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New here and hoping that i can find some good information to help me with submitting an update to my claims for rheumatoid arthritis, which was classified as Degenerative Arthritis of Cervical Spine and Thoracolumbar Spine, I was also diagnosed with right and left shoulder strain. I have read that Rheumatoid Arthritis can start as pain in shoulders , feet, hands , elbows, etc. I'm trying to change the diagnosis to Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I've also be diagnosed with Narcolepsy and I need help with trying to understand this claim, i have read some claims on here and seen where the VA personal did not correctly document the number of seizures in a year, month and week. If I'm correct i should have been given a 100% just not sure how to word it the right way?
Well tanks for reading my long post, im just happy that there is a place that a old MS can fine the help.
Hello all, I'm currently rated for osteoarthritis and djd with loss of ROM in multiple joints from spine to feet. My pain management Dr. recommend to be tested for RHUMATOID arthritis/ Psoriatic arthrits. Blood work neg for RA, PSA still possible. X-rays show positive for arthritis. I've developed psoriasis after service so I was never treated while active for it. Is it possible to have been misdiagnosed all these years? If PSA is confirmed would it be wise to file for it, and would it be considered pyramiding? Could it be considered new diagnosis? I've read that they don't base RA/PSA on ROM just immune criteria. All this new information has my head spinning. Any input would be greatfull.
In doing some research about Osteoarthritis I found it very interesting and yet very complicated when it comes to this subject. I am posting this as reference only and it is up to you or your doctor/lawyer or whomever is working with you. This is for research purposes only and is not considered as advice or guidance in your claim.
This is a comparison of how the United States Veterans Administration looks at Osteoarthritis. And how the Canadian Veterans Administration looks at Osteoarthritis.
United States Veterans Administration Guidelines and Clinical Practices for Osteoarthritis.
Canadian Veterans Administration Guidelines and Clinical Practices for Osteoarthritis.
When you look at the Topic they both seem to be the same. After reading through the Canadian Guidelines I did a Google Search for US VA Guidelines. I was completely amazed and was able to follow along with the Canadian VA Guidelines very easily, but when I started looking at the US VA Guidelines I was almost dumb founded. I am not sure but it seems like the US Veterans Administration has spent so much time adding way too much mumbo-jumbo in their explanation of Osteoarthritis.
As Veterans we should not have to read between the lines to get the answers we are looking for.
The Canadian Guidelines are very straight forward and easy enough even a dumb Jarhead "Marine" such as myself can read and follow along.
No wonder the VA Health System is so messed up. And Lord have Mercy the ones giving the C/P Exam's along with the Decision Review Officers have to decipher their own code just to give you a fair exam.
Take it as you may...I am just posting this so others may be able understand more about Osteoarthritis Guidelines that the two different Governments use.
I’m hoping that someone can shed some light on a potential claim for me. I have 10% service-connected disability for my torn ACL ligament, left knee to include pain and 0% for post-surgical scars. During a recent VA appointment, the radiologist noted “X-ray of the Knee : 1. ACL repair in the left knee with medial compartment osteoarthropathy. 2. Normal right knee. Your x-ray results are as above, Knee joint x-ray was normal.” Based on this information, I believe that the codes below would apply at the 10% level for each one.
5003 Arthritis, degenerative (hypertrophic or osteoarthritis):
Degenerative arthritis established by X-ray findings will be rated on the basis of limitation of motion under the appropriate diagnostic codes for the specific joint or joints involved (DC 5200 etc.). When however, the limitation of motion of the specific joint or joints involved is noncompensable under the appropriate diagnostic codes, a rating of 10 pct is for application for each such major joint or group of minor joints affected by limitation of motion, to be combined, not added under diagnostic code 5003. Limitation of motion must be objectively confirmed by findings such as swelling, muscle spasm, or satisfactory evidence of painful motion. In the absence of limitation of motion, rate as below:
With X-ray evidence of involvement of 2 or more major joints
or 2 or more minor joint groups, with occasional incapacitating
With X-ray evidence of involvement of 2 or more major joints
or 2 or more minor joint groups................................................................... 10
Note (1): The 20 pct and 10 pct ratings based on X-ray findings, above, will not be combined with ratings based on limitation of motion.
Note(2): The 20 pct and 10 pct ratings based on X-ray findings, above, will not be utilized in rating conditions listed under diagnostic code 5013 to 5024, inclusive.
5257 Knee, other impairment of:
Recurrent subluxation or lateral instability:
Slight ............................................................................................................... 10
Does this sound correct and is there anything else that I should add?
I have been using "Voltaren GEL" for about a month. Its a presctiption NSAID that you rub onto sore joints especially for arthritis and other joint pain.
Its awesome. I got it at the VA, after my wife's doc recommended it for her and gave her physician samples of a similar brand.
IT RELEIVES THE PAIN INSTANTLY. No waiting an hour or so for pills to work. You rub it on.
I had to ask my VA PCP for it, and he gladly wrote me a prescription for it.
Its better than Vicodin as it works faster.
I highly recommend it, I realize not everyone can take it (if you have heart trouble, etc.) I suggest you ask your doc, I love the pain relief.
rebabevets posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,I already get compensation for bladder cancer for Camp Lejeune Water issue, now that it is added to Agent Orange does it mean that the VA should pay me the difference between Camp Lejeune and 1992 when I retired from the Marine Corps or do I have to re-apply for it for Agent Orange, or will the VA look at at current cases already receiving bladder cancer compensation. I’m considered 100% Disabled Permanently
Ddsr posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,The 5, 10, 20 year rules...
Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.
Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.
Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.
If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"
At 55, P&T (Permanent & Total) or a few other reasons the VBA will not initiate a review. Here is the graphic below for that. However if the Veteran files a new compensation claim or files for an increase, then it is YOU that initiated to possible review.
NOTE: Until a percentage is in place for 10 years, the service connection can be removed. After that, the service connection is protected.
Example for 2020 using the same disability rating
1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%
RESULT: Service Connection Protected in 2008
RESULT: 10% Protected from reduction in 2018 (20 years)
2020 - Service Connection Increased @ 30%
RESULT: 30% is Protected from reduction in 2040 (20 years)
broncovet posted an answer to a question,While the BVA has some discretion here, often they "chop up claims". For example, BVA will order SERVICE CONNECTION, and leave it up to the VARO the disability percent and effective date.
I hate that its that way. The board should "render a decision", to include service connection, disability percentage AND effective date, so we dont have to appeal "each" of those issues over then next 15 years on a hamster wheel.
Ztmiller8 posted a question in Appealing Your Veterans Compensation Disability Claims NOD, DRO, BVA, USCAVC,Finally heard back that I received my 100% Overall rating and a 100% PTSD rating Following my long appeal process!
My question is this, given the fact that my appeal was on the advanced docket and is an “Expedited” appeal, what happens now and how long(ish) is the process from here on out with retro and so forth? I’ve read a million things but nothing with an expedited appeal status.
Anyone deal with this situation before? My jump is from 50 to 100 over the course of 2 years if that helps some. I only am asking because as happy as I am, I would be much happier to pay some of these bills off!
Joey Ross posted an answer to a question,I told reviewer that I had a bad C&P, and that all I wanted was a fair shake, and she even said, that was what she was all ready viewed for herself. The first C&P don't even reflect my Treatment in the VA PTSD clinic. In my new C&P I was only asked about symptoms, seeing shit, rituals, nightmares, paying bills and about childhood, but didn't ask about details of it. Just about twenty question, and nothing about stressor,
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