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  1. Currently rated 10% for GERD and applied for an increase. Had my primary civilian doctor look over my medical records and asked if she would fill out a DBQ. Luckily she did because I know how some doctors would not. Anyone have any guess on if I could be getting an increase or not? Also, does anyone know if I will be scheduled for a C&P as well? It's no problem if I have to go but I just figured with a DBQ then it could easily be fast tracked without having to schedule a C&P since I had already been service connected. Thanks!
  2. So I was originaly awarded 10 percent with regard to my Gerd on discharge. At the time they found 2 ulcers and reflux. My Gerd is a lot more severe now with stage 3 esophageal erosion and constant pain and regurgitation. I was wondering if anyone had any advise on the matter. I just put in an request for an increase yesterday. I see on here that many people relate secondary sleep apnea to Gerd. I constantly wake up with burning in throat and prevents sleep. does this qualify me for apnea and if it does how do I add it on to my claim. I currently have no representative and just using ebenefits. thanks for any advise.
  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 result of the Veteran's service connected condition. ******************************** Intestinal Conditions (other than surgical or infectious), including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis Disability Benefits Questionnaire 11. Remarks, if any: -------------------- GULF WAR STATEMENT: In reviewing electronic files in VBMS and CPRS in conjunction with today's examination, the Veteran has a diagnosable, but medically unexplained illness of unknown etiology. * The disability pattern most closely correlates with a diagnosed illness of unknown etiology. * He indicates he has intermittent episodes of diarrhea/constipation/bloating and pain. * It is my medical opinion that this condition at least as likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) qualifies as a presumptive condition from service in SouthWesttAsia per website http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/medically- unexplained-il lness. *************************** RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: IS THE VETERAN'S CURRENT DIAGNOSIS OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT 950 PERCENT OR GREATER PROBABILITY) RELATED TO OR INCURRED DURING HIS MILITARY SERVICE? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: OSA TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed was at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. ******************************* RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: IS THE VETERAN'S ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT (50 PERCENT OR GREATER PROBABILITY) PROXIMATELY DUE TO OR RELATED TO THE MEDICATION (PROZAC) USED TO TREAT HIS SERVICE CONNECTED MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: ED 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 result of the Veteran's service connected condition. *************************************** RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: IS THE VETERAN'S CURRENT DIAGNOSIS OF SPERMATOCELE AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT (50 PERCENT OR GREATER PROBABILITY) RELATED TO THE TESTICULAR PAIN DURING ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: SPERMATOCELE TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed was at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. ***************************************** RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: IS THE VETERAN'S CURRENT DIAGNOSIS OF PATELLOFEMORAL SYNDROME RIGHT KNEE AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT (50 PERCENT OR GREATER PROBABILITY) INCURRED IN OR RELATED TO HIS RIGHT KNEE PFS DURING ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN SYNDROME RIGHT KNEE TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed was at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. ******************************************* RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: IS THE VETERAN'S CHRONIC CERVICAL STRAIN AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT (50 PERCENT OR GREATER PROBABILITY) DUE TO OR THE RESULT OF HIS MILITARY SERVICE? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: CHRONIC CERVICAL STRAIN. TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed was at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. ********************************************** 4. Erectile dysfunction ----------------------- Does the Veteran have erectile dysfunction? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, complete the following section: a. Etiology of erectile dysfunction: prozac (medication used to treat service connected mental health condition) b. If the Veteran has erectile dysfunction, is it as likely as not (at least a 50% probability) attributable to one of the diagnoses in Section 1, including residuals of treatment for this diagnosis? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, specify the diagnosis to which the erectile dysfunction is as likely as not attributable:prozac (treatment for service connected mental health condition) ***************************************** GULF WAR STATEMENT: In reviewing electronic files in VBMS and CPRS in conjunction with today's examination, the Veteran has a diagnosable condition (GERD), but medically unexplained illness of unknown etiology. The condition GERD is at least as likely than not (50 percent or greater probability) related to his military service in Southwest Asia. ********************************************
