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I have been looking at a lot of posts and have a couple questions,
First I have been diagnosed by the VA with CFS and IBS, this happened about 20 years ago, at that time I went through phase 1 and phase 2 of the gulf war registry exams, I was asked to go to Walter Reed hospital for more testing but could not do to income or lack of. I filed a claim at that time and it was denied as not being service connected. I don't always have the money to go to a doctor and usually it doesn't help. I have recently started to refill my claim because these are considered presumptive. I have many other issues I am filing with these.
My question is do I even stand a chance of getting approved, I am going to my doctor this week to fill out the forms given to me by my VSO.
I also have a lot of the symptoms for fibromyalgia and will talk to my doctor about this to try and include it if possible.
I am under the impression from my VSO that as long as I am still diagnosed with these issues that I should have no problems getting my claim through, is this true or should I add more information and what kind would help me.
Can you scan and attach the Reasons and Bases part of the denial here?
The denial contains what evidence the last claim lacked.
Have you had consistent medical treatment since that denial?
Cover the C file , name address etc, prior to scanning it
I suggest that you go over the Gulf War presumptive info here at hadit such as:
Military service connection Gulf War Veterans who meet the criteria below do not need to prove a connection between their military service and illnesses in order to receive VA disability compensation. VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These "presumptive" illnesses must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by December 31, 2016, and be at least 10 percent disabling. These illnesses include: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a condition of long-term and severe fatigue that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions. Fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by widespread muscle pain. Other symptoms may include insomnia, morning stiffness, headache, and memory problems. Functional gastrointestinal disorders, a group of conditions marked by chronic or recurrent symptoms related to any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Functional condition refers to an abnormal function of an organ, without a structural alteration in the tissues. Examples include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional dyspepsia, and functional abdominal pain syndrome. Undiagnosed illnesses with symptoms that may include but are not limited to: abnormal weight loss, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, headache, menstrual disorders, neurological and psychological problems, skin conditions, respiratory disorders, and sleep disturbances. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/medically-unexplained-illness.asp#sthash.SENWExfO.dpuf
In order to get service connected you need:
1. A Current Diagnosis
2. An In-service Injury or Disease
3. A Nexus Connecting 1 and 2
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