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I have been off and on fighting for my service connections for a couple of years now. The main service connection I am trying to get is on my lower back.
When I originally received the denial in 2006 for my lower back I seen on there that it was on there as a lumbar strain. After that Time I have spent that time going to the va off and on when my appointment came up for EMG's, x-rays, physical therapy, Pain clinic and it elapsed time of the 1 year cut off. I set in a NOD and received another denial. I was wondering what I should do. When I had my 1st C&P in 2005 I told the doctor that the pain came and went but was there 90% of the time throughout the week and got worse as time passed, So I guess they labeled it as a lumbar strain. From that time my back has gotten worse and I ache and hurt all the time with pain radiating down my left leg. My feet and left leg has also been going numb. The doctor that did my EMG told me that me a 23 year old has a back of a 60 year old and I have nerve damage. I need to know what I should do from hear? I was denied this time without another C&P, they used the one from 2005 in which my condition has gotten way worse. I was denied for Bilateral flat feet, which my PC told me I had and could be a problem. Left foot neurological damage muscle strain of the low back .Should I file again, send another NOD, Have them change the service connection from lumbar strain? Any help would be great. Im stuck. Below I am going to write my test results and attach my denial.. Please help
MRI- Schmorl's node deformities are seen in the vertebral bodies from T12 through T3. There is mild anterior wedging of the T12 verterbral body. This may be Phsiologic. There is mild biateral Facet Disease from L3 through the lumbosacral juntion. No Significant disc protrusions are identified. The Canal is widely paten. there is no significant neuroforaminal stenosis
The conus terminates at L1
Xray - There is mild anterior wedging of the T11 and T12 vertebral bodies.
EMG - The nerve condution sudies of the left leg were normal. an attempt at left medial calcaneal sensory orthodromic study was attempted buuy results wre not reproducible. Enlarged motor unit potentials without fibrillation were seen in bilateral medial gastrocnemius muscles, bilateral vastus muscles, left rectus femoris muscle, left adductor longus muscle and left biceps femoris long head muscle.
The EMG of left leg was abnormal. There is EMG evidence of Chronic bilateral lumbosacral radiculopathies involving primarily bilateral L4 and S1 Nerve roots.
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