stiff, due to Diastolic Dysfunction Stage II, that my EF may appear to be normal but it is not an accurate indicator. Extract from MERCK MANUAL, July 20014. “Diastolic dysfunction usually results from impaired ventricular relaxation (an active process), increased ventricular stiffness, valvular disease, or constrictive per
  16. VA denied hypertension in my most recent claim based on this: "The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not show a diagnosis of hypertension in service..." Here are the BP readings in service I used: 140/90 02 December, 1976 120/90 04 March, 1981 154/90 11 January, 1982 (Retention Physical) -- States "Hypertension" 140/84 03 June, 1986 136/84 20 August, 1987 150/88 08 April, 1988 130/90 07 April, 1989 139/82 08 May, 1989 138/82 11 September, 1989 138/82 09 November, 1989 138/82 02 March, 1990 130/84 28 May, 1992 (Per
  17. If you are 0% service connected for Hypertension, can you file a secondary condition off the 0% service connection? Or does the service connection have to at least met the 10% barrier to file a secondary claim?
  18. This is a copy of my denial I received yesterday. I notice my C&P exams are far from the truth of numbers and conversation. Looking for any advice, but I know I need to file NOD. I'm currently under Voc Rehab.: REASONS FOR DECISION 1. Evaluation of bronchial asthma currently evaluated as 30 percent disabling. The evaluation of bronchial asthma is continued as 30 percent disabling. {38 CFR 3.321(a); 38 CFR 3.321(b)(1)} We have continued a 30 percent evaluation for your asthma, bronchial based on: · Daily inhalational therapy · Daily oral bronchodilator therapy 5 of 11
  19. I just received my BBE full of denials, and I see the reason my hypertension was denied. The C&P doctor shaded my bp readings. She only had 1 reading out of the 4 she took. I haven't had one bp reading below 144/102 since Dec 19 14. I even started writing down all of my BP readings and even recorded one nurse on my phone saying if the BP pressure was to high I would have to do paperwork and send you to er, so sit their and don't move 15 min late she took bp again and that was the only one I didn't see. "Memphis". This would be considered evidence that I need but then there's their word aga
  20. Hear is my C&P exams just want to know what rating the VA should give me? Thanks for the help. Heart Conditions: (Including Ischemic & Non-ischemic Heart Disease, Arrhythmias, Valvular Disease and Cardiac Surgery) Disability Benefits Questionnaire Name of patient/Veteran: xxxxxxxxxxxxx Indicate method used to obtain medical information to complete this document: [ ] Review of available records (without in-person or video telehealth examination) using the Acceptable Clinical Evidence (ACE) process because
  21. Several people here have posted regarding diabetes II service-connection being only open to Vietnam vets. They're thinking of the presumptive connection Vietnam vets enjoy because of exposure to Agent Orange. It is possible to develop diabetes in-service, though unless you're in Twilight, you probably wold be medically discharged. In my case, un-treated sleep apnea in-service may have contributed to the development of diabetes post-service. I received a provisional diagnosis in-service for the sleep apnea before being deployed to Korea. After that, a brief tour to Hawaii and then retirem
  22. After receiving my 60% for IHD and total of 80% I filed for IU...It was talked about in other threads about listing the specific contention that causes the IU...I listed them all as suggested in that thread. When the claim finely started to move, the VA opened contentions for an increase in everything I listed (IHD, DMII, PN upper and lower extremities). I was scheduled a C&P that covered all of these things, but the form I received concerning the C&P's listed all the contentions, but nothing about IU. Is this the normal way they do things? My concern is that as far as I am concer
  23. Hi Everyone, As my case grows more complicated everyday I am reviewing my 7 + volumes of evidence. I'm trying to figure out if I have any weight to getting a decision for 10% to go back further than 2008. Here are the facts: 2002 - Submitted for service connection of hypertension secondary to chronic back pain. Denied initially. 2004 - Service connection granted for hypertension secondary to back pain and eczema and an increase for asthma to 30% awarded on August 10, 2004. Oddly enough I received a second letter which was a SOC. That letter explained why I was given 30% for a
  24. Greetings, Have not been on this forum in many months. I just wanted to make a comment about my CUE notice.I sent a FOIA in to St. Petersburg RO after I sent my CUE notice, and saw the attached form in my c-file. Not sure what it means since I have never received a response to my CUE. This is VA form 21-6789-E found in my c-file It has the RO number (317) and date of rating which was 9/19/13. then in block 4 it states: note: the rating has been deferred pending receipt of data indicated below Block 7: see below Block 8: Explanation of reason(s) for deferral Pleas
  25. I am service connected for multiple disabilities including; diabetes type 2, lumbar disc disease, peripheral neuropathy in both legs and a hearing loss. I also have been diagnosed for hypertension but not yet rated. The combination of these conditions are making it very difficult for me to maintain my job of 26 years. Everyday I suffer great pain in my back and feet to the point that I just feel like walking away from the job. I recently filed for unemployability but fear the claim will be denied based on me still trying to work. I am afraid to resign or quit at this point because of my financ
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