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  1. I have a rating for 10% for:. right knee patellofemoral syndrome, claimed as gout and iliotibial band syndrome Is it common for VA to group conditions, can these be separated? Thanks for the assist...
  2. I served in the US Army from 1978 to 1982. In 1979 I hurt my knee while on active duty during physical training. It has never been the same since. I have seen my private Orthopedic Surgeon many times and his last diagnosis is a Total Knee Replacement. I was able to get a copy of my service medical records and it’s documented in there that I suffered the injury while on active duty and I saw medical personnel for treatment. I have not submitted a VA claim for this yet. Has anyone successfully submitted a VA claim for this type of injury and were you successful in getting it approved? I am interested in getting help with my deductible for the surgery, which even with 90% coverage private insurance, I’ll have to come up with $2,500 for my share and the deductible. I am making $13 per hour and live paycheck to paycheck and don’t see myself able to save that amount or am able to get any more loans or credit to do so. Thanks in advance George M. Jr.
  3. I have a question hope you can help, I'm going to have to have a Left Knee Revision arthroplasty Replacement this is service connected I had the full knee replacement back in December 2016 then I sustained an injury to the same knee resulting in Revision arthroplasty Replacement I just found out today. So question number one is, Will the VA put me back on Temp 100% since they are going to have to replace the left knee again? And how do you word the statement just right in order for the VA to start process this before I go into surgery? 2nd question is that the Doctor seen in the Xrays and MRI's that my right knee has a severe Medial Compartment Osteoarthritis to include severe medial compartment joint space narrowing and severe lateral joint space narrowing and severe anterior joint space narrowing on the Right Knee, The doctor said this is due to me favoring the right knee because of the injury to the left knee. So if this is true how does one write a statement to ask for a secondary claim or maybe a service connected claim due to the injury's to the left knee? I still have an open claim for some other issues so my original claim has not been closed as of yet so far e-benefits shows me having 10% for hearing, 10% for High Blood Pressure, 0% for that special (K) award and 20% for the left knee for scars and pain, and 30% for the Total Knee Replacement, but for some reason I'm still getting my original 40% the 30% has not been added in yet unless they are waiting for the claim to close out which they keep extending. My claim started 7/16/2015 and it was pushed up to 01/18/2019 have no ideal why? but anyway before I submit for a temp award again what's the best wording or statement to use without it getting rejected, and also for my right knee as well? I have all documentation to send in but I wanted to see if anyone has a good ideal on how to write out the wording in support of my claim and another Temp award to 100% again. Thank You
  4. An advice anyone can give would be appreciated. I go in for my first C&P exam for my knee issues. I submitted a FDC with my military medical records showing foot issues, shin splints, and issues with bunions. They wanted to operate on the one bunion but I would have had to reenlist. I also submitted my personal medical records that include my recent MRI reports that show various knee issues. (arthritis, patellar maltracking, meniscus tears...) I received a call to set up my C&P exam about a week after submitted my FDC online. I have been looking online, and found out that if I submit any new paperwork my claim will no longer be a FDC. I wanted to submit the medical report they do when you first enlist that shows everything they document you have wrong with you, and on you. (tattoos, scars, appearance). On this form it shows that I didn't have any bunions when I went in. Then while I was in they got bad enough to see the podiatrist while I was in. I am afraid that connection with my knees will not be there, and cause a denial. Do I bring this medical record with me to the C&P exam in case the doctor ask anything, or even bother showing it to him? Do I wait for the possible denial, and then submit this when I appeal? Should I go ahead and submit this form online, and risk my claim to no longer be a FDC? After submitting my claim, and doing more research online I learned that I shouldn't assume that the reviewers will be able to recognize any secondary conditions. Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
