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If you have side effects from sc condition medicines, such as ED, could that be claimed? If so, how would that be rated?



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Yes- if the med is known to have this possible side affect, it can be claimed.

They usually award SMC "K" - $87.00 p/m.

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Thanks Berta,

I thought that would be SMC, but SMC is really way over my head. I have hard enough timetrying to figure out the regular stuff. I looked at the SMC, but can not understand it.

Do they do a C&P for this or how would they do it?

Again thanks,


Also the book that you mentioned in previous post about depression and heart disease("the one you borrowed from the library"), do you recall the title to that? My husband was going to check the library here to see if they had the same book.

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sbrewer, the best proof for SMC ED is a letter from your significant other. My wife wrote a letter and I gave it to my C&P examiner. I have had the SMC award since I was 20% which still continues now that I am 100% P&T. I told them that I did not think I had a problem but my wife brought home a trial Viagra prescription from her Doctor. Case closed. Good luck. Terry Sturgis

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"Is it Worth Dying For"- by Dr. Eliot.

I see it is at amazon for about $11.00 - and I noticed there is a preface by Dr. Michael De Bakey-which is a pretty impressive person-in the field of cardiology- this was not with the book I swiped-and it looks ,like Dr. Eliot has written other books too on the subject too-

I am sure it would be in a college library- or any VA patient library-

These references are good to support a claim but without the direct medical statements linking anxiety or depression to heart problems- the VA will usually deny- and then state that the information is not specific to the veteran's issues.

Any independent doctor's medical link, even if VA would attempt to knock it down, is always best to support with a print out or two from the med community or- like in my case- Dr. Bash refered them to

Braunwald- a highly notable medical text -which he quoted and gave page number.

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