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Dm 2 & Calcified Veins

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To all,

I'm just looking for some information for now.

Just over a year ago, I had an ankle/brachial index (ABI) done and the results were 0.93 lt ankle and 1.0 rt ankle. It was my impression that I was on my way to peripheral artery disease (PAD). Talked to my PCP at the VAMC and had another ABI done last October. The results were 1.25 lt and 1.33 rt.

In a conversation last week with the technition who did both of these tests, she advised that I was looking at calcification, NOT PAD.

My question, has anyone here with DM2 had this problem. And if so, can it be sc'd if my DM 2 is sc'd?

For your information, I am sc'd for DM2, PN for both lower exremities, Deputeren's contracture for both hands, and HBP. My combined total is 70%.

Thanks for your ideas.


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Ed -I think you should claim this - I suggest you read this article carefully and save it to support the claim- there is much more on the net on this- a subject I am very familiar with:


Calcification- in your case (and I am not a doctor) would be as likely as not (my opinion) due directly to your DMII as it is often the beginning of atherosclerotic heart disease and it is treatable.What th medical community knows today about cholestrol etc can help with this problem and you might not have any ratable level of disability from it-but by all means file the claim and let VA determine that to protect your EED.The article supports what I mean.

If you have ever had an ECHO done, that shows better the extent of any narrowing of the arteries due to you DMII, as an ECHO is a measurement and an Ejection Fraction.

Are you still working Ed? and if not have you formally applied for TDIU at the 100% comp rate?

And dont hesitate to request the SMC "K" award if you have ED, Ed.

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Get a CT scan done and that will show blockages. You can get this secondary to DMII. If you have it in the legs you may have it in the heart and brain. I got a 60% rating for heart disease secondary to DMII and it started with a CT scan of my leg.

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Berta & john999,

Thanks for your reply and information.

I will see my pvt Dr in a couple months. (He is the Dr tht diagnosed my DM2 originally.) Hopefully he will write a favorable IMO and I will take it to my VSO.

No, I am not working, having been retired since 9/1999. I have not filed for TDIU as I have a comfortable existance on my pension. It is probable that I could be employable, although not as a surveyor, which was what I was from 1964 until my retirement. But, I do have ED. However it is not from my DM2 or the meds I take. It is Peyronie's disease, and there seems to be no connection with my DM2.


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