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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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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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:D I am a retired Gulf War Vet. In 1996 I had to fight with V.A. two years for 40%.

20% for right arm pain and weakness. Now arm has unexplained moderate to severe twitch. I am right handed. V.A. never gave me a full explanation about the arm. I have been under Neuro. Dr care last year, he says twitch is unexplained. In 1998 I got Voc.

Rehab. four years of college to be a teacher now can't even write my own name sometimes. My lower back is rated at 10% but now my right leg is going numb. Neuro. Dr. says this maybe because of lower back not sure. The last year I have been tested and retested for everything . All of my doctors say they do not know what is causing this. Could be maybe? My left leg is rated at 10% because of scar tissue. Any suggestions?

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If they do the C&P at the VAMC you normally go to just go back in a couple of weeks and ask for a copy. No reason to tell the examiner that you are going to get a copy.

The reason that people on Hadit recommend that you get a copy is to prepare for what is coming.

Good Luck

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Thanks Pete

June 5th when my ortho c/p is on a Saturday and one person told me the ortho drs. were all interns, and that about 100 vets were to be seen that day. But i am hoping for the best.

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Sent VA Regional office copies of Army Med. records that state possible fibromyalgia 1995, Right arm going to sleep as well. Is this clear SC connection or could the VA say otherwise?

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Question for my fellow vets at hadit- I went for a C/P ortho exam today, for back and arm/shoulder conditions, are the ortho drs supose to use something to measure how far you can move your arm and bend and twist, mine did not. And are they supose to take a history of what is going on I showed my C/P dr a lot of paperwork which he did read but did not want copies of. Just asking in case I need info for future complaint.

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I am not sure what your C & P exam was for but they do not do a ROM for Fibromyalgia. You will need a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to get service connection. Hopefully, since you have been seen by privates and VA doctors one of them have diagnosed you with this condition. It would be to your advantage to try to see a rheumatologist and have him/her evaluate your condition and treat you. Fibromyalgia is hard to diagnose due to the fact that other conditions must be ruled out. So to get the best care and understanding of your situation, I would highly recommend seeing a rheumatologist as soon as possible.

Here are the guidelines for the exam for fibromyalgia:

http://www.vba.va.go...ms/disexm22.htm

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