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TBI and Pyramiding




I had a fall in the military that resulted in a C2 cervical spinal fracture. Years later, after complaining of headaches for 30 years, an MRI showed that the C2 dens is still broken and flexes a bit too much.  I have a rating for headaches and tinnitus, and in the process of the evaluation for my vertigo a brain lesion was found on my temporal lobe near my sinuses that looks like trauma damage. The lesion hasn't been seen before because this is one of the first MRIs that I've done with a contrast.

The neurologists think this is related to the C2 fracture nonunion as the vertigo has been a constant element for 30 years also. It's still in evaluation. But, if they pin this on that lesion, I'm wondering if it will reduce my 50% headaches and 10% tinnitus down to 40% TBI subjective symptom residual based on pyramiding.

Does anyone have any experience with this that they could share? 

(One of my military friends was diagnosed with "fibromyalgia" from his Iraqi combat. It started after his Humvee hit an IED and rolled while everyone was wearing 70 lbs of armor and gear. The VA has capped him at 40% despite massive headaches and other residuals that combined could rate higher as part of fibromyalgia symptoms.  He's been fighting it for 15 years now.)

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In order to reduce VA must prove that your condition has improved. Keep taking your meds. and keep going to treatment.

As to your friend invite him to come to Hadit.com where he can get advice on his disabilities.  Also, fibromyalgia is like a catch all but the symptoms can be evaluated and rated separately.


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You might want to check out all your diagnostic codes, as if they are different , then its not pyramiding.


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They probably won't reduce your migraines.  Those are secondary to your TBI.  But who knows when it comes to VA.  I have 70% tbi, 10% migraines.  They combined TBI with my PTSD for 100% P&T.  

40% is max for Fibro.  Basically it's a widespread body pain rating that your friend has.  Usually when they can't find what's causing the pain.  He needs to look into TBI.  It is not an easy fight with the VA.  I had an outside Dr. and Psyc. Dr. diagnose me.  Then I proceeded to have 3 different C&P for it (long crazy ones).  It's tough because they were trying to differentiate TBI & PTSD symptoms.  I got denied CFS because of TBI/PTSD symptoms, which makes sense.

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Thank you all for your answers.  Is it even possible to be rated for a TBI from a fall that happened in 1986?  I have hospital records that show that I was unconscious when found and from the records, I was probably out for about 30 minutes.

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