got the letter on monday from va saying they were setting me up for a physical. the funny thing about this,(1)year to this month i had a "re-evaluation" onmy disabilities. last year i got approved for ptsd,right after that i had a follow up by q.t.c. now its a year later and now its another follow-up. just how many "follow-up" do you have to do?? spoke to va today,tues that it was probably the ptsd the was being re-evaluated.so,herre i go again jumping through hoops! i asked and i thought some of my ratings were permament.but i guess not,even though they have been since 93. should i aske for them to be permament...in seattle the dav reps change all the time,so you never know whom is working your case.just to work part-time i have to take several different meds to get through that time,and to get any sleep take more meds so the dreams do not keep me awake...but that does not always work. the nerves have not gotten better,only worser. last night i snapped on my wife...that was after i received the letter from va,just something else to worry about. so, the first thing this morning i made an appoint to see my doctor at naval hospital bremerton. i just can not control my nerves any longer,control my surrounding. still have not received the letter for the physical date yet,but i will go.
the letter said to review the severity the condition(s) to ensure that you are properly evaluated. why don't they say we would just like to stop your disability! just another way the goverment is sticking it to the vet. i have emailed my senator,but they can do so much i guess.. ever what that is. it really gets harder just work a part-time job with all the drugs one has to take.
dave would you take my case own as my rep? should i ask for permament rating? i can find a good rep in seattle,i live in bremerton wa.
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just posted,told about snapping on my wife;did not hurt her only raised my voice.that scared me afterwards.she is very loving and caring,but i had never done that,i know i need a doctor for help. we have been married 27 yearsshe did not deserve that,and for that i do hate the va for putting total stress on me!i'am really getting to hate my goverment for the way they ado things.
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does anyone know a good dav rep in raleigh nc? i will be moving next march and would like to get in touch a dav rep to help me on my case.if you have any information please email@example.com thanks for the help
I understand it is a hassle going through this. However, you must see this re evaluation as an attempt by the VA to reduce to rating. First off, do not blow off the appointment. And most importantly, do not show " self healing " when you are there. You must tell them about your worst days with the symptoms.
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One mistake we make is to tell our doctors first how well things are going. You need to sit down before you go an write up what is going on - both good and bad. I now keep a log for my doctors - VA and private so that I have a list of who I saw, what treatment I had and the test results. When I go to the VA, I can show my doctor what has gone wring for the last few months. It is then in my notes on the VA system.
Take some time before the appointment to document the challenges you are having with life. Specific incidents are great, and recording it in near real time is better.
Good points Dave. Another advice would be that appearance can also be noted on your medical report. Thats what happened to me.
" Patient dresses neatly and well groomed ". Well, that's BS. Heck, my mom could have dressed me. Get my drift?
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I do not have PTSD, so how I dress is not the issue. I have lung disease, so wearing something easy for they to listen to my chest is helpful. I would never go to the VA as if I was interviewing for a job. No suit and tie. Do not have mother or wife dress you. Dress as you would when you normally leave home. One thing is that being too sloppy and not showered may out off doctor or they may determine that it is 'an act'
I was just diagnosed with PTSD last year. From the time I requested a re-evaluation it took only about a month and only about 4 months to get my new evaluation. It seems there dragging their feet. Contact your Congressman if you do not get any satisfation. My Congressman help me speed up the re-evaluation and I'm sure he'll help you.
I go for a new eval PTSD,,,, 12 yrs after i was in the khobar towers bombing 96. I recieve 80% with everything. But I have not worked or drove since. I had head injury, stroke. sezures.but back to the PTSD.... Thunderstorms,, Thunder and lighting puts me under the couch.. theres times i'm more comfortable on the porch facing it. when we are in the city,, traffic jams,, makes me feel closed in.. if a car back fires. oh my god.. we go out to eat at a resterant.. when we sit down i have to be sitting the door. Even tho I'm on meds still for my nerves.. theres nights where i have bad dreams about the bombing.. i'm not raciest,,, but i get very unconfortable when i see people that look like they are from south asia... so PTSD still hangs around....