  5. Sorry for the 'wall of text' ... First off I would like to thank everyone for their service. Whether you served in one of the honorable branches or are just a contributor to this wonderful forum I have been lurking on, commitment to Veterans is valued. I am a female, Vietnam era, USMC vet. There are not many of us, as during those days they trained the women as the men, resulting in a high attrition rate. I believe it was due to this intense training that I am, in my old age, starting to feel the burn. I was never as proud as the day that my Eagle, Globe and Anchor were pinned on me. It was a lot of work to become a Marine and, sadly, it took its toll. During Boot I started having problems with my R knee giving way. I had this happen to me in high school from running track, but never did my knee cap totally dislocate nor tear my meniscus, as it did that night in the Leather Neck Lanes @ MCRDSD. I was seen the next day in Ortho and subsequently diagnosed with a Sublexing Patella (7244 EPTE) and awarded 10% disability. This was 1975. Within six months after I was discharged, I got a good job with the railroad. The job only lasted a few months, as my knee went out on me while at work. I was seen at the V.A. in Los Angeles. They put a full leg cast on me, which I was to wear for six months. I applied for my disability then, but was denied. I do not recall the exact reason I was denied, but I do recall that there was an issue with my DD214. I had gone in initially as a Reserve, but later went Active. My last period of service was on my final DD214 but not my first. This required a correction and a DD215 was issued. Finally the DoD did get my paperwork corrected. After a few months in the cast my boyfriend removed it, as it was causing me back pain. We were both totally amazed to see my leg that had been hidden for over four months, as it was practically non-existent! It had atrophied beyond belief and took quite a bit of work to regain the muscle. However my knee did not act up for some time. The V.A. had stated they rated me at 0% and gave me a card that stated that I was service-connected. In 1980 my knee decided to go out on me again. And again I applied to the V.A. for my service-connected disability. Again I was turned down. And this time they wanted my V.A. service-connected card, stating I was not V.A. rated. In 1993 I got involved in a new 'fad' called the Internet. I started building small networks. It was a great job, sitting behind a computer, watching my business flourish. In 2000 'dial-up' came to an end, with the prolific growth in wireless comms. My job changed from sitting behind a computer to climbing towers and high rises to install wireless systems. In 2006 my darn 'Marine Corps' knee returned. It was not the sublexion I had experienced in years past, but more of a 'giving way' that caused me to fall down some stairs and injur my shoulder. By this time I had given up on the V.A. ever recognizing my 'service-connected' injury, so I just started wearing a soft knee brace. In 2012 I was climbing a tower and was 80' in the air when my knee decided to 'give way' ... That was a harrowing experience. If not for my safety harness I would have been 'splat' on the deck. I decided because of this I could not climb anymore. And because of this it cost me more to run my business. In 2014 I sold my business, as I was no longer capable of the physical aspect. I took a loss and now live on a small SS Survivors pension. The last two winters have been hell for me, as my knee has now developed arthritis and is causing me sever problems with my back. In 2009 I was diagnosed by the V.A. with DDD of the Lumbar. I am sure that my knee has contributed to this. Also I am now developing arthritis in my left knee. Last summer I tried to be seen for my back in V.A. emergency care, as I had a sever sciatica attack. I waited over four hours and finally checked back in with the ER only to learn that there was only one DR to see the backlog of patients. I left the V.A., once again disgusted. I decided last year if Trump was elected that I would re-apply to the V.A., as he made promises to clean-up the V.A. system. I reapplied the day of his Inauguration. I had my C&P last month. The C&P exam I found in MyHealthyVet and stated that my R knee was recognized by the examiner as: 'Recurrent subluxation R, Date of diagnosis: Right 1970. Knee joint osteoarthritis, both knees, Date of diagnosis: Right 2017. Comments: 1. Very mild lateral subluxation of the patella.2. Degenerative change involving the patellofemoral joint.3. Very mild degenerative change involving the knee joint.4. Very small knee joint effusion.5. Small popliteal cyst.6. Degenerative change involving the lateral meniscus.7. Degenerative change involving the medial meniscus and a tear involving theposterior horn of the medial meniscus cannot be excluded.Initial ROM R: Flexion: 5 to 110* Extension: 110 to 5*ROM L: Flexion: 0 to 115* Extension: 115 to 0* No ankylosis shown in either knee. The examiner noted that my recurrent subluxation and lateral insability of my R knee are both Severe with recurrent effusion. The examiner also noted: Crepitus bilaterally with right more pronounced than left. Atalgic gait with increased weight bearing to the left extremity. Also noted was a recent X-Ray that showed degenerative changes and was noted as Mild degenerative arthritis. The examiner scheduled an MRI and X-Ray of my L knee. The MRI indicated a small effusion. The X-Ray indicated Mild degenerative skeletal change. Under 'Functional Impact' it was stated that I "must be afforded opportunity to walk on smooth even surfaces. Must avoid repetitive walking inclines/declines, stairs and the use of ladders. Unable to tolerate prolonged standing or walking. Unable to participate in moderate to high impact aerobics. Unable to tolarate kneeeling or squatting. Also noted in the C&P: Veteran had CT Scan 2012 Lumbar spine indicating L4-L5 vacuum phenoma, DJD with recurrent cronic