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C&p Notes From 4/22/10

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Ok everyone, I went to the VA today and got my papers from my recent exam. This will be alot of typing, so bear with me my mispellings. I'm going to Pass through some of the past stuff and just get to what he saw in my exam.

Frequency, severity and duration of Non-PTSD Psychiatric Medical Symptoms: Generally, his mood has been down and depressed, he is not sure why he is down other than some troubles at work. Has had issues dealing with people in the place. Feels nervous much of the time, as well.

Legal History? No

Educational Accomplishments? No

Description of Marital and Family Relationships: Trouble getting along with his wife. "I get on her nerves, I guess" Tends to yell at her when she is driving. Gets along fairly with siblings and Parents are deceased.

Description of degree and quality of social Relationships: Most of his friends are being deployed; i.e, 2-3 friends. No civilian friends

Description of activities and leisure pursuits: No active hobbies or interets, "I basiclally take care of my kid" Used to be interested in fishing and hunting...but "fishing agitates me" and don't like shooting stuff anymore.

History of Suicide Attempts? Yes. *Going to leave this one out due to personal reasons* B)

History of Violence/Assaultiveness? Yes "I tend to throw stuff" Does not hit people or throw things at people.

Issues associated with alcohol use: When he drinks, he drinks more than he plans to, may drink up to 18 beers. Last did at a wedding in Oct, 09

No substance abuse

Psych Exam

General Appearance:

Casually dressed, Other

Description of any other appearance characteristics, Har was mussed from his hat; not shaved; smelled of smoke and mild BO

Psychomotor Activity: Restless, Other

Description of any other psychomotor activitiy: Foot was bouncing; sweaty hands

Speech: Hesitant, clear, coherent

Attitude toward examiner: Cooperative, Other

Description of any other attitude: Seemed tense, comes accross as immature

Affect: Full

Mood: Anxious, hopeless, depressed, dysphoric, Other

Description of any other mood: Comes across as negative and complaining.

Attention: Attention Disturbance (Easily Distracted) Attention Disturbance (Short Attention Span)

Able to do Serial 7's? No (Counting backwards by 7 from 100)

Able to spell a word forward and backward? Yes

Comments: Rates his concentration as poor, has affected his ability to drive, as drives past where he is supposed to be going. Has trouble keeping on a single task at work.

Orientation:

Intact to person: Yes

Intatct to time: Yes

Intact to place : Yes

Delusions: None

Judgement: Understands outcome of behavior

Intelligence: Avg.

Insight: Patient understands that he/she has a problem

Does the patient have sleep Imparment? Yes

Says he has not slept very good over past month; has nightmares "just about every night" Takes a long time to get to sleep. I get alot of thoughts in my head, such as work the next day.

Average 3-5 hours of sleep per night, never feels rested. During the day it stresses me out

Innapropriate behavior? Yes

Has trouble controlling his comments when he is dealing with people, his (illegible) tells him he is too harsh

Interprets Proverbs Appropriately? No

Explanation: Very concrete

Obsessive/ritualistic behavior? No

Panic Attacks? Yes

Frequency severity, duration and effects on functioning: Claims he has panic attacks "a lot" one reason he takes hydroxyzine; may increase when someone at work will point guns at him. Sometimes at home..he might wake up with his heart racing

Homicidal Thoughts: No

Suicidal Thoughts: Yes, 5-6 times per week

Extent of impulse control: Fair

Examples of effects on motivation/mood

When his mother was passing away, he went out and bought a suv. Usually does not use money impulsively. Make go for drives on a whim. (This examiner is judging me on my grammar, intelligence, yet he cannot type out a logical sentince... Just found this funny)

Ability to Maintain minimum personal hygene? No

Comments, Showers once every 4-5 days

Wife complains about his hygine "All the time" i.e. about his clothes, teeth

I there problem with activities of daily living? Yes

Household chores: Moderate

Toileting: none

Grooming: Moderate

Shopping: Moderate

Bathing: Moderate

Dressing/undressing:Slight

Driving:Moderate

Description of other problem with activities of daily living: Tends to avoid driving, has road rage and inattentiveness.

Comemnts or elaboration of any items int he MSE or for items not covered or other comments:

Self esteem is "Pretty Low" gets feeling that people do not care about him or want to talk to him

Appetite is good enough to eat once per day.

