Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery”instead of ‘I have a question.
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I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
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?
Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
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I have a new(?) development. My VA PC Doc just called me. He was looking at the results of the MRI (of my lower back) just done for C&P and also the earlier neuropathy study (the one the Dr. wouldn't repeat) and allowed the MRI showed significant damage. He also commented that the nerve study and knees showed fairly pronounced problems. I can barely hear over the phone and so I can't say what exactly what words he used but I don't think they'll be able to call my condition "mild" any more! Any way, he asked if I wanted to schedule surgery for my back! I begged off saying I wanted to discuss it in more detail, the risk/benefit equation, that sort of thing. I did not say "it ain't that bad." I'm not thrilled at the idea of any surgery but I'll be dipped if I want them to cut on any part of me that isn't service connected if I can avoid it!!!
Concerning that (sc) I recall there was a comment in a C&P report that they were to contact my PC Physician for comment on nexus. I asked Dr. --- about that and that scared him off. He at first said he didn't see anything about that and then did say he recalled a note about it and then he had to go to the bathroom and had to get off the phone in a hurry. ):~/
It's in the C&P report from March this year, "Primary Care Red Team providers have written in their assessments that "flat foot contribute to lower back and knee pain" but there is not an explanation for this statement that goes along with these assessments by them. Orthopedics has seen the veteran for his knee pain, but they have not made an association nor comment on his flat foot condition contributing to his knee condition.* They have asked Primary care to address the veteran's pedal edema, anemia, and generalized weakness on 6-2-08." Hmmm. That was a month ago. I wonder what became of that. Anyway, it looks like it hinges on what Dr. Keller decides to say at this point. I have no idea what he may say about 'nexus.' As far as I can tell, he would, personally, agree that my conditions are "at least as likely as not." But will he commit to it on paper??? That I don't know.
* Some little while back, I brow beat my Dr. into making some, any, comment into my records and that was the best I could get out of him. Now its a question of how he chooses to explain it off. He may also have been concerned about his call being recorded too.
I have a regularly scheduled appointment with the doctor on the 22 of Sept. Maybe I can pin him down on exactly what my condition is, and what we can, and/or should, do about it. Am I right on holding out for service connection before letting them do anything to those parts?
GADS! That reminds me. I have been meaning to give someone a call here lately about another issue. Maybe this is a good time to do it and dump both on him. I provided this note in case he reads this and wonders...
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