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  2. Retired in 2013 with 40% rating. 20-cervical strain, 10-knee injury, 10-degenerative arthritis. couple of questions, I am considering a sleep study for osa. I snore a lot and it disturbs my sleep. If I am diagnosed with osa, how difficult is it to connect to service. Is it worth my time to try. also, I suffer from lower back pain, loss of work, and some physical therapy. I've already been rated at 20 percent. How would I go about increasing my %, and is it worth my time. What's the success rate with the va after 4 years of retirement Thanks in advance for any he
  3. Looking at the results in my file from the C&P. Does this look favorable? I know the degree of anything awarded goes off other particulars ect. RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: Is Veteran's sleep disturbance secondary to his stress related disorder? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: psychological TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR SECONDARY SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed is at least as likely as not ( 50% or greater probability) proximately due to or the re
  4. Looking at the results in my file from the C&P. Does this look favorable? I know the degree of anything awarded goes off other particulars ect. RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: Is Veteran's sleep disturbance secondary to his stress related disorder? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: psychological TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR SECONDARY SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed is at least as likely as not ( 50% or greater probability) proximately due to or the re
  5. Just got off the phone with the VSO at the VA he found what the problem was holding up my decision and told me to expect my package within 10 days and gave me a IRIS number. However I am very concerned with what he told me. The letter he read said, A combined evaluation of 100% plus entitlements to benefits at the 100% rate due to individual unemployability has been assigned as a result of the following actions, Entitlement to individual unemployability is granted effective July 11, 2015 to March 8, 2016. Migraines 30% increased to 50% PTSD 50% (no change) Sleep Apnea
  6. Going through ebenefits today to submit a claim for my neck I came to the page with all the ratings. I am rated for my lower back and have never had any secondary condition for it. Today I see 1. Cervical strain 2. Neck strain 3. Multilevel degenerative disc disease 4. Disc osteophyte complex 5. Facet Syndrome I have always had neck problems and have what I think is more than enough records while on active duty to prove it started only after I was in the military. It is documented when I enrolled into the VA but it never was something that stopped me from anything. Until last
  7. What type of rating would you receive for a cervical strain of the lower back?
  8. I had a previous claim and was rated at 90%. I tried using the VA calculator and adding my disabilities but I continuously came up with the low 80 percentile. I've read a little about Bilateral factor's but I still came up with a lower percentage. Is there any way I could find out which disabilities I have are considered bilateral? I'm concerned I will later be contacted by the VA and informed I was given the incorrect rating all along. I've tried to contact them and even spoke with a rep and discussed my calculations. He advised I should request a recount. Here are my disabilities
  9. Good day to all, Here are some specifics to gain a better understanding...... FDC took effect and was awarded 70% around late March. I was prior AD Air force and seperated 08. I joined the AF reserve in 2011. The issues on my FDC that I was denied for 1) cervical and upper back pain 2) bilateral numbness pain and tingling left and right arm. These issues originated while reporting for annual tour at my reserve unit while on Active Duty title 10 orders 2011. I had a pretty bad motor vehicle accident. Hit the median and blew a tire..went airborne like the Dukes of Hazard and lost control, spun
  10. These are the results from my C and P Exam I had on Saturday. Any ideas, I was sent back to the local VARO, from a Remand, and this is the C and P Examination requested by the Veterans Law Judge. I'm assuming I will just get denied again from the way this is reading, any thoughts or ideas will be appreciated. I was praying for secondary or aggravation disability because my neck problems are real!! Here goes my exam..... Medical Opinion Disability Benefits Questionnaire Name of patient/Veteran: Indicate method used to obtain medical information to complete this document: [ ]
  11. I had a sit down with a neurologist to review my MRI about my neck problem and what he said sort of shocked me. Currently 20% rated for "cervical strain" awarded back in 09. (They never did the MRI). The imaging revealed degenerative disc disease with 2 herniated discs which are pinching a nerve which makes my left arm basically useless. Bone spurs too. Except the nerve thing, same symptoms I've always had since injury so I'm thinking the VA misdiagnosed me. I just sort of dealt with it but after 2 months of pain meds I had enough. Debating on asking for an increase but not sure h
  12. I recently had a C&P exam for my cervical degeneration and bilateral nerve damage. I am currently SC'd for 20% cervical strain. I had IMO diagnosis and MRI results which confirmed these contentions + 2 herniations. I picked up my exam copy and was shocked to see the examiner did not recommend service connection. She totally dismissed the possibility and instead reported it was more probable do to old age. (I am 40). I am really surprised. She asked me what my MOS was and I told her I was a grunt. She asked me when I initially injured it (cervical strain) and I told her my chin was
  13. In September I contacted a Veteran Attorney firm. They filed every service connection I had for increase plus 2 new contentions (IBS & Spinal conditions). I had my C&P exam last Saturday and I think it went extremely well. I had medical diagnosis from a private GI specialist for the IBS and a private Neurosurgeon diagnosis with MRI confirming DDD of the cervical spine with damage to my nerve root causing radiation into my upper extremities. The lawyers can't officially represent my claim until I receive denial and didn't want me to submit any evidence since if my claim is approved
  14. Just want to post my exams to see what you guys and gal think, these exams were from Friday Mental Disorders (other than PTSD and Eating Disorders) Disability Benefits Questionnaire Name of patient/Veteran: SECTION I: ---------- 1. Diagnosis ------------ a. Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with a mental disorder(s)? [X] Yes[ ] No If the Veteran currently has one or more mental disorders that c
  15. LOCAL TITLE: C&P EXAMINATION 16255 STANDARD TITLE: C & P EXAMINATION NOTE DATE OF NOTE: AUG 18, 2014@10:00 ENTRY DATE: AUG 20, 2014@11:38:48 AUTHOR: URGENCY: STATUS: COMPLETED Neck (Cervical Spine) Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire 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 the existing medical evidence provided sufficient information on which to prepare the DBQ and such an
  16. Hi everyone. Just thinking out loud about what I should do next. I was just awarded 70% for 1 MH contention and am considering 3 different routes to take. 1) they deleted my TBI rating % citing "pyramiding " which left me 2 points short of 95. I am considering filing a notice of disagreement for increase. I will be hiring an attorney to do this. 2) Filing new contentions. I am 20% SC for cervical strain but now it's become arthritic and has given me serious nerve damage issues that I will need surgery for. 3) do both at the same time. Any suggestions would be great!
