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 He takes his glasses off, looks at me and says "son, you're rated at 90%, you could have been rehabbing your knees for the past 4 years free of charge.  Some of those DAV guys are good, but some of them are idiots"

At this point, I was extremely frustrated and may have slipped out a few expletives at a louder than normal tone.  He told me "son, talk to your primary physician about getting seen by a specialist and ask to get an MRI because you're knee looks somewhat okay, but I imagine an MRI might reveal something else that will explain the pain.  Regardless of what happened, we'll take care of you, I know it's been a long journey, but hang in there and have faith.  Also, how's your migraines?  I see you're rated at 30%, but if they've gotten worse, you should file for an increase.  Anyways, hang in there son and I'll make sure I put the info gathered from the exam in today"

He was extremely caring and pro active, which is something that I am NOT used to with the VA.  I don't have as many complaints as some you guys out there, but still, it hasn't been easy.  

I just wanted to share this story and hopefully I'll get the rating I deserve - since it's a bilateral diagnose, wouldn't I get a rating for each + 10%?  Lord willing, if that happens, I should be pushed to 100% according to Hutsky's excel spreadsheet.  That will help my family and I out so much!  I am glad I am not in this fight alone and if it wasn't for a bunch of you, I would be in a darker place.  Thanks - you guys don't know how much you've done for me. 

Brothers in arms!

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I see that you are rated at 90%. Great but I think you are misinformed.  You will most likely need a lot more than 10% to reach a combined rating of 100% scheduler.  I know this may sound crazy but VA has its own Combined Rating Chart and it is not veteran friendly. Plug your ratings in this and see what you come up with.

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=e86e5995fb0293c85a1d1cb4ebe74414&mc=true&node=se38.1.4_125&rgn=div8

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8 minutes ago, pete992 said:

I see that you are rated at 90%. Great but I think you are misinformed.  You will most likely need a lot more than 10% to reach a combined rating of 100% scheduler.  I know this may sound crazy but VA has its own Combined Rating Chart and it is not veteran friendly. Plug your ratings in this and see what you come up with.

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=e86e5995fb0293c85a1d1cb4ebe74414&mc=true&node=se38.1.4_125&rgn=div8

Ha - no I know that I need more then 10%, if you re-read what I wrote you will see that I said a rating for each knee PLUS the 10% for it being a bilateral condition. 

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DirtyBulk,

For 15 years I had a 10% total for my bilateral patellafemoral pain condition.  It was just this past spring after filing for increase that I was granted an additional 10% for each, due to ROM, with the original bilateral pain condition continuing unabated.

I do wish I had an experience like yours, above.  Sure would make a world of difference, for me and mine.

Wish you the best with your claim.

Semper Fi.

Andyman

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DirtyBulk,

For 15 years I had a 10% total for my bilateral patellafemoral pain condition.  It was just this past spring after filing for increase that I was granted an additional 10% for each, due to ROM, with the original bilateral pain condition continuing unabated.

I do wish I had an experience like yours, above.  Sure would make a world of difference, for me and mine.

Wish you the best with your claim.

Semper Fi.

Andyman

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