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verk

Wtf - C&p Pre Exam Paperwork

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I retired last Fall and filed for VA disability compensation. I just received a big packet of forms/questionaires about each of the conditions for which I have applied. The VA is using a private facility (QVC) to contract with doctors to perform exams I guess. Anyhow, my C&P consists of seeing two Docs. One for the physical problems (IT Band Syndrome, Ulcers, Fasiculations, Benign Breast Neoplasms, and facial skin cancer scars) my second appt is with the Psychologist (GAD, Panic Disorder, Depression and OCD). I am confused about the mental health appointment, I have already been diagnosed with GAD and Panic Disorder which is in my records and documented. The questionaire for that is not too bad, just condition and meds. However I'm sure the doctor's appointment will be grueling and I am dreading opening up the Pandora's box on my emotional health. The emotional issues are tough and although the rest of the world would agree that stress for prolonged times causes significant changes physically, I guess the burden of proof is on us all. Back to the forms and reason for my post. I feel overwhelmed with the paperwork, I don't have a good VA rep in my area and pretty much did all of the va forms previously on my own. These med forms I just received ask pertinent questions about treatment and dates and doctors diagnosis and I am feeling bogged down with trying to sort through my med records all over again. Any suggestions from you guys on how to respond on these would be appreciated. As far as the psych visit, I am really nervous and worried, I don't want to fall back off the wagon so to speak by talking about it, but also want to let them know how my conditions had and continues to have a profound effect on me. I feel strong, but yet I know what an emotional and physical process it was to get to feeling this way (normal or close to it) but there are also times when functioning and mind chatter takes control and throws me off balance into the abyss.

Has anyone received paperwork from the contract specialist for c&p.

Any advice for the worry/nervous vet?

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I would not sweat it cause it is just an exam and a chance for you to discuss how your service and affects your life.

Remember that you really don't want to talk much about your years before the service just that it is more or less the same as most.

If the Military accepted you anything prior should not matter. Just my opinion.

Answer questions like what is normal for you at home not at the moment asked.

Good Luck it is really not that sifficult

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Right. On another note, there are a couple of 'conditions' that are listed in this QTC paperwork that I did not claim in my original compensation request to VA. Where did the VA get these? Are they really READING my medical files? rolleyes.gif As it happens I do have some issues with those other conditions, I just attributed to old age.smile.gif

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Do you have a copy of your SMRs?

Also having copies of your own medical records can pin point treatment dates and also will include your medication profile list.

You need to do the best you can on these forms as I imagine there is a deadline on them?

Having ones own VA med recs can give us a chance to see what other conditions that were not claimed could have been found by the VA in the medical documentation.

It is unusual for VA to take the time to even look for potential conditions that were not formally claimed.

They often miss potential probable secondaries too and won't even consider them if they do see them claimed ,unless the veteran makes a formal claim for them.

You are right=the burden of proof lies with the claimant.

Do you have proof in your SMRs or by way of other documentation to prove the nexus (link) to your service of these disabilities?

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All of my medical problems occurred while active duty. I do have most of my records, but accidently sent my copy of records from my primary care doc. I'm not sure what nexus is or what I must prove really. It is all documented in my medical records I sent. If i've been seen over and over and over for a condition and it is in my medical record, is'nt it proof?

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verk,

you want to err on the side of overwhelming evidence.

too many 'obvious' cases are denied.

One important point is having medical professionals "tie the ends together" saying these conditions were caused by military service, "more likely than not" due to military service etc.

Search under Nexus letters. For example

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