back pain/right radiculopathy s/s. She is requesting consideration for a MRI of lumbar spine. Veteran has positive history of MST but "does not want to deal with it at this time". After I read the report and saw that my status had changed from "Gather Evidence" to pending decision with a due date of 9/28/17, I became 'hopeful' that the V.A. was actually finally going to grant my service-connected disability. However yesterday that changed and hence the 'wall of text' I am dumping on your doorstep, in need of help. From my understanding they have sent in a request for 'clarification' from my examiner. As well they have not located my records from 1976 that shows when I initially applied and the course of action. They are now stating that my completion date is 1/18/18. I am well aware that the V.A. is like the military, hurry up just to wait. Is this normal that they would bump the date back this far? AND is there any indication that the V.A. is going to finally do right by this ole vet? If you made it this far, thanks! Semper Fi! WM
  6. Hello, I’m hoping that someone can shed some light on a potential claim for me. I have 10% service-connected disability for my torn ACL ligament, left knee to include pain and 0% for post-surgical scars. During a recent VA appointment, the radiologist noted “X-ray of the Knee : 1. ACL repair in the left knee with medial compartment osteoarthropathy. 2. Normal right knee. Your x-ray results are as above, Knee joint x-ray was normal.” Based on this information, I believe that the codes below would apply at the 10% level for each one. 5003 Arthritis, degenerative (hypertrophic or osteoarthritis): Degenerative arthritis established by X-ray findings will be rated on the basis of limitation of motion under the appropriate diagnostic codes for the specific joint or joints involved (DC 5200 etc.). When however, the limitation of motion of the specific joint or joints involved is noncompensable under the appropriate diagnostic codes, a rating of 10 pct is for application for each such major joint or group of minor joints affected by limitation of motion, to be combined, not added under diagnostic code 5003. Limitation of motion must be objectively confirmed by findings such as swelling, muscle spasm, or satisfactory evidence of painful motion. In the absence of limitation of motion, rate as below: With X-ray evidence of involvement of 2 or more major joints or 2 or more minor joint groups, with occasional incapacitating exacerbations.............................................................................................. 20 With X-ray evidence of involvement of 2 or more major joints or 2 or more minor joint groups................................................................... 10 Note (1): The 20 pct and 10 pct ratings based on X-ray findings, above, will not be combined with ratings based on limitation of motion. Note(2): The 20 pct and 10 pct ratings based on X-ray findings, above, will not be utilized in rating conditions listed under diagnostic code 5013 to 5024, inclusive. 5257 Knee, other impairment of: Recurrent subluxation or lateral instability: Severe................................................................................................................ 30 Moderate........................................................................................................... 20 Slight ............................................................................................................... 10 Does this sound correct and is there anything else that I should add? Thanks, Bolt_Vet23
  7. Hello, I just completed a C&P but am unable to see the C&P notes in ebenefits.Not sure why i was told by the C&P doctor that I was service connected for all claims from my med board physical. Anyone's thoughts would be greatly appreciated Thank you to the Hadit community! ED secondary to 200Mg Setraline for Combat PTSD currently 70% Left knee injury,the md just looked at my knee after removing brace and since I could not bend it she told me to put the brace back on but no measurements were taken.I showed her the notes from Military xray saying there was arthritis. Pes Cavus:the doctor looked at my feet and then had me put my shoes back on? Notes from VA podiatrist: ORTHOPEDIC DEFORMITIES- HIGH ARCH BL WITH BUNIONS BL, LEFT MORE THAN RIGHT. +TENDER SUB 1ST MET HEAD BL, TENDER ARCH BL,PAIN INFERIOR MEDIAL HEEL BILATERAL RT>LT INVERTED HEEL POSITION BL CONTRACTION OF DIGITS BL LOWER EXTREMITY NEUROLOGIC STATUS GROSSLY INTACT B/L WITH 5.07 SEMMS X-RAY 1/2016 BILATERAL FOOT Impression: Mild degenerative changes bilaterally as described without acute fracture or dislocation. Nonspecific erosion in the medial head of the left first metatarsal. Tiny bilateral calcaneal heel spurs. ASSESSMENT: CAVUS FOOT AGGREVATED BY STRESSES OF CARRYING HEAVY PACKS IN SERVICE, WITH RESULTANT FASCIITIS BL [RIGHT MORE THAN LEFT]. POOR PROGNOSIS. R/O CHARCOT MARIE TOOTH VARIENT FASCITIS BUNIONS BL CLAW TOES
  8. 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. ********************************************
  9. Recently, I was told by my private physician that I need to have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in my left knee (service connected knee). The surgery will take place next month. Is there anything that I should be during regarding the VA?
