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not a Q but a STATEMENT about the power of an IMO/IME


im currently writing my award time frame and my success story for this Great Veterans Blog Information site.

but, in the mean time i want to stress and admit that all the others here stressed to me ,,,, if you get any type of small retro and believe your going further in your VA quest for benefits you deserve. please please,,, do your self a favor and save $2,500 and get an IMO/IME... it is the world of difference... if i can say that 1 of the 5 most important things ive learned here on this site is,,, the importance of realizing that a C and P exam will never get you there no matter your evidence. please take this advice and save up to get your imo/ime and then get your win from the VA.

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Well put Paul- I find that when I advise widows here  to do that, they often do not heed the advice. I know it can be a major expense, but I did it myself for my AO DMII death claim and woul

An IMO won an impossible case for me.  I contended that the heat stroke I suffered caused my neuropathy, this was denied in toto by the VA even though a letter by the Secretary of the VA noted that a

On my first claim for SC I sat down and started calling every specialist in the phone book. I found one who would give me an IMO for 250. I provided info about how the IMO must be worded and he did a

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On 9/23/2018 at 6:04 AM, broncovet said:

I agree with all these, but will add for those who dont have 2500 or whatever for the IMO:  Sometimes you can get a VA doc who is "on your side".

very true bronko... so if anyone is asked to go to C + P on lower radicular i would argue with the doc about why your tingling in your feet, shins, ankles.... then ask doc to report what specific nerves it follows ???? find it and argue it.

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Well said man.  I've been rated 50% for hearing loss and 10% for tinnitus since 2013.  I feel it's worst now at 38 then when I got that rating at 33.

Depression is huge with my hearing loss. I mean HUGE.  I often give up talking to others before I even try.

As far as the imo or one.

Me and a buddy both used Dr Bash to right an IME for both of us.


The person who looked at my friends a greed with everything the ime said and my buddy got 100%...up from his prior 80%


The person who looked at mine contested everything in the ime and I remained at my previous 70%

I guess the point is.....Yes it's a great weapon....But you are still fighting a flawed system

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On 9/25/2018 at 8:43 AM, Buck52 said:

I have learned over the years never mention a claim to the VA Dr's ,Just ask questions about your condition wisely and keep asking questions show to be  concerned about your medical condition, the Dr's will slip up on some things not realizing your getting valuable medical information from them.

say things like so Dr my condition could be related to or the cause of some of the medications I take right? should I keep doing the things I am doing or ask for a different medication to try?  ect,,,ect,,, just generally keep the conversation intact to the issues at hand....never mention a claim, After 3 days go back to Myhealthvet and see what the Dr put in his/her report on the last appointment visit  each time...eventually you will be surprised at what the VA Dr Mention...some times its just what you need as medical evidence to help substantiate  your claim.

I have never mentioned anything like that to my mh providers, they are horrible.  My neurologist will help me with anything I need.  He has had my husband trained to give me injections at home so I don't have to go to the ER, written letters for me, etc. He is the head of neurology and it isn't uncommon for him to secure message me on a Saturday or call me to check on me.  Some providers are amazing like that and then there are the 75% of the crappy ones.


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I always take my conditions face value to the VA Doc. I make my complaint about the condition, and they respond with treatment options (if the dont ignore it). This creates a record you can monitor in your Health-EVets account and you can download it in the "blue button" reports. Results from tests, xrays and examinations are all included in the reports. This is a huge help for an IMO. The more you get your VA Doc to do for you to document your condition, the less the IMO Doc has to do to give you a valid opinion based on clinical evidence provided by the VA. They also allow you do download the actual xray and MRI's images now which can be copied to a CD or a thumb drive and taken where ever you want to take them (Non-VA Doc's giving IMO will use that too).


The Blue Button Report is an invaluable tool you can use to document your condition.

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good post pwrslm Thats what I was trying to relay in my post above.

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Go to Myhealthvet and

 USE THE SECURE MESSAGES to your VA PCP or the clinical provider that you use if in a VA specialty clinic  , they go into more details...just from my experience.

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