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  1. I finally won my claim at the BVA for GERD. Took me 4 tries to finally get off the hamster wheel. Well, not exactly; I got low-balled, so I have to do another supplemental claim. But I finally got the service connection. As we preach all the time here, I'm posting not to gloat or anything. I just want to remind veterans to share your success stories AND, if you can, make a contribution when you win so this great veteran resource can continue. Make no mistake, I couldn't have had the success I had without all the great info and support here at Hadit.
  2. Greetings Moto's, I have recently received my C FIle and in review of the C&P I had for GERD. I was granted service connection and rated at 10%. Given what I am reading in my C&P exam I think things were not taken into consideration as based on the examiners notes I qualify for a 30% rating. What is the best way to go about requesting this increase? TIA Jason HM2(FMF/SCW/DV)
  3. I am SC for GERD and IBS. I need to file for an increase on both. I already know about pyramiding, so I understand that I will just have one rating under gastrointestinal. Is there any strategy to filing for these? Would filing them together be different than filing them seperately?
  4. I am currently appealing to the US court for my denial of increase in GERD to include Class C esophagitis, erosive gastritis. I am currently being rating for 10% since 2007, up from 0% in 1998 or over 13 years, even though Ive had GERD, gastris with H pylori in service and then again with the claim I made in 2007. I didnt know of the bad C&P until I got my C-file in 2018. It is very important to get yours, as you can find out a lot of things. Like they didnt forward your VA file and your civilian paperwork to the examiner. I was very lucky the examiner noted this, as rater said he did in the decision. Had an ACE in 2019 which examiner stated she reviewed, but omitted what was found on the EGD in 2019 and ignored the 2007. There are articles pertaining to the use of Zantac that contains NDMA as well as other medications such as Nexium. For the 30% rating for GERD it included the wording "impairment of health" I used this same information in my argument concerning this. I dont have cancer, but long term I could have. Ive also included in my argument about the long term use of Nexium-I dont have long term kidney issues, but I could have. I took Rabeprazole for a few times, which can cause fundic gland polyps (growth on stomach lining) which I had one. I listed the side effects of my current meds Im taking now, which IS joint pain, stomach pain, headaches. So...Im giving it a try, as with these medications we are taking, and NOW finding out serious side effects, I would think it would cause a considerable impairment of health.
  5. So, I am SC'd on GERD 10% and IBS 30% which they grant at a 30% combined rating since (according to the VA) codes 7319 and 7346 (Hiatal hernia is what they use for GERD) fall in the inclusive rating categories according to this: Ratings under diagnostic codes 7301 to 7329, inclusive, 7331, 7342, and 7345 to 7348 inclusive will not be combined with each other. A single evaluation will be assigned under the diagnostic code which reflects the predominant disability picture, with elevation to the next higher evaluation where the severity of the overall disability warrants such elevation. I would argue that, that's not what that says.. It actually says codes 7301 - 7329 are inclusive and then 7331. 73342, and 7345 - 7348 are inclusive which would actually mean codes 7319 and 7346 are in their own categories and should be rated exclusively. However, my actual question is about code 7204 Esophagus, spasm (cardiospasm). I submitted a claim for this, but it was not rated separately. Instead, I was given: Evaluation of IBS and GERD with esophagus spasm of (cardiospasm) (claimed as esophageal condition): The evaluation of IBS and GERD with esophagus, spasm of (cardiospasm) (claimed as esophageal condition) is continued as 30 percent disabling. We have reviewed the evidence received and determined your service-connected condition(s) hasn't/haven't increased in severity sufficiently to warrant a higher evaluation. We have continued a 30% evaluation for your IBS and GERD with esophagus, spasm of (cardiospasm) based on: -Abdominal distress -Alternating diarrhea and constipation Additional Symptoms Include: -Disturbances of bowel function -Frequent episodes of bowel disturbance This is the highest schedular evalution allowed under the law for IBS. (38 CFR 4.114) A higher evaluation of 60% is not warranted unless there are symptoms of pain, vomiting, material weight loss, and hematemesis or melena with moderate anemia, or other symptom combinations productive of severe impairment of health. (38 CFR 4.112, 38 CFR 4.113, 38 CFR 4.114) A 10% evaluation would be warranted for your GERD with esophagus, spasm of (cardiospasm) (claimed as esophageal condition) based on: -Pyrosis (Heartburn and/or Reflux) -Substernal pain -Regurgitation -Persistently recurrent epigatric distress A higher evaluation of 30% is not warranted for hiatal hernia unless the evidence shows persistently recurrent epigastric distress with dysphagia, pyrosis, and regurgitation, accompanied by substernal or arm or shoulder pain, productive of considerable impairment of health. (38 CFR 4.114) Ratings under diagnostic codes 7301 to 7329, inclusive, 7331,7342, and 7345 to 7348 inclusive will not be combined with each other. A single evaluation will be assigned under the diagnostic code which reflects the predominant disability picture, with the elevation to the next higher level evaluation where the severity of the overall disability warrants such evaluation. (38 CFR 4.114) So in reading that, I do not see how 7204 Esophagus, spasm of (cardiospasm). If not amenable to dilation, rate as for the degree of obstruction (stricture). falls in to that rating criteria. Does anyone have any experience in getting a separate rating for 7204? I'm now at 92.23% SC'd with 1 rating on appeal and an increase on remand. Both of which (if granted at what the reg actually says) would kick me to 95.29% (or rounded to 100). This one, I really expected to be at 30% on its own...so I'm confused as to why it was rolled in to another rating.
