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  1. I have service connected Chloracne, Diabetes II, and heart disease. In Dec, 2019 I was prescribed by the VA to take 25 mg per day of the relatively new drug Jardiance. My cardiologist said that it would help with my Diabetes as well as the heart disease. I then started complaining of huge boils coming up in my right and then left inner groin. After many dermatology and emergency room visits, no diagnosis or treatment, other than a look see and another bottle of antibiotics.antibiotics. On July 1, 2020, things got a lot worse, so another trip to the ER and another bottle of ills. The pain
  2. I am looking for anyone who was on Kadena AFB, Okinawa or .Chanute AFB, IL. My dad was there from Oct. 68-April 70. He has ichemic heart disease, diabetes which has resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee and peripheral neuropathy. We were denied in 2002 AMVETS filed a claim on his behalf for heart condition, diabetes and back problems. I refiled in December 2011 and have just received the claim statements and medical release forms. I am familiar with filling out this paper work because my husband is a combat veteran of Iraqi Freedom. I have been reading articles from the Ja
  3. This is a post looking for information and how to proceed. I applied for diabetes when I got out of the Navy in 2011 and was denied. I put in another claim in 2016 but never received a C& P exam. So I applied again and they recommended I submit a supplemental claim which they denied. I did have a C& P exam and the examiner stated it was less likely than not incurred or caused by military service. I was diagnosed with prediabetes and was taking METFORMIN and taking blood glucose three times a day. I have had full diabetes since 2013. Favorable findings shows a qualifying event durin
  4. Should I file a claim for diabetes (chronic diseases) under conditions “presumed to be caused by military service” if I am outside the one year window for diagnoses? I was medically retired on 14 Feb 2014 and was diagnosed with Diabetes mellitus on 21 July 2015. It was discovered through routine blood work and is controlled through diet and exercise (what little I can do without being in pain for days).
  5. Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 9:33 AM Subject: FW: Guam AO Award VA Appeals Court Agent Orange win for people who were on Guam. Pass along to anyone fighting VA for Guam benefits http://www.countyofkings.com/vetserve/Vete...0on%20Guam.html Citation Nr: 0527748 Decision Date: 10/13/05 Archive Date: 10/25/05 DOCKET NO. 02-11 819 ) On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Boston, Massachusetts THE ISSUE Entitlement to service connection for diabetes mellitus secondary to herbicide exposure. REPRESENTATION Veteran represent
  6. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/waV5t0HPtbM Today we are joined by Thomas Wendel, DAV National area supervisor for West Cost Region. Thomas E. Wendel served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1983 until 1997. Since 1999, Tom has worked assisting veterans in processing various entitlement claims on the local, state and federal levels; first in Clare County as a county service officer and then when he came to work for the Disabled American Veterans in 2000. In 2008 he was promoted to the position of supervisor of the DAV Service Office in Detroit and later
  7. I was diagnosed with Diabetes type 2 on 2 Mar 10, my last day on active duty was 28 Feb 09. I was denied service connection when I filed since I was officially diagnosed 3 days outside the 1 year window. I never appealed this claim. I was rated 60% in 2010 and never looked back. I recently happened across this site and realized, I might be able to reopen the case and submit a nexus letter stating that the diabetes manifested within the one year of me leaving active duty if not before. Lab test taken on 25 Feb 09 show a Glucose reading of 324. For some reason HB A1C test wasn't take u
  8. Just Passing on information that some may not know they have an Immune Disorder. This may not be a complete list. This is archived but wanted to update. List of Autoimmune and Autoimmune-Related Diseases Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) Acute necrotizing hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis Addison's disease Agammaglobulinemia Allergic asthma Allergic rhinitis Alopecia areata Amyloidosis Ankylosing spondylitis Anti-GBM/Anti-TBM nephritis Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) Autoimmune aplastic anemia Autoimmune dysautonomia Autoimmune hepatitis Autoimmune hyperlipidemia Autoimmune immuno
  9. Seems the VA can on occasion consider obesity merely as a "symptom"* and perhaps even the type of symptom that the VA alleges is caused by the Veteran's own willful misconduct of overeating or being inactive so it can deny the claim. However, since the American Medical Association ( AMA ) recently in June of 2013 has officially declared that "obesity is a disease", might that allow disabled veterans whose service connected condition(s) led to excessive weight gain to now find more success claiming obesity as a ratable secondary medical condition or a disease aggravated by the Veteran's service
  10. I suffered a back injury while in the ARMY years ago. My back has continuously given me problems. I am SC for DDD and was wondering how can i go about service connecting Diabetes 2? Any information or case studies will be of great help.
