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  1. I need help. I first applied for benefits in 2016 and was denied in 2017 because the VA could not find my medical records. I was able to locate my medical records and I did a NOD. I filed again for the conditions and sent in my medical records. Fast forward to 2019. I was able to get C&P Exams at the end of 2019 and Jan 2020. My Sleep Apnea exam took about 3 minutes or so...questions were: When did you enter AD? When did you retire? Do you have a CPAP? I had submitted a buddy letter from the EX and my medical records showed weight gain, snoring, ENT problems, etc.I answered the questions a
  2. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and issued a cpap. I’m currently still in the service. When I get out, will I have to re do the sleep study or will the one I did already suffice?
  3. I filed a claim for Sleep Apnea secondary to my PTSD, which is service connected. I have been diagnosed from the VA as having sleep apnea, and given a CPAP to wear at night. I used Carpenter Chartered Law Firm to do the claim, but got this denial letter (attached is an excerpt). In it, it says "In the absence of other major risk factors such as obesity it would be reasonable to attribute OSA to PTSD as this is considered a risk factor for OSA from uptodate.com". My thought is that if both obesity and PTSD are considered risk factors, shouldn't it be a 50% chance that it could be either
  4. I was discharged January 29, 2011. During my time in I did not have a sleep study, but some sleep issues were documented. I filed for disability for sleep apnea through the VA January 9th, 2012. By Feb 22 2012, I had a sleep study. I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and issued a CPAP. After that my life turned into complete chaos with a divorce and losing my house to my wife. I moved probably 8 times between 2012 and 2014. In 2013 I got a call from the VA saying that my claim was about to be closed, and that I don't have evidence of service connection for my sleep apnea. They also t
  5. Hello and thanks for reading. I have tried to research the FAQ but keep getting the error message " We could not locate the item you are trying to view. Error code: 2F176/1", so hopefully this is not to repetitive. First a little bit of a back story- I have 44 years combined service for pay (Both active duty (combat) Active Reserve, NG and returns to Active duty for deployments. I used a state VA representative to help file my claim and during the process (the VSO) filed all my claims at one time. These included PTSD, Type II diabetes (presumptive), Tinnitus, Bilateral hearing loss, and sleep
  6. I was just diagnosed for sleep apnea OBSA by the VA and I have a follow up appointment I guess to get my CPAP machine. Does anyone have any insight on what to expect from this initial appointment?
  7. 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
  8. I am secondary serviced connected 70% percent for MDD and Anxiety (Tinnitus can't sleep). I was recently diagnosed with OSA sleep apnea by a VA doctor (sleep monitor test) and my question is, if I were in the future to file for an increase for my MDD and Anxiety, could the VA reduce or terminate my compensation because of the Sleep Apnea diagnosis (OSA)?
  9. I’m currently at 90%. Part of it is 70% for Insomnia and PTSD. I was originally at 30% for Insomnia and then filled for PTSD which total is 70%. Now I have sleep apnea pending with the use of a CPAP. If it gets approved, do you think it’ll raise my 90% to 100% or will it lower or even stay the same since insomnia and sleep apnea is in the same category? Current ratings are: Right hip impingement 10% Lumbosacral strain 10% Left tennis elbow 10% Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with Insomnia 70% Right knee strain 10% Bilateral Plantar Fasciitis with flat foot 50%
  10. Okay guys and girls, gather round the fire. This is a bit of a read, but THIS is the best private doctor submitted opinion Ive come across while Ive been 'on the inside'. Most of the ones I see are a paragraph or two, wishy washing around about the condition, and the doctors opinion- with no WHY, other than "I'm the doctor, and I examined them and this is why I think so.....". That doesn't really cut it. Yes, I know that C and P docs don't do anything this extensive, either, most of the time, and I can't defend that either, but this particular condition that they are claiming is already thorny
  11. Okay guys and girls, gather round the fire. This is a bit of a read, but THIS is the best private doctor submitted opinion ive come across while ive been 'on the inside'. Most of the ones I see are a paragraph or two, wishy washing around about the condition, and the doctors opinion- with no WHY, other than "Im the doctor, and I examined them and this is why I think so.....". That doesn't really cut it. Yes, I know that C and P docs don't do anything this extensive, either, most of the time, and I can't defend that either, but this particular condition that they are claiming is already thorny,
  12. I am prior Active Service, and completed the rest on my 20yrs in the Guard. like me, I never went to the doctor however prior to retirement I was put on tittle 32 order (single days) active orders. On these single days of active duty, I was diagnosed with asthma, and sleep apnea. is this enough to be considered "in service"... the VA so is technical. PLEASE HELP
  13. Your Higher-Level Review was closed Your Higher-Level Review was closed. Please contact VA or your Veterans Service Organization or representative for more information.
