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  1. I am 0% for Chronic Sinusitis and 0% for Allergic Rhinitis. For years I have had issues with Bronchitis and Bronchial Pneumonia. A VA physician stated that I was 'misdiagnosed' while on Active Duty. He said that I have Asthma due to Allergies in 2014. Since being treated for asthma my condition has improved. I am now doing immunotherapy (weekly allergy shots). I filed Asthma as a secondary to the Allergic Rhinitis and the VA denied the claim. I am also taking Allegra, Flonase, Singular, and Asthmanex. How can I prove to the VA that my Asthma is related to the allergies? Also, the VA refuses to perform CT of my sinuses for a higher rating.
  2. I'm doing some initial research regarding possible claims so I wanted to toss this out to the Hadit team to see if anyone has any advice or recommendations. I am SC for chronic allergies and depression secondary to chronic joint pain. Last year I started having problems with urticaria (hives), angioedema, and cellulitis. All of it began within a few weeks of each other and I have had problems since. Urticaria/Hives The hives start out as itchy areas on my torso, arms, legs, or in crevices (under arms, groin). Eventually I get raised whelps which are warm to touch and itch like crazy. They begin to expand and literally make their way across my body. Some are up to a foot in length. They subside after a few days, but usually pop back up and the cycle repeats again. Angioedema During or after the hive breakouts, I have had swelling of my fingers, hands, wrists, and my throat (landed me in intensive care for almost a week). Cellulitis So far, this has been limited to my groin area and has occurred a few times causing swelling and pain. I sought treatment from the VA allergy specialists and they took me off of a lot of my medications, upped my antihistamines, added prednisone, and I tested negative for hereditary angioedema. Even after being off the meds, the problems persist, so the docs are slowly working me back on my regular medications. My wife noticed that when I am stressed, which is mostly due to the chronic pain, I tend to have more episodes. We have been documenting the episodes and have taken photos. I know that if I wanted to file a claim, I would need a nexus from a doc saying these are related. I will need to go back through my service records to see if I have and related records. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations regarding claims for these issues? Thanks
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