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  1. So I went in Friday. Saw two examiners. I didn't have time to submit my Statements in Support of Claims (PTSD & knees) my wife and adult children filled out but I had them read them while I was there. I just uploaded them on Monday. The first wa a Nurse Practitioner. She checked my feet and knees. Don't know if this was the smartest idea but I didn't wear my AFO or knee brace at first, because I wanted her to see how I walk, move unassisted. I put it on after her examination and showed her how I'm still not stable on that leg no matter which apparatus I'm using. I explained my quality of life at work sucked becaue there's only one elevator, which means I walk twice as far to use it. I work upstairs and have almost fallen several times. I also told her I was concerned because the last rater wrote I was doing good with my orthotic insoles, when I 100 percent told him that I can't use the Navy issued insoles for regular shoes. My feet rating was decreased because of that. So I made it clear verbally that I was not getting better. For the Migraines increase i showed her my migraine tracker chart and she barely looked at it. It shows that I missed over 100 hours of work last year due to migraines. The second was the Psychiatrist She didn't ask me much about anything my VA psychologist wrote in her nexus letter. She skimmed over my buddy statements. She asked me about 6 questions, pretty much (yes or no) when was my last fight about my job am i taking my medications have I been arrested about my work history about my sleep It lasted about 15 minutes. So who knows what is going to happen. All I know is I left there without any confidence that the evidence nor my exams helped. We'll see.
  2. I have 4 C&P exams this Friday. All for increases. (Migraine, PTSD/depression/anxiety/chronic pain/agoraphobia, bilateral foot pain and knee pain increase [including VA issued knee brace and civilian issued AFO foot brace]). Should I have my wife ad adult kids who both witness and suffer from my mood swings, depression, anxiety and antisocial like living on a daily basis? They can also talk about my constant leg pain and migraines. I also want my supervisor to do one regarding my migraines that have me leaving work early, alot. But that is a touchy subject, because I don't want me asking him to affect my employment. Also I hide a lot from them, to keep my job, like just suffer with headaches and migraines at work. Or fake my way through the day, pretending to want to be around people.
  3. Hey all, just found out something very interesting regarding bunions. I know a few of us on here posted about bunions, and I thought this would be the quickest way to get this out. I recently was DXd by my PCP with a bunion on R foot. X-rays confirmed this finding. So then I scheduled an appointment with my local VAMC Podiatry clinic. That was Tuesday the 13th, a few days ago. Podiatrist was very nonchalant and laid back, while looking at my feet. Lots of hmming and uh huh..ing to himself while looking. He said it looks like a bunion, but will need x-rays to confirm. I says, just had some done a few weeks ago. He says; they will need to be standing weighted. Lo and behold, yep, standing x-ray. He says good. Then using his computer he made direct lines with an anchor point to get the angle of departure(such as it is) to show how much the bunion has changed my foot. He said anything less than 15 degrees of angle is usually treated with custom orthotics and looser shoes. I already have VA custom orthotics, have had for years. My angle of departure is 23 degrees. He said that all they can do for that, now, is surgery. Now...here is the real meat of this post....he said that medical studies have shown, and the VA stands by it, bunions are an inherited condition! The medical study showed that shoe type has less effect to cause bunions than previously thought. The study covered native people groups in regions not known for wearing shoes, where people are barefoot all the time. And the study showed the same frequency rate of bunions among the bare foot as among the shoe wearing folks. So...if you have issues with Bunion claims....perhaps this will give ya'll some insight on how to change your attack. For me, that means I will file my bunion claim as secondary to my feet due to aggravation caused by my SC pes cavus bilateral w/plantar fasciitis. Since the VA identifies secondary conditions as caused by or aggravated by existing service connected disabilities.
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