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What If Symptoms Are Under Control By Medication?



Paul is scheduled for a new exam after several years, this one at QTC.

Are they legitimately finding out how you are currently functioning? So if a symptom is not currently happening as long as you take the medicine, it doesn't count?

He had a problem with his first c&p. The doctor wrote it down as "Patient says he does not have service-connected heart trouble". We understood the doctor to be asking whether he was having symptoms that day and he said no, but did not say that it was because medications were working and had helped the symptoms.

How do we avoid this sort of problem in the up-coming exams?

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The exam is of his overall condition (not just the day of he exam). That includes what happens if he doesn't take his medicine.

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Tell them exactly what you just told us:

"He is on prescribed medication that, at this time, is controlling his symptoms.

Without this prescribed medication, his symptoms would be life-threatening (or whatever his symptoms, uncontrolled, would eventually lead to). At the last C&P he misunderstood the examiner's question to be "Is he having any symptoms AT THIS TIME?", which, of course he wasn't because he was being a good boy and taking his pills."

or sumpthin to that affect........

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