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Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
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 have a question for those of you rated or fighting for sleep apnea. Admittedly, I'm putting the cart before the horse a bit here because I am not currently diagnosed with sleep apnea. However, I am lined up to see a private pulmonary doctor and finally get a sleep study. I'm fairly certain I have some degree of sleep apnea based on my wife's observations, and my history of waking up with severe headaches, waking while I'm actually suffocating, and the worst part, constant sleepiness I've dealt with for almost fifteen years now.
In any case, I'm looking for any experiences, success/ongoing-battle stories with sleep apnea claims and service connection. Unfortunately, like almost all of my conditions that occurred while active duty, I didn't seek much of any medical attention for them, and I feel the nexus is going to be a big fight. Here's my in-a-nutshell in-service treatment
So, in 7 years of service I was seen twice for sleeping problems, both excused with circumstance, and never pursued as the chronic issue it was. After discharge, I was even worse about seeking treatment. My general feeling about western medicine is that it rarely has any answers to my problems, and therefore I tend to just "save myself the time" and treat myself with the collective wisdom of the Internet.
If/when I am diagnosed with sleep apnea, I will file a claim. I don't have anything to lose by filing. I'm wondering if there are any pitfalls or strategies to be aware of before I file. So, anyone have a similar in-service history with a claim experience? I welcome any experiences or advice. Thanks in advance.Edited by whalenkcj (see edit history)
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The simple formula that I use in my client's sleep apnea claims (and that I teach in my book) is this: A: Understand the full scope of the Diagnosis B: Select multiple paths to service connection
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