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I just had to check in, so I called the 800 number today. The lady told me my claim still is in development because they're waiting for additional info from the VAMC that did my C&P exam. I told her that last month, I was told the additional info had been sent in by the VAMC but was waiting for the VARO people to read it, so she put me on hold and did a little more checking.

(My claim has several issues secondary to my lumbar spine disability, both pain and/or medication side effects: OSA, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Emboli resulting in Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension, Lower extremity nerve disability, and psych issues of Major Depressive Disorder and Chronic Pain Syndrome. I have some great medical opinion letters from private specialists to support much of this, except for the psych stuff. )

She came back on and explained that most of the additional opinion requested from the VAMC had in fact been received and reviewed, and that all issues were basically completed except for another request for further opinion regarding depression and chronic pain syndrome.

I'm not going to read too much into it, but I do have to wonder if this could mean that they're going to award at least something for these psych issues, and just trying to decide the percentage, and/or if these conditions would make me eligible for TDIU. At any rate, I won't start writing hot checks, but I hope the rating decisions will be coming soon, maybe by the spring thaw.

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Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension: If it is rated by the VA they have no choice but to award a 100 percent rating.

If all goes to plan, you will end up with a Moderate level of SMC like S.

It is one of the most serious diseases as it is rated under Pulmonary.

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I just had to check in, so I called the 800 number today. The lady told me my claim still is in development because they're waiting for additional info from the VAMC that did my C&P exam. I told her that last month, I was told the additional info had been sent in by the VAMC but was waiting for the VARO people to read it, so she put me on hold and did a little more checking.

(My claim has several issues secondary to my lumbar spine disability, both pain and/or medication side effects: OSA, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Emboli resulting in Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension, Lower extremity nerve disability, and psych issues of Major Depressive Disorder and Chronic Pain Syndrome. I have some great medical opinion letters from private specialists to support much of this, except for the psych stuff. )

She came back on and explained that most of the additional opinion requested from the VAMC had in fact been received and reviewed, and that all issues were basically completed except for another request for further opinion regarding depression and chronic pain syndrome.

I'm not going to read too much into it, but I do have to wonder if this could mean that they're going to award at least something for these psych issues, and just trying to decide the percentage, and/or if these conditions would make me eligible for TDIU. At any rate, I won't start writing hot checks, but I hope the rating decisions will be coming soon, maybe by the spring thaw.

They did that with me, they wanted the doctor to state that it was more likely than not, or less likely than not-ect. So the doctor that did my claim gave me 1 each, the one that was written more likely-- gave me the 30% which raised my rating to overall 50%.. The other claim was rated not service connected-thats another one that went to appeal. I'm starting to get the hang of this. I figure I should get something rated at least once a year for the next several years with all my appeals going after each denial.

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