I submitted a Staement in support of claim to reopen my compensation claim for diabetes mellitus complicated by peripheral neuropathy.
I currently have 10% for diabetes type II
(agent orange related). I now take 75mg lyrica two times daily and the neuropathy results says have neuropathy in both feet. VA says neuropathy is a seperate issue from diabetes and having problem find my claim. Should I have seperated the two issues when I submitted the paperwork? I do not have a vso and have mailed another copy of paperwork to VA today.
Think you may be getting some bum information. I got 20% for diabetes, if you can control it with pills, diet and exercise it is 20%. I knew nothing about the neuropathy and did not even apply for it, the C&P asked a few questions, and to my surprise I got 10% for each leg for neuropathy caused by diabetes, for 40% total there.
The C&P connected it and rated it, but I know many like my case exist. I will be going back in for neuopathy of my arms next when I get around to it.
yep, peripheral neuropathy is a "stand alone" condition.Its rated seperately. I have it in both my arms down into my hands. Both my hands are numb all the time, feel like they're "on fire", I have the manual detexrity of someone wearing mittens, and the pain in my hands is what wakes me up and welcomes me into a new day each and every day.And I have pain shooting up & down both my arms all the time right thru my cervical spine right up into my brain. When somebody says "do ya have a headache??", I can actually point to the specific part of my head where it's eminating from.
Now, diagnosing ya have its the easy part, diagnosing what caused it ain't. The VA LOVES to automatically associate a vet having some kind of peripheral neuropathy with one of 2 other issues, diabetes and alcoholism. If yer a vet and have diabetes, and have peripheral neuropathy, ya have the neuropathy cause of the diabetes. If yer a vet and an alcoholic(as I am, clean & sober 12+ years), and ya peripheral neuropathy, ya have the neuropathy cause of the booze. And they ARE correct to a certain degree. Many years of research and study HAVE indicated that alcoholism and diabetes ARE leading causes of peripheral neuropathy, BUT THEY AIN'T THE ONLY CAUSES OF IT.
There are ALOT OF THINGS that can bring on this neuropathy.
And EXPOSURE TO TOXINS is one of the other ones. Same toxin(AO) that brought about yer diabetes may have also caused yer neuropathy.
TRAUMATIC INJURY TO THE SPINE is pretty high up there as well. And I have traumatic injury(SC) to both ends of my spine, lumbar & cervical.
WORKING IN UNNATURAL BODY POSITIONS or CONFINED SPACES is also up there at the top of the list. putting unnatural pressure on nerves.
And theres a whole host of other diseases which also may bring on peripheral neuropathy.
But the VA kinda automatically wants to cluster peripheral neuropathy with only 2 things, booze and diabetes. And theres a whole list of OTHER THINGS that may bring it on as well.
Yep, yer diabetes was almost guaranteed to be brought about to your AO exposure. But so might yer AO exposure brought about yer neuropathy, and one MIGHT HAVE NOTHING ta do with the other.
"Google" peripheral neuropathy. There are hundreds, if not thousands of websites on the internet about it.
DO NOT take everything the VA says about your medical condition as the "end all, be all" gospel medical truth. Matter of fact, take NO MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS opinion as "thats all there is", but most especially don't believe everything a VA medical person tells ya!!!
Do your own research. The VA uses a medical term, come home and google it to see as much as you can about it. Frequently(minimum once a year)get a copy of your medical records from the VA facilities tending to your medical needs.
MAKE SURE what they SAY TO YOU and what THEY WRITE IN YOUR RECORD is the same thing, I can GUARANTEE you that you'll be amazed at what was said to you versus what was written about you and your medical visit.
Anywho, don't wanna go off anymore, I get PISSED everytime I start talking about VA medical.
Peripheral neuropathy is a stand alone issue. File a seperate claim for it. I believe its compensable either to 40 or 60 per cent.
They gave me the lyrica , neurontin as well(seperately). Lyrica same dosing as you. Tried em both, said "thanks but no thanks". Ya should maybe google lyrica.
I only take tylenol, Vitamin B12, and pramipexole dihydrochloride(Mirapex) now. In the past it was tramadol, trazadone, nortriptolyne, amitriptolyne, oxycontin, percocet, demerol and a whole host of other names I don't remember.
I no likee the side effects of any of it. Its funny(not ina HA-HA way) the biggest waiting room and busiest area of the VA medical facility I go to is the PHARMACY. Somewhat understandable cause of all the patients, somewhat NOT understandable cause EVERYONE ends up at the pharmacy on the way out.
Most of the medication they give out for the likes of the stuff you and me, and thousands of other vets have numbs the brain as well as the body.
Remember Thurozine??? nough said-JRC
Keep in mind however, if you want CRSC pay, it has to be secondary to AO Diabetes. You can file for neuropathy as secondary to diabetes to please the VA. I obviously do not know what caused it, but the VA wanted to couple it to payment.
I stopped taking lyrica. Side affects were causing severe depression. Got a follow-up appointment shortly. Maybe they can find another drug I can try.
might provide some insight into the VA's posit on AO and PN.
Make sure to follow the "pdf" link in the middle to read the VA's "official" convoluted way of thinking and reasoning.
I'm SURE there is NO QUESTION PN is related to AO exposure, there just ain't been enough documented research or studies on that specific issue to satisfy the VA.
All we need ta do is recall our gov't and the VA's position on AO exposure and long term effects for MANY YEARS, with MANY Vietnam Vets dying while "they" collectively sat on their hands, to understand the VA's posit on AO and PN.
Read any of the non gov't, non military, non VA stuff available online about "PN" and you'll quickly realize they know what it is, what the symptoms are, how to test for it, etc, etc, etc, but they really know very little about what actually causes it. ESPECIALLY when it comes to toxin exposure. The VA's response to it- "JUST SAY NO"-JRC
Thanks for the link to the web site. I will check it out shortly.
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