How Do I Claim For Peripheral Neuropathy? - VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum - VA Disability Claims Community Forums - Jump to content
VA Disability Claims Community Forums -
  • Search VA Disability Claims Information via Veterans

  • fundraise-zeffy-nov-2023.png

  • red-rectangle-thin-bar.png     ASK-YOUR-VA-CLAIM (1).png.    read-the-latest-discussion (1).png     veterans-crisis-line.jpg  


  • Who's Online   2 Members, 0 Anonymous, 22 Guests (See full list)

  • 0

How Do I Claim For Peripheral Neuropathy?



It was listed in my medical records from my inital claim, but my rep and I never submitted for it. It was the early stages of my claim and I wanted to make sure I was approved before I added anything else as a secondary.

I did have a test for ulnar neuropathy in my left arm and it shows ulnar neuropathy of left arm at the elbow. I have not had any other area tested as of yet. So do I add each area seperatly or can I lump them all together?



Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Answers 7
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters For This Question

Top Posters For This Question

7 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

If this is secondary to a SC condition I would claim it- if you have lower limb PN as well as the upper PN -even though they might not have detected it yet-I would claim that too.

It will take medical evidence but PN is a known complication of DMII and probably other SC disabilities too.You just need the medical link to service or to your already sced conditions.

I would think that PN can be in all extremeties in time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest terrysturgis

tdak my PN is secondary to my DMII. I had an opinion from my private doctor first and submitted it for evidence when I filed for my claim for PN. The C&P consisted of a lot of range of motion testing and the filament test. I am 40% bilaterial lower body and 20% bilaterial upper body.

It sounds like you have the evidence so if I were you I would submit the claim. Take care. Terry Sturgis

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Mine is a direct result of a brain stem hump I have from c1 to c2, which was directly caused by my Chiari, which is SC'ed. I have PN as well as loss of use and muscle weakness from head to toe, the PN is also in my buttocks, face, and head. I have permaent irreversable damage from the chiari (herniated cerebellum) being impacted into my spinal cord/brain stem area for many years. It did show on all my medical reports, but they only gave me extra testing on my left arm because it kept going numb. I was tested for diabetes twice, but I came back normal (phew!)

so all I have to do is send in a 21-4138 to have it claimed as a secondary condition, but how would I state it?

Do I have to have them add upper and lower extremities or do I just say entire left side neuropathy or is there something else I put in for with regards to my brainstem being damaged and causing these symptoms, or both?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Elder


If you have the medical evidence, such as the nerve condution study or EMG, and/or IMO, that shows the relationship from your "brain stem hump I have from c1 to c2, which was directly caused by my Chiari," then by all means submit a claim for it.

You can either write a short letter or fill out the VA Form 21-4138 stating that you are claiming Peripheral Neuropathy of (insert which extremities here) as secondary to your service-connected Chiari. Make sure you be specific to which extremities you're claiming.

Hope this helps!

Vike 17

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Elder


If you are claiming a secondary condition it is good to have a medical opinion linking the secondary condition to the primary service connected condition. Don't assume the VA will make that link for you. Have your doctor write the opinion for you and submit it along with your claim. You should get a VCAA letter.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Vike gave good advise. Make sure you tell them what areas of the body your claim is for. If you don't then they will have a hard time trying to decide your claim because they do not know what areas are affected.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This topic is now closed to further replies.

  • veterans-crisis-line.jpg
    The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.


  • have-question-title-2.jpg

    • Read without registering.
    • Register to Post A Question.
    • Find Answers Fast - Search

    Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on. Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.

    Again – Make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.

    exclamation-mark-orange-gold.jpg How To Post

    Post a clear title like

    Need help preparing PTSD claim or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of  ‘I have a question."

    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial of your claim?


    Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. The review requirement will usually be removed by the 6th post. However, we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

    This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before hitting the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims, and this helps us do that.


  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

  • Create New...

Important Information

Guidelines and Terms of Use