  6. Hello!! I wish I would have found this site before, because WHAT.A.NIGHTMARE the VA disability process is. Bear with me as I try to explain my thinking: Okay, so I have had GERD listed as a condition at 0% rating, but, after fighting for an increase, it was given on 1-28-2019 (and as such, I cannot see when the 0% was given). However, even in the notes from endoscopy AND the dr noted epigastric distress, dysphagia, constant pyrosis (heartburn), shoulder pain-ALL things that should get a better increase to 30%. I submitted a claim for increase May 8th, 2019. It was quickly denied, stating not proper forms. Resubmitted with proper forms but still denied July 2019. Took a break from trying, went through my VA files, gathered evidence of all previous endoscopies, VA doctor's notes, medication lists, and resubmitted. Denied on 4-2020. So, now I have for a higher level review. They received that in September, and now I wait. My question is-I did not know that I could do a CUE form to have the date for GERD go back farther than the date given for 2019. While I do not think I could get earlier than 2019 for the 30%, I believe I could get the 10% rating. I have a endoscopy dated all the way back from Oct. 2006 stating that there is "esophagitisis" and "intermitten small sliding type hiatal hernia" with notes stating that I was complaining of heartburn and shoulder pain as well. Additionally, from an endoscopy from April 22, 2010, it states the reason for the edoscopy was "epigastric pain" and showed "moderate amount of gastroesophageal reflux and intermittent small sliding type hiatial hernia". So, my question: how long does a Higher Level Review decision take? Also, once a higher level review takes place, and they do grant the increase from 2019 from 10%-30%, is it too late to do a CUE for 10% from at least 2010? Can I do a CUE as the same time as a higher level review, if I am not looking for the 30% in 2010, just the 10%? Does any of this make sense? ANY help/guidance with this would be appreciated. Had I realized there was this website, I would have come here first!!!....
  7. Hello Everyone. I have had a 10 percent rating for GERD since 2013. I applied for an increase on 3 occasions but finally got a copy of my private medical records. I don’t think the VA ever did. I will submit a supplemental claim with new evidence. I had a endoscopy in 2013 and results came back I have chronic gastritis and my stomach is giving me serious problems. I don’t think that is mentioned in my SMR’s. So can I go SWA since am a combat veteran or as a secondary condition to something that is rated? Not trying to beat the system. If I can claim within the rules then I will do that. If that is no rule that will allow me to then drop it. Thank you for your help.
  8. Hello all, A bit about my situation. I was rated TDIU and recently filed for an increase on some issues that the BVA denied. I was increased from 10% to 40% each knee, and 10% to 20% for lower back. This put me in the 100% P&T threshold. I also filed for an increase with my Hiatal Hernia. Below is there reasoning for denying an increase of GERD. They list all but one contention that would need to be met, but what they fail to understand is I have constant arm/ shoulder/ upper chest pain from an AC separation which I am also service connected for. So when asked my symptoms I would have never guessed besides having upper chest pains that my arms and shoulder would be effected by my GURD considering I had considerable pain there regularly. My question is should I file an NOD or just let it go and not "rock the boat" considering I am at 100 P&T?
  9. 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!