  14. I have been denied for sleep apnea, I Have statements form x-spouse and spouse and Buddy's I served with that they witnessed my issues, I was on recruiting duty and had no MTF within 70 miles to get treated, as we all know how stubborn us veterans can be going to the doctor, however I did go to my private physician and complained of not sleeping well and it was documented that i was waking up frequently and gasping for air, he recommended me having a sleep study conducted which I did not until 3 years later and i was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea and was issued a cpap, I use it
  15. Due to my tinnitus being very bad, I was awarded a 70% rating from the VA for anxiety and depression secondary to my tinnitus due to it keeping me from sleeping. I have started my counseling with VA social workers and psych doctors from the VA. I ask my VA primary care doctor does the VA offer any treatment for tinnitus and the answer was, "There is no treatment the VA offers for tinnitus, just wear ear plugs and stay away from loud noises". My question is why would a PA want to test me for sleep apnea to see if that is causing my sleep problems but I can't get treatment for what I know keeps
  16. This is what won my sleep apnea. Please feel free to use this in your fight against the VA. Most would not need to be this long, but I would use what you feel is needed and fits with your claim. Dear Ladies and Gentlemen: Supplemental Claim is elected. If additional evidence or clarification is needed, please contact me by facsimile, telephone, or U.S. mail. The above veteran received a Rating Decision dated March 12, 2020 and wishes to appeal this decision regarding the following issues: 1. Service connection for sleep apnea. The Veteran is entitled to service connection fo
  17. 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?
  18. Hi, Anyone use a private company for a home sleep study? If so who did you use? Reason, I am currently in a remote location and would be a reach to travel to any VA sleep study. Thanks! Al
  19. 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
  20. Good Afternoon Team, Short back story/timeline: Left Active Duty: August 2015 Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea February 2016 (6 months later) Submitted claim in May 2016 with my evidence: Sleep study DBQ In service complaint of snoring exerpt from my medical record Favorable C&P Exam opinion (at least as likely as not...) VA Denied my claim in August 2016 I did nothing because I didn't think I could come up with any other evidence Fast forward to last year..... I scratched some pennies together and paid
  21. Hey all, First off, love this page it has been extremely helpful! Background: currently at 90% / 70-ptsd, 50-migraines, 10-iritis, 10-tinnitus, and I’m in the running for 100 at the moment. Current day: Was content at 90 but after all these years I have finally come out about my MST when I was in the infantry. Still working stuff out on that end as this is still fresh... Anyway, I submitted a claim for sleep apnea because of the MST. I submitted the following: picture of CPAP machine I use in my house, nexus statement from issuing doctor, Nexus statement from other doctor
  22. Moderator, you might want to Pin this somewhere, as this seems to be a recurring trend. I have given out this information to others, but I will post it here so that others can find it rather than searching through the forum. First and foremost, claiming and getting sleep apnea secondary to PTSD or Mental disorder is not easy. I have personally seen more lost than won, however, it can be obtained and I myself have personally received it. If you had sleep apnea diagnosed while in active duty, it is usually a slam dunk........for the rest of those trying to get it, it could requi
  23. 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
  24. I have a current claim for several injuries to include PTSD. I did some research and found out the best way of getting a rating for migraines is to have a diary through the VA of the migraines. For my PTSD which I got diagnosed through the VA in February, I'm taking Doxazosin (Nightmares), Hydroxyzine (Anxiety), and Sertraline (Mental Health). All of the medication causes headaches. However, the Sertraline only causes headaches within the first 2 weeks. I was going to wait until the claim was complete before filing for Migraines because I wanted to already have the rating for PTSD first so I c
  25. I currently have pending disability claims for several things to include PTSD and Sleep Apnea. I filed for my PTSD starting in December of 2019 and the Sleep Apnea starting around the same time due to the PTSD. I was tested positive for sleep apnea. This month, I just found out through the VA Biopsy that I have Sarcoidosis which now I'm on steroids for 2 months and other meds for 6. I learned through research that sleep apnea can be caused by sarcoidosis since sarcoidosis causes shortness of breath. If I file for Sarcoidosis and try to change things up by saying the sleep apnea was caused by t
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