  11. Hi: I went to a private MD for SA. I'm SC with diabetes II and NP in both hand and legs, 50% SC. He gave me this diagnose: "This patient has severe OSA with hypoxemia (!) and this explains the degree of hypersomnia and dysmtos. Also the onset of diabetes and OSA appear to be concomitant. In any case, he warrants therapy with CPAP. Will begin therapy with close follow up to ensure optimal CPAP compliance". Will this could help me to summit a claim? I need advice. Thx.
  12. From my C&P exam, it looks like I fall under the 100% for Pancreatitis. I also have Anemia and Diabetes. Have anyone on the board been rated for Pancreatitis? Does the Veteran have any of the following symptoms attributable to any pancreas conditions or residuals of treatment for pancreas conditions? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, check all that apply: [X] Abdominal pain, confirmed as resulting from pancreatitis by appropriate laboratory and clinical studies If checked, indicate severity and frequency of attacks (check all that apply): [X] Severe (disabling) Indicate number of attacks of Sever
  13. Previously I was service connected for, 100% p&t for AICD implant. 100% p&t for class III kidney disease, 50% neuropathy right upper extremity, 40% neuropathy left upper extremity, 40% neuropathy right lower extremity,40% neuropathy, 30% for severe anxiety and depression, 20% type II diabetes 0% for chloracne, 0% for ED. I was rated and being paid as a 100% veteran with spouse. I had an "S" award and one "K" award. On a new rating decision dated August 2015, I was awarded Loss of use of upper right extremity and loss of use of right lower extremity. They combined the two loss of use
  14. An Overview on DIC for Survivors of Veterans The death of a veteran spouse often brings more unique situations to the surviving spouse then a non veteran's death. Both types of deaths are as equally devastating and there is a lot to do in spite of dealing with the grief. Many veterans here have already established a Death file . We have done SVR shows on this and there is discussion here at hadit as well on that. http://www.svr-radio.com/archives.html (May 5th and May 12th , 2010) This file is a good place for copies of the DD 214/215, info on SGLI Life Insurance and other insur
  15. Just got through gathering up the Wife's receipts for the last three months to send in to CHAMPVA. Total is $2,233.00 that was NOT covered by her employer-provided health insurance. She has diabetes and some of her drugs are like $450 over and above her primary health insurance. YUP, I am most pleased with CHAMPVA. There will be a check in the mailbox for this, probably before the first of the year. Being 100% disabled is NOT FUN...........heck, if I was able to work my health insurance because of my work would take the place of the CHAMPVA, with HER work's health insurance being the "prim
  16. Hi, I submitted a claim for DM1 last year and was denied due to presumptive condition. I served for about three years as an 11Bravo and had the following issues however was not diagnosed for DM1. After the Army it took a few years to be full blown Insulin Pump 24/7 Driven ex. super trooper. Timeline of events that I believe that I was undiagnosed for Pre-Diabetes/Diabetes. 15 June 1992 Issues leading to excessive Urinary Issues concludes with scoping (putting a camera) into my bladder. Figured I would suck it up and pee a lot after that.... 16 June 1992 Fasting Glucose Test is 104 (Pr
  17. I have a service connected disability which includes Diabetes. I recently changed States and while getting set up for the new facility the Dr. stated that in an eye test over a year ago in another state they determined I have diabetic retinopathy. The prior VA facility did not tell me this, but the Dr. let me read it on the screen. My question is this, should I have this rated, does the diagnosis alone qualify me for a rating or does it require significant rather than minor damage? Thank you for your help!
