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IBS and Diverticulitis

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Your symptoms/episodes determine the rating criteria, not necessarily diverticulitis. If your problems are considered moderate/severe according to the criteria below, definitely file for an increase:

7319   Irritable colon syndrome (spastic colitis, mucous colitis, etc.): 
Severe; diarrhea, or alternating diarrhea and constipation, with more or less constant abdominal distress30
Moderate; frequent episodes of bowel disturbance with abdominal distress10
Mild; disturbances of bowel function with occasional episodes of abdominal distress0

 

7327   Diverticulitis. 
Rate as for irritable colon syndrome, peritoneal adhesions, or colitis, ulcerative, depending upon the predominant disability picture.
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I do not think that it's presumptive. Did you have those symptoms while in service or a within a year after leaving service? If so you may be good. If not, get ready for a long battle.

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After being treated and diagnosed with a particular symptom/disability, the first things to do is to find the regulation and file a claim. If granted, then you won and no big deal but if denied then file an appeal/disagreement. The reason I say this is because there are certain symptoms/disabilities not covered under the 38 CFR that could be rated but then again, those certain symptoms/disabilities could be rated in analogous (similar/parallel) to other symptoms/disabilities that are covered under the 38 CFR. Diverticulitis is ratable as IBS so it is possible that a veteran can be service connected for it. But the only way to find out is to file a claim and go from there.

7319 Irritable colon syndrome (spastic colitis, mucous colitis, etc.):

Severe; diarrhea, or alternating diarrhea and constipation, with more or less constant abdominal distress 30%

Moderate; frequent episodes of bowel disturbance with abdominal distress 10%

Mild; disturbances of bowel function with occasional episodes of abdominal distress 0%.

7327 Diverticulitis.

Rate as for irritable colon syndrome, peritoneal adhesions, or colitis, ulcerative, depending upon the predominant disability picture.

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