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Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
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I'm in need of some guidance. I'll try to give all of the details.
I was in the Army from 1989 to Feb 2000. I was medically discharged @ 10% for left knee.
Currently rated @ 40%, which breaks down as:
20% = Chronic neck pain Degenerative Disc Disease
10% = Left knee limit of extension
10% = Left knee instability, secondary to ACL deficiency
I have a claim in now for Sleep Apnea. I have had SA since 1993 or early 1994 but I do not have my full service medical records to see if there were any complaints of sleep issues. I have not requested a copy of my SMR due to them being in St Peterburg...while I'm in Atlanta & I was told that it would slow down the claim process...
I have recently been diagnosed with depression (by a VA doc) due to the chronic pain also but have not started a claim on that cuz I figured I need to see a doc a few times before filing. Is that right?
OKay onto the actual claim at hand....Slepp Apnea as service connected.
I was medically discharged Feb 2000....SA diagnosed Jun 2002 by civilain doc & sleep study. My current civilain sleep doc has agreed to write a letter for me. He was going to write it connected to my knee injury & weight gain cuz that is actually around the time it all started. I realize that the weight gain avenue IS NOT the way to go.
I do have several buddies that will write statements as to the fact that they witnessed me "stop breathing or choking" in my sleep. Those letters wiill come from my wife, my father, my mother, 2 army buddies that knew me before the onset of SA & also experienced the "stop breathing in sleep" episodes while I was still in service. 1 buddy that did not know me before the SA but did experience an episode of mine while we were at NTC in Ft Irwin approx 6 months before I got out of Army.
My "Report of Medical history" filled out for my medical board proceedings has the "frequent trouble sleeping" box checked & the physicans summary also lists "trouble sleeping" in the doctors handwriting.
QUESTION: Where do i go from here? How should I proceed with this? What is the difference between an IMO letter & a nexus letter? DO I need to connect it to to something else or can Sleep Apnea stand on it's own merit with the info I've provided thus far?
Please undersatand, I'm not trying to get over on the system BUT I KNOW that I had this condition while on active duty but I never knew what Sleep Apnea was!! I just thought that "that's just the way that I am".
Also, I was an excellent soldier BUT I did have 1 area that needed work ever since 93 or 94 & that was making it to PT or 1st formations in the morning. I recieved a few COMPANY grade article 15s for being late but they were all company level & were only kept in my local training file...unless someone knows something different on how to locate them.
I don't know if it can be connected to my c2 thru c7 issues & spinal stenosis in the same area. It really truthfully started after I hurt my knee.
PLEASE ANY & ALL help is appreciated!!!!
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