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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".  
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Buck52

Not taking any Appointments at my VAMC!!!

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My wife called the VAMC Yesterday to see if I can get in to see the urologist Doc  my appointment for them is not until July ,

But I Have an Appointment with MH Clinic therapist on the 26th and wanted to see if I can see the urologist clinic after my 11:00am Appointment with MH?..

I been having problems with  Swollen prostate and other problems in that area, the NURSE that my wife talked to said No they are cleaning the windows in the clinic and not taking any veterans in at this time or until further notice??

..The Nurse mention to my wife for me to check in at the E.R. After my appointment....but theses yahooos at E.R. don't know what the hell they are doing  and I do not trust them with a special condition like urology .

No Insurance  VA is all I have for my medical care.

I need to do something  no pain or anything but something is not right down there?

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The ER wont treat your prostate, but they will likely refer you to a urologist outside if VA cant see you.  OR you can message your prime care doc and ask him for a urologist referral, explaining your symptoms.  

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Hope your correct broncovet, I hope they refer me to outside ,I know a good urologist in the private sector  he is a member of urologist of North Texas Group  has about 30 years experience My wife was his Mothers caregiver for a few years before she died.

I heard the VA is really hard on veterans with prostrate problems  and scary  just a couple weeks ago a window was on here her hubby had his prostate removed and died 2 weeks later...>  that alone has me thinking very seriously who I  to let mess with my prostate  grrrr if I need it removed?

But I will go to the E.R. TOMORROW and see what they say?

MY PCP IS ON MEDICAL LEAVE. SO IF I NEED TO SEE A UROLOGIST/SPECIALIST  I HOPE  E.R. WILL REFER OUTSIDE CARE.....> ASAP

This Coronavirus covid 19 is making Other health problems  as well as a lot of other things  it seems.

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Buck, you know I am a civilian and I had an annual appt with my urologist next Monday and even hesitated to get my lab work done, last week, but no one else was in the visitors area at the lab.

(I got the flu in a waiting room at my car dealers room from the only other person waiting too, who visibly had the sudden prime symptoms of the Flu and he said he also had the senior flu shot like me)

Yesterday my Doc's office called me and they moved me to end of May.I asked the nurse for my lab results and they were great-but wondered what if they weren't normal , as she said they were moving all appointments up until May or later then that.

I hope VA can refer you and hope they  (the referral)are not too far away from you.

 

 

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Buck,

    Keep in mind that medical treatment, in virtually all cases, is not mandantory.  (That may not apply to corona virus, for example, a quarantine probably is mandantory and that is a good thing because you dont want to make bunches of other people sick)  

    In other words if you go to the ER with prostate issues, and they have a treatment that you disagree with, simply do not follow their treatment plan.  You have a right to decline treatment in most cases.  Its not like your prostate issue will infect 10 other people if left untreated.  

    Nurses and doctors have a name for it:  AMA (Against Medical Advice).  My wife used to see it all the time.  Example:  A person has a heart attack, and the doctor advises no salty foods.  So, the person gets a bag of potatoe chips and eats them all..every day.  

     Doctors are not going to stop you from doing that, but you may well have a second heart attack if you dont follow their advice and comply with their treatment.  But they are not going to put a "do not sell potatoe chips to this person" on your debit card.  You have a right to non comply, Doctors are not foolproof.  Generally when it does not affect the health of others, you are free to non comply.  You have a right to administer YOUR health as you see fit, as long as its not somehow contagious to others.    I think they had filmed a teenager who was filmed  deliberately coughing on some produce at a grocery store.  I also think he was arrested...for good reason.  

      In the case of mental disorders, if the doctor feels you are an imminent threat to others, then you can be detained.  We dont need truely crazy, deranged people and violent people running around because they "have a right to treatment".   In a mental hospital, you are not given the option of whether or not to take your meds.  

      However, in most cases, you can not be compelled to take medications (that dont have an effect on others).  As an example, Im a big fan of herbals over pills.  

My doctor can prescibe Tamulosin for prostate issues, but I can elect to take Beta Sisterol or other plant based herbs of my choosing instead.  Currently Im taking BOTH..Tamulosin and Beta Sisterol.  Beta Sisterol is the main ingredient in Larry King's live famous prostate supplement he recommends.  

      So, I can listen to Larry Kings commercials  on his  prostate supplements,  and buy a competing product with similar ingredients if that is my choice.  

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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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