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    • So, my lawyer sent an IME w/ IMO and filed a supplemental claim solely for IU on March 20.

      It was closed on March 25, and va.gov just states claim closed and nothing more.

      Hopefully, I get good news.
    • Thanks for the responses. I am filing a new claim but will continue pushing the NOD. My new question is it stated in law or statute that if during the claims process the VA finds conditions that could possibly rate service connection that was not originally filed for, the VA will “invite” the veteran to file the claim on the claims form. Reason I ask is that my private DBQs, NEXUS letter, and even the VA nurse examiner's DBQs lists bilateral upper radiculopathy as present. If it is written in statute or official guidance it might qualify as a CUE. Just looking at all angles. 
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      Thank you, everyone contributes, good or bad, all of our stories will help others, and yes, they have been stated by others for ages, over and over, but we just get depressed, and the time turns into years as they screw us..

      Welcome to the department of Veterans Affairs!  I can honestly say, "been there, done that".  

      Even after winning my tdiu in 2017, it was back to the drawing board as VA hornswaggeld my effective date.  (but of course).  

      I finally won my tdiu effective date in Feb. 2020, 18 years after I first applied!!!  

      Here is how they managed to drag mine out 18 years:

      1.  They never adjuticated my decison until 2009, where they called it "moot".  

      2.  I appealed, said it was not moot because it could result in an earlier effective date and SMC S under Bradley vs Peake.  The judge agreed with me, and ordered VARO consider me for extra schedular TDIU, under 4.16 b.  

      3.  The VARO piddles with  the remand for 3 years, and hoped I wouldnt notice.  I noticed and raised cane until they adjuticated it.  (denied of course).  

      4.  Finally, after the baord denied again, I hired a lawyer, in 2014, and appealed to CAVC.   

      5.  The lawyer won a remand, got an IMO and I won tdiu in 2017.  But at the wrong effective date, even after 15 years.  

      6.  I hired another lawyer, Chris Attig, and appealed the effective date, and he won a remand for effective date.  Trip 2 to CAVC.  

      7.  Mr. Attig won a remand, and advised me to get another IMO.  

      8.  The board awarded my earlier effective date in Feb. 2020.  

           So, I do have advice fighting VA for TDIU, they fought and fought and I hung in there and won it all.  

      ADVICE:  Dont count on VA, they could easily throw your fax in the trash.  Follow up!  
    • "Keep in mind that due to the nature of the digestive system, VA would most likely combined your conditions and pay you at the higher rate to avoid pyramiding".    That is one of my main gripes.  They are only listing the GERD with hiatal hernia and ignoring the rest of my gastric issues such as the gastritis which I also had in service.  I included it in my 2007 request for increase and again in 2019.  The info from the civilian dr that stated I had the gastritis with H pylori was not even provided to the examiner in 2007, nor did he have my VA health records. The 2019 request was based on an EGD I had AT THE VA in Jan 2019.   I filed for an increase 6 Mar and they did an ACE on 27 Mar and downgraded to noncompensable on that date.  The only reason I was thinking CUE:  38 CFR § 3.326 - Under Examinations  it states (c) Provided that it is otherwise adequate for rating purposes, a statement from a private physician may be accepted for rating a claim without further examination".  
    • Enough has been said on this topic. This forum is not the proper forum for an attorney and former client to hash out their problems. Please take this offline
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Swollen Prostate OTC Recommendations Meds?

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Anyone have any good   (OTC) (Over the counter) Meds that work for a swollen prostate BHP?

They are  100's of these pillls on the market, what pills worked best for you?

Any feedback Is Definitely Appreciated.

Thanks

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Well, yes.  

    I have, like many men, prostate issues.  My advice:

1.  Try to eat less red meat.  Most beef has growth hormones in it, which creates inflamation.   One study claimed that people who eat buffalo instead of beef rarely get prostate issues.  Buffalo does not have growth horemones.  Many kinds of beef does.  You can eat the organic, good quality grass fed beef in moderation.    (not cows fed GMO corn)  

2.  Instead, try to consume polyphenols.  ONE good source:  Pomegranete or pom juice.   Dr. Gundry has a good product "Vital Reds".  You mix it with juice and drink it every day.  Its rich in polyphenols.  

3.  Beta Sitosterol.  Some products have too little of it to do any real good.  "Source Naturals" has a "mega strength Beta Sitosterol"  .  Its available online or at local health food stores.  YOU also want to take Himilaya brand "Prostacare" also available online or at health food stores.  Larry King touts "prostagenix brand" but I have not found it as effective as what I have mentioned.  I think you need about 1000 to 2000 mg of Beta sitosterol.  Less than that has limited effectiveness.  I take 2 of the Source naturals mega strength and 2 of the Himalaya.  Both of these companies (especially Himalaya) are very welll respected.  

4.  Exercise.   Even walking is good.  

5.  Life style changes.  Eat better.  More fruits and vegetables, especially fruits with polyphenols.  (Cherry, blueberry, and rasberry are good).  Switch to a "high quality" olive oil.  Good quality olive oil is not a "blend" of many different countries, instead they are proud enough to put where its grown and the "estate" where its grown.  Good olive oil is high in polyphenols.   Drink plenty of water.   Fish is good.  

