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  1. After Denials for OSA both direct and secondary to PTSD, this spring I decided to spend the money on a IMO and do the claim right. I contacted Dr. Anaise and was told to send all my records, decision letters and $1500. After about a week I was emailed with a final IMO report that was around 40-50 pages. It was excellent & well researched. Within 6 weeks of submitting the IMO with a supplemental claim OSA secondary to PTSD was approved. Yes IMO's dont guarantee anything and they can be expensive but they are definitely worth it when you have been denied already and have nothin
  2. Good morning hadit, I have both ptsd and TBI and believe my diagnosed sleep apnea (mixed sleep apnea, with both central and obstructive sleep apnea) has been directly caused by my ptsd and TBI. I am not overweight, have no medical issues of the throat or the respiratory system that would cause it. My question to you all is if I want to file sleep apnea secondary to either of this conditions which one should i file it secondary to? I've found much more literature tying obstructive sleep apnea to ptsd but also found literature that ties both obstructive sleep apnea and central sle
  3. A little background first on this specific claim to provide greater context for the readers. I had no idea that i had OSA until i got married and through the years my wife has told me about how i would snore really loud, stop breathing at night, choke, etc. pretty standard stuff for anyone that has it. I had buddies in the Marine Corps who told me the same thing after our first deployment, but i had always chocked it up to my dad snored so i snored, the stopping breathing thing was weird but i was 18/19 so your health isnt a primary concern and BAS is only for bones sticking out. I got
  4. I submitted a claim for Sinusitis, OSA,, and Tinnitus. My claim was denied for all 3. The tinnitus they claim was neither occurred in nor was caused by service. My job on active duty exposed me to gun fire, explosions, tanks, and tracked vehicles. I submitted the Duty Noise Exposure Spreadsheet that displayed my AFSC was rated as highly likely to be exposed to loud noise. In the first Exam they claimed I said my hearing loss was from jets flying overhead. Never said that, so they scheduled a second exam. This one they acknowledged the correct job but I was still denied. The evidence list
  5. Curious what to do with this piece of information. I was going through my c&p's and the one I had in Aug 2018 that bumped me to 100% has this line in it. "He reports breathing difficulties, diagnosed - Obstructive Sleep Apnea. " I was using my CPAP when my original C&P in 2013 was done. My record has all sorts of references to it, including the VA issuing me on and way. I have the Sleep Study results in my hands. So what paths are open to me? in the 2013 standards being issued a CPAP w/ an SC (PTSD) related condition should have given me a 50% rating. Today's standa
  6. Hey all I have been out of here for a while dealing with issues and am now in a wheelchair from leg surgery which just happens to coincide with my latest C&P results finally showing up. Before this latest I was at 100% plus few miscellaneous 10 and 0 %'s. The situation is complicated and I need to figure out my options in light of the changes between the legacy system, ramp and AMP (?). The first hurdle, is my original award in 2013 did not show evidence they evaluated my OSA even though it was documented, diagnosed in May 2013 and should have been in my medical records by the t
  7. I was never diagnosed in service with OSA. I weigh 220 and I am 6' tall. I am rated at 70% for PTSD and the meds I take add to the OSA. I had my personal Dr. and the Psychiatrist I see both write letters to support that the meds I take add to and cause the OSA. My Dr filled out the DBQ and sent it in as well. I had a failed sleep study results sent in with my claim. I also have documentation I sent it that back up the fact that OSA is tied to PTSD and is aggravated by PTSD. Then sleeping with the prescribed CPAP machine adds to the PTSD. Just curious if anyone has ever won this claim? I am go
  8. Hey everybody! Long time lurker, first time poster. My question is regarding the sleep apnea language that specifies that a prescription of a breathing assistance device is "medically necessary" for a 50% rating: Assuming that a vet is already prescribed a CPAP/APAP by the VA, does the sleep apnea DBQ portion under 2B "IS CONTINUOUS MEDICATION REQUIRED FOR CONTROL OF A SLEEP DISORDER CONDITION?" fulfill that language requirement?
  9. Okay so my C-file arrived, and did so amazingly fast. Less than two months, not bad time. Going through all the files and sorting them but one of the first things I need to get together is the claim on OSA. I know the rules have changed about OSA ratings and now the med file must have a doctors saying specifically OSA is a medical condition From the MR21-1MR “When determining whether the 50-percent criteria are met, the key consideration is whether use of a qualifying breathing assistance device is required by the severity of the sleep apnea.” “Use absent a medical de
  10. Seems the VA can on occasion consider obesity merely as a "symptom"* and perhaps even the type of symptom that the VA alleges is caused by the Veteran's own willful misconduct of overeating or being inactive so it can deny the claim. However, since the American Medical Association ( AMA ) recently in June of 2013 has officially declared that "obesity is a disease", might that allow disabled veterans whose service connected condition(s) led to excessive weight gain to now find more success claiming obesity as a ratable secondary medical condition or a disease aggravated by the Veteran's service
  11. Hello all, I separated in 2007 and was awarded 80% for a number of things (listed below) after awards I have never made another claim. Since I got out I've used the VA for some care for my eyes and CPAP gear but not for everything as I have private insurance. Last month on Dec 21st I had a heart attack at 37 years old (turned 37 2 weeks before on Dec 11th) with 1 each 100% blockage requiring a stent. I was not on cholesterol or BP meds and I receive no disability for any cardio related issue. I had an electrocardiogram and my heart looks great with 100% function and my non VA cardiolo
  12. Retired in 2013 with 40% rating. 20-cervical strain, 10-knee injury, 10-degenerative arthritis. couple of questions, I am considering a sleep study for osa. I snore a lot and it disturbs my sleep. If I am diagnosed with osa, how difficult is it to connect to service. Is it worth my time to try. also, I suffer from lower back pain, loss of work, and some physical therapy. I've already been rated at 20 percent. How would I go about increasing my %, and is it worth my time. What's the success rate with the va after 4 years of retirement Thanks in advance for any he
