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How to apply for disability for Hypothyroidism

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I'm currently at 70%, pending an appeal for PTSD.  Over the last couple years, VA has been watching my thyroid (multiple nodules), ended up having a total thyroidectomy this past December, so I am on the Synthroid roller coaster, trying to get my levels under control, dealing with depression, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to cold, nausea, dry skin, headaches, fatigue, etc. - this condition has severely impacted/changed my way of life.  I've always had struggles with my weight, being borderline for the weigh-ins, was put on the PT program because I was over the body fat %, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea (non-service connected; they never tested me while I was active duty).  How do I approach applying for service connection for the hypothyroidism with secondary sleep apnea (OSA) and depression?  People are telling me that there's a clear nexus there to prove service connection.

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Were you diagnosed with a thyroid condition in service? If not, did you display hypothyroidism symptoms during your military service, in addition to the weight issue? 

If you have all your military medical records ("STRs" or service treatment records), ask a Registered Nurse, physician, or other knowledgeable medical professional to review your labs for any indicators of hypothyroidism (or any thyroid problem). 

I am not a physician. These are simply ideas based on my knowledge of the VA disability program in general. 

Both of my brothers have hypothyroidism so I know it's no fun, to say the least! Both of them did eventually start to feel better when, as you discussed, their docs were able to fine-tune the Synthroid (levothyroxine)  dosage. I hope you get to feeling better quickly!

~ Mark

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