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I have been denied for sleep apnea, I Have statements form x-spouse and spouse and Buddy's I served with that they witnessed my issues, I was on recruiting duty and had no MTF within 70 miles to get treated, as we all know how stubborn us veterans can be going to the doctor, however I did go to my private physician and complained of not sleeping well and it was documented that i was waking up frequently and gasping for air, he recommended me having a sleep study conducted which I did not until 3 years later and i was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea and was issued a cpap, I use it faithfully and have for years, I went to the VA in 2019 to have a sleep test done because My cpap was breaking down and it was discovered still I have severe sleep apnea once again and was issued a new machine. When i went to my C&P exam the doctor favored me as at least likely caused by military service then the VA turned around and sent it to another doctor for a opinion because first doctor didn't provide a rationale, the second doctor turned it now because i wasn't diagnosed until 2013, I now have a BVA appeal awaiting on a hearing. Has anyone experienced this? It is so hard to get a private physician and even my private sleep doctor to write an opinion for my sleep apnea, they all seem to be scared of lawsuits.  Any recommendations?? Thanks

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I will go back to basics.  

You need a current diagnosis (I will assume they didnt give you a cpap with no diagnosis of OSA)

In service event or aggravation.

Nexus , or link between "in service event" and your current diagnosis.  These are Caluza elements, and you did not mention your "in service event".  

Were you punched in the face?  Broken Nose?  PTSD?  These are some things that may cause OSA.  You need to be able to point to that event (unless you argue aggravation).  

Now, its true that there is a presumptive "but only" for the first year out of service.  

In other words, you had a physical and "did not" have sleep apnea prior to service, then you have it on exit from service, that is the presumptive.  

However, its possible you got punched in the face "after" service, and that caused OSA.  

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i have a very similar situation buddy. check out my posts. i just had my bva and i pretty sure i won. i have put the update on there yet but there is lots of good advice there from other members with your similar question. 

only difference is i was DX 2 months out of service. but even with this i was denied mutiple times and had to go before the bva to "prove" my case to get anyone to actually look at my buddy statements and look at the DX i had after i left service. 

if you didnt get a DX, like @broncovet stated, and you dont have some other Nexus to service, getting SC is not going to be easy. i fought for 12 years to get to this stage. i dont want to discourage you but i also want you to be realistic. dont give up, but also have the proper evidence. 

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1 hour ago, ADAMS said:

It is so hard to get a private physician and even my private sleep doctor to write an opinion for my sleep apnea,

as far as this goes, i was not able to get any doctor, VA or civilian(saw both) that would say what caused my OSA. they both said that OSA has too many variables and causes and they cant put anything in writing what caused it. what solidified my case was that i had symptoms while in service and was DX 2 months after getting out.

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51 minutes ago, broncovet said:

I will go back to basics.  

You need a current diagnosis (I will assume they didnt give you a cpap with no diagnosis of OSA)

In service event or aggravation.

Nexus , or link between "in service event" and your current diagnosis.  These are Caluza elements, and you did not mention your "in service event".  

Were you punched in the face?  Broken Nose?  PTSD?  These are some things that may cause OSA.  You need to be able to point to that event (unless you argue aggravation).  

Now, its true that there is a presumptive "but only" for the first year out of service.  

In other words, you had a physical and "did not" have sleep apnea prior to service, then you have it on exit from service, that is the presumptive.  

However, its possible you got punched in the face "after" service, and that caused OSA.  

I am currently rated for Hypertension/PTSD and Tinnitus, 

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1 hour ago, ADAMS said:

I have been denied for sleep apnea, I Have statements form x-spouse and spouse and Buddy's I served with that they witnessed my issues, I was on recruiting duty and had no MTF within 70 miles to get treated, as we all know how stubborn us veterans can be going to the doctor, however I did go to my private physician and complained of not sleeping well and it was documented that i was waking up frequently and gasping for air, he recommended me having a sleep study conducted which I did not until 3 years later and i was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea and was issued a cpap, I use it faithfully and have for years, I went to the VA in 2019 to have a sleep test done because My cpap was breaking down and it was discovered still I have severe sleep apnea once again and was issued a new machine. When i went to my C&P exam the doctor favored me as at least likely caused by military service then the VA turned around and sent it to another doctor for a opinion because first doctor didn't provide a rationale, the second doctor turned it now because i wasn't diagnosed until 2013, I now have a BVA appeal awaiting on a hearing. Has anyone experienced this? It is so hard to get a private physician and even my private sleep doctor to write an opinion for my sleep apnea, they all seem to be scared of lawsuits.  Any recommendations?? Thanks

Has anyone used Valor for Vet for medical opinions / Nexus

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