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  1. Hey all, I've been a lurker here for about the last year, and finally decided to jump into the fray. I need some help finding a chronic fatigue / fibromyalgia specialist in northern illinois. I've been receiving treatment through the VA at Hines, but for purposes of disability, I believe my 3rd party company would rather have an outside doc to talk to. Additionally my PCP at Hines seems unwilling to do anything regarding disability. Any help would be appreciated!
  2. Hello all, I'm trying to find any female that was deployed to Afghanistan or Middle East during Operation Enduring Freedom 2002, that is now suffering from ovarian failure, early menopause or menstrual issues. I have been trying to file a claim for over a year due to the above issues with no luck. There is no medical documentation to prove my case. If there is anyone out there suffering from the same issues, or you know of anyone who could be, please get in touch with me. I have no family history of ovarian failure but managed to go through menopause by 35. Looking for help!
  3. In March I filed a presumptive claim for GWI for fibromyalgia. I know that C&P exams are not always required and so was wondering if anyone knows if they are usually required or not for a presumptive claim. I also wondered if it matters to the VA that my diagnosis was given by a military doctor at a major military hospital versus a civilian doctor. I included a letter in my documentation clearly stating this was a presumptive claim quoting the 38 CFR § 3.317 reg for fibromyalgia.
  4. So I was given a 0% SC rating for IBS (which is BS BTW, the examiner botched the C&P). How do I go about submitting new evidence to increase my disability rating, while retaining the original claim date? Thank you!
  5. This is what an highly regarded environmental specialist had to say in my medical records. Since then I keep getting told that gulf war illness in not a real diagnosis. What do I do to get my docs to take this seriously? What can I do? We talked about your exposures during your military service including your deployment(s) to Iraq You indicated that you were exposed to Burn pits, chemicals from industrial plant, exposure to organophosphates and unknown chemicals from manufacturing facility and Uranium. You would like to know whether your exposure(s)are related to development, migraines, fatigue, joint pain, PTSD, and DJD. The remainder of this discussion focuses on exposure concerns and their possible relationship to current health issues. GULF WAR ILLNESS- Based on your description of your health issues and your exposures during your military service, your current symptoms and medical condition are consistent with, and meet the criteria for the VA case definition for Gulf War Illness/Syndrome. The VA case definition for Gulf War Syndrome is as follows: A medical condition affecting some veterans of the Gulf War, characterized by fatigue, headache, joint pain, skin rashes, nausea, dizziness, and respiratory disorders, and attributed to reactions to prophylactic drugs and vaccines, infectious diseases, or exposure to pesticides and other chemicals, radiation, and smoke from oil fires. For more information, please see - Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses. Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans
  6. I'm working on a claim on Ebenefits. The following is what I am trying to add. Everything listed is verified by my doctors. I know that Gulf War Illness is not able to be rated but I also know that there is a lot in the works to possibly change that. I figured that I would ask it to be rated and worse case it would be thrown out. But at least it would be documented that I tried to have it rated. Can anyone give me feedback on the rest of what I am asking them to rate? I will wait a couple days to submit the claim so I can review everyone's feedback. I need about 60% added to get to 100% schedular. Thank you in advance! Gulf War Illness Environmental Hazard in Gulf War Gulf War veteran with unexplained chronic multi-symptom illness Environmental Hazard in Gulf War chronic fatigue syndrome Environmental Hazard in Gulf War fibromyalgia Environmental Hazard in Gulf War sinusitis Environmental Hazard in Gulf War neurologic signs or symptoms Environmental Hazard in Gulf War GERD Environmental Hazard in Gulf War
  7. Hello everyone, I was diagnosed recently with Gulf war illness specifically. This was done by an environmental specialist at the War Related Illness and Injury Study center. I have had problems finding many people with a claim for Gulf war illness specifically. There is a lot of talk about chronic undiagnosed illness and multi symptom illness but I am hoping to get some advice about how to proceed with a claim for Gulf War Illness? I actually thought that this term was done away with by the V.A. but this specialist was very adamant about that being what was wrong and using that wording. I hope I posted this in the right area and I will continue to read through previous questions that have been asked to see if I can figure anything out. If it's important I am 90% for PTSD, TBI, Migraines, ankle injury, and lots more but paid at 100% tdiu. None of my rating so far is for anything related to Gulf war illness.
  8. angryemu

    Gw Exam

    Howdy, I've got a GW exam in a few weeks, and was wondering if there's anything I should know before going in? Also, does bringing in pre-filled DBQs help? I know they'll use their own, but I've read on here from multiple posters that the VA often skimps on these and doesn't always accurately document the conditions. By bringing in pre-filled forms I was hoping to just hand them a copy as we went through the questions so that there's no room for miscommunication. Thanks
  9. So I went to my local Va and filed a 21-456EZ form for: Tinnitus Insomia memory problems Fibro(gulf war) Cfs(gulf war) Gastrointestinal disorders,hiatal hernia(gulf war) sleep disorders anxiety shingles/rashes and a few other things in my record I was honorably discharged from the USMC in 96 was dealing with this stuff then but, right or wrong I just dealt with it. I mean if I could get up and put my boots on in the morning and go to work thats's what I did. Only now it's taking longer to get going in the morning and so with the urging of my wife and fellow vets I went and filed. They took down my info and sent the form off. Also told my to go get a gulf war registry exam, which I am still waiting on. He didn't ask for med. records, x-rays, DBQ or anything. I told him about my PSTD symtoms and he put down anxiety. I'm just wondering what I'm in for and what to do next. So any advice , info, or help you guys can send my way is much appreciated. Semper Fi, Gadevildog
  10. I have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and have been receiving treatment unsuccessfully. I filed a claim under the Gulf War Illness as a presumptive illness under 38 CFR 3.317. But now since the VA has me listed with Insomnia and sleep pattern disturbances they want me to go to a sleep study. I am worried if I am diagnosed with Sleep Apnea would that ruin my case for CFS. I ask this because a diagnoses of Sleep apnea could be considered the reason for none refreshing sleep. Is there anyone who has been in this situation or is there anyone who could give me good information on this. Thanks vets. Crazy Larry.
  11. Top Veterans Affairs official questions use of term 'Gulf War Illness' Source: MilitaryTimes.com Apr. 22, 2014 - 02:51PM That potentially explosive news was contained in an email sent by an IOM staffer to panel members who made the recommendation, including chairman Dr. Kenneth Shine. A copy was obtained by Military Times through a third party and later verified as genuine. In the email, the IOM staffer said Allison Hickey, VA’s undersecretary for benefits, questioned the use of “Gulf War illness” rather than the VA-favored “chronic multisymptom illness” in a briefing on the report, “Chronic Multisymptom Illness in Gulf War Veterans.“ Hickey “was concerned that changing the name from CMI to GWI might imply a causal link between service in the Gulf and poor health which could necessitate legislation for disability compensation for veterans who served in the Gulf,” according to the email. Read the whole story here Top Veterans Affairs official questions use of term 'Gulf War Illness
  12. I was wondering if any GW/OEF/OIF Veterans had their appendix rupture following service? If so were you able to service connect it? My appendix ruptured 5 months after I returned home, seems this would tie into GW Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, but VAs denied residuals of appendectomy since 2004. The whole presumptive within a year thing confuses me. Has anyone had any success claiming residuals of appendectomy? Thanks.
  13. I had a good doc that I've been seeing for years in New Braunfels for GWI as well as standard medical issues. But "Obamacare" has pushed her over the edge and she retired. It was ~100-mile round trip drive but worth it to me because she took a special interest in GWI. Does anyone have a doctor in the Austin area that they can recommend?
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