  13. My appeal to have my OSA service connected rating back dated to my original claim was completed in December. I've waited for the letter, but nothing. Just today I noticed that my effective date for the service connection on the OSA has actually been changed to 2004. I'm still waiting for the letter, but does that mean I'll receive back pay? I filed my initial claim two months after leaving active duty in 2004. The VA denied service connection because they did not have all of the information. I re-submitted for the OSA service connection, which they agreed was service connected but the effectiv
  14. 1970-74 weighed 130 in and 134 out, I had 4 yrs USAF Jet Engine Mechanic experience – much exposure to JP4, Jet Exhaust, PD-680 degreaser, carbon soot, noise, etc. I don’t have much medical information in my service records package, but I do have several pages of upper respiratory sickness, sore throats and earaches from one USAF base. None of my other medical records from other bases were in my service file. While in-service I married for the 1st time, we lived off base and thanks to my wife I was pretty good at getting to work on time. She would complain that I kept her u
  15. Hello HadIt Community, TL:DR Skip down to bold section “So that brings us to today….” I've been a bit of lurker on the forums, searching and researching information already presented, hence the lack of postings. I was not quite sure where to post this, in the “Appeals” section or the “Disability and Claims” section.” I decided on the “Appeals” section due to the fact that the claim was already submitted and decided on, and so the next step logically would be an appeal. Moderators, if it needs to be moved, please move it to the correct section. I know that there is a lot of
  16. In my recent denial for sleep apnea secondary to service-connected asthma, the medical opinions stated that OSA has several primary causes, such as obesity, advancing age, sinus congestion etc... The VA provider referenced the many events of sinus congestion in my medial records and initial sleep apena diagnosis and implied is was more likely sinus congestion than asthma... I am now looking to file a reconsideration and am thinking to service-connect the sinus congestion/post nasal drip with OSA as a residual. Essentially, OSA secondary to Sinus congestion. I would be interested in thou
  17. I will have been on a CPAP come a year Dec. 1st. As I understand I have to turn my CPAP into my local VAMC, which I assume is to show the actual usage in order to get prescribed for another year of usage. My question is what is VA looking for inside the CPAP besides obviously the conisitent usage, and what actual data is there for them to see and evaluate? I read somewhere that they can see if your apneas have increased or decreased......is this true? Has anyone ever actually gone from moderate or severe OSA to no apneas ? If this is true..........I do not understand how it can go lower in
  18. The Veteran is SC'd for TBI. A VA sleep study indicated central sleep apnea. Assuming a nexus has been medically determined between the TBI and the central sleep apnea: Questions: 1) Is central sleep apnea (CSA) a separate ratable neurologic brain disorder apart from TBI or is it rolled into the TBI rating? and, 2) While obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is considered and rated as a respiratory condition, why is that the same for CSA, which has it's etiology associated with an organic brain dysfunction?, Should CSA be considered a "chronic sleep impairment" to be rated analogous to a sleep impairm
  19. I'm asking for help on behalf of another veteran who just got SC'd for adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood at the 50% rate based, in part on, "chronic sleep impairment". He already has had for years non-service connected obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and uses a CPAP machine. The question is: can his non-service connected obstructive sleep apnea, (a respiratory condition), be aggravated by the "chronic sleep impairment" from his SC'd mental health condition...thereby getting his OSA SC'd?
  20. I'm rated at 50% for OSA with CPAP but was declined "reactive airway disease" or asthma in my initial claim. I'm thinking about submitting a claim for asthma now that I'm on ADVAIR daily. Does anyone have any experience in winning this? However, been reading on HadIt which highlighted 38 CFR 4.96(a) §4.96 Special provisions regarding evaluation of respiratory conditions. (a) Rating coexisting respiratory conditions. Ratings under diagnostic codes 6600 through 6817 and 6822 through 6847 will not be combined with each other. Where there is lung or pleural involvement, ratings under diagn
  21. Hi, I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend. As always, thanks to all the Elders and everyone who make this place possible! I have to submit my NOD by June 18th, 2014 - soon, I know. I'm hoping Berta, Carlie, Bronco Vet and/or the others can weight in on how/whether to file my NOD. First, do I have a legitimate NOD for either or both: My OSA rating being combined with other ratings, when OSA is supposed to stand on its own? Seeking a 60% rating for CFS because the decision letter cites "no compensable symptoms"? Regarding CFS, my symptoms rise to the 60% level, a
  22. Hi all, currently have osa on appeal as my initial claim I didn't have an IMO. I'm 70% ptsd, major depression/panic w/agoraphobia, 20% bilateral shoulder dislocations (major and minor), 10% HTC, 10% Tinnitus...90% combined. I have increase tdiu for ptsd and appeal on my b 70% from July. Guy said I should be 100 but Cuz I worked 2 yrs ago, he had it at 70. My osa I use full face sleep mask pressure is 13.0.. Finally got sleep study in 2010 were was diagnosed. Complained for 5 yrs prior. I believe my osa is due to my massive 150 lb weight gain due to. My ptsd...I'm in Boston area, who ca
  23. Ok. Went for my epidurail this AM and when I awoke from the sedation, The RN that was assisting the my pain management doc said I need to get checked out for it. Wife says I display some of the symptoms of it while at home as well. My question is can this be claimed as a secondary to IHD, DMII, or Gerd. I am not SC'd for the DMII and IHD as it is part of a claim for AO presumptives that I have working now. The gerd is from a hieatal hernia from the middle 70's while in service.
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