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I have serious kidney failure secondary to diabetes type II and extended use of Ibuprophen for 3 years prescribed by the VA and a diagnosis of Parkinsons. I have talked to several people, VSOs, etc, who claim they just want to review my PTSD, and not go through a full blown C and P. I am 100% P and T with all the benefits and entitlements. The review came as a result of my Neurologist stating I was moderately depressed caused by Parkinsons Disease. Some say they will move PTSD to 100% and grant me Home bound with new claims. I do not think they will reduce my PTSD since I have not materially, socially, or interpersonally improved. My average GAF has not exceeded 36 for 8 years. I have C and Ps for the new claims, and was told another for PTSD. I will be seeing my psychiatrist this week and will try to get him to place in his notes my PTSD has not improved but has gotten worse. I am also a retired Licensed Psychologist.

I would like any comments you may have about something similar to this or outcomes of this type process.

Patrick

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I have serious kidney failure secondary to diabetes type II and extended use of Ibuprophen for 3 years prescribed by the VA and a diagnosis of Parkinsons. I have talked to several people, VSOs, etc, who claim they just want to review my PTSD, and not go through a full blown C and P. I am 100% P and T with all the benefits and entitlements. The review came as a result of my Neurologist stating I was moderately depressed caused by Parkinsons Disease. Some say they will move PTSD to 100% and grant me Home bound with new claims. I do not think they will reduce my PTSD since I have not materially, socially, or interpersonally improved. My average GAF has not exceeded 36 for 8 years. I have C and Ps for the new claims, and was told another for PTSD. I will be seeing my psychiatrist this week and will try to get him to place in his notes my PTSD has not improved but has gotten worse. I am also a retired Licensed Psychologist.

I would like any comments you may have about something similar to this or outcomes of this type process.

Patrick

I have two comments that may not be helpful. Parkinsons Disease is presumed service connected for Vietnam veterans. There is a regulation at 38 CFR 3.309 that states that hypertension in service can be the first symptom of kidney disease. (This is roughly paraphrased here.) Did you develop hypertension in service? I can't recall whether this is one of those conditions that you can develop within one year of military service.

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Hypertension itself may include only about 30% of Kidney failures. However, Diabetes II or I is around 60 to 65% of the cause of Kidney failure. Other issues include (as in my case) long term and extended use of Ibuprophen (and NSAID) that will do more damage than either Hypertension or Diabetes. Now add either of those two in with NSAIDS, and you have a big time problem. What is being questioned more than anything is why the VA allowed the continuous prescribing of NSAIDS without taking precautions? It is in my medical records and I made an issue of it at my C and P the other day.

Patrick

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