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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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Make sure when you go to your appointments that you tell the doctors the symptoms that you are having. Don't mention disability or ratings because they are not there for that. The C & P doctor is there to write up and evaluate you or maybe give their opinion of if your condition is related to your service and the rationale to their opinion. The same with the registry is to collect as much information as possible then submit it to VA. The Regional Office will make the decision if it is service connected by your C & P exam.

As Always Hope the Best

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My plan is to take the copies of medical reports which pretain to what has been going, on the same ones i have sent to VA along with meds that both my primary dr and neuro dr has prescribed. If they ask i will show them. My right arm is rated at 20% so i figure they should know that. I do not plan on even mentioning disability increase because that has to be made at VA regional office. I am sending VA regional office back paperwork so they can get copies of all of the tests, Cat scan, MRI, EMG, Ultrasounds and all blood work from my hospital stays. Last hospital stay in early March this year, they have eletronic records, my Neuro dr pulls them up on his office computer i hope VA can do the same. My primary dr should give them my records as well as my neuro dr. Basically i plan on telling them what is going on showing them any information they need because the only other choices are just dealing with the problem, or being bounced between my dr who says he can do nothing, and neuro dr who says undiagnoised reason but agrees i have a problem, and hope for the best. Thanks for any advice.

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I would be frank with my private doctors. Tell them you are trying for an increase in compensation so they know how to write reports or make notes. Since you are already SC'ed you want to just show that your condition is worse. The private doctors need to say this. You can never count on VARO putting dots together because they don't know how neither are the qualified. They just match medical information conclusions with regulations governing disability % ratings. If you meet the criteria you get the increase.

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Don't mention disability or ratings because they are not there for that. The C & P doctor is there to write up and evaluate you or maybe give their opinion of if your condition is related to your service and the rationale to their opinion.

My comment was for C & P doctors, some C & P doctors feel that veterans only want to get disability and not work but we know otherwise. The C & P Doctors are just "SUPPOSE" to review the veterans' file, give him/her an exam, write/dictate notes, give their medical opinion(not personal opinion) and to give a medical rationale, but this does not always happen.

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I have discussed if what is going on with my right arm and right leg is connected with my current rating (10% lower back 20 % right arm) with my Neuro. Dr. he says maybe, could be, he says here try these meds most of which make me high, one pill (NEUROTON 600 mg) made me high for two days. I could not get out of bed, felt light headed, that is one of the side effects and his plan was to possibly have me take two a day. My primary Dr. is just a regular MD. so he has no idea. I know about some C/P Drs. they think VETS just do not want to work. If that was the case then I would not have worked nights and went back to school during the day for 5 years. I plan on maybe telling C/P Dr. this if he asks. What I really want is to know why my arm is twitching and my right leg is going numb.

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