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  1. 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?
  2. I would like to ask if any of you have a rating above 0% for a ventral hernia but were not prescribed a belt or truss. Thanks!
  3. Hello, first post here. I'm 30% since '98 for four unrelated 10% issues but am trying to service connect a recurring hernia issue I feel started AD. I had umbilical hernia corrected as an infant, and listed that on my military entrance exams and it was never an issue. I did almost 12yrs active duty, the last few years I had pains in right testical when lifting heavy objects and a few times in my SMR it's listed as 'possible abdominal hernia' or 'possible umbilical hernia' and the pain and bulge in area listed is even on my exit exam 1998 and original VA exam that year. After getting out the pain grew, bulge grew more towards inguinal area, and finally I saw a private doc and he stated I had inguinal hernia. Since 2012 I've had 3 private surgeries, and looks like I have a 4th hernia in same area. I filed a claim 2014 for inguinal hernia, finally had a C&P for it a few months ago, and was just denied. Just got a copy of the private contracted Physican's Assistant's C&P report that did my exam and this is exactly as he stated: "The veteran notes that during active service he often complained of right scrotal pain with a bulge but no treatment was done. Symptoms started around 1996 and although he was seen he was never treated. The veteran is claiming service connection for inguinal hernia condition. He is not previously rated for this condition. According to Veteran's provided entrance exam it was docuented that the veteran had an issue with his abdomen and viscera. This is an indication that the veteran may have had a hernia prior to military service. I have reviewed all the above coming to the conclusion the Veteran's hernia is not due to military service" I have a few problems with that statement above, just looking for some outside feedback, thank you!
  4. I have been vomiting with painful heartburn from hell resulting in multiple emergency room treatments over the past few months. I even spent one night in the hospital for observation. I am maxed out on anti-acid meds and tested negative for H.Pylori. Yesterday, I had an endoscopy and the results were as follows: - Hiatus hernia found in the stomach - Gastritis (two biopsies taken) I currently have a 10% rating for GERD (7346) due to 20+ years of NSAID treatment. I am considering requesting an increase. I have a feeling 30% is what I will get, so I am just asking for a second opinion from those here. 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
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