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john999

DMII and OSA

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I developed sleep apnea after I was service connected for DMII.  Do you think there is any medical evidence that a lawyer could use to make a connection, so I could get the OSA as secondary to DMII?   I know I will need strong medical opinions and a strong argument to do this.  I have found most doctor very reluctant to make these sorts of connections.  They are only interested in doing sleep studies and getting you a CPAP.  Is there a lawyer here that has worked with these kinds of cases who could advise me?  I know it takes money to prime the pump on these sorts of cases.

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I'm working on a secondary OSA claim as well.  I am also a organ transplant coordinator and have a pretty good medical education and fluency.  

First of all, I'd highly recommend you call Dr Anaise for a consult.  He is a lung transplant surgeon of 30 years and a practicing attorney.  He specializes in VA law and has a interest in sleep apnea.  I have no interest in him personally, he did my IMO.  Its killer.  Of course my claim is pending so we will see in the end.

He charged my 1500 for 3 conditions, but he was happy to do a consult and review my charts without charge.  

 

That being said, it seems that the current literature that I could pull showed a strong link with OSA aggravating DM2 not the other way a around.  Here is a good study.  Of course Dr Anaise my have other literature that is in your favor.  

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3449487/

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Some of the experienced VEterans lawyers have a knack of knowing where to send their Veterans for a favorable IMO/IME, as a great IMO/IME is deal maker.  

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John, have you seen a Non-VA Sleep Specialist, preferably a Board Certified Neurologist that Specializes in Adult/Pediatric Sleep Medicine?

Clinician Treatment notes from your first Appointment (Less than $200.00 without Med Ins) discussing the possibility of your DMII being a significant contributing factor to your Post-DMII SA (OSA, CSA or MSA?) could Seal the Deal.

You're 100% already, how long? Do you have or are you thinking about an SMC S? Any chance for a reduction?  What are your respective SC's that contribute to the 100% CSC  or is it an IU Award? A breakdown, please?

Being a Nam Vet, you've probably gained a pound or 2. Most Dr's look at age (North of 55), being Male, a BMI of 27%++, Neck size of 17in ++, large Tongue and Stomach as being significant symptomology factors contributing to  OSA development. A DMII SC rating of 20% would generally be viewed as "less Likely" rather than "as likely as Not" in a Vet that had all of the above-referenced causative symptoms.

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On 10/2/2016 at 5:09 PM, john999 said:

I developed sleep apnea after I was service connected for DMII.  Do you think there is any medical evidence that a lawyer could use to make a connection, so I could get the OSA as secondary to DMII?   I know I will need strong medical opinions and a strong argument to do this.  I have found most doctor very reluctant to make these sorts of connections.  They are only interested in doing sleep studies and getting you a CPAP.  Is there a lawyer here that has worked with these kinds of cases who could advise me?  I know it takes money to prime the pump on these sorts of cases.

just noticed date of thread is over a year ago

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