  10. 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. ********************************************
  11. Ok Experts help me out, I think this exam was not focused on my complaints. I have already been rated 10% bilateral for shin splints (which was only approved when NOD filed and X-rays showed degenarative (sp) arthiritis in both ankles and knees. So i filed a claim for Exertional Compartment syndrome as NEW claim and lower leg pain as secondary to EXTERIONAL COMPARTMENT. My exam was suppose to be focused on lower leg pain and knee pain. This is the exam, don't match with ALL complaints. So does this sound like a denial for new or increase, because they already rated me for shin splints? Is this DBQ being completed in conjunction with a VA 21-2507, C&P Examination Request? [X] Yes [ ] No Evidence reviewed (check all that apply): [X] VA e-folder (VBMS or Virtual VA) [X] CPRS 1. Diagnosis ------------ a. List the claimed condition(s) that pertain to this DBQ: Exertional compartment syndrome as related to "shin splints" b. Select diagnoses associated with the claimed condition(s) (Check all that apply): [X] Shin splints (including tibia and/or fibula stress fracture and/or exertional compartment syndrome) Side affected: [ ] Right [ ] Left [X] Both ICD Code: M79.A29 Date of diagnosis: Right SC Date of diagnosis: Left SC c. Comments (if any): No response provided d. Was an opinion requested about this condition (internal VA only)? [ ] Yes [X] No [ ] N/A 2. Medical history ------------------ a. Describe the history (including onset and course) of the Veteran's knee and/or lower leg condition (brief summary): The Veteran began having bilateral leg pain while in basic training with boot camp. She was diagnosed with "shin splints." She continues to have bilateral lower leg pain, now when walking for prolonged distances. She has some swelling of the knees with prolonged walking, statest that the knees become painful and and the lower legs are stiff and tight. She uses Capsaicin for comfort as well as Motrin. There is no locking or giving way of the knees. She walks presently with an antalgic gait, after coming from the parking lot. The right lower extremity is worse than the left. b. Does the Veteran report flare-ups of the knee and/or lower leg? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, document the Veteran's description of the flare-ups in his or her own words: "My knees hurt, they're stiff, they throb. c. Does the Veteran report having any functional loss or functional impairment of the joint or extremity being evaluated on this DBQ, including but not limited to repeated use over time? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, document the Veteran's description of functional loss or functional impairment in his or her own words: "Can't walk long distances. My knees hurt walking from the parking lot." 3. Range of motion (ROM) and functional limitation -------------------------------------------------- a. Initial range of motion Right Knee ---------- [ ] All normal [X] Abnormal or outside of normal range [ ] Unable to test (please explain) [ ] Not indicated (please explain) Flexion (0 to 140): 0 to 115 degrees Extension (140 to 0): 115 to 0 degrees If abnormal, does the range of motion itself contribute to functional loss? [ ] Yes (please explain) [X] No Description of pain (select best response): Pain noted on exam but does not result in/cause functional loss If noted on exam, which ROM exhibited pain (select all that apply)? Flexion Is there evidence of pain with weight bearing? [X] Yes [ ] No Is there objective evidence of localized tenderness or pain on palpation of the joint or associated soft tissue? [ ] Yes [X] No Is there objective evidence of crepitus? [ ] Yes [X] No Left Knee --------- [ ] All normal [X] Abnormal or outside of normal range [ ] Unable to test (please explain) [ ] Not indicated (please explain) Flexion (0 to 140): 0 to 115 degrees Extension (140 to 0): 115 to 0 degrees If abnormal, does the range of motion itself contribute to functional loss? [ ] Yes (please explain) [X] No Description of pain (select best response): No pain noted on exam Is there evidence of pain with weight bearing? [ ] Yes [X] No Is there objective evidence of localized tenderness or pain on palpation of the joint or associated soft tissue? [ ] Yes [X] No Is there objective evidence of crepitus? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Observed repetitive use Right Knee ---------- Is the Veteran able to perform repetitive use testing with at least three repetitions? [X] Yes [ ] No Is there additional functional loss or range of motion after three repetitions? [ ] Yes [X] No Left Knee --------- Is the Veteran able to perform repetitive use testing with at least three repetitions? [X] Yes [ ] No Is there additional functional loss or range of motion after three repetitions? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Repeated use over time Right Knee ---------- Is the Veteran being examined immediately after repetitive use over time? [ ] Yes [X] No If the examination is not being conducted immediately after repetitive use over time: [ ] The examination is medically consistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss with repetitive use over time. [ ] The examination is medically inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss with repetitive use over time. Please explain. [X] The examination is neither medically consistent or inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss with repetitive use over time. Does pain, weakness, fatigability or incoordination significantly limit functional ability with repeated use over a period of time? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] Unable to say w/o mere speculation If unable to say w/o mere speculation, please explain: not witnessed Left Knee --------- Is the Veteran being examined immediately after repetitive use over time? [ ] Yes [X] No If the examination is not being conducted immediately after repetitive use over time: [ ] The examination is medically consistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss with repetitive use over time. [ ] The examination is medically inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss with repetitive use over time. Please explain. [X] The examination is neither medically consistent or inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss with repetitive use over time. Does pain, weakness, fatigability or incoordination significantly limit functional ability with rep eated use over a period of time? