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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Has anyone had a C & P exam with a nurse practitioner that wasn't interested in your disability but was looking for ways to state that your condition has improved? I've always had chronic lower back pain and was recently awarded 40% in 2016. After receiving that rating I then pursued IU and of course they set me up for a C&P exam. So after spending the morning with the nurse practitioner the exam lasted less than 30 minutes. So she had asked me to do certain movements which I was unable to perform and she did not measure or use any device to conclude her decision. So after weeks of waiting for the results I receive a letter stating that I had a normal range of motion. I was highly upset and was furious with the outcome. I then submitted evidence that my condition has not improved. I am also collecting Social Security disability due to my lower back and I sent them proof that I am no longer employed since 11/2016 and they sent me a form to give to my employer?? Go figure.... So they proposed to reduce my lower back % from 40 to 0. It is now a year and they have not reduced my lower back rating. So just recently I receive a call from the C&P clinic to have another examination for my lower back. So I asked the receptionist the same question is it a doctor that will be performing the examination? She stated no it will be a nurse practitioner. I informed the receptionist that I do not wish to have a nurse practitioner give her medical opinion due to the previous np and her medical opinion. So she told me to contact the Regional office to schedule me another C&P exam with a non va medical facility for this lower back C&P exam. So I receive an email from VES Services stating that I have a c&p exam with one of their medical providers at this facility. So it happens to be my old VA primary care Doctor who is no longer practicing at the VA clinic but with this VES Services agency. My concern is if I know this Doctor isn't a specialist for  my lower back why bother going through with this examination knowing that she was a primary care physician and not a back specialist ? I tried calling several chiropractors to see whether they can perform my C&P exam on my behave rather than the VES Services and they all seem to say that they don't do that examination. So now I'm concerned that they are really trying to reduce my 40% to 0. Does anyone have any suggestion or advice to this matter or have gone through with this process??? I have until next week to find a back specialist who is willing to perform the C&P exam before attending this VES Service examination. Anyone help.

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I was once evaluated at the UCSF thermoregulatory lab and they put me in a heating and cooling blanket and tested my reaction to heat and cold.  They noted that they had never previously seen such low readings of sweat production and noted the mental disability that occurs when I was heated.  A evaluator for the VA put me under heat lamps and used litmus paper to determine if I was sweating and tried to invalidate the previous testing.  An accredited lab got positive results and an inexperienced doctor invalidated the results in slipshod testing.  Guess who won at the BVA though. 

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