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  1. I checked eBennies yesterday and found there was a new development letter for my claim which included TDIU application and new contentions for diabetes and complications. 1. The contentions listed the TDIU, diabetese and complications.... AND "increase" for the three issues I listed on the TDIU application. Are these requests for "increase" routine (as in do they consider listing those as reasons for the unemployability as requests for increase)? 2. A new development letter has been sent requesting medical records from a doctor named in the claim. I sent records from all doctors named
  2. I was wondering if i could get some opinions from the experts on this letter from my primary doc. I was denied SC for Apnea . Retired mar 2002, diagnosed at civilian doc with sleep anea Aug 2002, who didn't refer for sleep study, then sleep study May 2013 I submitted lay statements from wife and sister, attesting to snoring and stopping breathing and i also submitted the following. I have recently been seeing and taking care of Mr x for the past several months, and he has been seen by other medical providers while being a patient in our clinic. While being a patient he was diagnosed w
  3. BAD WATER LeJeune awards BVA: There are no presumptives for Camp LeJeune vets.There are suggestive findings from the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council (NRC) as to the contaminated water causing 14 disabilities. These claims are handled on a case by case basis, whether or not the disability is on the list ( in this BVA link) it appears that most of these cases will take a very strong IMO. This vet won 2 of 4 contentions and is on remand for the two denied: He had a very strong IMO. ORDER Service connection for metastatic renal cell carcinoma with residuals of cysts, f
  4. I received a service connected disability rating for kidney disease recently of 60%. I have multiple other conditions at least two of which should have no problem being connected as a secondary disease. Gout and hypertension. Since I am going through the process of filing another claim...I feel like I might as well throw everything out on the table. So a couple of other things that I have also filed for aren't as clearly connected. Depression and sleep apnea. My question is, should i even bother pushing the envelope on the other two conditions - depression and sleep apnea? I dont kn
  5. http://www.va.gov/vetapp12/Files3/1217299.txt "As a final matter, the Board has considered certain language in Training Letter 10-02, a copy of which the Veteran has submitted. The Training Letter states, "Tinnitus is a symptom that is associated with many conditions, including acute noise exposure and noise-induced hearing loss, and that sensorineural hearing loss is the most common cause of tinnitus. However, the etiology of tinnitus often cannot be identified, because there are so many potential causes that it is impossible to select one. In addition to sensorineural hearing loss, other
  6. Hi everyone. This is my first post. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to answer these message boards, there is a lot of great knowledge here. So here is my situation, I separated from the Air Force in 1996. Approximately 3 months prior to separating I had a physical exam with lab results that came back with proteinuria and blood in my urine. I had no idea what this meant, so I asked the physician and he said "if could be caused by strenous exercise or it could be early signs of kidney disease. follow up with a civilian physician when you get out." He more or less acted like it wa
  7. Please help. I am a frequent reader of this site and seldom post. Thanks for your service and the wealth of information on this site. Does it matter if a nexus letter is obtained from a retired doctor who is a friend. Person would give their medical opinion/ facts regarding some of these diseases being secondary to one another PTSD, hypertension, sleep apnea, kidney cancer and prostate cancer. Thanks.
  8. Team: I had filed my claim early May 2014 and just got my VA letter. I have had some massive struggles at work and home but I do work part-time, this is in my records. The part-time work keeps me sane and from shooting myself!. And yet, after my C&P, the VA just granted me 100% for PTSD, 30% for nephrolithiasis (kidney stones - this has really sucked), and 20% for hypertension (not controlled by meds). However, the award letter states the following: You are not considered to be permanently disabled due to your service-connected disabilityes at this time because you are scheduled fo
  9. Hello a question that bugs me to this day. I was SC for Migraines back in 2005. I was medically retired prior to my SC for migraines 4 years prior to getting SC. I had my employer submit my records from work and civilian and VA Docs both stated my hypertension was primary reason for migraines. I was injured in civilian job but had nothing to do with migraines so fighting for 4 years I had gotten SC but the date the VARO said they went back to the date I filled for migraines not the day I was retired. Have I waited too long to go back? I am service connected for hypertension, Migraines se
  10. Hi everybody thanks for the help you all give veterans on this forum. I have a question about IHD, Hypertension, etc. I am a 33 yo vet and I went to the VA a few months back with chest pains which I suffer from them daily and take isosorbide and nytro daily. They gave me a stress test and told me to keep going until I felt that I was going to pass out, so I was only able to keep going for about some minutes resulting on 7.3 MET's. Now could I be able to take the test again because I don't feel like it was fair and I got pushed to do more than I could. I am copying and pasting the results
  11. 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: [ ]
  12. 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: [ ]
  13. 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
  14. Currently Service Connected at 40% for Degenerative Joint Disease L4-5 and L5-S1. I have never reopened, appealed or made any new claims since I was originally discharged in 2004. I am looking to reopen a denied claim for hypertension. I am currently prescribed medication to control my hypertension and have been for roughly 8 years. I do not think I meet the requirement for a disability rating above 0%. However, I do not understand why I was denied for service connection in the first place. This is the what the Rating Decision dated on March 3rd, 2005 states: Service connection for hyp
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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,
  21. 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
  22. Saw on another Vet forum that a member wrote that heart disease is automatically assumed as a secondary condition if you are service connected for high blood pressure. Tthen another member wrrote that not just any heart diseasee, it was limited to myocardial damage and coronary occlusion. "Essentially we are talking about coronary artery disease. If you have this heart disease the connection to service connected hypertension has already been made for you by the Secretary. This is spelled out in their operating manual, M21-1MR. Any other type of heart disease, except for hypertensive heart dise
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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
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