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MST feeling down and out on this one



Hey all,

First off, love this page it has been extremely helpful! 

Background: currently at 90% / 70-ptsd, 50-migraines, 10-iritis, 10-tinnitus, and I’m in the running for 100 at the moment. 

Current day: Was content at 90 but after all these years I have finally come out about my MST when I was in the infantry. Still working stuff out on that end as this is still fresh...

Anyway, I submitted a claim for sleep apnea because of the MST. I submitted the following: picture of CPAP machine I use in my house, nexus statement from issuing doctor, Nexus statement from other doctor stating the sleep apnea is due to trauma from MST,  copy of sleep study confirming I have sleep apnea from doctor listed above and buddy statements as well as the formal submission paperwork of my MST to three levels of my chain of command, NCO, O3, O5 etc...

Wrap this all up with a successful expedited hardship approval and you now have me waiting for answers. Well today (a few moments prior to writing this) I found out I am getting a C&P exam for this...I almost feel like this is a slap in the face...I mean how am I to go up to that examiner and explain all this when I literally gave it all to them...

Has anyone been in my shoes before???


Thank you all.

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I'm sorry for your troubles but I do know that if you submit a claim for anything, you most likely will have to have a C&P. You can do it, just do't give up!

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Yes, most of us have been through something similar.  I havent reviewed your file, but they may well be doing you a favor.  

With Sleep apnea you will need:

1.  Current diagnosis of sleep apnea. 

2.  Doctors opinion that your OSA is at least as likely as not secondary to SC  PTSD.  Your doctor must provide a medical rationale as to why he made said opinion.  

3.  Your doctor will need to state that your cpap is "medically necessary".  

     If the VA is not confident in your diagnosis, symptoms, etiology, or nexus, a c and p exam may be required to clarify.  I will assume they saw something missing or inconsistent.  

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Sorry that you are going through this, forgive me for not being sensitive but you know the game.  You have to get your mind together and focus on the fact that these benefits will help you and your family if you have one. We all agree that these C & P exams make absolutely no sense but this is what VA put all veterans through to get benefits. Best wishes

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Not sure if you've already been through the C&P yet or not.  I completely agree with how you feel....I am SC for PTSD due to MST, and the stress leading up to the C&P for it was very difficult.  Not sure based on your OP if you're connected for it already and the C&P is for the Sleep Apnea or if you're C&P is for the MST.  Either way...you'll be ok...hang in there.  We all have to do it, unfortunately.

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