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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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Hello fellow Vets,

Its has been awhile since posting on this wonderful forum. A lot has changed on this site,I was a member several years ago when things looked very different. This place has really grown! I have a question regarding Secondary Claims. Several years ago the VA diagnosed me with Osteopenia. It went untreated and eventually turned into full blown Osteoporosis. I have had several bone density test to verify this. I have been seeing a civilian MD(I give myself weekly injections of Testosterone 100mg) and he has written a letter stating my Osteoporosis is directly related to the many years of being on Narcotics for pain control. I was Medically discharged from the Navy in 95 after having an 8 level spinal fusion with Harrington Rods. I am currently TDIU being paid at 100% level. Though when you add up add my disability its around 140% then VA math has it whittled down to 80%, if that makes any sense? All Service Connected. Have been out of work since 2003, I am a Registered Nurse. My question is, "Can I file for secondary issues as the Osteoporosis was directly related to the years of Narcotics for pain control?"

Also, I was told by one of the guys in my Pain School that if your pain medications have increased OR have changed to something Stronger, it is grounds for a 10% increase. Has anyone else been told this?

Thank you for the help. I must say that I owe my current disability rating to this forum. I followed the advice from people I trusted and had to be patient with the system but it eventually paid off. Thanks Hadit.

SailorDoc

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I dont see how a new claim would warrant SMC- others will chime in on that however.

This concerns me:

"Also, I was told by one of the guys in my Pain School that if your pain medications have increased OR have changed to something Stronger, it is grounds for a 10% increase. Has anyone else been told this?"

It could be part of an overall increase in considering a higher disability rating, if claimed- but there is nothing I know of that would definitely award additional 10% solely for any change or increase in pain medication.

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