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IBS- File as Gulf War Syndrome or secondary to rated PTSD?

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Should I file an IBS claim for Gulf War Syndrome or secondary to my PTSD which I have a 70% rating? Which is the better route?  Also I just need the IBS diagnosis prior to filing?

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Yes you need it and it is a presumptive, so you do not need to file it secondary to anything.  Let them sort out where it needs to go.  

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Shrek is right. Recurrent IBS for Gulf War veterans falls nicely under "functional gastrointestinal disorders". This link should help:

https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/publications/gulf-war/gulf-war-winter-2016/gulf-war-presumptives.asp

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One other option: Do both.

You are free to argue that your IBS is

  • More than likely a functional disorder presumptive to GW exposure
  • At least as likely as not secondary to PTSD
    • Thus Service Connected Due to Presumptive and Secondary reasons

In my own claim I am arguing SC for several conditions that I have evidence could be linked to more than one condition.  As an example, are my Migranes due to my

  • fibromyalgia
  • neck and shoulder conditions
  • PTSD
  • Allergies/Sinusitis
  • Directly connected as I was treated for headaches on active duty

It could be one of the above, or a combination of several conditions.  In the end the arguments add up that they are SC because it is Most Likely it is one of the above and the RO can assign them to whatever he chooses.

 

 

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Hyrb is right on. When in doubt, and you have the  evidence, list multiple causes. Let  the RO sort it out. It sure helps if you can get an IMO from your doc that lists rationale and that any one or combination is more likely than not to have caused your disability. But making the RO rater having to deny all of them and their combinations is a tough thing to do sometime.

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I filed as a gulf war presumptive with a fully developed claim. I had a colonoscopy, blood work up and a fecal exam to rule out parasites. You need to cross your T's and dot your I's, they low balled me with a 0% rating because my doctor didn't keep good medical notes so they couldn't show that I complained about stomach pain, evidence should have put me at 30%.  Now I see my doctor every couple months and make sure that he notes my complaints of stomach pain, I'll be filing for an increase soon. Good luck.

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