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Hello all. I have been appealing a decision I was given on a compensation claim in 2015. Today I checked ebenefits and the message changed:

Table of Claims
Latest Progress Status Description Received
03/02/2016 Appeal Pending - Statement of the Case (SOC) VA has received your Form 9 and will begin completing final actions regarding your appeal before it is sent to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Date not available

 

This change occurred 11/26/2018. I had a C&P exam for this appeal on November 11th and mailed in all my supporting documentation. The issues are interstitial cystitis (only service records I have were for multiple visits of painful urination, but to my knowledge this disease is relatively new and unstudied..so it's not something anyone in service would have diagnosed 15 years ago) and GERD (diagnosed in service and treated since service with medication). I have been told SOC's are only for denials. So does this mean my claims have been denied again? When I requested the BVA review I don't remember if I asked for teleconference or not...I have done all of my own claims, but I recently requested representation (POA) by DAV.  Any advice about the status change in Ebenefits? My rating has not changed in there, nor have any documents...

My case was transferred from St.Pete -RO to FARGO due to backlog, and that is who ordered my C&P exam. When the examiner from Fargo called, she told me if she was unable to grant my claims she recommended I get with a VSO to represent me moving forward. So, anyone have experience with this stage of the game?

 

I am service connected:

TVT - 20%

Hyst. - 30%

Migraines - 30%

Anemia -0%

Dry eyes - 0%

Allergic rhinitis-0%

Rectocele - 0%

Restless leg syndrome - 0%

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I don't mean to sidetrack you with your question about GERD, or impose, but it's important that you're aware of Obstructive Sleep Apnea as secondary to SC Allergic Rhinitis. If your Rhinitis wors

I assume you mean Shands teaching hospital in Gainesville Fla. If so they have world class specialists on staff and if need be they can be leveraged to bolster your claim. Convince your VA specialist

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2 hours ago, AFMedic09 said:

Hello all. I have been appealing a decision I was given on a compensation claim in 2015. Today I checked ebenefits and the message changed:

Table of Claims
Latest Progress Status Description Received
03/02/2016 Appeal Pending - Statement of the Case (SOC) VA has received your Form 9 and will begin completing final actions regarding your appeal before it is sent to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Date not available

 

This change occurred 11/26/2018. I had a C&P exam for this appeal on November 11th and mailed in all my supporting documentation. The issues are interstitial cystitis (only service records I have were for multiple visits of painful urination, but to my knowledge this disease is relatively new and unstudied..so it's not something anyone in service would have diagnosed 15 years ago) and GERD (diagnosed in service and treated since service with medication). I have been told SOC's are only for denials. So does this mean my claims have been denied again? When I requested the BVA review I don't remember if I asked for teleconference or not...I have done all of my own claims, but I recently requested representation (POA) by DAV.  Any advice about the status change in Ebenefits? My rating has not changed in there, nor have any documents...

My case was transferred from St.Pete -RO to FARGO due to backlog, and that is who ordered my C&P exam. When the examiner from Fargo called, she told me if she was unable to grant my claims she recommended I get with a VSO to represent me moving forward. So, anyone have experience with this stage of the game?

 

I am service connected:

TVT - 20%

Hyst. - 30%

Migraines - 30%

Anemia -0%

Dry eyes - 0%

Allergic rhinitis-0%

Rectocele - 0%

Restless leg syndrome - 0%

I don't mean to sidetrack you with your question about GERD, or impose, but it's important that you're aware of Obstructive Sleep Apnea as secondary to SC Allergic Rhinitis.

If your Rhinitis worsens or has worsened, it's probably time to begin the paper trail of getting seen for it at your nearest VA or private doctor. If this condition has indeed worsened and you have the medical evidence; put in a claim for an increase.

On the topic of OSA, if you get diagnosed months or years later and are issued a CPAP machine, it can be Secondary-Service connected to your SC Allergic Rhinitis. Sleep Apnea w/CPAP is rated 50%.

Don't believe me? Here's an appealed claim that was granted.

https://www.va.gov/vetapp07/files3/0721554.txt

You have quite a bit of 0% SC disabilities, you can always request an increase if any of those worsen.

 

Depression and Scars can be secondary connected also to TVT, Hyst.

https://www.va.gov/vetapp07/files3/0721554.txt

 

Depression and Insomnia can be secondary connected to Migraines.

I apologize in advance if I came across as imposing. 

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It is very hard to get service connected for this type condition if you don't have medial records showing you had problems in miltary  but some specialist can give their opinion to  secondary condition that may be related or the cause. with it being a new condition and was never mention back 15 years ago   you will need a specialist to help you with that give his opinion that its related to what your symptoms was back then  ect,,,ect,,

a soc ( statement of case) is sent after each denial  rather first time claim or a DRO Hearing  you will still get a SOC, Usually after a DRO or Review of the claim and your denied  you will still get a SOC.   In it the will tell why you were denied and what youer options are for Appeals. after a DRO Denial then its on to the form #9 off to the BVA Judge to decide  if the judge reads your evidence and thinks the R.O. Could make a decison or should be able to make a decison  then  your claim will be remand back to your R.O.

but check out a lot of the BVA court decisions most are denied that never had evidence of medical in this type condition while in the military

if your still denied we need to know the reason and bases for the denial to better help you  or you need to seek a good experience VA Claims Agent or an experience VA Attorney  and a good Dr.

 

Unfortunately if you see a SOC in e befits its more likely another denial....sorry  and I could be wrong we really can't depend on what e benefits say  its unreliable.

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I might add this

Once service connected for a condition or Injury rather 0% or any %  on that bases if another condition arises from the S.C. Condition then that condition can be a secondary condition to the S,C, Condition and becomes in part of the original condition   if that makes a lick of sense?

I just wanted to make that clear  but you need a qualified Dr to make that opinion  we as veterans can't do that.  simply because were not Dr's

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Thank you all. I know this will be difficult to be SC'd for, but I believe I should have (and would have) been diagnosed in service if they knew anything about painful urination or painful bladder syndrome back then. They just treated me with medication and antibiotics back then. The specialist at the VA ( who had been working with Shands from a grant to study IC) told me this has likely been my issue all along. I now have to cath twice daily. I will continue the fight until I can't fight any more.

I called the 800 # today and he told me to disregard the "We have received your form 9", because he said he does not see this in his system. He advised that I continue to call back for status updates and wait on the SOC before turning it over to the DAV.

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