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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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DICK HILL

Scheduled C&P For Migraines

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I had my scheduled C&P for Migraines today.  The C&P was supposed to be to evaluate my migraines, but ended up to cover both migraines and heart condition.  I don't feel good about it.

 

The appointment was scheduled for 1400 to 1530.  The Physician Assistant called me in at 1430 (half hour late) and informed me that both migraines and heart condition would be evaluated.  Of course I did not have any files with me regarding my heart condition claim for increase.  She asked me several questions then listened to my heart and took my blood pressure in both arms.  And that was it.

The appointment was over in 25 minutes instead of the 90 minutes scheduled.

Should I be concerned?  Should I ask for another C&P.  Your guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Dick Hill

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Sometimes exams may require less time than scheduled. If you want to get an idea of what should typically go on, check the disability DBQ exams for each condition: https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/dbq_disabilityexams.asp . See if the examination preformed and questions asked match up to what is in there. Keep in mind that a fair amount of each DBQ may not match up to the rating criteria, but moreover to get a more thorough picture of each condition.

If the examiner was a Nurse Practitioner or Physicians Assistant, and you get denied, you could probably request someone with more experience (doctor or specialist). It might be worth requesting the C&P exam results before asking for another C&P.

I hope this helps.

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