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Ok. Went for my epidurail this AM and when I awoke from the sedation, The RN that was assisting the my pain management doc said I need to get checked out for it. Wife says I display some of the symptoms of it while at home as well. My question is can this be claimed as a secondary to IHD, DMII, or Gerd. I am not SC'd for the DMII and IHD as it is part of a claim for AO presumptives that I have working now. The gerd is from a hieatal hernia from the middle 70's while in service.

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I don't know about any presumptives for sleep apnea but I know it can kill you. Get checked for it and treated for it if you have it and then worry about claiming it. I was DX'ed with it a few months ago. I now have a CPAP and I am getting used to it. What it is is that you stop breathing while you are sleeping. This puts strain on your heart and one day you may not wake up if you don't get treatment. I have heard of vets get apena secondary to PTSD, but it is not easy.

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I know my GERD went away when I was put on CPAP. I also know my pulmonologist opined that my Sleep apnea started in service and noted my onset of hypertension, abnormal EKG, Large Neck, Snoring, and weight at the time as medical indicators of it. VA isn't accepting this one easily. Currently in DRO proccess expect it will need to go to BVA

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Ok. Went for my epidurail this AM and when I awoke from the sedation, The RN that was assisting the my pain management doc said I need to get checked out for it. Wife says I display some of the symptoms of it while at home as well. My question is can this be claimed as a secondary to IHD, DMII, or Gerd. I am not SC'd for the DMII and IHD as it is part of a claim for AO presumptives that I have working now. The gerd is from a hieatal hernia from the middle 70's while in service.

I've been treated for OSA for 7 years now. My research has it secondary to asthma, DM2,Thyroid problems and any thing that would cause any obstruction in your airways. It can be as simple as EIA (excercise induced asthma) where you only need inhalers before extreme excercise,chemical exposures both single events like CS Gas in basic to long term exposures. OSA is very dangerous if not treated. My CPAP machine is a life saver in my opinion if you don't have other problems. I recently found another growth on whats left of my thyroid that has been pushing my trachea to the right thus interfereing with my CPAPs purpose. Due to VAs not fixing problem 3 1/2 yrs ago, I have since had aheart attack 4 months after discovery of the tumor. Nine months after heart attack, Had a Diabetic Coma. First in family to get DM2. I blame both on this recent discovery. So anything causing restriction of airway can link to OSA. Lots of information available for you. VA denied my claim because not in service connection. I was in service in 71/72, OSA wasn't discovered till 1980.Back then it was called nocturnal asthma.(if anyone read my post this weekend, this shows the expertise I've acquired since filing a VA claim)lol. Whether you snore or NOT get the sleep study done and make sure you use the CPAP.Hard to get use to, but you will soon won't be able to LIVE without it. Good Luck!! Mike

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Thanks folks. I do have DMII since Dec 2007. Will get a sleep study ordered from my PCM. Also have Gerd for a LONG time.

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