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    • So, my lawyer sent an IME w/ IMO and filed a supplemental claim solely for IU on March 20.

      It was closed on March 25, and va.gov just states claim closed and nothing more.

      Hopefully, I get good news.
    • Thanks for the responses. I am filing a new claim but will continue pushing the NOD. My new question is it stated in law or statute that if during the claims process the VA finds conditions that could possibly rate service connection that was not originally filed for, the VA will “invite” the veteran to file the claim on the claims form. Reason I ask is that my private DBQs, NEXUS letter, and even the VA nurse examiner's DBQs lists bilateral upper radiculopathy as present. If it is written in statute or official guidance it might qualify as a CUE. Just looking at all angles. 
    • Everyone needs to read our stories so they can try to avoid these screws by the va...
      Thank you, everyone contributes, good or bad, all of our stories will help others, and yes, they have been stated by others for ages, over and over, but we just get depressed, and the time turns into years as they screw us..

      Welcome to the department of Veterans Affairs!  I can honestly say, "been there, done that".  

      Even after winning my tdiu in 2017, it was back to the drawing board as VA hornswaggeld my effective date.  (but of course).  

      I finally won my tdiu effective date in Feb. 2020, 18 years after I first applied!!!  

      Here is how they managed to drag mine out 18 years:

      1.  They never adjuticated my decison until 2009, where they called it "moot".  

      2.  I appealed, said it was not moot because it could result in an earlier effective date and SMC S under Bradley vs Peake.  The judge agreed with me, and ordered VARO consider me for extra schedular TDIU, under 4.16 b.  

      3.  The VARO piddles with  the remand for 3 years, and hoped I wouldnt notice.  I noticed and raised cane until they adjuticated it.  (denied of course).  

      4.  Finally, after the baord denied again, I hired a lawyer, in 2014, and appealed to CAVC.   

      5.  The lawyer won a remand, got an IMO and I won tdiu in 2017.  But at the wrong effective date, even after 15 years.  

      6.  I hired another lawyer, Chris Attig, and appealed the effective date, and he won a remand for effective date.  Trip 2 to CAVC.  

      7.  Mr. Attig won a remand, and advised me to get another IMO.  

      8.  The board awarded my earlier effective date in Feb. 2020.  

           So, I do have advice fighting VA for TDIU, they fought and fought and I hung in there and won it all.  

      ADVICE:  Dont count on VA, they could easily throw your fax in the trash.  Follow up!  
    • "Keep in mind that due to the nature of the digestive system, VA would most likely combined your conditions and pay you at the higher rate to avoid pyramiding".    That is one of my main gripes.  They are only listing the GERD with hiatal hernia and ignoring the rest of my gastric issues such as the gastritis which I also had in service.  I included it in my 2007 request for increase and again in 2019.  The info from the civilian dr that stated I had the gastritis with H pylori was not even provided to the examiner in 2007, nor did he have my VA health records. The 2019 request was based on an EGD I had AT THE VA in Jan 2019.   I filed for an increase 6 Mar and they did an ACE on 27 Mar and downgraded to noncompensable on that date.  The only reason I was thinking CUE:  38 CFR § 3.326 - Under Examinations  it states (c) Provided that it is otherwise adequate for rating purposes, a statement from a private physician may be accepted for rating a claim without further examination".  
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For you guys and gals with muscle / joint pain. Do you find yourself having to stay sedentary in order to keep your pain levels down? The doctors want me to exercise and I try to explain to them the situation that I am in and they appear to be clueless. Also, are any of you guys experiencing something like I am. I can pick up my chihuahua which weighs about 7pds and cradle him in my left arm for about 15-20mins while I am outside talking to my neighbor across the street. When I put him down my arm muscles are sore, but the following day (and 3-4 days after that) my arm will be in so much pain that my arm feels like it is broken. I told a VA doctor about this and his reply was "Don't pick up your dog" Anyways, while I experience pain no matter what my activity level is, I noticed something strange about my situation.

I began paying attention to my severe pain events and everyday aches and pains that are consistent with this illness and have determined the following: If I exercise (ride my bicycle) or do work (turn a screwdriver) I end up with that normal burn pain that one would normally feel from normally working out or working. What I find different is that the pain last 3-4 times longer than what I remember that it should. Either way, I do not get debilitating pain from from such activity eventhough I do experience what I would consider normal pain levels, maybe slightly higher than what I would remember, but nothing that puts me out of service.

On the other hand, if I strain continuosly like holding my dog or standing on an incline for any period of time. My pain level goes to a 10 or beyond and I am out of service. I loose the use of my arm, leg, ankle or whatever muscle I am straining at the time. A perfect example is when I have sex. If I am on my knees with my toes pointing down to the bed, about half way through, I can't enjoy it anymore due to pain levels and if I try to walk, I am in severe pain and have to use a walker. It takes me about 3-4 days just to recover from sex.

