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Just Looked At The Notes From The Comp & Pen For Ibs



I'm so upset, I'm in tears. I didn't even look to see what the examiner wrote about my feet.

Her conclusion about my Irritable Bowel was that it was less that likely that my IBS was related to my PTSD and she attached some medical finding that said there was no concrete evidence of comorbidity.

She also said something about amplification of symptoms that could not be connected to my state of mental health.

I understand what amplification of symptoms means - it means that she thinks I was overstating my distress. All I know is that I was sitting there with cramps that were making me sweat. My DH was there and chimed in that I suffered from "tummy trouble" constantly and that it was running our lives.

So I had handed her my Gastroenterologist's DBQ that specifically stated the IBS was definitely caused or aggravated by my PTSD. I also came home and submitted that DBQ via IRIS because even though I had already submitted it back with my original claim, but the examiner didn't have it or see it in my records.

My question is whether there is any point in asking my Gastroenterologist to write a statement for me. He already filled out the DBQ, and the VA has requested my records.

But is there any hope? I have always gleaned that whatever the C&P examiner says goes, never mind that they see you for 45 minutes out of your life and they are a NP at best. Is there any hope at all that the VA might actually take the word of my MD - specialist??


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Thanks, man, I appreciate the support. I freaked and came here first. As always, there's someone here who "hears" me.

I'm much calmer now (thanks to lorazepam and some time in the dark). It's not the first claim I've ever had denied, but it always hurts. It always feels so dang personal.

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If you have a strong DBQ from the outside I would say it would cover up any negative remarks of the C&P examiner. The VA had made negative marking on my C&P concerning Tinnitus but I had a letter from an outside ENT and was granted service connection even thought the examiner marked less then likely. Never give up hope especial when you already have medical evidence from a reputable source.

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