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] Unable to say w/o mere speculation If unable to say w/o mere speculation, please explain: not witnessed d. Flare-ups Right Knee ---------- Is the exam being conducted during a flare-up? [ ] Yes [X] No If the examination is not being conducted during a flare-up: [ ] The examination is medically consistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. [ ] The examination is medically inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. Please explain. [X] The examination is neither medically consistent or inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. Does pain, weakness, fatigability or incoordination significantly limit functional ability with flare-ups? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] Unable to say w/o mere speculation If unable to say w/o mere speculation, please explain: As the veteran is not actively experiencing a flare-up at the time of the examination, and the examination is being conducted within a limited time frame, I am unable to determine if pain, weakness, fatigability, or incoordination could significantly limit functional ability during flare-ups or when the joint is used repeatedly over a period of time. Owing to the same causes, I am also unable to describe any such additional limitation that might be due to pain, weakness, fatigability or incoordination that might occur. Left Knee --------- Is the exam being conducted during a flare-up? [ ] Yes [X] No If the examination is not being conducted during a flare-up: [ ] The examination is medically consistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. [ ] The examination is medically inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. Please explain. [X] The examination is neither medically consistent or inconsistent with the Veteran's statements describing functional loss during flare-ups. Does pain, weakness, fatigability or incoordination significantly limit functional ability with flare-ups? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] Unable to say w/o mere speculation If unable to say w/o mere speculation, please explain: As the veteran is not actively experiencing a flare-up at the time of the examination, and the examination is being conducted within a limited time frame, I am unable to determine if pain, weakness, fatigability, or incoordination could significantly limit functional ability during flare-ups or when the joint is used repeatedly over a period of time. Owing to the same causes, I am also unable to describe any such additional limitation that might be due to pain, weakness, fatigability or incoordination that might occur. e. Additional factors contributing to disability Right Knee ---------- In addition to those addressed above, are there additional contributing factors of disability? Please select all that apply and describe: Swelling, Other (please describe) Please describe additional contributing factors of disability: Difficulty maneuvering stairs and climbing ladders. Swelling of the knees with prolonged walking. Left Knee --------- In addition to those addressed above, are there additional contributing factors of disability? Please select all that apply and describe: Swelling, Other (please describe) Please describe additional contributing factors of disability: Difficulty maneuvering stairs and climbing ladders. Swelling of the knees with prolonged walking. 4. Muscle strength testing -------------------------- a. Muscle strength - Rate strength according to the following scale: 0/5 No muscle movement 1/5 Palpable or visible muscle contraction, but no joint movement 2/5 Active movement with gravity eliminated 3/5 Active movement against gravity 4/5 Active movement against some resistance 5/5 Normal strength Right Knee: Rate Strength: Flexion: 5/5 Extension: 5/5 Is there a reduction in muscle strength? [ ] Yes [X] No Left Knee: Rate Strength: Flexion: 5/5 Extension: 5/5 Is there a reduction in muscle strength? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Does the Veteran have muscle atrophy? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Comments, if any: No response provided 5. Ankylosis ------------ Complete this section if the Veteran has ankylosis of the knee and/or lower leg. a. Indicate severity of ankylosis and side affected (check all that apply): Right Side: [ ] Favorable angle in full extension or in slight flexion between 0 and 10 degrees [ ] In flexion between 10 and 20 degrees [ ] In flexion between 20 and 45 degrees [ ] Extremely unfavorable, in flexion at an angle of 45 degrees or more [X] No ankylosis Left Side: [ ] Favorable angle in full extension or in slight flexion between 0 and 10 degrees [ ] In flexion between 10 and 20 degrees [ ] In flexion between 20 and 45 degrees [ ] Extremely unfavorable, in flexion at an angle of 45 degrees or more [X] No ankylosis b. Indicate angle of ankylosis in degrees: No response provided c. Comments, if any: No response provided 6. Joint stability tests ------------------------ a. Is there a history of recurrent subluxation? Right: [X] None [ ] Slight [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Left: [X] None [ ] Slight [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe b. Is there a history of lateral instability? Right: [X] None [ ] Slight [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Left: [X] None [ ] Slight [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe c. Is there a history of recurrent effusion? