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  1. On May 26 was awarded 60% for a skin disorder affecting majority of my body. Before the award, was at C&P examination for skin disease and shaving issue. During the exam the dr. ask questions that led me to talk about knee injury and hearing loss. Although the exam was only for skin disorder and shaving (pscudo) she examined me for the knee and hearing. However, after the examination, I was awarded 60% for the skin disorder and 10 % for the shaving. Not less than 30 days, I received another examination request for my knee and hearing. Went to the examination for knee and hearing only. Received within 10 days a letter reducing my rating from 60% to 10% supposedly from the exam conducted from the knee. Also, let me point out that the skin disorder that is over the majority of my body new rating is including my shaving
  2. The Board just granted left and right sinus tarsi syndrome, osteoarthritis of ankles, and bilateral pes planus. What are the sinus tarsi syndrome rating percentages? Waiting on the decision letter.
  3. I was looking at Ebenefits under the 'disabilities' section, and I noticed that, with CPAP, my Sleep Apnea rating is listed as 20% rather than the expected 50. I had to appeal my sleep apnea 1 time to get SC. Has anyone ever seen this? It looks like it is numerically at 20, but they paying it at 50? Misprint?
  4. Hello, Quick background; I injured my back severely in Kuwait in 2013(I was 22) no proper medical exam or treatment at the peek of the injury just pumped full of pain meds. Once back in the states it still took months before Someone decided I actually needed an xray just to be told I was fine. There were times where I’d experience temporary paralysis below the waist, daily pain levels above 5, numbness, pinching and burning sensations in lower back and to be told nothing was wrong made me want to give up and suffer in silence because no1 seem to take me serious. However the pain was so intense I found myself in the ER sometimes twice a week with strange knots in my back that were shrugged off as muscle spasms and just given more pain meds. I was given a 10% rating after separating in 2014. I didn’t know what that meant or why. Almost 7yrs later the pain is worse back and forth with the VA with treatment that either aggravates or just doesn’t work and I recently discovered that I was diagnosed with sciatic nerve pain BUT it stated it didn’t come from work. I couldn’t believe it. I now live in MD near DC and although terribly discouraged feel I need to fight what seems to be a system that hasn’t cared for me properly since day 1 and appeal. The question is. IS IT WORTH IT? I paid out of pocket for X-rays and made some discoveries about my back that make much more since than what the VA tells me. Has anyone experienced anything similar?
  5. I filed a claim in october of 2018 for ptsd and TDIU, long story short I tried to do everything myself and didn't have the proper diagnosis so I was service connected for anxiety based on having a medical marijuana card diagnosis for anxiety but the rating was 30% and I much worse off then that. So I obtained a referral from the va to a fancy psychiatrist from the university of north florida's behavior health department and was diagnosed with ptsd, bi polar 1 and panic disorder. I used this new medical evidence as my supplemental claim evidence and filed it April 16, 2019 after receiving my letter March 20, 2019. My claim is now at Pending Decision Approval with an estimated completion date of july 2, 2019 which is super fast from all I have read. My question is, Am I going to be awarded tdiu with the evidence I submitted if they adjust me up to 70% which I think it will . Or if they award 70% for ptsd on this new supplemental claim will i have to re-apply for tdiu again? Or would that all be considered in the final review of the entire claim? Thanks for any help. 1-22 1BCT 4th I.D. "Regulars by God"
  6. Heyyyyy my fellow veterans.... after getting my rating for Anemia for 10 percent the other day, crying, falling apart and asking GOD WHY ME, I pulled myself together this morning, crawled over to the paperwork and reviewed it again. Thank god I did because they rated me wrong. The code for my anemia is ‘Anemia’ 7700. The code they rated me under is ‘Aplastic’ Anemia 7716 which again I don’t possess those symptoms at all. It speaks of infections, transfusions and everything! My anemia is for blood loss where my HGB levels are low 7. So this is a QUE, right? https://www.benefits.va.gov/WARMS/docs/regs/38cfr/bookc/part4/s4_117.doc
