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Nervous About C&p Exam For My Back. Will I Get Screwed Because Of Rom

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I am new to this forum and I thank those who have educated me greatly!. Had my C&P exam last week and am a bit nervous about this process. Had multiple back injuries while in the Coast Guard which are documented (even on my retirement PE). MRI states multiple herniated disc L1-L5 with annular tears and moderate degenerative disc disease L1-S1. Also have radiculopathy with bilat lower extremity weakness. I have researched that most back claims are rated on ROM, which mine was 40%, but I have documented bed rest for 7 weeks in the past year, and have been out of worked for a total of 5 months the past year. For anyone with experience or similar findings, what would be my likely rating? Am I going to get hosed because of the 40% ROM? I kow this question may be redundant, but I appreciate all responses. Thanks for your support!

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I am new to this forum and I thank those who have educated me greatly!. Had my C&P exam last week and am a bit nervous about this process. Had multiple back injuries while in the Coast Guard which are documented (even on my retirement PE). MRI states multiple herniated disc L1-L5 with annular tears and moderate degenerative disc disease L1-S1. Also have radiculopathy with bilat lower extremity weakness. I have researched that most back claims are rated on ROM, which mine was 40%, but I have documented bed rest for 7 weeks in the past year, and have been out of worked for a total of 5 months the past year. For anyone with experience or similar findings, what would be my likely rating? Am I going to get hosed because of the 40% ROM? I kow this question may be redundant, but I appreciate all responses. Thanks for your support!

i have suffered from back problems since i fell down 2 flights of stairs while in the army. i was medically discharged from the navy in 1988 at 10 percent which is what the va gave me initially. it took me over 17 years to get that to 40 percent. sadly, the va is going to rate you one of two ways for back injuries...either range of motion or doctor prescribed bed rest. i think both of those are very outdated and a crappy way of rating. btw, i use an electric wheelchair, partially because of my back and i'm still stuck at 40 percent. i currently have an IU claim pending.

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If you have severe back disability you ought to see a psychiatrist and try for a depression rating. Back pain and depression go hand in hand.

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The 40% ROM will only get you 20% rating which is what happened to me. I put a NOD (pending) because they ignored my bilateral radiculopathy. They should have given me a separate rating for the radiculopathy, at least 10% bilateral. The fact that you were on bedrest may help you.

I am new to this forum and I thank those who have educated me greatly!. Had my C&P exam last week and am a bit nervous about this process. Had multiple back injuries while in the Coast Guard which are documented (even on my retirement PE). MRI states multiple herniated disc L1-L5 with annular tears and moderate degenerative disc disease L1-S1. Also have radiculopathy with bilat lower extremity weakness. I have researched that most back claims are rated on ROM, which mine was 40%, but I have documented bed rest for 7 weeks in the past year, and have been out of worked for a total of 5 months the past year. For anyone with experience or similar findings, what would be my likely rating? Am I going to get hosed because of the 40% ROM? I kow this question may be redundant, but I appreciate all responses. Thanks for your support!

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