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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Intervertrbral Disc Syndrome Evidence

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Hello Veterans,

Does anyone have an answer to this? In reference to "Incapacitating Episodes" for Intervertebral Disc Disease, my private doctor has in my file that he prescribed 10-12 weeks of bedrest w/medication for pain over the last year. Does this information have to be in my C file before the C-P exam is scheduled for it to be considered? So far there's nothing in my file about this. I didn't know it mattered until I learned it recently from you good people. I have spent at least 8 to 10 weeks out of every year since 1995 at bedrest w/ meds for pain during flare-ups of damaged nerve irritation, prescribed by a doctor. I wasn't sure if I could just tell the examiner about it and bring a letter from the doctor to my exam or not.

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Tell the C&P examiner about this, and send a copy to the RO. It needs to be in you C-file prior to the rater looking at it. So long as you have it in before the rater gets the C-file you are ok.

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Formula for Rating Intervertebral Disc Syndrome Based on Incapacitating Episodes

With incapacitating episodes having a total duration of at least 6 weeks during the past 12 months: 60%

Tell the C&P examiner all about it in nauseating detail...but first, get a copy of your complete treatment record and hand-deliver or mail certified, return-receipt and keep a copy for yourself. If at all possible, get the treatment record to the VARO before the exam. for good measure, I'd take a highlighter and mark every entry where your doctor prescribed bed rest. If your doctor will write a letter, great. Give a copy to the C&P examiner and include with the treatment records provided to the VARO.

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