Weight is down by 5-10 pounds over past two months, with intentional effort

Memory:

Remote:Normal

Recent:Mildly impared

Immediate: Mildly Impared

Persistent Re-experiencing the traumatic event by:

Recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the event, including images, thoughts, or perceptions, Recurrent distressing dreams of the event. Intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event, physiological reach on exposure to tinernal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event.

Persistent avoidance of stumuli associated with the trauma and tumbing of GE Responsiveness:

Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma, efforts to avoid activities, places, or people that arounse recollection of the trauma. Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities, feeling of detachment or estrangement from others, restricted of affect. E.G. Unable to have loging feelings

Persistent symptoms of increased arousal: Difficulty falling or staying asleep, irritability or outbursts of anger, difficulty concentrating, hypevigilance, exaggerated startle respons

Description of fthe onset Symptoms: Chronic

Frequency, Severity and duration of ptsd symptoms Found: Almost every day he has intrusive memories, Stuff I could have done different, including one about a tanker fire. Has trigered memories from explosions or "Bangs"

Tries not to think about what happened; side tracks himself by watching TV not like talking about what happened. Avoids being in loud places or crowded places. Feels disconnected with most people.

Length of remissions, etc: None noted.

Then it continues about asking if I know amounts of benefits, bills etc. All were "YES" except Personally handling money and paying bills

He handed over the responsibilities because he was getting frustraded, when he does he sets up automatic payments.

Is a social work assessment necessary to render an opinion? No

Employment History...

Currently employed? Yes

Clerk

Part time

Less than 1 year

Time lost from work durning last 12 month period: Has missed work, calls in when he does not sleep or "just not wanting to (cut off)

before that, security guard (very part time) for about a year, until he was fired for "disobeyeing some order" he had had problems getting along with his coworkers.

Problems related to occupational functioning: Decreased concentration, increased abesnteeism, poor social interaction

Does the veteran meet the dsm-IV Stressor Criterion? Yes

Description of the primary stressors related to PTSD: Combat

Does the veteran meet the dsm-IV criteria for a diagnosis of PTSD? Yes

Axis I : PTSD; Major deperessive disorder, recurrent, mild to moderate

Axis II: Deferred

Axis III See medical records

Axic IV : WOrk stress

Axis V: GAF

Score: 50Time Frame: Current funcitioning

Changes in functional status and quality of life since last exam: Performance in employment, routine responsibilities of self-care, family role functioning, Social/interpersonal relationships, Recreation/leisure pursuits

Comments concerning Functional status and quality of life: Trouble functioning at work usually du e to high anxiety and interpersonnal issues

Displays marginal hygene, has trouble getting on things

Has very little involvement with other people; socially isolated. No acting on recreational pursuits. Ongoing strain with his wife, due to irritability

Description of linkage between PTSD symptoms and aforementioned changes in imparement in fuctional state, and quality of life: Trouble functioning at work, usually due to high anxiety and interpersonal...

Has very little involvement with other people. socially Isolated. no active... same as above

State prognosis for improvement of psychiatric condition and imparements in functional status

Prognosis appears fair

PTSD REVIEW: Effects of PTSD on Occupational and Social Functioning

Is there total occupational an d social imparement due to ptsd signs and symptoms? NO

If there is not total occupational and social imparement, do ptsd signs and symptoms result in deficiencies in the following areas (Judgement, Thinking, RElations, Work, Mood, or School? Yes

Judgement? Yes

Examples including those already reported: Displays road rage when driving or riding in a vheicle; says things he regrets when he gets frustraded with people at work or at home

Thinking? Yes

Examples: Easily side tracked when he is doing things; tends to get preoccupied, has poor mentla staminda due to anxiety and low moods

Family Relations? Yes

Examples: Strained relationship with his wife, due to his irritability.

Work? Yes

Examples: Problems coping with stress at work; gets irritable with customers and coworkers.

Mood? Yes

Examples: Persistently depressed and anxious, very hypervigilant in public place. Startles easily with noise and commotion, to point he feels overwhelmed.

