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Fecal Incontinence secondary to IBS

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Going to file some claims in January. One of them is fecal incontinence secondary to my service connected IBS. The only tests that my family doctor did for the diagnoses was review my history, asked me some questions about my symptoms, a colonoscopy, did a visual and digital exam then made the diagnosis.

My questions are:

1. Will the VA consider this a good diagnosis or are there other specific tests that they require?

2. Is my history and doctor notes good enough for the connection to IBS or do I have to get a separate NEXUS letter?

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I filed my intent in June 2023, I have 6 maybe 7 claims I want to file in January. My biggest hold up is, where I live the doctors have no problem throwing diagnoses at you but then say they are too busy to write a NEXUS letter, I believe my current doctor because it takes 4 months or more to get in to see her. I'm in the process of writing a NEXUS letter for my fecal incontinence, then I'm going to see if my doctor agrees with it, if she does, I'm going to see if she will sign it. If she won't, then I'm going to try one of the online NEXUS letter places, if that doesn't work then I'm going to ask for a referral to a GI doctor and see if they will do a NEXUS letter. Hopefully it doesn't drag out that long.


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