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Hi Folks -- I have just joined the forum, although I have stopped by in the past. I am at a point where I need some independent advice from those that have dealt with VA.
I have been service connected for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since 1990. For the first 4 years, the rating was 30%, then they finally determined a rating code and it has been rated at 60% since 1994. Symptoms of chronic fatique syndrome include, but are not limited to sleep apnea, as well as muscle aches and pains, allergies, etc.
My condition has declined in that I now require a CPAP machine any time I sleep, as well as undergoing allergy shots, and injections for various joint pain. I have pretty much dealt with this, however it is getting to a point that I don't know for how much longer I can cope with it all. I currently work a reduced work schedule of 4 days of week, which has helped, but I don't know how much longer I can continue.
It was such a long drawn out process to get my claim finally appealed that I am hesitant to apply for an increase. Most of my medications VA doesn't carry and I use an outside pharmacy. Work is giving me more and more problems about the reduced schedule and it looks like the job I am working may be eliminated in the future. It is a job I can do and have done it for more than 18 years. My husband is a disabled vet, as well, although not service connected. Therefore it would be difficult to face a decrease in my rating. If I wait until 2010, does that mean my rating can't be reduced below 30% because I had 30% for 4 years and 60% for 16 years, or do I start again at 60%.
Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.
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