School? N/A

Was a medial opinion requested? NO

So this was my exam. i don't know what the Axis things were. If any of you have any opinions on my exam let me know. I'm currently at 50% PTSD, this was my appeal interview, so I'm hoping to get up to 70. Let me know what you all thing. My hands are tired now, so I'm going to rest them...lol

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Sapper,

This is ONLY my opinion but from everything you've posted

I see PTSD staying at 50 percent.

jmho,

carlie

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I am not seeing the definitive reason or results here to grant a higher %, but I hope you will receive favorable results, JMHO. B)

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Hi Everyone. Well after a long and painful journey trying to get an increase from 50% for PTSD, I finally got good news today from my VSO. He informed me I will be recieving an increase to 70% backdated from March of this year. He also stated that I should file for IU tomorrow. This took a while to get through, but all I can say about it is don't let the VA drag you down and wear you out. Stay on top of your information, and keep driving forward. There were a couple of times where I got to the point that I just wanted to give up on it, but if you keep working at it good things CAN happen. Thank you all for all of the help and input on the matter, I don't know if any of this had been possible without the help of this website. It's great that there are sites like this for advice, because before I started browsing here, I was clueless. Thank you all again and God Bless!

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That is Great News!

I only wish that you had filed for TDIU when you filed for an increase in your PTSD.

Your service officer should be kicked in the ass, and, that's all I gotta say 'bout that!

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If I remember correctly, he said I had to wait until I was at least 70% in my total disability to file for TDIU. I know I mentioned it to him. Oh well, I'm not going to get upset about that, this is a good day!

Also, I wanted to know, now at 80% disability, should I be doing anything more besides applying for TDIU? Should I be doing anything on the Social Security side, or is that only for 100%'ers? Does Social Security affect my VA disability rating or payments? This is all very blank area for me, I know noting about the Social Security side of it. Thank you again for your replies!

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      So move forward to current day unfortunately since I left the Marine corps I never have had any health insurance had a plethora of problems. In 2017 after years and years of back pain lower back pain ( as well as my feet and lower legs the entire time since I left the Marine corps) I finally went to a doctor and complained I was in so much pain something had to be done and he ordered an MRI.  I do have an MRI establishing my s1 – l5 lower back an S5 through s1 does have sacral nerve damage bulging and deteriorating disc etc enough to meet the classification for social security disability. The MRI was in 2017 and my lower back pain has been with me since I was in the Marines. I may have had three or four emergency visits and some urgent Care but there has not been any paper trail or evidence that a normal person would have 20 to 30 years of it I have almost nothing because I never went to the doctor or hospital.
       
      The catalyst that started this was in August 2019 I had a bicycle accident I broke my scapula in five places. I had no insurance I went to the emergency room they x-rayed it said yes it's a terrible break and gave me the number of a doctor who sees patients without insurance or money. As it turns out the man retired and no one replaced him. I called every resource clinic site et cetera… they had no one to look at my shoulder for without having insurance. I never had any follow up. After being out of work 9 months and realizing it's going to be a full year I will meet the requirement for SSI disability then upon seeing the one piece of medical evidence I possessed my MRI and its prognosis I asked a doctor and yes, it appears I do meet the listing for that with my 2017 MRI, not even taking into account the new injury and the further damage it has done. The point is that it is now 2020 and I have never had a follow-up appointment for the shoulder and obviously the shoulder is horrible but the back is even much worse now after the accident than before my 2017 MRI. With this knowledge and the fact that I do not have barely any evidence I knew if I filed for SSI disability they will send me to a local doctor to verify my injury and give me a NEW MRI which should show that is is even worse now than in 2017, which was physically bad enough to qualify then, it should be more than bad enough in nature to qualify for disability now. My research into SSI disability I kept seeing about veterans and that is how I return to my discharge papers and looked at them, and am planning and filing for VA disability.
       
      I have read about obviously I need documentation to prove any of this, VA especially and I have almost none, that is my main concern.
       
      I have read a little about pyramiding and primary injury secondary at cetera.
       
      My end result of filing for VA disability in this case will be to try and achieve 100% disability. In my research it may be possible but I will put down what I am thinking now.
       
      Because of the presumption of soundness and I had no waivers they cannot deny that the mild pes planus and bunions and the other damage listed in the X-rays I had for my medical board could not have existed previous to my service in the Marine corps or else it would have to have been noted at m e p s or I would have had to have had a waiver.
       
      My VA Claim thought process?
       
