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Scar Cp Tuesday


JT24usn

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Don't know if I should have it tattooed on my face or whether they'll hear me this time. Scar is painful and tender when wearing belt or fitted clothes. Said the same thing five years ago when k appealed. Wish me luck and tips appreciated on how to get this across to the doc this time.

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JT24usn,

If you don't already do so, place some type of padding on your scar to cushion the scar from your belt or clothing. Make sure the doctor sees you remove the padding and put the padding back on. Make sure you tell him why you are wearing the padding. Perhaps he will be more likely to believe you are experiencing pain.

Also, check out "38 CFR part 4.118" which is the Schedule of Ratings - Skin (includes scars). This will give you an idea of what else the C & P examiner will be looking for at your exam including scar size, type of scar, scar depth and tissue damage, etc.

Good luck with your exam.

GP

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I had a small bowel resection and it got infected and the pulled the staples out and had to heal opened. Now there is scar tissue and a small hernia where my belly button used to be

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"Scar is painful and tender" is the key.

If it gets inflamed, irritated, superates, and or itches, this should also be mentioned.

Scars can cut skin oil glands and hair follicles that then form cysts, ingrown hairs, etc. and create additional problems.

From a recent award, the VA looks differently at surgical scars than it does with scars in general.

From that award - - -

Scars 0% continued rating(Appealable, due to law changes)

Surgical Scars (extensive linear length), Deep, (Through all layers of flesh to the surgical site)

Painful on occasion, even though '"well healed"

Rated at more than 10%, and impacting more than one body area.

(This may have been the VA's way to get out of the incorrect 0% originally rated for scars, including the surgical scars.)

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Sorry to hear of your troubles bud. As you know I am rated 30% for scars, but I did not ask for them. I had a ton of surgeries and MRSA cut out 7 times. It seems to be very hard to rated a good % for scars. Most folks get 0% SC, which is better then nothing I guess. Good luck and keep us posted. God Bless!!!

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