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  1. I'm service connected for migraines at 50%. I have been diagnosed by my VA Dr with "major depressive disorder" & "persistent depressive disorder." I filed a claim for depression, which was denied. The language of the denial letter was more about the depression not being service connected, rather than secondary to migraines. I was probably not specific enough in my claim. I was advised to not appeal due to the how long that takes, & instead to file again after one or more Dr visits. After my last Dr appointment, there was something new in the Dr's notes, specifically the listed diagnosis. They read as follows: "DIAGNOSIS: 1. Major depressive disorder. 2. Persistent depressive disorder. 3. Medical co-morbitities, 50% service connected." Number 3 is a new addition in my medical record. I've read up on the term "comorbidity," but still unsure about it. Will this addition to my medical record hurt, help, or do nothing for me if I file another claim for depression? Thanks for any help you can give. GOD bless.
  2. Hey brothers and sisters, So I just had my C&P for my right shoulder secondary to my left shoulder injury. Since I've injured I tend to put more strain on my right shoulder to compensate for functional loss. This has caused me to have pain and limited ROM in both shoulders. This scumbag at the VA left his opinion. Even though all my tests showed limited ROM and pain on movement of right shoulder. What's next? MEDICAL OPINION SUMMARY ----------------------- RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: Secondary Service Connection. Is the Veteran's shoulder condition right at least as likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) proximately due to or the result of rotator cuff tendonitis, left shoulder (non dominant)? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: RIGHT SHOULDER TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR SECONDARY SERVICE CONNECTION ] b. The condition claimed is less likely than not (less than 50% probability) proximately due to or the result of the Veteran's service connected condition. c. Rationale: Within the concept of a pathologic entity of one specific site or joint of the human body (right shoulder in this case) it is very hypothetical to theorize or to try to conceptualize that such a pathologic process would be secondary to a SC pathological process at a separate site such as ROTATOR CUFF TENDONITIS, LEFT SHOULDER (NON DOMINANT). To ascribe a distant pathologic entity (RIGHT SHOULDER) to be secondary to the already mentioned SC condition, does not fit within the realm of a peer reviewed logical manifestation of diseases as written over centuries in the medical books. Even trying to force a connection between such SC condition and the RIGHT SHOULDER condition imperils the scientific knowledge in medicine that tries to explain disease processes and their interconnections in the most logical, reasonable and responsible ways. There is no evidence in the scientific medical literature of such connection. Therefore, the claimed condition is less likely than not proximately due to or the result of the Veteran's service connected condition. And the SC condition neither aggravates the RIGHT SHOULDER condition.
  3. I recently received my award letter for TDIU and it was made Permanent and Total. I want to thank all of you for your kind advice over the years and teaching me about how I should approach my claim. It has helped in many ways, especially letting me know what to expect. I filed a notice of Intent to file in February 2016 and submitted my claim in August of 2016. In calculating the back pay, they went back only to August 2016 and not February 2016. They said in the letter that since I left work in February 2012, they would only pay me from the date that I filed the claim, August 2016, since I did not file within a year of leaving work. I don't think that is correct and think they should go back to February 2016 when I filed the Intent to file. I just want to make sure I am right or they are right before I formally question that date. My next question is: Since I am rated TDIU and Permanent and Total, should I file Secondary Conditions. I am rated at 60% and have had that since 1994. My concern is that if something happens to me that my husband will be able to have some money coming. Again, thank you for helping me over the years. I certainly appreciate it. Penelope
  4. When a Vet has a DRO hearing in the 'wings,' is that the time for them to present additional evidence of all their secondary conditions that the veteran has developed since their initial dx as the years went by. Will it effect the veterans EED if the Vet does so if they present the evidence at the hearing...? Is there a 'proper' way to do this, and what are the pros and cons of 'off the record' vs 'on the record' concerning DRO hearing protocol...?
  5. I've had a diagnosed and rated condition (diabetes) for 20 years and am preparing to file for the following secondary conditions: peripheral neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, autonomic neuropathy, and impotence. I sent in a request for my records from two hospitals a couple weeks ago. I'm hoping that since all my appointments aren't documented on myhealthevet that the facilities might have hard copies. The records span 3 years in DC and 9 years (previous) in another State does anyone have an idea of how long this process takes? Another question related to documentation for a condition, I copied the following out of my VA records, can you tell me if it will be accepted as a diagnosis (please note the comments in bold) The process of medication reconciliation was completed during today's visit. The veteran's current medications (including non-VA medications and any changes made today) were reviewed with the patient and/or caregiver. A written list was offered and/or provided. Assessment:5 2 yo male with type I DM on insulin pump presents with 12 yr history of water diarrhea, colonoscopy done with no colitis or microcolitis, normal biopsy. Celiac workup neg, cultures neg. Gastroneuropathy or "diabetic gut" suspected. ManagEment of symptoms is key. Recommendation: Start with loperamide 2mg take one in am, and then one after each loose stool for maximum of 8 a day. Cholestriamine unlikely to help and no need to continue. DR’s Name, Signed: 04/22/2013 / Doctor Somethin,MD, ATTENDING PHYSICIAN, GASTROENTEROLOGY, HEPATOLOGY ADDENDUM saw and examined Mr. Green and discussed his symptoms with him in detail. He is a 52 year old with 30 yr history of type I DM and longstanding diarrhea, 5-6 watery BM/day with fecal incontinence occasionally at night. Colonoscopy was negative for microscopic colitis. No evidence of bacterial overgrowth or infection. We discussed the management of diabetic intestinal neuropathy which is the likely diagnosis here. He will take loperamide as described, and if not effective, we can make further adjust Thank you so much for your help
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