  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 result of the Veteran's service connected condition. ******************************** Intestinal Conditions (other than surgical or infectious), including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis Disability Benefits Questionnaire 11. Remarks, if any: -------------------- GULF WAR STATEMENT: In reviewing electronic files in VBMS and CPRS in conjunction with today's examination, the Veteran has a diagnosable, but medically unexplained illness of unknown etiology. * The disability pattern most closely correlates with a diagnosed illness of unknown etiology. * He indicates he has intermittent episodes of diarrhea/constipation/bloating and pain. * It is my medical opinion that this condition at least as likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) qualifies as a presumptive condition from service in SouthWesttAsia per website http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/medically- unexplained-il lness. *************************** RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: IS THE VETERAN'S CURRENT DIAGNOSIS OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT 950 PERCENT OR GREATER PROBABILITY) RELATED TO OR INCURRED DURING HIS MILITARY SERVICE? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: OSA TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed was at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. ******************************* RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: IS THE VETERAN'S ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT (50 PERCENT OR GREATER PROBABILITY) PROXIMATELY DUE TO OR RELATED TO THE MEDICATION (PROZAC) USED TO TREAT HIS SERVICE CONNECTED MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: ED 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 result of the Veteran's service connected condition. *************************************** RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: IS THE VETERAN'S CURRENT DIAGNOSIS OF SPERMATOCELE AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT (50 PERCENT OR GREATER PROBABILITY) RELATED TO THE TESTICULAR PAIN DURING ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: SPERMATOCELE TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed was at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. ***************************************** RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: IS THE VETERAN'S CURRENT DIAGNOSIS OF PATELLOFEMORAL SYNDROME RIGHT KNEE AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT (50 PERCENT OR GREATER PROBABILITY) INCURRED IN OR RELATED TO HIS RIGHT KNEE PFS DURING ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN SYNDROME RIGHT KNEE TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed was at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. ******************************************* RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: IS THE VETERAN'S CHRONIC CERVICAL STRAIN AT LEAST AS LIKELY AS NOT (50 PERCENT OR GREATER PROBABILITY) DUE TO OR THE RESULT OF HIS MILITARY SERVICE? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: CHRONIC CERVICAL STRAIN. TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed was at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. ********************************************** 4. Erectile dysfunction ----------------------- Does the Veteran have erectile dysfunction? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, complete the following section: a. Etiology of erectile dysfunction: prozac (medication used to treat service connected mental health condition) b. If the Veteran has erectile dysfunction, is it as likely as not (at least a 50% probability) attributable to one of the diagnoses in Section 1, including residuals of treatment for this diagnosis? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, specify the diagnosis to which the erectile dysfunction is as likely as not attributable:prozac (treatment for service connected mental health condition) ***************************************** GULF WAR STATEMENT: In reviewing electronic files in VBMS and CPRS in conjunction with today's examination, the Veteran has a diagnosable condition (GERD), but medically unexplained illness of unknown etiology. The condition GERD is at least as likely than not (50 percent or greater probability) related to his military service in Southwest Asia. ********************************************
  5. I don't know whether it was BUD/S or SAR School, but I'm pretty sure the logs weren't easy on my back or shoulders and neither were the mile long swims with heavy fins. The dirty waters I swam in didn't help with the GERD, and the PTSD was the first thing the VA diagnosed me with and it took them almost 3 years to convince me I had it. Yet, no service connection can be found for any of these things, and these pics are just of the training!! Do they simply "DONT GIVE A xxxx?" or are they just plain "STUPID?"
  6. Okay, so this is going to be hard to believe for anyone reading this, and it's fine if you don't because it happened to me and I'm still having hard time believing it. Back in 2014 I got into an argument with a VA dermatology doctor about putting me on Accutaine/ Isotretinoin for Cystic Acne. I showed her that I hadn't finished the treatment as a civilian due to entering the service and the same thing happened upon getting out, but she wouldn't put me on it and claimed no sane doctor would. I went to a civilian dermatologist and she recommended I be put on the treatment on the first visit. Furthermore, the civilian doctor said I would be a "perfect candidate" for the treatment. I brought this back to the VA dermatologist and she was furious. She stuck to her decision, and brought in a fellow dermatologist to back her up, and man she brought in identified himself as a dermatologist and backed her up and that was about it for that situation... Almost two years later, this past March 7th, I had an appointment for a GERD disability claim, and a lower back pain disability claim. The examiner was none other then the dermatologist my psycho dermatologist doctor brought in to back her up. It took me a while to remember where I had seen him before, but halfway through the exam it hit me. However, he didn't recognize me. He also didn't seem to know anything about the human body because when I tried to explain to him that a bad knee day equals a bad lower back day he tried to tell me this did not matter. This was quite shocking and disturbing to hear because my chiropractor has told me that the two issues are connected, and so did my knee surgeon. Then last week I went to pick-up a buddy of mine at the ER due to a really bad sinus infection, and when I went to the front desk to get my friend I see the same guy who was my C&P examiner and who supposedly was a dermatologist treating patients in the ER!! What the hell is going on here? Is this dude even a doctor at all? Has anyone experienced such a thing?
