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Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea with an abnormally high Epworth Sleepiness Score

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Hello fellow vets! I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea (the VA considered as mild), but they also said that my Epworth Sleepiness score was higher than expected. I'm always tired, and I have trouble staying awake whenever I'm sitting down for long periods of time. It's also made driving long distances a dicey venture as well because I've fallen asleep behind the wheel on multiple occasions. Does this sound like it could be CFS? I'm a Gulf War vet, so I know I could claim it as a chronic presumptive, but it looks like the VA is denying more Gulf War claims than granting them. I was wondering if I would be better off claiming CFS as a secondary to my sleep apnea or possibly my GAD? Im not service connected for sleep apnea yet either, but I plan on claiming it secondary to my GERD so it shouldnt be an issue. Thanks for any help! :D

 

Here is the quote from the VA's sleep study findings:

 

"Of note, the degree of daytime sleepiness (ESS 18/24), appears out of proportion to the severity of sleep disordered breathing. After adequate treatment of OSA, daytime sleepiness should be reassessed to ensure improvement of symptoms."

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Order your cfile and read it.  It sounds like you may have done that.  

Has your doctor stated your sleep apnea is at least as likely as not connected to CFS?  Are you SC for CFS?  You want to file on what the evidence supports.  

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3 hours ago, broncovet said:

Order your cfile and read it.  It sounds like you may have done that.  

Has your doctor stated your sleep apnea is at least as likely as not connected to CFS?  Are you SC for CFS?  You want to file on what the evidence supports.  

Thanks for the reply! :) Yeah, I've got all of my military records, but I was never diagnosed with CFS. I've got an appointment on August 22nd to go over my sleep study results, so I planned on bringing up CFS then. 

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