  10. Hello all, Thanks for adding me as this is my first post. I am an Iraqi Veteran and left service in 2010. I filed my first claims myself between 2010 and 2013 for Obstructive Lung Disease, Tinnitus, and Polyarthralgia linked to Lyme Disease. For each of those claims, I only submitted VA 21-4138's and articles from medical journals supporting my claim. After Extensive C&P exams, I was granted the tinnitus and the Polyarthralgia, but only service connected at 0% for the lung disease. 2 years later I resubmitted for asthma as the symptoms had gotten more severe and I was now on a steroid inhaler daily. I was then granted 30% for asthma. Moving forward a few years, I have now developed Sleep Apnea, and after a year of CPAP treatment, I decided to use "Vet Comp and Pen" for help for my claim. With all of my civilian medical treatment records, and CPAP prescription, they were successful at combining my Asthma rating with the OSA awarding my 50%. I filed with the new Decision Ready Claim and within 6 day of the VA made their favorable decision. A few weeks later I attempted to submit a new claim for GERD through "Vet Comp and Pen". I supplied them with medical treatment records showing an Esophagram in 2006, Endoscopies in (2007, 2012, 2016, and 2 in 2017), another Esophagram in 2017, a Bravo PH Monitoring exam in 2017, and an Esophageal Manometry in 2017. All test show Esophagitis Grade B, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease with Esophagitis, Erosive Esophagitis Stage III, Hiatal Hernia, Diaphragmatic Hernia, and Duodenitis. I have been on Omeprazole 40mg since 2012, and have continual heartburn, acid reflux, a persistent cough, arm and shoulder pain, and worst of all, regurgitation of food, and vomiting acid into my mouth while sleeping. I was attempting to file this claim as a secondary service connection attributed to the daily dosage of NSAID's like naproxen, and Ibuprofen along with the Symbicort Inhaler usage. Unfortunately with all of the medical evidence I supplied them, "Vet Comp and Pen" only instructed me to submit a 21-4138 personal statement and a VA 21-256. Basically nothing was submitted in support of my claim, not one shred of evidence, no IMO, no Lay evidence, nothing to establish NEXUS. I even made three phone calls to Vet Comp and Pen confirming this is what they wanted me to do. Needless to say, after submitting it as a Decision Ready Claim as instructed, it was denied after the VA had it in their possession for 6 days. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think instead of going through a long and lengthy appeal process, it may be more beneficial and easier to file again as a new claim. This time I will be going through the DAV again but this time submitting a 21-4138 personal statement, a VA 21-256, all of my medical procedures, and plenty of medical journal evidence showing the link between NSAID's, Asthma inhalers and GERD. I am also having my Gastroenterologist complete a VA 21-0960G-1for Esophageal Conditions. The problem that I am running into is the NEXUS. I was in the Army National Guard from 1996 - 2010. I had Lyme disease in 1998 and had chronic arthritis pretty much from that time on continuously taking NSAID's. I saw a civilian Gastroenterologist in 2006 and 2007 prior to my last deployment to Iraq in 2008 - 2009. Unfortunately being a helicopter pilot in the Army, any type of medical issue had the high probability of grounding you rendering you useless to your unit. I self medicated with Prevacid and Tums until I returned home from my deployment and a friend urged me to see a Dr again explaining the problems if left untreated ie, Esophageal Cancer. I am looking for someone that can review all of my evidence and compose a solid Independent Medical Opinion connecting my symptoms to the required usage of NSAID's and Steroidal Inhalers for my Service Connected Polyarthralgia and Asthma. Any help, suggestions, and input would be much appreciated. Thank you
  11. 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.
  12. 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. ********************************************
  13. 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. ********************************************
  14. 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?"
  15. 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?
  16. 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
  17. Hi, I'm currently 60% disabled, having been recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia though suffered with it "undiagnosed" for 6 years before I was actually given a diagnosis, Fibromyalgia is medically unexplained, I've done tons of research already on the disorder, my question now is can anyone point me in the right direction to validate my claim when it comes to Gulf War Syndrome, what evidence would be heavily weighted evidence in proving Gulf War Syndrome illness? My understanding is that no nexxus needs to be formed between service and the illness only pre-qualifying factors of whether I fit into the category of a Gulf War Vet which I in fact do.... More so where can I find Training Letters? And any information pertaining to the health effects on Gulf War Veterans and the use of Anthrax vaccine and Malaria pill both of which I was given amongst other vaccines. ANY information that would help me in filing my claim under the presumption of Gulf War Illness would be great. Thank you much, this is my last claim I will be filing with the VA and prayerfully no other illness pops up in light of all the crap and toxins I was exposed to in country...
  18. Has anyone tried this aggressive treatment for GERD?
  19. 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
  20. 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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