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C@P Cervical Spine exam


Good morning I am going for c@p exam next for cervical spine,  I ended up with level 3 fusion in my neck, my question is this I have my pilot log book of my hours that I flew and my NATOP jacket, and my training jacket, should I bring those with me, and along with pictures of what I was flying because CH 46 helicopter is no longer in service. Please not I was not a pilot I was helicopter mechanic and crew chief with more than 2000 hrs flying.  I also found Navy and Army  study that states about NVG's with neck pain, and vibration was bad for you, along with the seating. 


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Ken As a generality, anytime you have evidence that will support you claim, you submit. Now the C&P examiner does not have to accept any NEW evidence you have, but if you have info that will support, you could download it in to the va.go (additional evidence) PRIOR to the exam. You also can fax it in and keep proof of receipt. If the data can't be downloaded, then take excerpts that support and follow up with sending it in by way of paper copies. So, if he won't take the evidence, you tell him it is in the system and part of your claim. They have to consider it.

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If you get denied (it's been known to happen), all that data, including the study of flying by Navy and Army pilots would help with a doc's IMO you get.

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DIagnostic code 5241 or Cervical Fusion will be based on Range of Motion. Any neuro deficits should be rated separately. It really depends on the examiner and the opinion that is asked by the RO? I do not think you will have a major issue but keep in mind a good IMO doc kept on standby could not hurt.

It is a wonder every joint in your body has not been shook apart riding in those cement mixers. 


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