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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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I was just recently officially diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by my outside PCP doc.  Although I have suffered for many years with this condition all my medical records that reflected it were no longer available.  Since I am will be filing a claim for PTSD/MST I wanted to include the Fibro dx. secondary to the PTSD/MST.  I have no experience filing a SC claim as I have no SC rating at this time.  I see both VA and non VA docs and since my VA PCP is not very helpful I decided to go to my outside PCP for an official eval. and dx for the Fibro. 

I told my outside PCP that I was planning on filing for the SC claim with the VA and as expected her exam along with my history confirmed the Fibro diagnosis.  I asked her if she would fill out the DBQ for VA benefits and she agreed to fill it out if I got it to her quickly. She has no experience with VA claim paperwork I think it's would be wise to send some cliff notes or suggestions of how to fill it out once I send her the DBQ form.  I do not want to make anything up (or ask my provider to), but with my provider not understanding the VA system she may inadvertently or unknowingly word certain answers in a way that may negatively impact or kill my claim. 

I would like to know first if anyone has a Fibro DBQ that has already been filled out that could be posted as an example of the verbiage used for the sections warranting a typed out explanation.

Also, since I am just formally getting diagnosed I see that the questions below would be difficult to answer since I have not started treatment and it doesn't seem like neither "yes" or "no" answer would apply.  I am wondering what should be filled out in this situation.  In my case, I have a very complicated medical history and my PCP stated that medication would not be the first line of treatment due to complications of the side affects and how it may impact my other medical conditions.  The questions on the form regarding medication use(see below) are "yes" or "no" and there is no section to explain anything other.  She wants me to try alternative therapies first, like acupuncture, message and exercise therapy etc.  I am not sure what to do since she offered to fill out the DBQ now and think it's a one time offer to hurry up and send it to her. 

Am I suppose to wait until months down the road until I am receiving therapies before I can fill out the DBQ and file for the claim I am not sure I will get her to fill it out at that point.  Is it a waste of time to have her fill it out now??

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3A. DESCRIBE THE HISTORY (including onset and course) OF THE VETERAN'S FIBROMYALGIA CONDITION:

3B. IS CONTINUOUS MEDICATION REQUIRED FOR CONTROL OF FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS?

YES

NO

3C. IS THE VETERAN CURRENTLY UNDERGOING TREATMENT FOR THIS CONDITION?

YES

NO

(If "Yes," describe):

3D. ARE THE VETERAN'S FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS REFRACTORY TO THERAPY?

YES

NO

(If "Yes," describe):

SUPERSEDES VA FORM

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THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY ADVICE!!!

MICHIGANDER

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Make sure you have documented all 3 Caluza elements:

1.  Current diagnosis.

2.  In service event or aggravation.

3.  Nexus.  Your doctor needs to state something very close to :  "The Veterans xxx diagnois is at least as likely as not due to yyy event which occurred in military service"  Then, the doctor should explain using medical rationale, why she so stated.  

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@broncovet Yes, I understand, but where do I have my doc state this?? Does she put it somewhere in the DBQ? Or would this be stated in a seoerate letter? In other words does my civilian doc not even need to fill out the DBQ at all as long as all three things needed are noted in a letter?  I prefer the later because the DBQ seems too complicated and it would be much easier to write up a letter and have her sign it.  I know I've seen examples of these letters posted I would need to search for them and make sure I am using the proper verbiage as you said ..dix, service connection/nexus.

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Michigander,

Assuming you use the VAMC

it will be  written up and placed in your medical records, you can get copies off Myhealthyvet or From the ROI (release of information) Desk at your VAMC after 3 days of your Appointment with your VA Dr.

you will need to sign the ROI Form and they will make you copy's.

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Note:

you need your PTSD Dx come from the VA  That is a strong Requirement from the VA. VA will only accept a PTSD Dx from the VA Only.

You can ask your civilian Doc to fill out the DBQ   most VA Dr's won't help with that and use it as evidence inyour claim.

they will need a copy of your VA PTSD Dx,

  but some do  just have to ask them?

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This Fibro Dx Will be good to add to your PTSD Claim as secondary related to your PTSD and any other conditions that you have or get a Dx For.

Remember you still have time  to gather up all your evidence and any conditions that you have to add, Add them in with your PTSD Claim.

  Remember the ITF (INTENT TO FILE) When you filed that   that will give you a year to get all of this together  before you actually file your PTSD Claim   just don't forget to add all your other conditions that can be secondary to your PTSD.

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