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Bruxism secondary to PTSD

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grayling12

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If awarded Bruxism secondary to PTSD, would I get a separate rating for the Bruxism or do they consider it as a symptom of your PTSD and just combine it with your PTSD rating? If they consider it a symptom, is there any way to get it as a separate rating? Thanks

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A quick Google search will reveal many links from medical institutes such as NIH showing BRUXISM is highly associated with PTSD and anxiety.  However you will probably need a qualified medical specialist or at least an MD to state in writing that your bruxism is more likely than not (greater than 50%) caused by/secondary to your service connected PTSD.  They must also provide a detailed written explanation of why this is so to justify their nexus opinion.  VA raters on another forum are quick to point out that just because a medical condition is associated with another medical condition then this does not prove the first condition caused the second or become worst.

 

A second argument that should and could be made is for any increase in the severity of your PTSD disability rating due to this Bruxism diagnosis arguing how this is evidence of increase in your ptsd stress level and major interference with your daily and nightly sleep routine that also harms and damages your teeth and physical and psychological functioning on a daily basis.  Again a doctors written statement agreeing with this would be most helpful especially for a BVA appeal.

Others with more knowledge can give you more info in addition to consultation with an experienced VSO at a VA regional office.

My comment is not legal advice as I am not a lawyer, paralegal or VSO.

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