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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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oldman273

Need Guidance On Tdiu

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Hey here is the deal, I am currently 80% been Unemployed (non SC ) since 2001. I got hurt but nothing related to my SC Back. MY back had gotten worse had surgery 3 level lumbar fusion

May 2010 I listed on my claim for TDIU without a Surgeons opinion behind me but the claim got turned down. I appealed had surgery once they got in there my back is horrible "20 years advanced due to SC injury to lower back") now my letter sent in i applied for Aid and attendance as I am unable to do certain hygiene task as well as am considered housebound my surgery did not do everything that the surgeons thought it would. I suffer like a lot of you with constant pain, but considering the severity of the arthritis by 2 other neurosurgeons I am done. i asked the surgeon for his opinion of my ability to return to work he wrote that I am unable to maintain gainful employment . I turned in my Aid and attendance form submitted by surgeons any ideas of what else I can do? I was told submitting the VA form if my case was at rating board it will go back and start over? I also submitted statement I had no other evidence to submit with the Aid and attendance letter.

I also had an MRI last week and now i have Arthritis setting up in my upper neck I was told the stability of the lower spine with three herniated disc led to the 2 bulging disc in my neck. I am not going to file but have any of you all have a case similar?

frustrated but hanging in SC

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"i asked the surgeon for his opinion of my ability to return to work he wrote that I am unable to maintain gainful employment"

Did he specifically say his opinion was based on the affects solely of your SC conditions?

Have you formally claimed the athritis as a secondary condition to your SC disablities and could the surgeon make that point too with a full medical rationale?

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<BR>"i asked the surgeon for his opinion of my ability to return to work he wrote that I am unable to maintain gainful employment"<BR><BR>Did he specifically say his opinion was based on the affects solely of your SC conditions?<BR><BR>Have you formally claimed the athritis as a secondary condition to your SC disablities and could the surgeon make that point too with a full medical rationale?<BR>
<BR><BR><BR><FONT size=5>Thanks Yes My nuerosurgeon stated in his letter to the VA as a result of my SC injury to my back, the arthritis had progressed and my back was 20 years advanced past my age <BR>Due to the original DDD rated @10%. He did state in his letter to the VA that went along with my Aid and Attendance forms that I needed daily help with several issues and that with the Letter I hope i can get some help. I am not expecting a whole lot based on my past experinces with the VA I continue on. Thanks for the reply<BR><BR>I have applied for arthritis as secondary to my SC back that I had surgery on in May. My Doctor has been very supportive of me and has helped me more than<BR>he will ever know. I put in for Aid and attendance as the surgery did not go as far as he or I wanted it to go. The arthritis is all the way from the base of the spine to my upper neck. I am waiting on the rating to see if I will make the TDIU. </FONT> Edited by oldman273

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