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Gulf War Exam And C&p For Sa, Scars And Sinus

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Have New Year to you all!

I'm 70% connected ( 50 for PTSD, 10/10 leg radiculopothy and 10 for DDD)

I have a GW exam and C&P for SA Scars and sinus as part of my claim next month. I was told it will be a three plus hour event.

First things first, I have Gastroenteritis well document throughout my active duty days BUT not rated as part of my disability. I have copies of all my AD treatment records that should prove this diagnosis. I even continued to be seen for GI issues at the VA and had a colonoscopy done. QUESTION......Should i mention the GI stuff during the GW exam? Should I also mention the chronic sinus/Upper respiratory issues I dealt with during and well after the Gulf War? I only have three documented sinusitis diagnosis and numerous URI/Pharyngitis. some of the medical notes apparently never made it into my record.

Secondly, since I wasn't awarded Gastro and sinusitis for a disability, should I start a claim? My DAV guy said I might have been "low balled" during the decision in 2006 and "things have changed since then".

I'm in for the long fight.. wherever that may take me. any feedback will be appreciated..

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I would most definitely mention the IBS problems during the Gulf War exam. I would also bring copies of your treatment records.

You should seek out a diagnosis as well. It will help with a claim. Without it you may be denied either way.

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I agree with the above given advice, definitely make sure that you are always prepared and one step ahead of the VA.

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It would also help if you have a IBS journal. There is a free app called IBS Tracker that you can use and send it to your email to print.

Worked well for me.

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Your sinusitis condition can only be diagnosed by x-ray or CT Scan (better option).

They will be looking for the level of mucosal thickening in the different sinus regions.

Also, make sure they are aware of the residuals you are experiencing from the sinusitis (crusting, pain, headaches, discharge, etc).

If you haven't filed a sinusitis claim, I would go see a ENT doctor for a full exam and have him document his findings.

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