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Shoulder C&P: 'Not ratable due to flare up' ???

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Hello HadIt community,

Just had a c&p for a claim for an increase to a previous 0% shoulder rating.  If it matters, it was a nurse practitioner and not a doc.  When we went through ROM I couldn't raise forward beyond 30* due to being in a current flare up, and she stopped the test right there as she stated 'I can't do a ROM test on you due to you being on a flare up'.  I asked if that meant I would have to come back later and she 'didn't think so.'

Now, it's possible this could be in my favor if written as 'severely limited ROM', but I was at about 30* and she stopped the c&p right there.

Has this happened to anyone else, and if so what was the outcome?

Thanks in advance!!!

 

 

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You have to read the C and P report, that is what matters.  Its what he writes down.  

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The exam can be done while you're having a flare up or not.  Its right in the DBQ questionnaire.  It asks the examiner if the Veteran is currently having a flare up.  Or not.

Having said that, I don't know how the rater reacts to those questions.  However, since its on the questionnaire, I am sure its scored either way or they would  have to have you back if it benefited you, the Veteran.  So, maybe there is a factor, etc.

I would think a flare up would benefit the Veteran.  It usually represents the disability at it's worse.

FWIW,

Hamslice

 

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