Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery”instead of ‘I have a question.
Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
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I am going to my C&P exams on Monday 18th of August. I have both the medical and psychiatric exams. I am worried about my Cervical Spine claim. I have a Statement of Medical Examination and Duty Status from my last deployment in 2009-2010. It describes pain in the neck, shoulders and numbness in both hands. I had x-rays and was given anti-inflammatories while deployed. I got back to CONUS in August of 2010 and was sent to physical therapy for 6 weeks but was not able to see a specialist until September of 2011. With no x-ray or MRI I was diagnosed with Arthritis (ICD-9-CM 716.90), Joint Pain, Shoulder (ICD-9-CM 719.41), Paresthesia (ICD-9-CM 782.0) and Spondylosis, Cervical, w/oMyel (ICD-9-CM 721.0). After moving to CA from IL, I was finally sent for x-rays and an MRI. The MRI showed 3 bulging discs, spinal stenosis and Foreman narrowing due to bone spurs. I think they will say it is DDD and the whole normal aging thing, but I had an x-ray 3 months prior to deployment that showed my neck as being clear. I am an 88M and we got thrown all over the place when going through checkpoints at 60 mph, often hitting your ACH on the top of the cab and then bottoming the seat out. I did complain the entire four years about my neck, shoulders and the numbness.
Any thoughts about how hard it will be to convince them it is service related? Or advice going forward?
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