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Hey guys this is my first post so I hope I have it in the right area :)

I was rated at 80% and in March I got a letter saying I scheduled an appointment for my back and that I had an appointment. I never asked the VA for an appointment, so I called up the office and told them I didn't request and appointment. I got transferred all around the hospital and after an hour of so I got disconnected and forgot to call back the next day. Today I got a letter saying they are dropping one of my claims to 0 percent "Thoracolumber spine". Now im worried that if I fight this they are going to reopen all of my medical cases and make me come in for all these tests like they did the first time.

Info on my disabilities. My back is still injured but I switched my profession to a desk job so I didn't keep aggravating my back. I require no doctors appointments because I changed my lifestyle, but if I do lift something heavy or bend my back too far it starts to hurt again.

Basically i'm asking if I fight the VA on this 10% drop now are they going to force me to drive to the VA over an hour away a million time to get all of my other claims reevaluated.

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The VA has a right to review, examine your claim at anytime. One should never miss an exam as the VA takes that the wrong way and the RO starts the reduction process.

You are going to have to write a NOD to challenge this issue. You will have top go for an exam so they can re evaluate your back.

This is a game. The VA makes the rules as they go so dont miss an appointment unless there is a medical emergency.

They love to play takeaway. It is one of their favorite games.

Hang in there. Basser

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Hey guys, I need a little advice.

I got a letter from the VA asking me if I want to fight my 10% drop in my claim for my lower back. If I fight this does it open up my entire medical record claim to be reviewed? The VA is over an hour from my house and I just can't afford to take the time off from work to do another entire evaluation of my medical claims! When I did this the first time it was approx a dozen visits to the doctor.

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I agree with advice given above bud. I go to 3 different VAs 3 to 5 days a week and they are all over 200 miles round trip. I can no longer drive, so my Wife or my friend takes me. It is very hard on my body and some days we leave my House at 4am and get home at 7pm at night. Even when I am sick, I do not miss any appointments as I do not want to give the VA any reason to try and take my 100% away. We go thru far too much as it is, just to have the VA reduce are %s in Two Shakes of a Fierce Fist. Good luck and keep us updated.

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