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  1. TexasVeteran

    [[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] Back Conditions Rated Separately?

    Has anyone ever heard of any of these three codes being given separate ratings? I realize these are all rated by the range of motion, with the only exception being IDS, which can be rated by how many times you are placed on bed rest (incapacitating episodes). I'm getting a lot of conflicting information about this, as some people seem to think there are special circumstances which the VA will separate at least some of these out. But, no one can explain what those circumstances would be. 1. thoracolumbar strain (5237) http://www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com/thespine.html 2. intervertebral disc syndrome (5243) 3. ankylosing spondylitis (5243) 4. degenerative arthritis (5003) http://www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com/diseasesofthemusculoskeletalsystem.html#a ^^ This is in my spine but obviously not enough to be coded 5242, degenerative arthritis of the spine
  2. Can anyone make anything out of these... Is this Auto 10% in PFT? What does dorcel de change come with? Results:. Pulmonary hyperinflation is demonstrated. Mild degenerative change is seen involving the dorcel spine. Uric acid 9.3 Pft: pre bronc:. Fvc71,fev1 71,fev1/fvc 99
  3. I filed for an increase recently to my 40% rating. In August 2009 my rating was increased from 20% (awarded in 1994) to 1) ankylosing spondylitis /spine thoracolumbar 20%, 2) ankylosing spondylitis/knee 10% 3) ankylosing spondylitis/cervical spine 10%. Since then my range of motion has gotten worse and I have been prescribed prednisone and two years ago Humira. They had rated me under arthritis and range of motion. I went for a C&P in May and saw my new rating on Eben: 1) NEW: (dated 4/27/18) ankylosing spondylitis /spine thoracolumbar spine 10%, 2) UNCHANGED ankylosing spondylitis/knee 10% 3) NEW (dated 5/21/17) ankylosing spondylitis/cervical spine 30%. I filed my intent to file in 4/2017. I haven't received the notification or documents in the mail yet but I am confused, my thoracolumbar spine is worse than in 2009 with worse range of motion. The VA has no way to determine it improved, from the arthritis aspect the joints do not get better and for ankylosing spondylitis I was prescribed Humira which is a step up from prednisone. There was nothing to indicate I improved. Also I have been told by some my rating is bad because they failed to rate the ankylosing spondylitis as an active disease in addition to the general range of motion for arthritis.
  4. Hi Folks Had a C&P for lower back injury related to MST in 1975. C&P examiner a PHD/PA with an impressive resume also retired Rear Admiral filed his report less likely than not a couple of weeks ago. The report was full of misspellings, information discrepancies and a lie or two! This gentleman had me on the wrong ship, took very poor notes and many of the doctors I've seen as well as dates & times totally wrong. He tried to dispute my IMO from Dr David Anaise by saying I never told Dr Anaise I had a motorcycle accident after my separation from the Navy, that was an outright lie and I had the proof in emails that in fact I did tell Dr Anaise about the motorcycle accident. It's clearly obvious this PA pencil whipped this report and hit send, does anyone think my IMO will carry more weight than this sloppy inadequate C&P report? I have uploaded a rebuttal to my ebenny case file. Thanks Rob
  5. Hello all. This is my first post but I have been lurking for a while and appreciate all the great advice from this network. I received a copy of my C&P exams and was hoping for opinions on my spine ROM measurements. The examiner indicated my forward flexion ends at 60 degrees with pain at 40 degrees. On the section marked "Is there functional impact of ability to work?" he marked <YES> stating "The impact of the thorocolumbar spine condition on the claimants ability to work is moderate impairment for physical work and mild for sedentary work". In the remarks section he indicated "There are contributing factors of pain, weakness, fatigability, and/or incoordination and there is additional limitation of functional ability of the thoracolumbar spine during flare-ups or repeated use over time. The degree of ROM loss during pain on use or flare-ups is approximately 20 degrees for flexion, 10 degree thorocolumbar extension and all other directions". I guess my question is, will examiners read all the remarks on these exams and use the ROM in the remarks section? Or will they use the data in the 'initial range of motion' section? I'm not sure why the doc indicated 20 degree forward flexion in the remarks section but marked it differently on the 'initial range of motion'. I realize I won't know how it's read until I get my final rating but just wanted to see if anyone else has had prior experience with this type of issue. Additional info: I've have three other ROMs (one from the VA and two from the military docs), I submitted with my claim so hopefully those will help my case (they were all under 30 degrees for forward flexion). Thanks :) - Julie
