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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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Lumber l4/l5 spinal surgery

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Need advise please. Had  a laminiectomy L4/L5 done in 2016 at Tripler in Hawaii. Since that surgery my pain has gotten really worse and now I'm on wheelchair unable to stand for long periods, numbness  in my legs to my feet, pain from my lower back now to my upper back. I was awarded IU P/T no future examination, my over rate is 90. I have was denied house bound and just recently saw my primary doctor and he said I should ask for a increase for my back because of my continues pain. Will it hurt my rating... 

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You should consult with your VSO on the specifics of your case because you may qualify for Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) for loss of use.  

See 38 CFR 3.350

Since your condition has worsened since your last rating, it is extremely unlikely that your VA rating will be reduced.  

With politician talk about removing IU when you become eligible for Social Security, you might want to consider putting in for a higher rating even if you do not qualify for SMC.  100% schedular is superior to IU.  

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Good advice from @jlrith

 

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I just had l3/l4/l5 surgery a few months ago. I too am suffering worse then before the surgery. My friends tried to talk me out of it, but I was so tired of the Pain, and allergic to pain meds. Well it did not work and now I need a complete fusion. I am so sorry that you are in alot of pain. I submitted a claim in October and the VA granted me Temporary 100%. I am currently rated at only 20% for the back, but was granted 20% and 10% for Nerve damage and numbness to both legs. You should always put in for an increase if a SC disability has gotten worse. I dont know why, but the VA does not like to give high %s for the back, even when we have surgery. Good luck and please keep us posted. God Bless!!

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Agree with your comment about the VA back rating %'s not in line with reality. If it hurts too bad to even make it to the bathroom, that should count as more.

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I really didnt realize how much we use our backs in everyday living. I so regret the surgery, and with Crohns disease to go with it, it sure aint fun going to the bathroom.

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