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  1. got the official letter today. Hypertensive heart disease secondary to hypertension is granted. Thanks to all here for help and support. Especially Alex
  2. 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
  3. Here is my story, Honorable discharged in 2006 after 5 years AD. In 2009 I placed a claim for a torn meniscus right knee and used a service organization/veterans representative to help me, my claim was denied. I then read all I could on the internet and forums and decided to file a appeal on my own using the knowledge I aquired. I then filed a claim on my own, against the advice of everyone (not including the internet forums), for hypothyroidism/hyogonadism, left knee torn meniscus, tinnitus, and hypertension. I scheduled multiple appointment with independent doctors as well as VA doctors so t
  4. I recently was pulled in for a c&p for 100% TDIU just over a month ago, and my case is at the board in DC and I was informed that I have a docket number when I called to check other day. I am currently 70% combined rating PTSD 50%, Kidneys 30%, Hypertension 10%. My question is today when I logged on to E Benefits. I noticed that under the initial login page under my current Rated Disabilities....that there is a new tab that was not there before titled "Pending Disabilities"...under it is all my disabilities that I have in appeal at the moment. Does this mean they have reached a decisi
  5. recently received 70% ptsd "45 years later ! " and 60 % heart =90% cant believe this all happened so quickly. I was thinking I will go forward with an iu claim to get 100% and if denied I will file the other medical issues to accomplish the same end? I am 65 leaving my job and I am supported by my pcp dr with medical letters because of medications I take "13" heart issues and my depression issues with ptsd also. I have outside dr s who will file imo etc as needed, great support. any advise from elders or fellow service people. I want this for my wife, my health sucks not crying just need adv
  6. I am new to this site and I will apologize ahead of time incase my question seems pretty basic. I was recently denied sleep apnea and hypertension as not being service connected. I will only ask about my sleep apnea at this time. I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea (I retired from the military in 1995). I use to snore very loud while in the military according to my ex-wife. My question is will a statement from my ex-wife be enough to justify my sleep apnea? I was also given a service connected rating for my scoliosis of 20%, I have read online that spine problems can cause sleep apnea. D
  7. Denied S/C for Hypertension contention. BBE states "hypertension is denied since this condition neither occurred in nor was caused by service". Also gives the presumptive basis jargon. While serving as a traditional guardsman I was diagnosed with HTN and prescribed Amlodopine. Two years later while on active duty my B/P went up to 170/100. I was seen by my private physician and was prescribed Lisinopril to manage my blood pressure. The date on the treatment record is during my AD time. Both meds are listed on my 2766 in My SMR. Could this be service connected being that the cond
  8. I just had a C&P for a number of issues related to IHD and am amazed at the ways they find to reject claims. Like scarring, measure all of the scars on my chest and leg (to harvest veins) and don't include all of them in the notes. Edema in the leg from the vein harvest has been a problem since the surgery but cite the likely cause is a new BP med that I've taken for less than 2 years. A brain injury secondary to IHD. Bypass surgery caused an injury possibly through a stroke that really affected my life. Learning about it and then trying to connect it to IHD has been the problem.
  9. Hypertension was denied on 3/28/2016, This is a remand from BVA 2014, where I requested an initial compensation of 10%, in which VARO had denied it in 2013, and only granted service connection rating only. 1/20/2016 I had a DRO hearing, and I explained everything I thought pretty good. I was diagnosed with hypertension on 10/16/2003, it was 161/76 on 7/2003 and was 212/103 on 10/16/2003 and was put on continuous bp medication every since to this present day, these are the bp readings on medications prior to filing claim: 161/76 7/2003, 212/103 10/16/2003, 180/86 12/02/2003, 161/88 1
  10. I was in the Air Force and got out in 2005. I was a C-130 hydraulic mechanic.Never went to the Dr for anything while in the air force but in 2011 I was diagnosed with iga nephropathy. (a slow progressing kidney disease with no cure). At the time of my diagnosis my kidneys were quoted as functioning at 40%. after diagnosis I continued care regularly with a nephrologist. A side condition of the disease is high blood pressure. So basically they treat the side effects and check the amounts of protein & blood in urine. You either remain in a livable condition or the disease progresses until yo
  11. Hello, served in Marine Corp from 1981 through 1992. Was pretty healthy during my time in. During Desert Storm my back went out I was taken to a field hospital overnight, given meds, and returned to my unit. After returning home I had two TIA mini strokes. Sent to naval hospital for test where it was determined I had a bi cuspid aortic valve. Basically a heart defect. After discharge I hired on with a government agency. Spent twenty years with them and retired due to medical issues. During this time I developed hypertension, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, fatigue, join
  12. I am currently 70% combined with the VA. 50% PTSD, 30% Kidneys, 10% Hypertension. I am also SSDI that includes PTSD. I have a claim in appeal with the board in Washington DC original claim for TDIU goes all the way back to June of 2010. I was recently pulled in for a C&P just over a month ago. My question is when I log onto E Benefits and on the initial log in page under Rated disabilities that show all my rated and unrated disabilities and their rating is a new tab with NEW thing in it that were not there before. The tab is titled "Pending Disabilities" this has never been there befo
  13. I just had a C&P for a number of issues related to IHD and am amazed at the ways they find to reject claims. I will discuss those in another post and bring up the most important one in this post. A brain injury secondary to IHD. Bypass surgery caused an injury possibly through a stroke that really affected my life. Learning about and then trying to connect it to IHD has been the problem. Most likely than not is the term he used and I hope it helps my TDIU claim I'm attaching the results. ***Note: Your health care team may not have all of the informati
  14. I'm a newbie here, but at the advice of my VSO I claimed and then appealed that same denied claim for OSA. I spent almost 30 yrs in the USAF and didn't get tested until a year after I got out. I didn't read any websites like this because my VSO couldn't believe it got denied, but after reading all this I can see why it got denied and the appeal will get shot down as well! I don't have it tied to any other SC condition?! How can that VSO even have a job there? All I have are the records from a private pulmonologist saying I have OSA and RLS, plus his PA filled out the DBQ and stated it ind
  15. Thoughts... I have Hypertension rated at 0% and Anxiety Disorder at 0%. But, These were serviced connected and taking my meds, during service and after. I also had Nexus letters. What can I do, to have my rating up to 10% and correct the documentation? Thank you.