  17. Ok. So I received my C an P exam results back. They put major depression: occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity. Mild memory loss...Flattened effect...impaired judgment Impaired abstract thinking Disturbances of motivation and mood....difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships Difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances Inability to establish and maintain effective relationships Right knee osteoarthritis and severe bilateral knee chondromalacia 50 forward flexion and pain Left knee 100 forward flex
  18. I was service connected 20% for cervical strain (neck). back in 09. About 6 months ago, I re-injured it working in my yard and its been absolutly horrible. I now have pain and numbess wrapping around my back, into my shoulder, down my arm and elbow and into my hand. I spoke to my doctor and he said it has become "degentrative" and the pain and numbness I have experiencing is nerve damage. My question is do I claim and increase or has this become a completely different condition/s all together? Any advice would be helpful. God bless.
  19. Well I dont know where to start. Its hard for me not to use irrational words as its so freaking hard to contain myself. Today I logged in to ebenefits and the "Open Claims" was unavailable. I then looked down in the completed section and saw that my claim which I started June 2012 was closed out as of today 9/30/13 and I couldnt beleive my eyes. I immediately went over to create my benefits summary and said a little prayer before it loaded and sure enough there it was !!!! 100% !!!! My head felt like it was going to explode, its really hard to describe. 16 months !!! I then saw the link for co
  20. I have never posted before, but I have read probably every post posted within the last four years. Below is a synopsis of filing my initial claim for benefits after leaving Active Duty. VA Disability rating at 60% combined for: Degenerative Disc Disease L3-L4 - 40% Cervical Strain - 20% Right Knee post Meniscus Surgery - 10% Tinnitus - 10% Migraines - 0% Right Shoulder - Torn Rotator Cuff- 0% I appointed DAV to file the claim on my behalf. At times it was frustrating, but in the end I felt they represented my interest well. Timeline: Active Duty Army 2006-2012, OIF 07-09 a
  21. Recently I filed a claim for: Claim Received: 03/06/2013 Claim Type: Compensation Claim Closed: 02/01/2014 Contentions: Thoracic strain with lumbar facet arthropathy L5-S1 (Increase), cervical strain (claimed as tendonitis of neck) (Increase), PTSD- personal trauma w/anxiety d/o and panic attacks (New), Pinfueculitis, bilateral eye (New), VBMS (New), Right ankle, stable joint, aterior talodibulat chronic strain (Increase) My files are routed through the Houston Regional Office. During the QTC exam the Doctor only filled out the questioner and gave me an x-ray of my neck and back, no phy
  22. Just went to another rating exam yesterday. This time I had an actually doctor, not a practitioner. I have a few questions. My case is quite complicated. In 96 when I retired from the service, I submitted documentation of all the injuries regarding my spine including an helicopter accident which also caused whip lash. The VA rated me at 0% and never used the gonimetor to measure neck movement. Same thing happened in 2010. Continued rating for 0% for cervical strain. July, I had surgery on the spine. Diagnosed with degenerative disk disease, cervical radiculopathy & cervical spinal ste
  23. Hey there and thanks in advance for your time. My main question is how much weight is given to comments? The Checkmarked Impairment would indicate up to 50% - but the comments seem to read more like 70%. Would appreciate your thoughts on where you think this might land. Sorry for it being so long, stripped out as much as I could. SECTION I: a. Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with a mental disorder(s)? [x ] Yes [ ] No Diagnosis #1: Major Depression, single episode, moderate to severe ICD code: 296.22 Indicate the Axis category: [x
  24. I have read a ton of stuff here on hadit. What is most important about this topic is I have read about how people are locked in at the 10 year mark and 20 year mark. Well attached with this topic is the true answer, thanks to JBasser for pointing me in the right direction. There is a 5 year PROTECTION and I have YET to read a 10 year PROTECTION in this regulation. This attachment is the REAL DEAL and it needs to be added to hadit some how some way for others to be able to find it. I have highlighted many important aspects of the 5 year protection rule and the process of the Reduction of Ra
  25. Jus looking for some insight. I have a congressmans office involved a few month ago. My claim has been in reno. I filed for neck strain back in 1996 but was denied. I didnt appeal so it was final. I know me cervical strain is a result of the gunshot injury in 1991. The va stated there was no correlation between the injury and neck issue. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in 2003 by the va. Its rather interesting the Va grants service connection for bullet fragments in scalp and concussion and amnesia but at 0% for scar. I have uneven bridging on the left side of my head which the va doc neve
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