  6. "Hi, my name is DeadPlug. I have been a long time follower of this website and this is my first post." HI DEAD PLUG! "Thanks! My problem has been in gaining timely care, or.. care in general from the V.A." *Grumbling ensues* "I know I know. They are monsters. Here we go:" January 2006 Joined U.S. Army Infantry, 11B (19 years old) – Private. May 2006 Korea, Camp Casey (Light Infantry/Bradley Operator) (A snippet of my training) http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=cd3_1407015733 May 2007 Texas (FOUO: Ops Asst.) October 2007 Hemorrhoid problems begin in military (Documented with multiple occurrences) May 2009 Discharged from Active Duty – Specialist Rank August 2009 REFRAD for Active Duty – Released with: Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, and Degenerative Disc Disease. Med boarded sort of. December 2009 Filed for eligibility with VA February 2010 VA Denial (The first of many) May 2011 Surgery: Hemorrhoid (Private) September 2011 Back Adjustments (Chiropractor) until October 2011 November 2011 Joined Army Reserves (Ops Asst. again) January 2012 Went to VA: Back Pain March 2012 Went to VA: Back Pain said to be “Psychosomatic” (documented). Treatment offered: MRI 6 months away. (Machines were broke they said) May 2012 Ongoing back pain - Private MRI: Degenerative Disc Disease, Moderate narrowing May 2012 Electrical stimulation, lumbar Injections & epidural fluoroscopies until July 2012 August 2012 Surgery: Lumbar Fusion, L4, L5, S1 (Private) September 2012 Physical therapy 3x a week until Oct. 2012 (Aged off insurance/Uninsured/Reliant on military). October 2012 Went to VA: Back Pain. January 2013 Difficulty walking, pain. June 2013 Surgery: Hemorrhoid (Private). Discharged from Reserves – Specialist Rank July 2013 First meet with VA Rehab August 2013 Surgery: Hemorrhoid Private) August 2013 Very first VA Rehab for back and walking problems… August 2013 Unable to receive pain management (unaffordable/uninsured) September 2013 DO Neuro-musculoskeletal (Private): Adjustments on a regular basis. September 2013 VA Outreach; Mental Health. Complaints. Intervention by Law Enforcement October 2013 Surgery: Hemorrhoid (Private) January 2014 Rehab (Private) until March 2014 (26 years old) January 2014 Appealed VA Denial (12-18 months to wait for another denial) April 2014 Surgery: Hemorrhoid (Private) ^^Some doozies I know. Let me elaborate on any that you'd like. Anything with “Private” means my parents had to pay out of pocket…. The Doctor I used will be revealed when the question is posed "Did your doc just do a surgery for the money?" He's very reputable. I have not worked any jobs other than Military since May 2009. I am UNDER weight and I eat as much as possible. I am 27 years old and I round out to 150 pounds at 6’1”. (Almost below my min. body weight again) I left the military in 2009 at 210 pounds. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Definitions: Spinal Fusion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WID1p_UJZIM Degenerative Disc Disease http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_5U7skcQeM Spondylolisthesis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlJM2kLGwUI Spondylolysis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du8Ch38mP54 Lumbar Pedicle Screw Surgery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ6XpGzuvg8 Sciatica http://www.spine-health.com/video/sciatica-interactive-video ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I understand I have made many mistakes in this process. Where people say "mistake" I hear "got reamed" so we may need to agree to disagree on the terminology throughout. I posted pictures to help substantiate my claims. I have done my very best at concealing the real sensitive data. I could care less if my name gets known. I just want this issue solved (I have a baby on the way and I am tired of going the direction of useless dead beat. I need an education but school means I need therapy first. Something that has become a burden on my entire family. It is financially and physically time consuming for everyone involved.) The military has released me for medical, re-enlisted me (*cough* high ASVAB scores *cough*) and then threw me out on my ass again. I hope they realize my back is broken, not my brain... Also, my grades in school went from "Being on probation" to "Deans List" and an A.A. thanks to one magical (illicit) medicine. Take a guess... Having an issue with images. I will figure it out soon. