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  1. Do I need to file for increases and secondary conditions on two different claims? I could not find any areas to go about this on the ebennifits questionnaire backround: had a stroke during a VA spinal surgery. I have several secondaries due to the stroke.
  2. I've been tdiu for 8 years now (lower lumbar 20,right leg 10 pstd 70, bladder 30) I was undergoing surgery for a service connected issue on my spine. long story short, I had a stroke during the surgery and woke up incontinent, ED, headaches, high blood pressure. I've had to use catheters and pads for years now. I only found out a week ago that it was a stroke that caused these issues. The doctors had no clue what happened and where acting like it was some kind of medical mystery, even though i woke up paralyzed and bleeding internally. After that I was rushed back for emergency surgery
  3. Hello everyone. I am already service-connected for my knees but lately I‘ve been having suicidal ideations due to chronic knee pain. My VA Progress Notes state my chronic knee pain contributes to my depression. Some comments left by the VA psychiatrist: - Currently, his chronic knee pain has flared up significantly and this has contributed to recent worsening of his mood. - He notes increased depression this past month because of increased knee pain. States that it has been making him more depressed and irritable. He hasn't been able to sleep well because he wakes up from
  4. I had bilateral knee replacements. The left knee was service connected at the time and the right one wasn't. The Dr said that they both needed replacing, I tried to claim the right knee as secondary and was denied. What can I do?
  5. This post is in reference to an effective date for Migraine Headaches secondary to a Service-Connected condition. 1. I filed migraine headache claim 2015 or 2016, claim denied. 2. Filed a NOD went to BVA, BVA remanded back to VBA to (Take necessary action to implement the grant of service connection for headaches). 3. VBA assigns 0% rating. 4. I then filed for an increase obtained with an IMO report and DBQ (Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Dr. Valette!). 5. VA increased Migraine Headaches to 50%, effective date 02/27/2020. My question is, are secondary conditions and their effective date
  6. So today I found my claim was approved today for Sleep Apnea secondary for PTSD for 50%. As promised I have attached all the documents I sent in with my claim. This claim took less than a month from when I sent it into approval. I have also included a copy of the nexus my doctor wrote. With the proper research and a good nexus you can win this. I hope my research willhelp other win their claims. High Risk.pdf How PTSD relates to obstructive sleep apnea & cpap therapy.pdf My Statement.pdf Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.pdf PTSD and Sleep.pdf PTSD Severity
  7. Hello all, Seems as this COVID stuff has made my VSO disappear so I'm looking for some help. I was recently diagnosed with Planovalgus Foot (left foot only) with a deformity by the VA Ortho doc. I had flat feet documented on my boot physical but no problems until a few years ago. The deformity is relatively new. My left knee is service connected and my left ankle is service connected, secondary to the left knee. My question is how do I file for the Planovalgus Foot with deformity? Secondary to the left knee or to the left ankle (or both)? I don't know if you can have a secondary to a seco
  8. Question: VA Form 21-526EZ page 8 section 13. Should all the items from the VA Problem list (medical records) be included on the form, including secondary problems and other items such as diabetes or ONLY the service connected problems? Post Vietnam, no AO My spouse's condition has deteriorated in the last 10 years and we need to be re-evaluated. Last year, the VA Rep submitted a claim and the Comp&Pen Doctor asked us for an MRI. From there it gets murky trying to get assistance for documentation.
  9. Hi there! Long time member here but been MIA for awhile. Life has been busy and I have been dealing with health issues. Long story short, I went through a battery of tests to find out what is wrong with me. I did an ANA-TITER test, and it was positive for an auto immune disease. Was referred to the RA doctor for further testing to see if I had lupus. The RA doctor did blood tests and determined I don't have lupus. We did additionally physical exam at the VA back in May and he determined I had Fibromyalgia and diagnosed me with it. We discussed that my Fibromyalgia co-exists with PTSD/
  10. I am currently rated at 50% for PTSD and just had my C&P exam for an increase. Below is my current C&P results. Also I suffer from Major Depression and Erectile Dysfunction due to my medication. Could these two items be filed as secondary since the examiner did not list them in my C&P exam.Any input would be appreciated on to what my outcome may be. Thank you SECTION I: ---------- 1. Diagnostic Summary --------------------- Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with PTSD? [X]
  11. 38 CFR Book B 3.310 mandates secondary service connection for certain disabilities associated with traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) I have a couple of QUESTIONs since my MDD rating is still in limbo at the VARO: What does it mean by "...the secondary condition shall be considered a part of the original condition….” Does that mean MDD is to be rated separately as secondary service connected to TBI? OR,does that mean that MMD cannot be rated separately from TBI and receives just ONE rating? How can secondary service connected disabilities avoid the "pyramiding" accusa
  12. Hello and TYIA for any responses and for reading my long post. BLUF: I would appreciate some insight or just plain ol speculatin on why the VA raters would submit me for a lumbar strain increase (that I didn’t submit for) while working on my current claim? Also, are secondary conditions disqualified in the 60% calculation for SMC Housebound? I know it says the 60% must be separate from the 100% condition, but how does this work if I’m on IU, with secondary conditions? I’m probably overthinking at 4am but why would they submit me for an increase for a condition when I didn’t ask them