  7. Hello Fellow Vets, I'll try to make this a quick an easy read. I joined the Navy in July 2008 and served 5 years of continuous duty. By the time I was out I had several issues that were not present at my join date and eventually filed a claim for my benefits. Upon departure from the Navy, I filed a claim and was denied benefits for headaches, depression, a left knee and right knee condition. When I received my decision packet, it stated that these conditions could be granted a rating if found service connection. When I met with the DAV representative, he stated that if I could have my primary care doctor write a letter and say the conditions were service connected I would be able to have it reconsidered. So my Primary Care Doctor who is a medical doctor, reviewed my medical record and she drafted a nexus letter that supported my claim (with proper language *more than likely service connected) for all the conditions I listed above (and others I will have to go back and file for at a later date). In addition, she diagnosed my headaches as being migraines as opposed to just headaches ( after I gave her the symptoms I had been experiencing). I submitted this letter in June of 2016. In September 2016 my claim went to preparation for decision and then was kicked back and the VA requested a C&P exam. This exam was conducted by a Nurse Practitioner. She opined that my headaches were due to elevated levels of estrogen and that I was cleared from physical therapy in August 2012 so neither condition was service connected. As I result I dug through my medical record and found evidence of reports of "severe and unusual headaches" on documents that were dated as early as October 2008 before I was ever on birth control. And reports of me complaining of knee pain after I was cleared from physical therapy in the year 2013. Though I found proof that I had been reporting these issues and nothing was being done about it, I also questioned how a science assumption could be made in this matter. If indeed I was suffering from elevated estrogen levels, shouldn't the NP have conducted some sort of blood work? It was not done....EVER. So my question today is Do you think that the opinion of the NP will out weigh the opinion of my MD ( who is also an employee of the VAMC in Atlanta, GA? Thanks For your time!
  8. I had this C&P exam back in January 2016, I have not yet received a rating for this exam. Currently, I'm at the baseline 30% for Parkinson's which I was given when I won my case at the BVA in July 2015. Does anyone have a guess to what my new rating will be? Once I receive my new rating I will update this post. 1. Diagnosis Does the Veteran now have or has he ever been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (Paralysis Agitans)? Yes ICD Code: G20 Date of Diagnosis: 11/2011 2. Dominant hand: Right 3. Motor manifestations due to Parkinson's or its treatment (check aII that apply) Stooped posture [X] None [ ] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Balance Impairment [ ] None [ X] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Bradykinesia or slowed motion (difficulty initiating movement " freezing, " short shuffling steps) [ ] None [X] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Loss of automatic movements (such as blinking, leading to fixed gaze; typical Parkinson' s faces) [ ] None [ ] Mild [X] Moderate [ ] Severe Speech changes (monotone, slurring words, soft or rapid speech) [ ] None [X] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Tremor (characteristic hand shaking, "pill-rolling") [X] Yes [ ] No Extremities affected: Right Upper: [ ] Not affected [ ] Mild [ ] Moderate [X] Severe Left Upper: [ ] Not affected [X] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Right Lower [ ] Not affected [ ] Mild [X] Moderate [ ] Severe Left Lower [ ] Not affected [X] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Muscle rigidity and stiffness [X] Yes [ ] No Extremities affected: Right Upper: [ ] Not affected [ ] Mild [ ] Moderate [X] Severe Left Upper: [ ] Not affected [ ] Mild [X] Moderate [ ] Severe Right Lower [ ] Not affected [ ] Mild [ ] Moderate [X] Severe Left Lower [ ] Not affected [ ] Mild [X] Moderate [ ] Severe 4. Mental manifestations due to Parkinson's or its treatment Depression [X] None [ ] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Cognitive impairment or dementia [ ] None [ ] Mild [X] Moderate [ ] Severe 5. Additional manifestations,/complications due to Parkinson's or its treatment Loss of sense of smell [ ] None [ ] Partial [X] Complete Sleep disturbance, (insomnia, day-time sleep attacks) [ ] None [ ] Mild [ ] Moderate [X] Severe Difficulty chewing,/ swallowing [ ] None [X] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Urinary problems (incontinence or [X] None [ ] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Constipation (due to slowing of GI tract or secondary to Parkinson's medications) [X] None [ ] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe Sexual dysfunction [X] None [ ] Mild [ ] Moderate [ ] Severe 6. Financial responsibility In your judgment, is the Veteran able to manage his,/her benefit payments in his,/her own best interest, or able to direct someone else to do so? [X] Yes [ ] No 7. Functional impact Does the Veteran's Parkinson's disease impact his or her ability to work? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe impact, providing one or more examples: Veteran reports increased sleep disturbance and requires nonconsecutive work schedule days. Veteran reports difficulty manipulating computer mouse at work.
