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Jesse Witthoft

Not sure what is best plan


So, I’m not totally sure what my best plan of action is. I will lay out a time line and then a few questions

2001-2005 Active duty USAF Honorable discharges


2009/ entered VA system and filed a SC claim for tinnitus and tendonitis of the right shoulder

Approved 10% tinnitus

Approved 10% tendonitis of the right shoulder

2011/ diagnosed with Ehlors-Danlose syndrome, a genetic connective disorder

2011/ filed for NSCD and SSID for the EDS, got NSCD first and then got and switched to SSID

2013/ filed SC for EDS, not a new claim but under the shoulder claiming that the tendinitis was a misdiagnose. When I was at my DBQ the C&P examiner said that he could only look at the shoulder even though the EDS effects the entire body. It got denied and then I appealed.

2016 May/ filed new claim for EDS and an increase for the R shoulder

2016 April/ EDS appeal came back denied

2016 June/ got increase to 20% for right shoulder. No action could be taken for EDS because it was still under appeal. The letter and the C&P examiner said that I should file for the left shoulder as a secondary injury.

So, I’m going to file for the left shoulder and depression related to chronic pain.

Should I file the left shoulder first separately (since it seems like it will be run up and back quickly)or  file them together?

 I also get headaches that are from me guarding my shoulders should I file for that or is that pyramiding?  

Then there is the EDS:

1. Let it go…

2.  File a new claim for it, not connected to the shoulder?

3. Reopen the original claim and send it to Washington?

4. Other?

Finally, the 20% for the right shoulder is that the best rating I can get with good range of motion?

Thanks for your time and advice…



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