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  1. Has anyone used the Vet Comp & Pen company? I've heard about them, but never talked with anyone that used them? Are they legit? More importantly are they effective?
  2. Vets, If I received an Inadequate comp and pension exam (no use of goniometer) for my knees and back.... Should I file an appeal? or request that the DRO look at my case? Thanks in advance for any advice
  3. ok so i had my comp and pen for ptsd a few months ago and was granted 70% for that. I already was at 60% from body damage knee hip back etc. so that brought my total to 90%. I got a call from the young lady that helped me with the paperwork (i thinnk you call them vso's at anyrate she is the one from the state i get care in NY) and she said she had forgotten to include a claim for IU and wanted me to come in and fill out another form. i did that and resubmitted it as a new claim. i had just had the c and p for the mental health like 2 months before that. i was called a few weeks ago to come to another comp and pen for ptsd and i attended... it went well and pretty much from looking at her notes and the notes from the original one they seemed to be pretty much the same thing. so today i noticed a change in my claim status in EB it went from gathering of evidence to under review which i am quite familiar with being i have been here before i know it is moving forward. but what i DONT understand is now in addition to it saying IU(new) under the disabilities claimed it ALSO says PTSD(increase) **I** did not claim for an increase for PTSD what do you guys suppose is happening here?
  4. i am currently at 60 percent for all of my physical issues... knee, hip, back, hearing and nerve damage. i just had my first comp and pen for ptsd and the results are in myhealthyvet i wont post the whole thing i cant seem to get it to copy and paste :( here is the portion where he lists the severity of the issues: Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-5 criteriabased on today's evaluation?[X] Yes [ ] NoICD code: F43.102. Current Diagnoses--------------------a. Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: PTSDICD code: F43.10mental Disorder Diagnosis #2: Unspecified Depressive DisorderICD code: F32.9Mental Disorder Diagnosis #3: Alcohol Use Disorder in sustained remissionICD code: F10.10b. Medical diagnoses relevant to the understanding or management of theMental Health Disorder (to include TBI): SC knee condition3. Differentiation of symptoms------------------------------a. Does the Veteran have more than one mental disorder diagnosed?[X] Yes [ ] Nob. Is it possible to differentiate what symptom(s) is/are attributable toeach diagnosis?[X] Yes [ ] No [ ] Not applicable (N/A)If yes, list which symptoms are attributable to each diagnosis anddiscuss whether there is any clinical association between thesediagnoses:PTSD - Recurrent, intrusive, distressing recollections of trauma,recurrent distressing dreams, intense reactivity upon exposure tocues associated with the trauma, efforts to avoid thinking aboutthe trauma, avoiding experiences that would arouse recollectionsofthe trauma, hypervigilance, and an exaggerated startle response.Depression - low mood, guilt, hopelessness, low self-esteem,diminished sense of pleasurePTSD and Depression overlap (determining proportions would requireresorting to speculation) - markedly diminished interest insignificant activities, feeling detached or estranged from others,restricted range of affect, difficulty sleeping, irritability, anddifficulty concentrating.Alcohol - temptation and use of alcohol beyond two servings in asitting.c. Does the Veteran have a diagnosed traumatic brain injury (TBI)?[ ] Yes [X] No [ ] Not shown in records reviewed4. Occupational and social impairment-------------------------------------a. Which of the following best summarizes the Veteran's level ofoccupationaland social impairment with regards to all mental diagnoses? (Check onlyone)[X] Occupational and social impairment with deficiencies in most areas,such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking and/ormoodb. For the indicated level of occupational and social impairment, is itpossible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and socialimpairment indicated above is caused by each mental disorder?