I had a friend come visit me and we walked up a hill for about an hour looking for arrowheads. I had to come down due to ankle pain and for the next week, I was in a wheel chair due to not being able to put any pressure on my foot due to the severe pain levels from straining my ankle muscles/tendons to remain level on the incline of the hill.

Just wondering if any of you guys have noticed that the pain symptoms are worse when your muscles are strained for long periods vs. normal muscle movement.

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You might want to look into having fibromyalgia or non-diabetic nerve pain (peripheral neuropathy).

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I can relate to this very well, and just like you... the VA and others usually dismiss all together or say its diabetic neuropathy. I don't agree with any of these, but what do you do? I have addressed it many times to VA and Non-VA and the results are always the same. I know I am no doctor, but I do know enough and had read enough to know that this isn't normal nor is it diabetic neuropathy as I do experience this, but WHAT you and I both are experiencing is not the same as diabetic neuropathy. I wish it was, then I could rest about it. I have pain in my left foot so bad that I have to wear three pairs of socks for cushioning. At first one WOULD suspect diabetic neuropathy, but after reading allot on it a couple of dozen times I don't believe it is that. It just doesn't fit no matter how many times I have tried to see it as diabetic neuropathy. Its not a .. um cant think of how to spell it, neuroma either. They did do an examination for that (and x-ray), and I have my own "private" nurse conduct the "clicking" test for it. So, I really do not know where to go from here on out with it as it "pain" does not fit anything I have looked at. This pain is extends across all Metatarsal-phalangeal joints and feels like I have a "ball" of sorts on top of those joints (in particular at the second joint area). It is so painful, that I have to keep off that foot more and more. When not on the foot I still feel needles from all these particular joints but also out towards my big toe, with burning sensation as well. Allot of tightness when I curl my toes. I am only experiencing of this only on my left foot. Spinal Stenosis at the L5-S1 area which shoots pain in particular down my left leg sciatic nerve when I stand/walk for any particular time especially on cement or otherwise hard surface. I have had the test in my foot with the needles and electrodes and it came back negative for anything. I mention this issue (foot) to relate towards what you mention.. but I do have other pain issues as well that just can not be readily explained and knowing they can not actually find what is causing the foot pain precisely, then I do not want to even try to explain the random pains I do have.. I see no point in it. I should note, that these random pains do not fit Fibro (what ever) either as the pain is not specific to areas for which the Fibro (what ever) areas they test for.. I think 12 point test.

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I do not have diabetes; let's get that out there first. To me, if it is the same thing, diabetes may complicate it, but is not causal. I have been told peripheral neuropathy, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic pain syndrome (psychological- "in your head") and a laundry list of other nerve issues, probably not worth listing out. Kevin, I have that exact same tightness curling my toes, especially my right big toe, which is also very painful to the touch, also especially at the second digit. I have not even addressed that particular issue with docs, because it is very frustrating dealing with them on these issues, they sometimes act like you are making it up, and it wears you down. On my left foot, though, the nerve is now dead since last year. It went from a weird numbness and tingling to completely dead in 2 months! I had a awesome neurologist then, who PCS'ed last August, and now I feel like I have been thrown to the wolves when I go there and avoid bringing up any new issues and just get my injections quarterly for Migraines and don't talk about much else. I feel like they think I am somehow wasting their time and I feel like they are overtasked (I was overtasked many times in my career) and don't want to or cannot take the time to try and figure it out. Last time I was there I heard another doc (O-4, Army) in a nearby office talking about wasting resources on Vets and Retirees. Very upsetting for me and I tried to get moved off base without raising a stink but no such luck. I am a little ashamed I did not confront him, but with PTSD, I try to avoid those types of confrontations unless my anger gets the best of me so I (and my family) dealt with a depression spike for the next week instead.

I get pain that doesn't make sense constantly. My spinal issues are mostly cervical, btw, which rules out the Lumbar connection for these issues. I have a bulging disc at L4-L5 but I have had it for 20 years and it doesn't give me too many problems. If I stand more then 2-3 minutes in one place, my right leg goes numb and both legs are tingling. When the nerve in my left leg died, and I went to the follow up with the new doctor, they basically said it wasn't an "important" nerve and would not even do imagery on my ankle to see if it was an entrapment issue, stating that, even if it was, it wouldn't be advisable to do surgery on the ankle anyways. But what if it is not an entrapment and that came back clear?...no response from him. Basically, I think they are also so busy and micromanaged that only the more exceptional docs are willing to buck the system to give quality care. My theory from my own research is that it may be related to chemical exposure, burn pits, etc. I feel like they are more than happy to track these things thru the burn pit registry and other similar programs, but are not really looking very hard into actual causes and treatments because it is cheaper to let things play out and be remorseful about it "after" it sorts itself out "naturally" and then talk about how they are going to mitigate the issue for "future generations". A pretty dismal view, I know, but there has already been a precedent for this, and it saves them tons of money.

