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  1. Good evening, My VSO believes I should apply for IU. I had to quit my job a year ago due to the pain and the inability to remain seated, to remain standing of any consistent length of time. Anyway, I was granted in 2015 for "Undiagnosed Illness" in the upper and lower back, legs, and knees at 10% each (along with other ratings) for a combined rating of 80%; effective to 2008. My VSO is concerned however, that my diagnoses of arthritis in the spine, along with Rheumatoid Arthritis could upset these grants, due to the fact that there is now a diagnoses. I was diagnosed in 2017(?) with these conditions. She is concerned the VA will drop my ratings to 0% (the ten year rule would prevent severing the SC, but not from the VA dropping the ratings to 0%--lovely). Has anyone ran into this? Since these issues began in service, would not the VA "transfer" (I know, not the right wording here) the undiagnosed illness rating to maybe the RA and osteoarthritis? I fought for my ratings for 8 years, and now that I'm no longer able to work, I'm suddenly in jeopardy of losing my entire ratings? This makes no sense. I'm thinking maybe I drop the IU claim altogether. Thanks, Sgt. Wilky
  2. Hello all, I'm currently rated for osteoarthritis and djd with loss of ROM in multiple joints from spine to feet. My pain management Dr. recommend to be tested for RHUMATOID arthritis/ Psoriatic arthrits. Blood work neg for RA, PSA still possible. X-rays show positive for arthritis. I've developed psoriasis after service so I was never treated while active for it. Is it possible to have been misdiagnosed all these years? If PSA is confirmed would it be wise to file for it, and would it be considered pyramiding? Could it be considered new diagnosis? I've read that they don't base RA/PSA on ROM just immune criteria. All this new information has my head spinning. Any input would be greatfull.
  3. Back in1961 I was pushed backwards and fell on the frozen ground. Records showed "concussion", Infirmary and Hospitalized with loss of consciousness. Had C&P and got 40% for TBI and 30% for chronic headaches. My neck has been acting up for years. Can I ask for an MRI or Xray to find out what it is? If it's osteoarthritis neck or some other thing can I claim it as secondary to the TBI? Also have 10% for tinnitus for a total of their math at 60%.
  4. In doing some research about Osteoarthritis I found it very interesting and yet very complicated when it comes to this subject. I am posting this as reference only and it is up to you or your doctor/lawyer or whomever is working with you. This is for research purposes only and is not considered as advice or guidance in your claim. This is a comparison of how the United States Veterans Administration looks at Osteoarthritis. And how the Canadian Veterans Administration looks at Osteoarthritis. United States Veterans Administration Guidelines and Clinical Practices for Osteoarthritis. Canadian Veterans Administration Guidelines and Clinical Practices for Osteoarthritis. When you look at the Topic they both seem to be the same. After reading through the Canadian Guidelines I did a Google Search for US VA Guidelines. I was completely amazed and was able to follow along with the Canadian VA Guidelines very easily, but when I started looking at the US VA Guidelines I was almost dumb founded. I am not sure but it seems like the US Veterans Administration has spent so much time adding way too much mumbo-jumbo in their explanation of Osteoarthritis. As Veterans we should not have to read between the lines to get the answers we are looking for. The Canadian Guidelines are very straight forward and easy enough even a dumb Jarhead "Marine" such as myself can read and follow along. No wonder the VA Health System is so messed up. And Lord have Mercy the ones giving the C/P Exam's along with the Decision Review Officers have to decipher their own code just to give you a fair exam. Take it as you may...I am just posting this so others may be able understand more about Osteoarthritis Guidelines that the two different Governments use.
  5. 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
  6. I have been using "Voltaren GEL" for about a month. Its a presctiption NSAID that you rub onto sore joints especially for arthritis and other joint pain. Its awesome. I got it at the VA, after my wife's doc recommended it for her and gave her physician samples of a similar brand. IT RELEIVES THE PAIN INSTANTLY. No waiting an hour or so for pills to work. You rub it on. I had to ask my VA PCP for it, and he gladly wrote me a prescription for it. Its better than Vicodin as it works faster. I highly recommend it, I realize not everyone can take it (if you have heart trouble, etc.) I suggest you ask your doc, I love the pain relief.
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