[X] Yes [ ] No [ ] No other mental disorder has been diagnosedIf yes, list which portion of the indicated level of occupational andsocial impairment is attributable to each diagnosis:PTSD - serious impairment in social and occupational functioningDepression - moderate difficulty in social and occupationalfunctioningAlcohol - absent And here is the section i ****THINK**** is the nexus i needed it is in the remarks section 9. Remarks, (including any testing results) if any--------------------------------------------------Based upon the training and experience of this examiner, the availableliterature on this topic, and the examination of this veteran today, itisthe opinion of this examiner, per DSM-5 diagnostic guidelines, that thisveteran does suffer from a PTSD and that is at least as likely as notcaused by the veteran's service as it is consistent with thecircumstances, conditions, and hardships of that service and theveteran'sclaimed stressor involves a significant emotional response (such as fear,helplessness, or horror) to exposure to hostile military or terroristactivity. His Unspecified Depressive Disorder more likely that notshares its etiology with his PTSD and is at this time, more likely than not,aggravated by the impact of the PTSD on the veteran's lifestyle.HisAlcohol Use Disorder has more likely than not been secondary to his PTSDat times as a form of self-medication.NOTE: VA may request additional medical information, including additional
  5. I was rated in 2012 70% ptsd. I have gotten much worse and applied for an increase and went to my exam. The following is on my healthevet file from the exam does anyone know what this report means? Beck Depression Inventory II: 39 (severe depression) Beck Anxiety Inventory: 26 (moderate anxiety) Total 65 DSM-IV PTSD Criteria B IS met DSM-IV PTSD Criteria C IS met DSM-IV PTSD Criteria D IS met *** PTSD Diagnosis IS SUGGESTED *** AUDIT Score: 2 (A score of 8 or more indicates a strong likelihood of hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption) Mississippi Scale: COMBAT STRESS 140 WHO Disability Assessment Schedule Domains Cognition: 65 Mobility: 50 Self-care: 60 Getting along: 91 Life activities (household): 80 Life activities (work/school): N/A Participation: 79 Summary: 70 Range is 0 to 100 where 0 indicates no disability and 100 means full disability. Results of the PCLC suggest PTSD with a score of 65. The cutting score on the PCLC, or the score above which is consistent with or supportive of a PTSD diagnosis, is 50. All three DSM-IV criteria (reexperiencing, avoidance and numbing, and increased arousal) were endorsed, consistent with a diagnosis of PTSD. The Veteran's Beck Depression Inventory II score of 39 suggests severely depressed mood. On the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), the Veteran's score of 26 indicates moderate anxiety. The obtained score of 140 on the Mississippi Scale suggests a high level MCNAMARA, JOSEPH ALLEN CONFIDENTIAL Page 23 of 31 of combat-related stress. The cutting score on the Mississippi Scale, or the score above which is consistent with or supportive of a PTSD diagnosis, is 107. On the AUDIT, the Veteran's score of 2 does not indicate a high likelihood of hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption. Finally, the WHODAS-2 was administered as the Veteran's assessment of his current functional status. On this instrument, the Veteran reported moderate-severe disabilities in a number of areas, including understanding and communication, getting around, self-care, getting along, life activities, and participation in society.
  6. I am currently in the process of my first claim. I am petitioning for an increase based on my two bulging disks, the narrowing of my spinal collumn, and the thoracic/lumbar arthritis. The migraines are something I just realized may be connected. I usually just ate my motrin 800 , drank some water, and laid down when they would come around. At my appt today, i brough it up with my new doc and explained the symptoms exactly. He said theres a good chance it has to to with my back issues. Question 1: Do I file a new claim for migraines? Question 2: Do i have to wait for my current increase to be taken care of? Question 3: I was never treated for migraines in service, will this be an issue in service connecting it? One more gripe. I closed a bank account i had and forgot to change my comp direct deposit info. A few months later i realized i wasnt getting the check (its only for 10%). I corrected the issue back in march. My last payment went out october 2012. My balance has sine grown to over 1000 dollars and i cant get any help on releasing the funds. They said all someone has to do at my regional office is turn the payment back on. My VFW rep is unreachable(detroit for ya) and when i show up in person they say that they will take care of it. Any help on handling this? Thanks in advance brothers.
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