  16. Ok I need some Guidance with my Hypertension. I was rated 60% for my hypertension back in 10/31/2011 after a long battle and going to see a BVA Judge. In July of last year my Cardiologist Release me back to my family doctor and to remain on the drug group that had maintained my hypertension at a reasonable level. Thinking that I should get my meds from the VA hospital in Oklahoma City .I got a appointment with the Doc to get the prescriptions. The doc first off didn't care about what my cardiologist wanted, just keep telling I Needed to loose Weight. Witch I already know this, but because o
  17. had bva hearing for a appeal. For a appeal from 2011. With 2 positive nexus letters and one negative. Lawyer asked judge if there was anything else that we could provide to substantiate the claim. He said no. The judge said I was a credible witness and that I had very significant evidence. Appeal is for hypertensive heart disease secondary to service connected hypertension. When the c&p Dr changed my diagnosis to valve disease and the dro denied. My private Dr since has provided a nexus letter saying I do have hhd and it is more likely than not related to hypertension. I even sent the dro
  18. I have VA rating for Hypertension had two stents put in for blockage to both legs two years ago and looks like I will be headed down the same road again shortly. I am looking to do a claim for the Iliac Artery Thrombosis being secondary to my Hypertension. I am going to my cardiologist next week and ask him to fill out form 29-0960A-2 and all I could find that hypertension is a leading cause of the thrombosis and PAD/PVD is natural progression. Has anyone heard of doing this? Is this the right questionnaire to him to fill out?
  19. I'm sure this question has been ask before, can sleep apnea be secondary to hypertension/chronic kidney disease?
  20. Just got back from my C&P exam for Secondary GERD and Secondary Hypertension that lasted all of about 15 min with a NP at Hines. She seemed to be a little ruff around the edges at first, then we somehow go on the conversation of the oxygen generating plants in her office which seemed to perk her up. She only asked a few questions: For both - Was I diagnosed in service?, was I diagnosed at the VA?, do I still have symptoms?, only treated at VA?. For GERD only - Did I have a upper GI? That was it..... Never deep dived into symptoms, but did shake her head at the end and tell me that my pulse
  21. Hello, I am not sure if I am posting in the correct forum. I am trying to obtain some assistance in regards to my spouse who is a retired veteran; was 90% before a reduction to 80% (I believe) due to no-show for appointment. He is currently in the hospital and has been since 17 November 2015. He was released to a licensed skilled care nursing facility almost 2 weeks ago, which is where he is at this time. I read that it may be possible to apply for temporary 100% when hospitalization is greater than 21 days for service connected disabilities or for non-service connected disabilities where serv
  22. C & P Exam AS soon as you can, request a copy of the exam, and go over it with a fine tooth and comb. Whether you thought that he did a good job or not. You get a copy and check everything. For example, in my case, I had a C & P Exam done on 10/21/2015 for chronic kidney diseases stage III secondary to sc hypertension, and when I looked at the exam I was happy that he did connect them together and his rationale was good also. So I was just waiting on a rating decision to come down in Dec 2015. But instead, I got a letter from the VARO saying that my DRO hearing will be in Jan
  23. I've been searching the bva decision, but I have not found anything, claim or case as worse as mind. (sleep apnea) lol I have a DRO hearing in about 3 weeks, I appealed and the BVA remanded my case to AOJ in 2014, they wanted to know more about my CKD/Hypertension, and the bva judge wants the RO to find out whether I have sleep apnea or not and is it service-connected, because in 2013 during the BVA hearing, I explained to her my sleep problems and symptoms and that all of this began before I left the military in 1994. So she ask me, have you ever had a sleep study done, and I said no, a
  24. I have a DRO hearing in about 3 weeks on my hypertension for 10% that was denied about a year ago. DAV rep tells me that I wont get 10%, because right now or for the last 7 yrs it's been somewhat controlled by medications, before I filed the claim and before I started on medications it were 212/103, 180/86, 161/76, 161/88, 160/91, 165/96, 151/99, 150/90, 161/94. I seen this the other day, I think I'm going to use it, Reference: U.S. Court Of Appeals For Veterans Claims, No. 11-2704, David J. Jones V. Eric K. Shinseki 10/26/12, VA cannot rate you on the new improved version of yourself aft
  25. I filed in January of this year. I retired 30 June this year. C and P exams July this year. Just received the following for a combined rating of 90% including SMC (2170.00) How should I proceed? UPDATE 12-30/2015 - Deferred was decided at 50% I am now 100% P%T no further evaluations! Happy New Year! Disability Rating Decision Related Effective Date migraine(also claimed as headaches) 30% Service Connected 07/01/2015 umbilical hernia status post surge
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