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2009Feb17 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2009Feb17VADenial.png 2009Oct09 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2009Oct09MedicalRecord.png 2009Oct15 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2009Oct15CATscan.png 2009Oct23 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2009Oct23MedBoard.png 2009Oct23 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2009Oct23MedicalRecord.png 2009Oct27 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2009Oct27Orders.png 2009Oct27 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2009Oct27P.1.png 2009Oct27 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2009Oct27P.2.png ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2010Feb10 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2010Feb10VADenial.png ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2012December17 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2012December17PerroneMedsVAmedsseperate.png 2012July19 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2012July19ReservesLOD.png ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2013May05 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2013May05NeuroDoc.png 2013June26 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2013June26JCornynvsVA.png 2013July03 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/2013July03VADenial.png 2013Aug04 http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/EverettWayne_A_P_L_P_Standing.00014C19.jpg ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Extra Data) Grades http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/Grades.png Some of my Vaccines http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/Vaccines.png Found letter by my mother, Page 1: http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/MotherPg1.png Page 2 of letter: http://picoolio.net/images/2014/08/04/MotherPg2.png
  7. Greetings to All, In 2010 I injured my lower back from lifting. I am currently SC 30%, 10% of that is for lumbar degenerative disc disease with intermittent radicular symptoms, I was awarded the service connection about 2 yrs ago. In the past 4 months my leg/nerve pain has gotten significantly worse. It has started bothering in more and more places, not just my legs. The location of the bulging disc has become more painful, with sensitivity in other areas of the spine. With all that said, I got a civilian referral for a Spine Dr. During the visit he looked at my new MRI and said that I had arthritis in my spine, "beefy joints"-his words. He said the combination of the bulging disc and the arthritis was causing all my issues. It explains a lot about how I feel, in the morning, etc.. I am only 33 years old and still work full time, but I can easily imagine how my medical issues could put me out. I am trying to figure out if I should file and what to file for, it looks like there are a ton of codes out there associated with the back? Arthritis? DDD? Hip issues? Depression? They could all be applicable in my mind. The only nexus would be from the original claim or IMO if needed. I know I need to have me ducks in a row before starting this process again. Not sure if it should be filed separately from the initial injury or as a condition that has gotten worse? Any input would be greatly appreciated. -moose-
  8. I finally got a copy of my C&P exam and I am trying to interpret the results. I'm hoping to get some help understanding what I'm looking at so any and all feedback is appreciated. The ROM results are as follows; Cervical Spine ROM Flexion: 0 to 30 degrees. Extension: 0 to 39 degrees. Left Lateral Flexion: 0 to 30 degrees. Left Lateral Rotation: 0 to 60 degrees. Right Lateral Flexion: 0 to 30 degrees. Right Lateral Rotation: 0 to 60 degrees. Is there objective evidence of pain on active ROM? No. Additional limitation with repetitive motion; Is there objective evidence of pain following repetitive motion? No. Are there additional limitations after three repetitions of range of motion? No. Thoracolumbar Spine ROM Flexion: 0 to 60 degrees. Extension: 0 to 20 degrees. Left Lateral Flexion: 0 to 20 degrees. Left Lateral Rotation: 0 to 20 degrees. Right Lateral Flexion: 0 to 25 degrees. Right Lateral Rotation: 0 to 20 degrees. Is there objective evidence of pain on active ROM? Yes. Additional limitation with repetitive motion; Is there objective evidence of pain following repetitive motion? Yes. Are there additional limitations after three repetitions of range of motion? Yes. What is the most important factor? Pain. ROM After Repetitive Motion Flexion: 0 to 55 degrees. Extension: 0 to 25 degrees. Left Lateral Flexion: 0 to 15 degrees. Left Lateral Rotation: 0 to 5 degrees. Right Lateral Flexion: 0 to 20 degrees. Right Lateral Rotation: 0 to 5 degrees. Time lost from work during last 12-month period: 8 weeks. Cause: Con leave from back surgery. I didn't type every last word, I just wrote what I think matters. If I missed something or you have a question, please ask. The information regarding my cervical spine seems correct as I haven't had any issues with that part of my back until just recently. I'm getting epidural shots now and may need another surgery but that occurred after the C&P exam. If I'm reading the Thoracolumbar part correct, it seems that I should get a rating of 20% based on the Flexion ROM of 55 degrees or would it be; "Unfavorable ankylosis of the entire thoracolumbar spine......50?" But, since I had spinal fusion of T7-T8, I should get 60% because I missed 8 weeks of work and the VASRD states; "With incapacitating episodes having a total duration of at least 6 weeks during the past 12 months ..... 60" It seems quite confusing to me, I hope someone can clear things up for me...thanks.
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