  9. Hello everyone! this is my first post on this site, but I have been stalking it for a while now. I have a question that maybe someone can address. I'll try and make it short and sweet.... I received my SC disability for psoriasis 30% in 2009. At the time I was only on topicals that did nothing for me... For the last 2 years I have been on Humira which has been a blessing! I just received a phone call from a rep stating that I was coming up for an exam on my psoriasis... I told them I was on auto-immune suppressants, so of course my skin is clearer.. She stated that would drop my rating.....?? My issue is this... if they take away my 30% for my psoriasis... who would pay for my Humira?? And isn't the fact that I am on auto-immune suppressants enough to keep my rating as is?? any advice would be greatly appreciated:)
  10. Question I'd really like an answer too... Ventral hernia rated at 20% for 15 years Raised to 40% for 1 year Then Reduced to 0 - Inquiring minds want to know going from 40 to 20 obviously is not protected it existed for only 1 year at 40% However, would the part of going below 20% be protected because it existed for 15 years or the whole thing is unprotected because of the one year old increase????
  11. I received my rating for hip, back, knee and hearing... and dont get me wrong i appreciate the 50% rating i got right out of the chute first time through. the money is a god send and i feel like less of a sponge off my girlfriend but my question is this... when they rate you for your problems do they really look at you as a person or a collection of problems. all of my issues are service connected... im not looking to get anything i dont deserve but still i wonder when they look at your claim do they see a person or a collection of issues that dont seem "that bad" individually. however when you put them together they make life nearly unbearable. i have a knee that is just shot irrepairable meniscus tear that locks up, swells and causes constant pain. acl issues and arthritus. i have to wear a brace to even walk on it. so that prevents me from walking a lot, and standing a lot. my l1 2 3 4 and 5 vertibrates are narrowing and bulging and i dont really know what all is going on with them because my pcp informed me they "dont do backs" so the only person that has looked at my back at all was my comp and pen examiner who did xrays. that makes it almost impossiable for me to sit for long or to stand for long and sometimes it makes it impossiable to lay or sleep plus it causes aching shooting sciatica pains up and down both legs that absolutly makes me want to just curl up and die... nothing makes this better nothing! then the hip... again the only person that has looked at it is my comp and pen examiner who took xrays and told me i have spurs and probably soft tissue problems that he cant detect on the xray and that i should see someone about that and the back problems as soon as possiable... i am in the process of changing my pcp to a different va clinc because i have issues that they pretty much refuse to even look at. when i had my first doctors visit i answered honestly all of her questions but what she put in my records was not what i told her... she contridicted herself throughout the entire thing... do you have any joint problems? yes lots of them... but in the paperwork it says i said no... yet that same day she put me in for an orthopedics referal for knee pain! are you depressed? yes wouldnt you be doc? im 45 i cant jump out of the back of my truck, i have to pay a 12 year old to snowblow my drive way and i cant even crawl under my peice of shit car to put a muffler bandage on the exhaust pipe! i have to have my poor girlfriend (who i still dont know why she stays with me) help me in and out of the bathtub and on and off the xxxxxxx toilet... all the while she does all the cooking, cleaning and money earning because im xxxxxxx useless!!! that poor girl has no life because she fell in love me a worthless peice of shit that cant even get off the xxxxxxx toilet without help... so yeah i am xxxxxxx depressed just al ittle bit wouldnt you be? and in the paperwork she writes NO DEPRESSION! i have sinus infectons about 5 times a year and i have had since a peice of hydraulic equipment exploded in my face literally and hyrualic fluid was shot into my sinuses through my nose and eyes... is that service connected? i have no idea.. i didnt apply for it because she said well just come see me when you get sinus infection i give you antibiotics... my left foot was broken on duty and it aches and swells on the rare occassion my freaking kee doesnt hurt so bad i can stand long enough to get THAT effect! is that service connected? i