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe: Veteran reports swelling of the knees with prolonged walking. d. Performance of joint stability testing Right Knee Was joint stability testing performed? [X] Yes [ ] No [ ] Not indicated [ ] Indicated, but not able to perform If joint stability testing was performed is there joint instability? [ ] Yes [X] No If yes (joint stability testing was performed), complete the section below: - Anterior instability (Lachman test) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Posterior instability (Posterior drawer test) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Medial instability (Apply valgus pressure to knee in extension and with 30 degrees of flexion) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Lateral instability (Apply varus pressure to knee in extension and with 30 degrees of flexion) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) Left Knee: Was joint stability testing performed? [X] Yes [ ] No [ ] Not indicated [ ] Indicated, but not able to perform If joint stability testing was performed is there joint instability? [ ] Yes [X] No If yes (joint stability testing was performed), complete the section below: Anterior instability (Lachman test) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Posterior instability (Posterior drawer test) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Medial instability (Apply valgus pressure to knee in extension and with 30 degrees of flexion) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) - Lateral instability (Apply varus pressure to knee in extension and with 30 degrees of flexion) [X] Normal [ ] 1+ (0-5 millimeters) [ ] 2+ (5-10 millimeters) [ ] 3+ (10-15 millimeters) e. Comments, if any: No response provided 7. Additional conditions ------------------------ a. Does the Veteran now have or has he or she ever had recurrent patellar dislocation, "shin splints" (medial tibial stress syndrome), stress fractures, chronic exertional compartment syndrome or any other tibial and/or fibular impairment? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, indicate condition and complete the appropriate sections below. [X] Chronic exertional compartment syndrome Indicate side affected: [ ] Right [ ] Left [X] Both Does this condition affect ROM of ankle? [ ] Yes [X] No Describe current symptoms: stiffness, tightness b. Comments, if any: No response provided 8. Meniscal conditions ---------------------- a. Does the Veteran now have or has he or she ever had a meniscus (semilunar cartilage) condition? [ ] Yes [X] No For all checked boxes above, describe: No response provided 9. Surgical procedures ---------------------- No response provided 10. Other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs, symptoms and scars ------------------------------------------------------------------------ a. Does the Veteran have any other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs or symptoms related to any conditions listed in the Diagnosis Section above? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Does the Veteran have any scars (surgical or otherwise) related to any conditions or to the treatment of any conditions listed in the Diagnosis Section above? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Comments, if any: No response provided 11. Assistive devices --------------------- a. Does the Veteran use any assistive device(s) as a normal mode of locomotion, although occasional locomotion by other methods may be possible? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, identify assistive device(s) used (check all that apply and indicate frequency): Assistive Device: Frequency of use: ----------------- ----------------- [X] Other: OTC compression sleeve [X] Occasional [ ] Regular [ ] Constant b. If the Veteran uses any assistive devices, specify the condition and identify the assistive device used for each condition: Veteran wears a compression sleeve occasionally when planning to walk for long distances. 12. Remaining effective function of the extremities --------------------------------------------------- Due to the Veteran's knee and/or lower leg condition(s), is there functional impairment of an extremity such that no effective function remains other than that which would be equally well served by an amputation with prosthesis? (Functions of the upper extremity include grasping, manipulation, etc., functions for the lower extremity include balance and propulsion, etc.) [ ] Yes, functioning is so diminished that amputation with prosthesis would equally serve the Veteran. [X] No 13. Diagnostic testing ---------------------- a. Have imaging studies of the knee been performed and are the results available? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, is degenerative or traumatic arthritis documented? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, indicate knee: [ ] Right [ ] Left [X] Both b. Are there any other significant diagnostic test findings and/or results? [ ] Yes [X] No c. If any test results are other than normal, indicate relationship of abnormal findings to diagnosed conditions: No response provided 14. Functional impact --------------------- Regardless of the Veteran's current employment status, do the condition(s) listed in the Diagnosis Section impact his or her ability to perform any type of occupational task (such as standing, walking, lifting, sitting, etc.)? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe the functional impact of each condition, providing one or more examples: Difficulty walking for prolonged distances. Unable to run. Difficulty maneuvering stairs. 15. Remarks, if any: -------------------- Letter dated 22 May 2002 from W. Clark Jernigan, MD, Piedmont Orthopaedics, Greenville, SC, states that Veteran had "exertional compartment syndrome, often diagnosed as 'shin splints.'" ********************************************************************* The Veteran's knee pain is not due to, not related to, not secondary to the exertional compartment syndrome which, as stated by the above orthopaedist, is the same as "shin splints." The exertional compartment syndrome is with the lower leg. The Veteran's current exertional compartment syndrome has not progressed. She is now having knee pain, which, as stated above, is not related to, not due to, not secondary to her SC exertional compartment syndrome or "shin splints," (as called by Dr. Jernigan as one in the same). ********************************************************************* X-Rays, 9/23/2016, knees bilaterally: Mild degenerative changes. Age, according to medical literature, continues to be one of the highest risk factors for developing degenerative joint disease. Obesity is also one of the highest risk factors. The Veteran's mild degenerative changes of the knees are at least as likely as not the result of these two high risk factors.
