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Changing A Primary To Secondary


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I joined the Army in 1974. At that time I did not have any medical problems. While in training and during my first year Permanent Party I separated my right shoulder several times, brusied my Patella's many times. For these injuries I was prescribed Darvons, Darvocet, Percogesic and other pain killer and muscle relaxers. During this time I all of a sudden had HBP and Hypertensive heart Disease. There is no family history of heart disease or HBP.

During the 70's I heard nothing about OSA. When I ETS'd I was SC for hypertension and hypertensive heart disease.

What I want to know is, can I change the primary diagnosis from Hypertensive Heart Disease to OSA and have the Hypertensive heart disease changed to secondary to OSA? I have a buddy letter from my roomate stating that I did not snore or smoke when I first started rooming with him. We were room mates for 13 months. He states that during the time that I roomed with him I started snoring.

I think that I was miss diagnosed HBP as the primary and it should have been secondary to OSA. I am on a CPAP machine and I have been for about 4 years. I was diagnosed with severe OSA by VA and issued a CPAP by VA. I ETS'd in November 1978.

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Would it be better or easier to service connect the OSA as secondary due to being aggravated by the SC heart disease?

http://www.va.gov/vetapp07/files3/0721554.txt

This vet got his OSA SCed as secondary to his allergic rhinitis.

With medical evidence almost anything can be found as either being aggravated by a SC condition or causing a secondary condition

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Would it be better or easier to service connect the OSA as secondary due to being aggravated by the SC heart disease?

http://www.va.gov/vetapp07/files3/0721554.txt

This vet got his OSA SCed as secondary to his allergic rhinitis.

With medical evidence almost anything can be found as either being aggravated by a SC condition or causing a secondary condition

Berta,

Thanks again for your response. The citation that you referenced will help. I noticed that it references medication used for other SC problems. That is the link that I want to make. I will try this and see what happens. I have found literature that states that medication can lead to Sleep Apnea, especially muscle relaxers and some pain killers.

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Good idea-medications can cause or contribute secondary conditions

a veteran can raise any potential scenario at all for service connection.

I have three claims -all separate - for three different ways in which VA can directly service connect my husband's death.

I have seen cases at the BVA where the veteran's main argument was denied but the veteran had also raised another potential way to service connect something-and sometimes the additional scenario can lead to SC.

Sometimes we have to look at a claim in many different ways.

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