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  1. Afternoon all. I have been doing some research into Tinnitus and claiming secondary for Insomnia and Hypertension. I have a 10% for Tinnitus and 0% for hearing loss (submarine sonar tech), but honestly the lack of sleep is beating me down. I have not gotten a full night in several years. I usually get 5-6 hrs a night, with multiple interruptions due to what I feel is my ears ringing. I did a search on the forum here for tinnitus and Insomnia but the last post was from 2012, hence the new thread. I was able to find 3 cases where the VA ruled in favor of the member for sec
  2. Yesterday, I received the Judgment from the Administrative Law Judge that handled my appeal. I am using a VA-trained/approved attorney and the judge found in our favor. After 40 years of fighting with the VA. I filed my original claim the second day after my discharge. It was denied over and over again for all these years. I think what made a difference this time was the attorney pointing out that my VA psychologist that I'd been seeing for years, had diagnosed me and then the VA sent me to a specific non-VA psychologist for my C&P and she diagnosed me the exact same way and advised t
  3. Has anyone had any luck with claiming Sleep Apnea as secondary to Hypertension and/or Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease ? My husband has service connection for both hypertension and heart disease and now a current diagnosis and medical equipment for sleep apnea. I've read where VA has approved hypertension secondary to sleep apnea and heart disease secondary to sleep apnea, but not the other way around. If anyone has an archived VA citation in this regard, or personal experience, would greatly appreciate hearing about it. Thanks all.
  4. I am still awaiting the notification letter with full details but, according to eBenefits, they have denied my claim for hypertension secondary to PTSD. The basis of my claim was not so much that the PTSD caused the hypertension (although I suspect it may have), but that my PTSD aggravates the hypertension. It looks like the decision was based on the C&P examiners opinion that my hypertension is caused by my weight, rather than my PTSD. His notes do not address the issue of the one aggravating the other. I guess I'll appeal the decision, although I'm not sure how that process works, or rea
  5. I just had two C&P exams this morning and am trying to keep a positive mindset, but the glass looks half empty to me. Maybe someone else can offer some insight on my situation. Since April, I have been rated at 60%; 50% for PTSD and 10% for tinnitus. The claims process for those went pretty smoothly, really, and I was awarded my disability ratings in very short time. I have since then filed three additional claims. My intent to file was back in April, but I submitted the claims on July 25. These three claims are for hypertension secondary to PTSD, sleep apnea secondary to PTSD and for
  6. All, Went to my Cardiologist today, after I got my lab results back from my recent VA clinic visit. The doc from the VA and my Cardiologist have agreed to put me on Lipitor because of my high LDL. My LDL number is 125 which was not terrible, but now they have lowered that number for people like me with heart disease. Now they are looking at 70. Never been there since they started testing me in the early 80's. A little background; I was diagnosed for hypertension and hyperlipidemia back in 2004 while on active duty. I was service connected for hypertension at 0% controll
  7. Can Type II Diabetes be service connected to Hypertension or pain and nerve meds for other service connected injuries? I have gained a lot of weight in the past couple of years due service connected back and sciatic nerve problems that have pretty much made me bed ridden. Can this be considered a secondary condition to any of these issues.
  8. Hello All, I just seen my c&p exam results. I filed for a loss of organ claim secondary to TCE exposure, from working with TCE for 15 years. Had a nexus from wrii exposure VA doctor saying it was at least as likely as not being exposed to TCE for a prolonged period caused it. My two questions. Dr. David Anaise will do an IMO after I send him all that I have on it. Do you think two against one opinion would turn it in my favor and what form or how do you file for reconsideration instead of two year NOD wait? The examiner basically referred to this website below for his diagnosis for l
  9. Hello,I am filing for presumptive SC for hypertension; working with VSO and my readings and diagnosis fit within the criteria for disabling (at least 10%) within 1 year of discharge from active duty, but the medical opinion from my c&p states there is no "direct service connection". Has anyone experienced this before? Will the VSR ask for another medical opinion based on presumptive SC or is this how the medical opinions are always worded regardless? Here is verbiage directly from the physician's medical opinion strictly for hypertension: SC:MEDICAL OPINION SUMMARY--------------
  10. Can anyone tell me if Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Hypertension be secondary to CAD. Also the C&P examiner copied and pasted into my Heart Condition DBQ the following statements from my last cardiology exam. . CC: 1st visit today. Pt w/ h/o chronic, stable angina - reported CP in service in 9/1990 - had NL MPI. Has undergone heart CATHs (1993, 2008), which were NL except as noted below - advised he likely his microvascular disease, or microspasm, or (cardiac) syndrome X (decreased blood flow in LAD). Info in scanned records. Pt has noted intermittent CP >25 years - avg 3x per
  11. I was awarded 10% for hypertension back in 1997 and was taking vasotec 15 mg. However, after incurring a severe heart condition, and I now take verapamil 240 mg er 1/ day and propafenone hydrochloride 325 mg er 2 / day. I have a pacemaker for bradycardia, supraventricular tachychardia, and sss. I gave up filing for the pacemaker. My va rep said he didn't want to deal with it and my doctors won't give me any type of statements to help me out. So, now I will file alone for my meds. The question is..Do I upload my prescriptions on ebenefits.gov under a new claim or should I find a mental ho
  12. Hello, Just had my C&P for hypertension and got the exam results. Can someone look at the results and tell me what my rating might be. Thank you. Hypertension Disability Benefits Questionnaire Is this DBQ being completed in conjunction with a VA 21-2507, C&P Examination Request? [X] Yes [ ] No ACE and Evidence Review ----------------------- Indicate method used to obtain medical information to complete this document: [X] In-person examination
  13. Hello All! I was notified that some day I will be receiving a letter to go to Washington for a hearing for my appeal. I filed for hypertension secondary to chronic pain. Here is a synopsis... Leading up to my first surgery in 1994 done by the Army. I was told to come into the aide station to have my blood pressure recorded. Being a dumb 21 year old Airborne Infantryman I didn't think nothing of it. I went, my pressure was high and it was logged in my medical records. I had my spinal fusion to correct a parachuting accident. Mar 1994, I was discharged because the fusion didn't wo
  14. I filed a claim for hypertention in april 2015. My claim was denied in Oct.16 stating that it was not sc and no evidence in my medical records. I went through my smr and found over 7 times that my pressure was taking and it read higher than 120 and numerours times in the 140. What should I do now? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
  15. 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
  16. All, Just was looking at my disabilities on eBenefits. In 2016 I did a new claim for heart disease as I was service connected for hypertension in 2008 and after a lot of reading and looking at my old med records it appeared to me that I probably had heart disease back in 08 and should have claimed it then but I was just a Soldier back then and not a doctor like I pretend to be know. LOL. Here is what is posted regards my heart in eBenefits currently; hypertension................................................................................................
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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