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Sounds More Like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome than Fibromyalgia, One of the symptoms that makes CFS and Fibromyalgia different is the extended amount of time that it takes to recover from exertion. See a rheumatologist or talk to your primary physician about CFS.

I recommend using a private physician for diagnosis for your problems. Get information about Gulf War Illness, CFS, Finromyalgia, and IBS, Talk to a private physician and explain it to them prior to them making a diagnosis. Some VA physicians will try to diagnose all the symptoms, which may cause you problems with applying for benefits from the VA.

Your symptoms sound typical of Gulf War Veterans.

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Please Please Please....If you are having these symptoms go see your doctor. Ask them to do a CPK-3 Blood Test. Maybe everything will be normal with the test.  But from a medical standpoint an elevated CPK3 level will help to narrow down where to look. There have been a few cases of elevated CPK levels in vets with GWI.

Higher-than-normal CPK-3 levels are most often a sign of muscle injury or muscle stress. They may be due to:

  • Crush injuries
  • Muscle damage due to drugs or being immobile for a long time (rhabdomyolysis)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myositis (skeletal muscle inflammation)
  • Receiving many intramuscular injections
  • Recent nerve and muscle function testing (electromyography)
  • Recent seizures
  • Recent surgery
  • Strenuous exercise

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    • So, my lawyer sent an IME w/ IMO and filed a supplemental claim solely for IU on March 20.

      It was closed on March 25, and va.gov just states claim closed and nothing more.

      Hopefully, I get good news.
    • Thanks for the responses. I am filing a new claim but will continue pushing the NOD. My new question is it stated in law or statute that if during the claims process the VA finds conditions that could possibly rate service connection that was not originally filed for, the VA will “invite” the veteran to file the claim on the claims form. Reason I ask is that my private DBQs, NEXUS letter, and even the VA nurse examiner's DBQs lists bilateral upper radiculopathy as present. If it is written in statute or official guidance it might qualify as a CUE. Just looking at all angles. 
    • Everyone needs to read our stories so they can try to avoid these screws by the va...
      Thank you, everyone contributes, good or bad, all of our stories will help others, and yes, they have been stated by others for ages, over and over, but we just get depressed, and the time turns into years as they screw us..

      Welcome to the department of Veterans Affairs!  I can honestly say, "been there, done that".  

      Even after winning my tdiu in 2017, it was back to the drawing board as VA hornswaggeld my effective date.  (but of course).  

      I finally won my tdiu effective date in Feb. 2020, 18 years after I first applied!!!  

      Here is how they managed to drag mine out 18 years:

      1.  They never adjuticated my decison until 2009, where they called it "moot".  

      2.  I appealed, said it was not moot because it could result in an earlier effective date and SMC S under Bradley vs Peake.  The judge agreed with me, and ordered VARO consider me for extra schedular TDIU, under 4.16 b.  

      3.  The VARO piddles with  the remand for 3 years, and hoped I wouldnt notice.  I noticed and raised cane until they adjuticated it.  (denied of course).  

      4.  Finally, after the baord denied again, I hired a lawyer, in 2014, and appealed to CAVC.   

      5.  The lawyer won a remand, got an IMO and I won tdiu in 2017.  But at the wrong effective date, even after 15 years.  

      6.  I hired another lawyer, Chris Attig, and appealed the effective date, and he won a remand for effective date.  Trip 2 to CAVC.  

      7.  Mr. Attig won a remand, and advised me to get another IMO.  

      8.  The board awarded my earlier effective date in Feb. 2020.  

           So, I do have advice fighting VA for TDIU, they fought and fought and I hung in there and won it all.  

      ADVICE:  Dont count on VA, they could easily throw your fax in the trash.  Follow up!  
    • "Keep in mind that due to the nature of the digestive system, VA would most likely combined your conditions and pay you at the higher rate to avoid pyramiding".    That is one of my main gripes.  They are only listing the GERD with hiatal hernia and ignoring the rest of my gastric issues such as the gastritis which I also had in service.  I included it in my 2007 request for increase and again in 2019.  The info from the civilian dr that stated I had the gastritis with H pylori was not even provided to the examiner in 2007, nor did he have my VA health records. The 2019 request was based on an EGD I had AT THE VA in Jan 2019.   I filed for an increase 6 Mar and they did an ACE on 27 Mar and downgraded to noncompensable on that date.  The only reason I was thinking CUE:  38 CFR § 3.326 - Under Examinations  it states (c) Provided that it is otherwise adequate for rating purposes, a statement from a private physician may be accepted for rating a claim without further examination".  
    • Enough has been said on this topic. This forum is not the proper forum for an attorney and former client to hash out their problems. Please take this offline
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