  12. He takes his glasses off, looks at me and says "son, you're rated at 90%, you could have been rehabbing your knees for the past 4 years free of charge. Some of those DAV guys are good, but some of them are idiots" At this point, I was extremely frustrated and may have slipped out a few expletives at a louder than normal tone. He told me "son, talk to your primary physician about getting seen by a specialist and ask to get an MRI because you're knee looks somewhat okay, but I imagine an MRI might reveal something else that will explain the pain. Regardless of what happened, we'll take care of you, I know it's been a long journey, but hang in there and have faith. Also, how's your migraines? I see you're rated at 30%, but if they've gotten worse, you should file for an increase. Anyways, hang in there son and I'll make sure I put the info gathered from the exam in today" He was extremely caring and pro active, which is something that I am NOT used to with the VA. I don't have as many complaints as some you guys out there, but still, it hasn't been easy. I just wanted to share this story and hopefully I'll get the rating I deserve - since it's a bilateral diagnose, wouldn't I get a rating for each + 10%? Lord willing, if that happens, I should be pushed to 100% according to Hutsky's excel spreadsheet. That will help my family and I out so much! I am glad I am not in this fight alone and if it wasn't for a bunch of you, I would be in a darker place. Thanks - you guys don't know how much you've done for me. Brothers in arms!
  13. I apologize for the long post but I need help as the VA has made a complete disaster of my claim. My original decision from predischarge exam I was rated 10% for shin splints of the right and left leg along with 10% for each of STATUS POST LEFT KNEE MENISCECTOMY WITH DEBRIDEMENT and PATELLOFEMORAL SYNDROME OF THE RIGHT KNEE. The shin splints were rated analogously as 5262-5022 but MY condition never actually included a knee disability any where in my records as was noted in the rating decision here from October 2004 here: We have granted service connection· for your bilateral shin splints. The available service medical records submitted for review show you were initially treated on August 13, 1999 for bilateral shin pain after running. You were diagnosed with shin splints, provided with Naprosyn for discomfort, and placed on thirty days limited duty. Your records also show six additional, periodic medical reports through September 2003 to obtain medication for shin pain, and placement on another twenty-one days limited duty. You experience .symptoms of constant tightness in the shin muscles that easily become inflamed after long periods of standing, running, walking, and climbing up stairs. Treatment was limited duty, Motrin, and ice. Functional impairment is an inability to run or stand for long periods of time however you denied any time lost from work due to this condition. We have assigned a separate 10 percent disability evaluation for shin splints of each leg. Physical examination revealed tenderness to palpation of the anterior tibia bilaterally of both tibia/fibula performed on the day of examination were considered normal bilaterally. A review of all findings which includes treatment in service, VA examination, and your subjective complaint of bilateral shin pain falls in-between the criteria for a 0 percent .evaluation and a 10 percent evaluation, Where there is a question which of two evaluations shall be applied, the higher evaluation will be assigned if disability picture more nearly approximates the criteria required for that rating. wise, the lower rating will be assigned. Resolving all benefit of the doubt in your the 10 percent evaluation is assigned. A higher evaluation of 20 percent is not warranted unless evidence demonstrates leg flexion which is limited to 30 degrees. Since this condition is not specifically shown in the VA regulations, it has been rated on a similar condition in which the anatomical location and symptoms are closely rated. Additionally disabilities such as limitation of motion, restriction of activity, and additional functional impairment caused by pain have also been considered; even though they not have been specifically noted during VA examination. ----------------------------------------------- The VA Sent a CUE with my MARCH 2015 trying to lower my rating for spin splints from my predischarge exam with my 03/03/2015 rating decision that says: "I hereby certify that the claims record of this veteran has been reviewed and that the following clear and unmistakable error has been identified: The rating decision of October 18, 2004 incorrectly provided separate compensable evaluations of 10 percent each for left leg shin splints and right leg shin splints along with compensable evaluations for the left and right knees. However, a more complete review of the evidence shows that the separate compensable evaluations for bilateral shin splints was a clear and unmistakable error due to pyramiding. This Rating Decision constitutes a proposal to reduce the evaluations of shin splints to 0 percent each, which results in a reduction of the overall evaluation to 70%. (38 CFR 4.00 (k, 3.105, 4.14, 4.71a (5262))" The problem is my shin splints are strictly a leg condition that were rated analogously , as was initially found and have never been tied to my knees or ankles anywhere in my SMRs. I just got my C-file and was treated numerous times for for shin pain, did 51 days limited duty because of it and had no treatment for the knee condition and shin splints at the same time in service. Shin splints it is still listed as an active condition in my VA medical records along with the knee conditions as of May 2015 and no where in my VA records is it tied to a knee disability. My wife had a bad interaction with a butthole rater at a local event the VBA did two months before this was sent about the reason my claim for increase in my knee conditions so we protested the condition based on retaliation to the Veteran Service Manger who remembered us from the event and agreed it was suspect and ordered an administrative review. We got a rating decision stating the following two weeks later: "Rating decision dated March 3, 2015 proposed to reduce your right and left knee condition rated as shin splints from 10 percent to 0 percent. Although that decision was a correct decision based on the diagnostic code that was assigned and the medical evidence of record for that diagnostic code. A review of your case was requested and what we found was the medical evidence from the VAMC in Fayetteville and from your private provider shows you have bilateral limitation in flexion and extension at a compensable rate of 10 percent. Therefore, we have changed the code sheet to reflect this decision and continued your overall evaluation of 80 percent." They changed the code from 5262-5022 which was analogous so never actually included a knee disability to 5262 for limitation of extension of the knee(I never claimed that). The problem the rating decision I received on 12/10/15 when I put in an increase for shin splints which is lower leg pain they examined me for the limitation of extension of knee and are now proposing to lower it again because i didn't have a limitation of extension of knee and the C&P exam said I have no history of shin splints. I'm trying to figure out the best way to straighten this mess out. Any advice?
