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I just recieved my determination for Fibromyalgia. They listed it as a disability, denied SC, but in the notes listed enviromental hazard. What does this mean? I wasn't expecting to be approved, since at the last moment, my primary PCM declined to fill out the Questionaire. Just wondering if anyone had any insight. Out of all the labs they took, the odd one was the Epstein Barr. I am not sure if that is to confirm, rule out FM... IDK. Thanks in advance for any insight!

fibromyalgia Not Service Connected

Environmental Hazard in Gulf War

 

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I'm not an expert on Gulf War conditions, but fibromyalgia is listed as a Gulf War presumptive: http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/claims-postservice-gulfwar.asp

Epstein-Barr was likely to rule out mono

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Fibromyalgia is a bear to live with.  Ask your PCP to refer you to a rheumatologist, they are the ones to treat you and diagnose you and they will do a lot of blood test. The rheumatologist will or need to review your medical records both in service and post service  and they may monitor your condition before giving you a diagnosis but they are the ones to help you out.

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If your physician won't complete the paperwork you need to find one that will.  Were you in the Gulf War?  If you were, all you need is a diagnosis to get connected.

Having a physician state it is at least as likely as not won't hurt, but isn't a requirement.  Check out http://www.ngwrc.org/docs/2013 NGWRC Self-Help Guide.pdf

The NGWRC also has a couple of examples of NOD's.  It will help you get started on that.   

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That's not the only condition that the VA tests for to try to deny claims quickly. If you try to file for reflux or IBS, they will probably test you for H. Pylori.

Agree with your write up on Epstein-Barr. It is so prolific that it is near impossible for people to have no antibodies by the time they turn 40. Some never become symptomatic.

With fibromyalgia being a diagnosis of exclusion, they will try to look for every other cause in order to rule out a known cause.

VA docs are not supposed to refuse to fill out DBQs. I can understand them refusing to fill out one if you plop it out and request they fill it out on the spot. A professional approach would have been to refer you to a specialist right away instead of taking the long route. Take another DBQ to your rheumatologist and ask them to fill it out. Look on the bright side. A DBQ filled out by a specialist carries more weigh than one filled out by an Internist.

One more thing. If you are having sleep problems or just being dead tired all the time, ask the rheumatologist about it. My rheumatologist referred me for a sleep study and I learned I had sleep apnea. He said some people with fibro have it. I got a CPAP machine and it helps when I can keep the darn mask on all night.

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