Why South Asia? Khobar Towers was in the Dhahran military base in Saudi Arabia
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Do your research and be very careful what you say, Make notes to follow and really look at everything happening to you, symptoms of anything might mean something.. I get seen every year, I sit at 100% IU for all my problems but nothing is permanent till you go over 65. Just tell the truth and tell your worst days.. Good LuckThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Dave_M,
I have a question that may be rather complicated....what are your rights as the evaluee...its been my experience that a lot of the things I have related to my evaluator or doctors for that matter never make it to my records. Its not in my nature to hover over the persons shoulder and insist he or she take down every word of what I am trying to put across. I've even thought of taking in a recorder to tape the whole evaluation...but that probably isn't allowed either.
I am wondering the same thing, but it don't look like we are going to get an answer
sorry every one,,,, that is how my brain works when it gets tired. i talk the same way when my brain get tired,, (stroke-sezuires will do it for you) i was at south korea for a year,, i guess thats where south asia came from.. i meant (i panic at times when i see arabic looking people.) Thats what i meant. sorry
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I go for a new eval PTSD,,,, 12 yrs after i was in the khobar towers bombing 96. I recieve 80% with everything. But I have not worked or drove since. QUOTE]
Not knowing the particulars of your case, I've just keyed in on PTSD, and the fact you're receiving a combined rating of 80%. Given you have not worked since???? I would recommend you find a VSO and submit a 21-8940 "Veteran's Application For Increased Compensation Based On Unemployability." This will give you the opportunity to go back 5 years and list the employers you may have had,and other key information that may support your case.
I find several cases I've handled with regards to PTSD is based on the GAF (Global Assessment of Functioning) scale, which may or may not be of sufficient value to get the next higher rating. But I continue to encourage those that are participating in the PTSD program to continue in order to build sufficient medical history as they endure and share in their daily pain and suffering.
At this point, if there is insufficient "gainful employment" and the VA service connected condition is affecting your employment, this may be the best route to obtain the 100%. Recommend you take the issue up with your VSO and get the much needed second opinion, since they would have better insight based on the contents of your claims folder. Ed
I have not been able to work /had a job or drive a car since the stroke 96. 2 months ago i went to my regional DAV guy that works with veterans doing claims. I've been seeing the Director of Neurologist/my dr. whos at vanderbilt, Nash Tenn, We have been trying to contol sezuires for 10 yrs.. he is writing a letter and sending what the va needs,,, as well as my local doctor is doing the same, we are also sending medical records from the local hospital when i was put in due to sezures,right now my next appt is july with a dr at the va in nash tn for my PTSD. ..Thats all for now
And don't ever forget, when you go for an additional claim item, they rehash ALL the things you are on. I just finished a C&P for 5 items, but they spent most of the report revisiting my diabetes from years ago! It was almost as if they had been told to look it over closely in case you can reduce the percentage or something like that.
Yeah I know what you mean,, the Dr I saw at Nash VA for the the 1st C & P ,, He said all he needed was info about the stroke,, and he check the balance and strength stuff like that,,, if it was just his info only i would be in trouble i think ,,i have know ideal.. but my docs i see all the time deal with writing letters to the VA..
I got evaluated @ 0% when I left the service in 2005. Just got a diagnosis that I've got degenerative disk disease in my back, so I want to get a new evaluation. I looked at the old film (2002) and it shows the same thing that the new film does, so I think that they missed this altogether. Any suggestions on how I go about this?
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Was the 0% for back disease? The VA disability manual bases the level on the degree of motion. If that has not changed then the disability has not changed.
If it has changed, then contact a VSO - a service officer from a major veterans group. They are at all the VAMC and offices. DAV, AMVETS, Legion, VFW, etc.
Also, it will help to have in your VA medical records, or private records you provide an evaluation of the disease and you range of motion. If you bring that with you to the VSO, then it will help them put your request for increase together.
Range of motion has decreased a little. The problem is that I have to "pop" my lower back 12-20 times a day. I just had an episode, which is how I got the recent diagnosis (from a orthopedic surgeon). When I was in the service, I never got this diagnosis but when I hold up my old x-rays, etc, shows exactly the same, which is why I think they missed it.
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