  7. I'm working on my NOD (Notice of Disagreement) and am having trouble figuring out how the VA defines "persistently recurrent." Does anyone know how they define this subjective term? My biggest disagreement is with my 0% rating of GERD. Based on my readings here, the VA uses 7346 Hernia hiatal to determine a rating. Based on what I know and am finding in my medical record, I should be rated at 30%. My first "attack" was on 11 May 2010 and I went to the ER. Reported pain at 7/10 and one episode of regurgitation. Pain radiated through my back and down my arm. I thought I was having a heart attack. I had a follow up with my primary care provider on 12 May 2010 where I was diagnosed with Esophageal reflux and told to continue daily doses of 20mg Nexium. I went to the ER again 28 Oct 2010. I reported similar episodes of acid reflux in the past. This occasion lasted longer and pain was rated at 10/10. Same symptoms of pain. Followed up with PCP 29 Oct 2010. Nexium dosage was increased to 40mg. Report indicated a loss of 15 lbs. Another ER visit on 26 Jan 2011 for chest pain that was diagnosed at "atypical chest pain" Follow up with PCP 27 Jan 2011 agreed with "atypical chest pain" Then i retired from the Navy. I have since had additional attacks and appointments with my civilian doctor. 27 Apr 2011 for recent GERD attack 16 Sep 2011 regular follow up for GERD. I have the documentation of these visits and the symptoms and diagnosis are documented on the reports. I did not go to the doctor for all GERD attacks because I knew what it was. When then happen I can't do anything. I've even had to leave work because of some attacks. I've kept track of my GERD attacks. Dates are: May 2010 Aug 2010 October 2010 April 2011 July 2011 October 2011 May 2012 Does that sound like a persistent recurrence? Is there other details I'm leaving out? Here is what I found for the rating guide: 7346 Hernia hiatal: Symptoms of pain, vomiting, material weight loss and hematemesis or melena with moderate anemia; or other symptom combinations productive of severe impairment of health 60 Persistently recurrent epigastric distress with dysphagia, pyrosis, and regurgitation, accompanied by substernal or arm or shoulder pain, productive of considerable impairment of health 30 With two or more of the symptoms for the 30 percent evaluation of less severity 10
  8. Has anyone tried this aggressive treatment for GERD?
  9. NO C-FILE 1. Diagnosis Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with an esophageal condition? YES If yes, indicate diagnoses <X> GERD Date of Diagnosis: UNKNOWN 2. Medical History b. Does the Veteran's treatment plan include taking continuous medications for the diagnosed condition? YES OMEPRAZOLE 20 3. Signs and Symptoms <X> Reflux <X> Regurgitation 6. Diagnostic Testing a. Have diagnostic imaging studies or other diagnostic procedures been performed? YES If yes, check all that apply: <X> Upper endoscopy Date: 3 yrs ago in West Virginia VA Results: GERD/H.H. 8. Remarks, if any: GERD now stable with Omeprazole
  10. long story short am service connected for heartburn at 0% for 11 yrs now was taking meds in service for it total of about 20 yrs now. Just had scope done and they say I have Barrets Esophigus and Hydial Hernia I called my VSO and he said we would have to go with secondary to heartburn but doctor needs to say it is connected to the heartburn and how it is. Will a VA doctor or PA do this? What else can I do I will not back down or give up. Any help is appreciated. If VA won't do this where else can I go and what else can I do? can I request a C&P Exam for this if so how do I do that?
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