dont know because when i asked her about that she said it probably didnt heal right and that was it... so i didnt file for that. is my depression service connected? i didnt file because she said i am not depressed so i dont know... i know this though... i wake up every morning and curse the fact that i woke the xxxx up... because i am in constant pain and useless to the entire world and NOT waking up would be the kindest thing i could do for myself and this poor girl that sticks by me for unknown reasons. why do i feel that way? because i have ptsd? no because im an unhappy person? NO! because my body is destroyed and i have to live with that for the next god only knows how mnay years! im sorry for ranting... my questions are this... do they reallly look at you like a person when they rate you? or do they look at the individual things seperatly? because any one of these by itself would be ok but when you combine the things i have already been rated for i can hardly even function let alone get and keep a job. i didnt apply for compensation on things that are wrong and things that i have military medical records and can prove because i was afraid if my va pcp didnt seem to be worried about them then nobody else at the VA would care either. do any of these things matter to the VA and should i file for them or try to get help with them? i am severely depressed because of my service connected problems. my left foot was broken while on duty in 1988 and aches and swells sometimes i have bouts of sinus infections many times a year i feel as a result of being nearly drowned with hydraulic brake fluid while on duty i have sleep apnea and my pain wakes me up throughout the night. my back was rated at 10 percent but i have nothing but the comp and pen examiners diagnosis and xrays no mri or anyting my hip also was rated at 10% but again the only va staff thats ever looked at it was my comp and pen examiner i am also afraid, if i apply for more will i look like im ungrateful and maybe lose what i already have? if i tell someone at the va how i REALLY feel, will they lock me up in a rubber room for fear i will hurt myself?
  12. I have a copy of my mental health C&P exam FINALLY and the diagnoses is as follows; 296.33 Major Depressive Disorder, Recurrent, Severe without psychotic features. Memory Remote Memory: Normal Recent Memory: Mildly Impaired Immediate Memory: Mildly Impaired MMPI-2 was administered - It is noteworthy for extreme elevations on scales 1, 2, and 3. This pattern is often referred to as "conversion V" referring to the tendency of the individual to "convert" psychological disturbances into a preoccupation with physical functioning (huh?), to a degree which exceeds what might be a normal focus in the possible presence of very significant medical issues. In addition to the significant elevation on scale 2 (depression scale), this profile reveals the presence of a sorely depleted reservoir of emotional energy (Man, that sure is true). This scale configuration is associated with a diagnosis of a major depressive disorder. This configuration also indicates the presence of disturbed, ruminative thought processes, as well as vulnerability to excessive use of alcohol. Individuals producing this profile acknowledge that life is a strain, and admit to feelings of depression and despair. They report difficulties with concentration and memory (absolutely) and acknowledge that they worry excessively... Comment on validity of results: Valid. GAF score: 53. Is there total occupational and social impairment due to mental disorder signs and symptoms? No. If there is not total occupational and social impairment, do mental disorder signs and symptoms result in deficiencies in the following areas; Judgment, thinking, family relations, work, mood or school? No. (SERIOUSLY???) Is there reduced reliability and productivity due to mental disorder symptoms? Yes. Examples and pertinent symptoms: The service member is vulnerable to impairments of attention, concentration and short-term memory. He is frequently preoccupied with disturbed, ruminative thought processes. His preoccupation with physical symptoms and concern about his future fuel his depressed mood. Does the patient have panic attacks? Yes. Frequency, severity, duration and effects of functioning; The patient reports periodic panic attacks. More than once per week. Is there presence of suicidal thoughts? Yes. Attention: Attention disturbance (Easily distracted), attention disturbance (Short attention span). Based on the VASRD, I'm not sure if this means a rating of 30% or 50%. Any feedback or questions are welcome. Thanks in advance for your help.
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