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Psoriatic arthritis c&p bloodwork

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This is a very specific question for those familiar with Psoriatic arthritis.  How much weight does the VA put on blood work for c-reactive protein levels, in combination with diagnosis from my doctor and physical exam?  I had my c-reactive protein level checked a while back, but they showed as normal (worried the VA will deny based on this if the case is still the same).  However, there is information available that says c-reactive proteins are only elevated in about half of psoriatic arthritis patients, I found this in a study by the national institute of health. should i submit this with my claim just in case?

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I doubt that its relevant.  Yes, its probably relevant to those who participated in the study, but VA wants evidence specific to YOU, not case study participants.  Those rating specialists are unconcerned with interpreting the data from case studies.  

They want to see if your doctor interpreted them, diagnosed you, and whether or not you have an in service event, as well as a nexus.  If you have these Caluza elements, you are good to go unless you plan a career diagnosing and treating psoriatic arthritis.  

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I doubt that its relevant.  Yes, its probably relevant to those who participated in the study, but VA wants evidence specific to YOU, not case study participants.  Those rating specialists are unconcerned with interpreting the data from case studies.  

They want to see if your doctor interpreted them, diagnosed you, and whether or not you have an in service event, as well as a nexus.  If you have these Caluza elements, you are good to go unless you plan a career diagnosing and treating psoriatic arthritis.  

However, if it makes YOU feel better, by all means submit these case studies, but dont expect VA to even read them.  We are lucky to get them to read our nexus.  (which they dont always do). 

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