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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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RickyDee

fibromyalgia and OSA

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Impression: 57 y/o with polyarthralgias and high positive ANA (1:1280, speckle pattern). His MSK symptoms suggest OA, especially with his H/O previous trauma and injury to his joints. He could still have seronegative Sjogren's syndrome. I
think that he has fibromyalgia as a result of OSA combined with chronic pain from OA. I favor that his inability to wake up feeling rested is aggravating his symptoms.

 

How can I use this information to cliam FIBRO. It has a lot of gray areas and the doc has already departed for a civilian job.
 

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Others may or may not agree, regarding when to file a claim. I personally believe you should start the New or Secondary FDC immediately on your E-Ben site (establishes a File Date for Retro), anytime you receive or are about to receive a New DX (obvious or questionable SC related).

Attach all your supporting Medical Evidence (Especially Clinician Treatment Notes) and hit the Submit Button. Let the Rater's do their job. All you need is a "at least as likely as not," sounds like your VMC Treating Clinician has you covered there.

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I am thinking the same way you are. My last visit with this doc and I asked her pacifically did I have FIBRO and she said yes because of my joint pain and sleepless nights.  

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What about the SA (Sleep Apnea), do you snore, have you Porked  up to a BMI 30%, neck size Male 171/2+?

Poor Sleep Hygiene (as the Drs call it) resulting in Memory, Attention, Anger, Daytime Somnolence, can all be symptoms of untreated OSC, CSA or MSA forms of sleep Apnea. Left untreated, you walk around like a cast member of the Living Dead. Then there's the Medical Fact, that untreated Moderate to Severe SA can and will, probably kill you.

Have you filed the FDC yet?

Semper Fi

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