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13 Aug 2014
I finally received a copy of a spine doctor’s report from March 2014. The report shows that I was diagnosed with the following:
Spinal Stenosis of the lumbar region with right foraminal stenosis
Lumbosacral spondylosis without myelopathy
Degeneration of lumbar intervertebral disc
Degeneration of lumbosacral intervertebral disc
Lumbosacral Radiculitis of the right lower extremity
Hip osteoarthritis
Cervical spondylosis without myelopathy
Displacement of cervical intervertebral disc without myelopathy
Spinal stenosis in cervical region
I am service connected at 10 percent for degenerative arthritis of the thoracic and lumbar spines. My question is: When I file my claim, do I have to file separate claim for any of the above or do I just ask for increase for the degenerative arthritis of the thoracic and lumbar spines? Right hip DJD and sciatic pain in right lower extremity was also diagnosed in service in 1987 and is reflected on 15 service treatment records between 1987 and 1988 and continuity of treatment is reflected in post service treatment records up to 2012. I retired in 1988.
Additional question. Does anyone know how long it takes to get response from Dr. Bash and also how much he charges?
Will appreciate all advice
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