       The rating for mild pes planus is 0%, after review, mine is pronounced bilateral pes planus a 50% rating (my feet have gotten terribly worse over the years, my feet truly are flat as a pancake now pronating inward and very painful, has changed my gate, this is not official as I've never been to a doctor, but this is my honest opinion). Since this had to have happened in service this will be a primary injury I believe as well as the bunions or hallux valgus deformity. They are noted in my 1991 medical x-rays so as a primary I can safely say they have gotten much worse and both toes are affected now not just the right. The rating for bilateral hallux valgus is 10% each foot or a total of 20%. Bringing the total to 70% rating. Of course that is if I am awarded the  maximum for the bilateral pes planus and both feet hallux valgus.
       
      Now this is where I have some more questions?
       
      I also have all the symptoms and am very positive I have peripheral neuropathy which I'm very familiar with as my mother has it but, but the rating for that looks like it can be deemed secondary cause from my pes planus. If correct shouldn't I receive x% for bilateral peripheral neuropathy as a secondary result from my primary injury?
       
      Next,is tying in the primary pes planus to my SSI disability case that my lower back secondary (sacral nerve, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease) is aggravated and hurt from my primary bilateral pes planus as well as my bilateral neuropathy affects it as well. The listing for lower back pain is x percent up to a 100%
       
      And lastly the whole affair has caused me PTSD and that rating is 0% to 100% rating. I don't want to go into how I have it or not but I have read all the symptoms and can present a very strong case that I definitely have had PTSD since the day I was told I was being discharged. And with no insurance I have never gotten it treated but I have definite evidence of it in my life.
       
      I filed the SSI disability last week and am awaiting them to call me and set up a doctors appointment. I also called the veterans administration about filing disability. I called my local VA and ask about a veteran's service officer who could help me with filing questions.
      I started to go over some basics in my case and when PTSD was brought up he inquired how I could have it without being in combat and only in the service six months and I immediately shut down and felt that it was horrible a veteran service officer would make me feel as though I don't have valid reason to have PTSD. So that is why I searched the internet and found this forum.
       
      So another question since how do I establish PTSD?
       With no insurance can't really get a counseling thing even as a veteran I tried and since I was not in 2 years I did not qualify for any health benefits. I guess should I call the veterans hotline PTSD number and tell them I am suicidal just in order to get this documented and at least someone would have a file then from the VA about whatever I tell them my story?
       
       Also should I be trying to find my own doctors who would be favorable to my situation, and to further explore the tibia stress fractures and if I can associate that injury to another rating?
       
       I don't have insurance but I might be able to find a clinic, and my thought process is a podiatrist who will substantiate my pes planus condition. Should I be actively looking for a civilian doctor who will know the whole story I just recited and work with me to try to get my VA disability? 
       
      Or should I just file my claim with just the limited information (presumption of soundness) the x-rays that I have from 1991 and prognosis and hopefully my SSI disability case once I see the doctor who will also have some more evidence, hopefully providing more evidence of my infirmaries?
          
      Also is a question that would I be getting any kind of back pay disability for all these past 30 years if the decision is in my favor?
       
      Another question is that should I contact a lawyer? Also a veteran service officer should I contact someone like the American legion or which one would someone recommend I use because I truly do not know what I'm doing and I feel if I had the right direction I'm someone who knows all the intricacies and workings of the VA if I filed this correctly the first time and knew what type of evidence to gather it would make my claim so much more positive in my favor. if I have to, I will get the money somehow,a loan from family to see the right doctor but should I be going to a doctor, a veteran Dr who will be in my corner and spend money on it before I file this claim?
       
      Thank you everyone, I'm sorry if I'm rambling, I have many questions but I've already asked too many. I am grateful for finding this forum and I really hope someone has some real answers for me that can assist me. Thank you.
       
      Happy Easter!
       
      Sincerely,
      Marine from MI living in central FL now.
    • By nckingmatt
      Recently I have finally decided to seek help for my PTSD. Since I got out of service almost 10 years ago I have seen the shrink on the civilian side twice. I was diagnosed with PTSD but stopped going. I was even prescribed meds but never took  them out of fear. Today, I finally decided to get real help this time. During my PTSD with the VA PA. She told me that I scored really high on the PTSD screening and that she would set up a C and P exam for me. That someone would call to set up the appointment. I checked my health summary on myhealthevet a day after my phone screening. She Added "Acute stress reaction ICD10 F43.0 with Provider Comments: Acute Stress Reaction" 
      Can someone tell me what this means? Ive been diagnosed by civilian doctors for PTSD and she writes "Acute Stress reaction".. 
      She said she could not diagnose PTSD but she was a counselor. I am confused by this. Is she basically saying Im lying or is this normal?
       
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