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Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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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?
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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'm new to posting and a new member but I've been reading your site for quite some time. Today I went to C&P PTSD exam at a private practice psychiatrist arranged by QTC. I am active-duty and have been in for 24 1/2 years. I have recently been entered into the medical board (IDES) process and I'm assigned at the warrior transition battalion (WTB) until I retire. This "exam" seemed anything but. The "doctor" entered the room in nursing scrubs, never introduced himself, and started asking me questions. He never even asked the "how are you doing today " question. When he asked how long I had been diagnosed with PTSD and TBI, I told him my first visit was in September 2013. He said that the paperwork he had showed my first visit was in late July 2014 (7 weeks ago). I told him the name of my doctors at the military hospital and gave specific information and was told that it didn't match what he had and we would just have to "go with it" . When I offered my medical records he said it couldn't be reviewed because that would be a disclosure violation. I said " I'm not ashamed to disclose my medical records to show the truth" I was quickly dismissed and really never talked at all about any stressors. In the end I don't feel any of my issues were even touched upon because I am not a combatant. I've been deployed 4 times, been to Afghanistan twice in 3 years. I've been embedded with the ANA infantry/medical training battalion and also ran the ICU at the only level III trauma center in country. I've seen more grisly injuries and death than I care to express, but to this guy because I didn't have a silver star or a "v" device I wasn't much of anything. My issues are real and have led to the early end of my career as I intended to stay in and make E-9. I have difficulties with documented pain, sleep apnea, nightmares, anxiety, depression, pending divorce, and multiple other medical issues. I cannot function at my job leading to medical retirement.
When I receive my rating from the VA how do I dispute this entire exam because this " doctor" (and I use the term loosely) based the entire interview on erroneous data? I am concerned that if I accept a percentage that is awarded it could later be downgraded unless I supply all the accurate information on my PTSD/TBI Treatment from the very start.
Any advice would be welcomed .
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