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2 hours ago, Buck52 said:

A good example of a secondary claim for Sleep Apnea

Example Only

Say your S.C. For PTSD

Would be PTSD  you can say or the Dr''s can say that your VA Diagnose of sleep apnea is related to your PTSD.....so you can file a secondary claim due to your PTSD & Medications  if you have a Dr to connect the two.

But it has to be a qualified Dr to give his medical opinion on this.

without the help of the Docs your Sleep Apnea Will be denied.

I do need to look at the Medication that the Military and the VA had / has me on. Thanks Buck!

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7 minutes ago, doc25 said:

Weight gain is a misconception by most doctors, unless it's a sleep specialist. It's only one factor. There's plenty of veterans that are not overweight and still have Sleep Apnea. Why is that??

So you're right in not buying what they're selling.

I really don't understand why the VA don't want to understand that my weigh gain is from my lack of sleep and chronic pain. It is hard to be motivated to exercise when you are a walking zombie with chronic pain. The funny part of this is that when they tell me no, it pushes me to prove them wrong. I can see a lot more sleepless nights in my future, until I do so.

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I recently read some where maybe a press release email from the VA I get??

I'm not sure where I read about obesity  can cause/ related to another  medical condition.

it mention that  the VA is seeking to do away with obesity or over weight veterans that being over weight  will cause other conditions   ect,,,ect,,,  & is not going to be service connected or can be a secondary condition that veterans use as a way to get service connected for a certain conditions.

not sure yet or not  that law has passed?

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Oh, I can see that happening but I have read VA court cases in which the Doctor stated that the Veterans weigh problem was directly related to OSA / Medication / etc... With that statement the Veteran won their appeal. So it would be interesting see if they can get it passed. My BMI is between 27 and 29 so if I could lose 10 to 20 pounds, I would be at the weigh they think I should be at. By the way the Doctor that is stating my Sleep Apnea is due to my weigh is obese. So, he had a lot of room to talk. 

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Oh yes a lot of claims have been decided because of the Veterans obesity and the VA is going to try to put a stop to it.

in my opinion its a 50/50 deal in some cases.

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