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14 Questions about Veterans Disability Compensation Benefits Claims 

When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about when it comes to filing VA Disability Claims.









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I just recently was told by my provider that I have fibromyalgia with the onset caused by my PTSD. Can I file for that as secondary to my PTSD? Has anyone had any expierence in filing for fibromyalgia secondary to PTSD? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Thanks for the information provided. It looks like it might be an uphill battle. Will a Nurse Practitioner opinion matter as far as connecting it to my PTSD? I am sure she would send me to a specialist but then his opinion may not connect it to my PTSD. It is difficult for me to ask a provider to make a statement connecting it to my PTSD without it sounding like I'm doing it for more benefits. I have seen professional articles relating PTSD and fibromyalgia would it help to send those articles in with my claim? I dont want to send too much but I also dont want to send too little.

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I just recently was told by my provider that I have fibromyalgia with the onset caused by my PTSD. Can I file for that as secondary to my PTSD? Has anyone had any expierence in filing for fibromyalgia secondary to PTSD? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

What are your service connected disabilities? You might try to get fibromyalgia service connected to one of them or you might try to get fibromyalgia directly related to your military service.

Did you serve in the gulf?

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I did serve during the gulf war. When is the deadline that youcan apply for gulf war illness? Would it still be connected to Gulf war even if I just started showing symptoms and just recently diagnosed?

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Thanks for the information provided.

It looks like it might be an uphill battle.

Will a Nurse Practitioner opinion matter as far as connecting it to my PTSD?

I am sure she would send me to a specialist but then his opinion may not connect it to my PTSD.

It is difficult for me to ask a provider to make a statement connecting it to my PTSD

without it sounding like I'm doing it for more benefits.

I have seen professional articles relating PTSD and fibromyalgia would it help to send those articles in with my claim?

I dont want to send too much but I also dont want to send too little.

For SSA benefits a diagnosis for Fibromyalgia must come from a Rheumatologist,

but I do not know if that holds true for VBA disability purposes.

Articles and most medical treaties that are written, either relate to a study or research.

If the articles, etc. . . relate specifically to you, the individual claimant, they could be very helpful,

if not - IMO - it's just information at large,that relates to the public in general but not to you specifically.

For VBA purposes the medical evidence needs to relate specifically, to the individual claimant.

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Military service connection

Gulf War Veterans who meet the criteria below do not need to prove a connection between their military service and illnesses in order to receive VA disability compensation.

VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These "presumptive" illnesses must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by December 31, 2016, and be at least 10 percent disabling. These illnesses include:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a condition of long-term and severe fatigue that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions.
  • Fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by widespread muscle pain. Other symptoms may include insomnia, morning stiffness, headache, and memory problems.
  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders, a group of conditions marked by chronic or recurrent symptoms related to any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Functional condition refers to an abnormal function of an organ, without a structural alteration in the tissues. Examples include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional dyspepsia, and functional abdominal pain syndrome.
  • Undiagnosed illnesses with symptoms that may include but are not limited to: abnormal weight loss, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, headache, menstrual disorders, neurological and psychological problems, skin conditions, respiratory disorders, and sleep disturbances.

VA’s final rule specifying that functional gastrointestinal disorders are covered as presumptive illnesses took effect on August 15, 2011.

VA benefits

Gulf War Veterans may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including a Gulf War Registry health exam, health care, and disability compensation for diseases related to military service. Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.

Learn more about benefits related to Gulf War service.

http://www.publichea...ned-illness.asp

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