  18. Well I finally Got my explanation of benefits and i have a couple of questions so here goes a little bit of the history I am currently rated at 90%, 70% for depression 50% for sleep apnea and 10% for left knee and 10% for Left ankle also 10% for right lateral epicondilitis and 10% for tinnitus so I put in a claim June of last year for increase on L knee and ankle and also new right ankle instability and arthritis new in all lower joints ankles and knees and to reopen my Diabetes that was ruled non SC in 2011 Fast forward to today I have read the explanation many times and i have some questio
  19. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a Dr. in the Boston area or where ever that has done/will do an IMO/IME (Whatever is required) for Sleep Apnea (OSA) secondary to SC'd PTSD. I am medically retired Marine as of 2007...I complained for years about sleep issues and was told that I snored extremely loud. Others said I stopped breathing. I said maybe I have sleep apnea, i dont know, but I want a sleep study. Well the Marine Corps, never got me one as I was on my way out. It is noted in my exit physical that I had complained and have continously complainted since getting out finally in Aug
  20. Hi: Just came yesterday from the doctor who diagnosed me with arthritis. I'm a AO service connected with diabetes type 1, NP in both hands and legs. No family related with arthritis or diabetes. Does the arthritis has to be with my diabetes?
  21. Hi all, currently have osa on appeal as my initial claim I didn't have an IMO. I'm 70% ptsd, major depression/panic w/agoraphobia, 20% bilateral shoulder dislocations (major and minor), 10% HTC, 10% Tinnitus...90% combined. I have increase tdiu for ptsd and appeal on my b 70% from July. Guy said I should be 100 but Cuz I worked 2 yrs ago, he had it at 70. My osa I use full face sleep mask pressure is 13.0.. Finally got sleep study in 2010 were was diagnosed. Complained for 5 yrs prior. I believe my osa is due to my massive 150 lb weight gain due to. My ptsd...I'm in Boston area, who ca
  22. Re cap of current claim with the rating board shows(currently rated at 70%) IU was submitted by deadline through e-benifts and received- Report from VA compensation doctor states: -claim for my cervical fusion in July with medical evidence that I was off for over 7 months for incapacitating Episodes( rating doctor stated I had IDS, however no episode having a total duration of 6 weeks or more which is 60%.) Evidence was faxed in to the rating board showing 3 months bedrest, 7 months total! -Nerve conduction studies and EMG's-show medical evidence of the radiculpathy. -the Veteran has bila
  23. With a current claim pending at the decision stage in Phoenix, I am trying to contemplate my chances of going from a current rating of 70% to 100%. Last time I had a claim, I noticed that there was a statement saying "Veteran spoke of chronic fatigue, drowsiness and tiredness. However he didn't make it clear if he was seeking service connection. So, I put in a claim for chronic fatigue caused by all the service connected medications I am on. Also, I have a claim for my cervical fusion in July with medical evidence that I was off for over 7 months for incapacitating Episodes( rating doctor st
  24. Dx: Central Retinal Ischemia OS Visual field loss consistent with h/o stroke. Diabetes mellitus no retinopathy Nuclear sclerotic cataract OU Refractive error OU RIGHT EYE UNCORRECTED 20/25 J5 RIGHT EYE CORRECTED 20/20-3 J1 LEFT EYE UNCORRECTED 20/LP LP LEFT EYE CORRECTED 20/LP LP HUMPHREY KINETIC 16 MERIDIAN VISUAL FIELD PLOTTED ON GOLDMAN BOWL CHART: OD: SUPERIOR 9 DEG; TEMPORAL 71 DEG; INFERIOR 60 DEG; NASAL 9 DEG OS: SUPERIOR 0 DEG; TEMPORAL 0 DEG; INFERIOR 32 DEG; NASAL 0 DEG HVF 24-2 OU: OD: LOW RELIABILITY; COMPLETE NASAL VFD; GHT OUTSIDE NL; MD: -16.34DB OS: RELIABLE; C
  25. After 3 years and 2 months in the Marine Corps I had a heatstroke while on a battalion run. I spent 5 days in ICU. I was told I had a heat intolerance and therefore discharged from the Marines shortly after. That was back in 1993, since then I have been diagnosed with diabetes, have heart problems, and this week was told I have skin cancer. Are there any chances of getting a service connected disability from my heatstroke?
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