6.  My VA doc also presribes "flowmax" and it helps some, but not as much as items 1 through 5.  

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Well, I've been away from the board for a while due to a hospitalization for my prostrate and continuing ER visits, and appointment... Dec 22 I could not urinate... every 15 minutes I was in the bathroom and could not go, finally I went to the ER and was admitted where they inserted a catheter.  I've been on the catheter ever since...  I have been having problems with my prostrate since Nov 2018... while I was put on flow-max and finasteride which are the basic drugs for this issue nothing seem to help, and eventually I could not pee.... Yesterday they scoped my penis looking into the bladder and the entire urinary track. The found an abnormal tissue apparently block the flow of my urine... I am awaiting a biopsy . While discussing the issue with my Four doctors,  I was informed there really is no good over the counter medication or pill that actually helps this issue. I was told good diet, good exercise goes a long way.... I have changed my diet drastically .. but it may be too late for me..... In the meantime I have been praying that I don't have a cancer. My medical health, with COPD and PE's is compromised greatly, while Its likely treatment for cancer is the next step, I am not so sure my body can take the strain, and in fact that seems to be the biggest concern coming from my doctors.  Oh another point.. if your overweight loose the weight,  this is a big problem for prostrate issues, and if you do have to cath yourself,  and can't see down there... its no fun...

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Its not suprising that Medical doctors dont recommend herbal treatments.  Here is the problem:

Pharmecital companies "fund" medical schools.  So, guess what they teach?  You guessed it, avoid herbals and buy pills instead.  

Did you know, however, I think it was around 1980 when the "number of alternative medicine appointments" exceeded the number of MD doc appointments?  

Here is the problem.  A plant is not "patentable" in the USA.  So no one can keep you from selling, Aloe Vera plant to help with burns such as sunburn.  

Sometimes, there is actually overlap:  Pills sometimes have a similar active ingredient found in some herbs.  

If you read the literature on "flow max", you will see that it does NOT shrink the prostate!

Source:  https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-4154/flomax-oral/details

   So, if it does not shrink the prostate, what good is it??  My doc prescribed it for me..and it didnt work for me either.    I have changed some things, like I posted above, and my prostate is much better.  But the docs prescriptions were useless, at least by itself.  

 

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    • So, my lawyer sent an IME w/ IMO and filed a supplemental claim solely for IU on March 20.

      It was closed on March 25, and va.gov just states claim closed and nothing more.

      Hopefully, I get good news.
    • Thanks for the responses. I am filing a new claim but will continue pushing the NOD. My new question is it stated in law or statute that if during the claims process the VA finds conditions that could possibly rate service connection that was not originally filed for, the VA will “invite” the veteran to file the claim on the claims form. Reason I ask is that my private DBQs, NEXUS letter, and even the VA nurse examiner's DBQs lists bilateral upper radiculopathy as present. If it is written in statute or official guidance it might qualify as a CUE. Just looking at all angles. 
    • Everyone needs to read our stories so they can try to avoid these screws by the va...
      Thank you, everyone contributes, good or bad, all of our stories will help others, and yes, they have been stated by others for ages, over and over, but we just get depressed, and the time turns into years as they screw us..

      Welcome to the department of Veterans Affairs!  I can honestly say, "been there, done that".  

      Even after winning my tdiu in 2017, it was back to the drawing board as VA hornswaggeld my effective date.  (but of course).  

      I finally won my tdiu effective date in Feb. 2020, 18 years after I first applied!!!  

      Here is how they managed to drag mine out 18 years:

      1.  They never adjuticated my decison until 2009, where they called it "moot".  

      2.  I appealed, said it was not moot because it could result in an earlier effective date and SMC S under Bradley vs Peake.  The judge agreed with me, and ordered VARO consider me for extra schedular TDIU, under 4.16 b.  

      3.  The VARO piddles with  the remand for 3 years, and hoped I wouldnt notice.  I noticed and raised cane until they adjuticated it.  (denied of course).  

      4.  Finally, after the baord denied again, I hired a lawyer, in 2014, and appealed to CAVC.   

      5.  The lawyer won a remand, got an IMO and I won tdiu in 2017.  But at the wrong effective date, even after 15 years.  

      6.  I hired another lawyer, Chris Attig, and appealed the effective date, and he won a remand for effective date.  Trip 2 to CAVC.  

      7.  Mr. Attig won a remand, and advised me to get another IMO.  

      8.  The board awarded my earlier effective date in Feb. 2020.  

           So, I do have advice fighting VA for TDIU, they fought and fought and I hung in there and won it all.  

      ADVICE:  Dont count on VA, they could easily throw your fax in the trash.  Follow up!  
    • "Keep in mind that due to the nature of the digestive system, VA would most likely combined your conditions and pay you at the higher rate to avoid pyramiding".    That is one of my main gripes.  They are only listing the GERD with hiatal hernia and ignoring the rest of my gastric issues such as the gastritis which I also had in service.  I included it in my 2007 request for increase and again in 2019.  The info from the civilian dr that stated I had the gastritis with H pylori was not even provided to the examiner in 2007, nor did he have my VA health records. The 2019 request was based on an EGD I had AT THE VA in Jan 2019.   I filed for an increase 6 Mar and they did an ACE on 27 Mar and downgraded to noncompensable on that date.  The only reason I was thinking CUE:  38 CFR § 3.326 - Under Examinations  it states (c) Provided that it is otherwise adequate for rating purposes, a statement from a private physician may be accepted for rating a claim without further examination".  
    • Enough has been said on this topic. This forum is not the proper forum for an attorney and former client to hash out their problems. Please take this offline
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