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How to go about requesting an disability increase due to sleep apnea


Hi - I'm currently sitting at 90% SC disability with 50% for sleep apnea. My Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) score was 25 events/hour when I was awarded the 50% SC for sleep apnea (about 4 years ago) - I've been on a CPAP machine ever since.

I haven't been able to sleep consistently for the past 6-7 months so I went in for a 5 year follow up sleep study that showed my Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) score had increased to 62.3 events/hour - even while using the prescribed CPAP machine. I'm going back in this weekend to get the air level modified/increased by the sleep center that conducted the sleep study.

Question: Is the AHI increase sufficient enough to put in for an increase SC disability rating for sleep apnea?

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Gastone,(French?)I started getting "corrected/re-educated" by my 2nd year in.  At that point I was already breathing generous amounts of KC-130 exhaust and fuel fumes, on top of the daily stress of being a young Marine.  I wasn't into gaming or partying, so staying up too late wasn't common for me. But none-the-less, my short term memory was starting to play tricks on me. I can't count how many times I was verbally "counseled" for forgetting something, and never having any excuse(like going out drinking or skirt chasing). Worse yet was having no alibi either, since my first several roommates had friends that didn't include me.  So they were usually not there to corroborate my story of just hanging out in my room at the barracks.

And it slowly got worse from there. I was tested by the neuro-psychological department at my VAMC, at the behest of my VA MH therapist, and was found to have significant short term memory loss.  On one of the tests I scored a 4%. And when I had told the one dr that I had O2 levels in the mid 70s during an overnight sleep study, the expression on her face was pure shock/amazement.

I just love being me.  AFU and little hope of getting that reduced to partially FU!

Semper Fi

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