  14. Title 38 has only one standard exam position for measuring knee extension/flexion, that is the sitting position. See TITLE 38 § 4.71 Plate II (the official version at GPO Website or the hard copy, not VA Website.) I see QTC measuring standing, sitting, laying down, or whatever they want. Each position can give different results (5 degrees, 10 degrees or whatever.) What is often done is the QTC 'examiner' picks the least favorable measurement for the Vet and submits that to VA. Most Vets do not even know they are being screwed. The BDQ does not even say what position to use, so even your own doctor can be using a less favorable (unauthorized) position. The VA Rater has no way to know (and may not even care) what position was used unless the examiner messes up and mentions it. Has anyone ever noticed this and fought against said circumnavigation of Title 38?
  15. Hello All, This is my first post as i was brought to this place after trying to google on applying for 100% temp rating. my current rating on my left knee is 10% after 2 surgeries, and 10% right knee after 1 surgery. Got out May of 2013 after serving 10.5 years and couldn't pick up a job due to Snowden screwing up my actual lined up job i had offered to me from the NSA before seperation, putting my job offer on hold requiring me to look elsewhere for jobs due to the investigation, I tried working in construction for a while since it was the first offer at the time and i had to let it go because i would work an entire day and by the end of the day my left knee would just swell like a melon and i would ice it and struggle the next day at work..and my boss was tiring of me asking to have a day off every other day to rest my knee.. fast forward to July 2013.. i request to see someone in regards to my knee hurting me.. i decide to go back to college full time to give my knee time to heal while making due with the money from the educational benefits because the appointment i was told as the soonest i could be seen would be March 2014. I go in March 2014 to get seen and i am told my x-rays and MRI showed stress fractures at the top of my tibia and fibula and he freaks out and puts me in a full leg immobilizer cast because of it, telling me that this is because my meniscus are just flat out worn out.... which was causing my knee pain because it was like walking on back car shocks he said..if that makes sense.. Anyways, i am new to this whole VA thing and want to find out how i am to go about upping my rate to 100% temp tell i am over all of this.. to help with the bills and unsure how to do this.. I called the local veterans rep and they wanted me to schedule an appt to go in but my closest office is over an hour away and i cant exactly drive with my entire left leg immobilized in a cast.. so i am hoping there is a way to do this online.. Also, should i put in to request a higher rating of my left knee.. ?? if so.. how do i go about doing this, the doctor told me the stress fractures are related to having no meniscus left to absorb the shock.. leading to stress fractures at the top of my bones where they pivot on..
  16. Good morning. This is my first post here. This site has been very helpful since I started reading it. I applied for PTSD starting back in June 2013. I was in Sadr City, Iraq in 2004-2005. I waited 8 years to claim, but my wife and parents were pushing me to claim it. I was awarded last month 50% for MDD. While I was applying for compensation, I was fixated on just getting the PTSD/MDD taken care of. Now that is over with, I am considering filing for the patellar femoral syndrome that I was diagnosed with back in 2008. At that time, I was called up to re-activate from IRR. I was released from that due to my patellar femoral syndrome, which I believe is service connected. It is intermittent pain and causes me difficulty walking at times. I'm not sure how much success I will have though, considering I was never treated for it while I was active duty, and it comes and goes, so I'm not sure how a C&P exam would go. I do have medical records however from my civilian primary care giver and orthopedic specialist showing that I have PFS. Any thoughts or advice? I don't want to waste my time if I don't have a chance of getting a rating. Thanks
  17. I need help reading my C&P exam. I went to the exam this month and was treated like trash. I am hoping someone can look at the report, and tell me if I need to appeal it because the examiner was extremely rude and made me go to certain points when doing a flex test on my knee. This caused a lot of pain and I feel if I was set up for failure. Please help. if someone could tell me what they need to give me some closure. I already have my C&P exam so just let me know what info you need.
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