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Adequate Letter For Sleep Apnea?

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This letter appears to be a strong IME/IMO in support of your claim.  

You have at least 2 of 3 required Caluza elements:  Current diagnosis, and nexus.  

Now, only you can answer if you have an "in service event" or aggravation documented.  

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All I have is the diagnosis of hypertension and subsequent treatment, the inattentiveness and inappropriate responses at medical meetings which could be identified as  hypersomnolence and, after being on a CPAP for several years the hypertension vanished.  Meanwhile with the incorrect and erroneous diagnosis by a Physician Assistant, I have left ventricular hypertrophy, cardiomegaly, coronary artery disease, Chronic kidney disease, stage 2 and impotence.Additionally, major studies have shown that 1/2 of those diagnosed with hypertension (HTN) have OSA and one hale fo those with OSA have HTN.  Moreover, studies have shown that with successful treatment of OSA the HTN is eradicated.  

I believe that the studies comment is certainly warranted and carries a significant burden of proof in my favor since in applies to my condition.

And thank you for your honest reply!

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Any chance you could post redacted copies of your SMR's that your Sleep Specialist refers to?

If not, was your BMI over 29%, was your neck in excess of 17 in? Who corroborated your Sleep issues back in 1983 thru 84?

I think you're going to have a tough sell for Direct SC of SA. What was the date of your 1st Overnight Sleep Study which resulted in a definitive SA DX? Oklahoma VMC, correct?

As to the "Incorrect Erroneous" PA's DX of Hypertension, appears that your BP was checked on at least (3) separate occasions over a one month span, 12/83 - 1/9/84 and 1/30/84. That's meets the Medical requirement for a Hypertension DX . What were your highest and lowest readings on the respective days? What was the documented reason for the 12/83 Sick Bay call?

I take it that upon discharge from active duty, you were still taking BP Meds, did you get a VA SC for BP? What was the date of your CAD DX?

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