  13. Filed a claim for Esophageal Stricture (DC 7203) Secondary to SC GERD. Below is result of C&P Exam. Seems pretty straight forward. VSRO asks if Stricture is at least as likely as not due to GERD. Examiner responds in the affirmative. Decision letter mentions nothing about esophageal stricture and continues disability rating for GERD for 30%. Viewed many BVA decisions where 7203 can be rated separately and is not considered pyramiding. Filed for Stricture Secondary to GERD after recent EGD Exam diagnosed me with Schatzki ring and Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Both of which cause narrowin
  14. Have a question. I submitted a claim in E-Benefits for secondary for both my left hip and left foot (due to left discrepancy), which is SC. The plantar fasciitis in my foot was diagnosed by the VA and my hip was diagnosed by a civilian doctor. I uploaded all my VA medical and personal doctors medical evaluation and documents along with a copy of my service medical records. My question is why this was done so fast as my initial claim was put into E-Benefits on 08/02/2017 and now I see its already in the "Preparation for Notification" phase. Also under disabilities claimed it states "mqas revie
  15. I recently submitted a claim, 09/28/16, for IBS (presumptive to Gulf WAR) and dysthymic disorder. Had C&P exam on 11/16/16 and EBenifits shows Claim Complete on 12/24/16. Received BBE on 01/02/17 only addressing dysthymic disorder (Denied, not SC). There was no mention of IBS and it does not show up at all in my Ebenefits. I should note that C&P exam results clearly note my IBS and referenced my Gulf War Service. Called 1-800 # on 01/02/17 and was informed information on IBS was mailed on 12/21/16 and had to wait 10 days to request copy. Called 1800# yesterday and the woman infor
  16. I have asked a lot of questions and i continue to ask alot of questions to learn even more. I think this may be my final question before i file. So i am currently service connected at 80% 60% asthma 30% allergic rhinitus 10% carpal tunnel 10% cystic acne (due to jet fumes) Now here's my question. Back in 2009 i began seeing a shrink for depression. ive been on pills and have gone to a counselor very often ever since. It is believed that my depression came from the 3 plane crashes that i witnessed. And another 1 that i didnt witness, but i was apart of t
  17. OK Experts, I am currently rated 30% under migraines for headaches NOS. Before i ever put in a claim, I was experiencing jumping of my left eye. I kept going to my family doctor and telling her about the issue and also at my year eye exams. Explained the issue with my optometrist. Kept being told it could be stress, eye strain, lack of sleep. As my headaches became more frequent due to the issue or thee issue made headaches that much worse and the jumping moved down the side of my face to my lips. Well this scared me so I made an appointment with an opthamology specialist, he ordered a ca
  18. Is it true that for secondary issues you DO NOT need your in service medical records reviewed in order to obtain a Nexus letter? And has anyone had any success in claiming secondary issues? For example I am looking at putting in a claim for neck and hip pain secondary to my service connected lower back pain. I'm being treated for both neck and hip pain by my VA doctor. By treated I mean given Pain killers and muscle relaxers..lol
  19. Hi everyone I saw my Doctor yesterday and I asked and received a IMO for carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome secondary to right shoulder injury. A little history I'm receiving 20% Rt shoulder, 20% Lt shoulder secondary due to over use 10% Lt Biceps due to over use I would like to know if this is enough to claim service connection for my hand and forearm due to over use ? Here goes nothing . Work Status: NOT ABLE to work at present. Estimated to be permanently disabled from this injury to the left shoulder. He has night symptoms which keep him up
  20. Hello everyone, I am exploring a situation where regarding potential informal claims fo secondary conditions found during C&P exams. Adding in BVA instructions, this might be a situation where the VA might have dropped the ball on manifesting them into actual claims. Please note that the time period for this is 1995-2000, but it might also apply to later exams. In addition, the identified conditions were SC years later after this claim was closed. Some might read this and think that it might be a long shot or impossible, but I have read various opinions about this and wanted to ask
  21. Rated 10% (SC) painful joints/Arthritis. When filed for increase unaware, but last week! diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Explains why my pain is severe. I need information. A condition caused or worsened by a SC condition is rated secondary to the SC condition. I don't know how to address acquiring after service a condition that aggravates existing SC condition. Am I stuck at 10% rating for painful joints or can I get compensation for the disabling pain either for effects on arthritis or as a secondary diagnosis? BTW I have SC conditions (IBD,PTSD,Migraines) which are common with fibromyal
  22. There are 5 ways of obtaining Service connection, and not 2 like most VSO's state. The ones most VSO's often state are Direct and presumptive. However, there are 5: 1. Direct 2. Presumptive (this means there was an "act of law" which means you get service connection if you meet the criteria for the law). 3. Secondary. This means your service connected condition somehow caused another illness/injury. 4. Aggravation. This means you while you may have already had an injury in service, your military service "aggravated" and made worse your condition. 5. 1151. This means you
  23. Okay I hope I am in the right section..... I have been s/c for my Eating Disorder Anorexia Nervosa. Most recently on 11/16/14 I took a pretty good tumble/spill and fainted due to my eating disorder and the fall resulted in me cracking/chipping my front upper teeth. They are turning grey/black as we speak and it is evident I am going to need dental work. The ER noted the fall due to Anorexia Nervosa so I want to get the dental s/c secondary to my anorexia nervosa. Both consults presented to Dental were denied due to I don't have 100% dental s/c. The consults were put in by my PCP an
  24. I was dx yesterday with sleep apnea- moderate, at the VA Medical Center by a VA sleep doc. I want to consider filing a secondary claim for SA, secondary to my service connected Major Depressive Disorder which is secondary to my SC DJD and thigh rupture. I will get my private doc to give me a IMO connecting the event. What change I got to get my claim thru with a good IMO from Dr Bash? Right now I am 160% with a extra $300.00 per month.
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