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Re: DIAGNOSED AFTER SERVICE FOR AS DO I HAVE A CLAIM
mcl29 #183939 09/05/10 03:43 PM
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I was in service from 1988-1992. The whole time I was in, I had knee problems, back problems, gi stuff too. I was on profile for the majority of the time. I think I took one pt test, to graduate basic for the run, and after that I was in too much pain, I did the walk from then on. Like i said, it was pretty much constant, the entire time, that my knees were in pain and I was not allowed to run. When I was discharged I was given a 10% rating for arthritis to knees. I was diagnosed w/AS 2 years ago, been suffering the whole time since I joined the army, 22 years now. I can barely walk, work or even do much of anything. I have MST, PTSD, depression, knee pain, the AS, osteoarthritis in knees, and fibromyalgia. I have not been evaluated for the depression for increase in money due to an 'incident' in basic. (I didnt report this until that big scandal in the early 90's.)

I guess I should phrase this in a question.. (jeopardy style). Do you think I have a claim? I have been trying to get a copy of my records, but recieved a letter stating that the VA had my chart so I couldnt get a copy. Maybe because I had spoken to the DAV about applying for an increase.

I am so tired of all this. I never had any problems until I joined the army... now? I am a mess frown .

thanks in advance for your help
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Re: DIAGNOSED AFTER SERVICE FOR AS DO I HAVE A CLAIM
Ken Delano #196306 01/31/11 01:33 AM
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Ken,

Did you reapply for 70% and Full and permanent?

And what did you do?

This is what we are dealing with now...

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Re: DIAGNOSED AFTER SERVICE FOR AS DO I HAVE A CLAIM
bigadams65 #196326 01/31/11 01:55 PM
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In 2003 the AS really started getting bad (pre Enbrel). By August of 2004 I was at the point that movement was very limited and my bone density had gotten to the Osteoporosis stage. So In November of 2004 the Rhum at the VA wrote a letter to my employer (Worked in the Federal Prisons as a CO) telling them that I could no longer perform my job. I then applied for a Disability retirement.
In April of 2005 OPM granted my application for Disability retirement. That happened on April 7th and I had the DAV in Minneapolis submit a new claim. Less than two months later the VA declared me Unemployable. I could very easily prove that I should be at the 100% rate, but that would not have any effect on the end line in my case.
Somewhere in the process the SSA lost my claim. So I ended up getting my Social Security back dated for 22 months.
The hardest part of the entire process was the fact that I was only 44 years old when I walked off the job for the last day.But looking back I now ask myself why I worked so hard at hiding how bad i was for so long at work. Truth be known I could have left 2-3 years prior to when I did.
So, to answer your question. I started out with 30% when I got out of the Army in 1990. Nine months later the VA raised it to 40%. I did not go to the VA for anything until things got real bad in 2003. Early 2004 I submitted a new claim and was raised to 70%. Think it was April of 04. August of 04 is when the Rhuem told me to leave the Law Enforcement field.


AS/PsA DX in 1988

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in 2005 at age 44
Re: DIAGNOSED AFTER SERVICE FOR AS DO I HAVE A CLAIM
Ken Delano #199072 02/24/11 08:53 PM
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I understand. I am only 48.
My poor wife went out 3 years ago.
Was a tenured professor -- all that education for
nothing.
She has 9 rare disorders and is very very ill.
She worked through some horrific symptoms most
of us could never have done it.
She still misses teaching.
We both got sick after the Gulf War.
Also interesting that the army in 92 put me out
with 30% and VA gave me 40%.
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Re: DIAGNOSED AFTER SERVICE FOR AS DO I HAVE A CLAIM
mcl29 #231852 04/22/12 02:02 PM
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Ok, here it goes, I just had a c&p done. My case started in 2003 when I was ADSEP'd from the Navy, been fighting the VA since. Here is the modified copy of my latest C&P.

I got copies of my complete C-file from the VA. The c&p exam I had in 2004, the doctor stated that my back pain was more likely than not related to my service in the Navy. But I was denied service connection because there was not an official diagnosis, just stated back pain.

I also had a C&P exam on 16 Mar 2012, where the Dr. states that my Ankylosing Spondylitis is more likely than not related to my service. The following is a breakdown of the dr notes from the recent C&P:

Bilateral Hip Condition:

R hip flexion : 20
R hip extension: 5
L hip flexion : 20
L hip extension : 5

Painful motion begins at 5 on both
Abduction lost beyond 10 degrees yes (Both)
Adduction limited - can not cross legs yes (Both)

Rotation limited - Veteran cant toe-out more than 15 degrees yes (Both)

Patient in severe pain, repetitive use ROM not completed

Functional loss of hip and thigh - yes (Both)

Less movement than normal, Weakened movement, Excess fatigability, pain on movement, instability of station, disturbance of locomotion, interference with sitting, standing, and or weight-bearing these are all marked for both Hips.

localized tenderness or pain to palpitation for joints/soft tissue of either hip (yes - Both)

Muscle strength test -
Hip Flexion 4/5 on both
Hip abduction and hip extension 3/5 on both

Images were taken, degenerative arthritis is documented in both hips, and Ankylosing Spondylitis seen on x-ray results.

Cervical spine condition:

ROM:
forward flexion ends: 20
painful motion: 15

extension ends : 5
painful : 5

right and left lateral flexion ends : 5
painful motion : 5

right and left lateral rotation ends: 10
painful : 10

did not do repetitive ROM test, too much pain

Functional loss:

less movement than normal, weakened movement, excess fatigability, pain on movement, interference with sitting, standing, weight bearing

localized tenderness - yes



reflex exams:
biceps : 1+ (both)
triceps : 0 (both)
brachioradials : 1+ (both)

sensory all normal

x-rays show Ankylosing Spondylitis


Thoracolumbar spine condition:

forward flexion : 10 - ends with pain
extension - 10 - ends with pain

right lateral / left lateral flexion : 5 - ends with pain

right / left lateral rotation : 10 - with pain

did not complete repetitions

Functional loss: yes
less movement than normal, excess fatigability, instability of station, disturbance of locomotion, interference with sitting, standing, and/or weight bearing

Localized tenderness ; yes

guarding / muscle spasm of thoraculumbar spine (
yes, abnormal gait

Muscle strength : Hip flexion; knee extension;ankle plantar flexion; ankle dorsiflexion ; great toe extension - all 4/5 on both

reflexes : knee and ankle ; 0 - both sides

all sensory normal

Radiculopathy yes: l/r lower extremity ; moderate (both) paresthesias and or dysesthesias ; moderate (both)

nerve roots involved: L2/L3/L4 (both)(femoral nerve) ; L4/L5/S1/S2/S3 (sciatic nerve) (both)

severity of radiculopathy and side affected : Moderate - Both

Intervertebral disc syndrome and incapacitating episodes, yes to both

Images: Ankylosing Spondylitis and Scoliosis noted on thoracic and lumbar spine x-ray results

Pain and decreased ROM affect the veterans ability to work

Medical opinion of VA Examiner:

patient was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in April 2011, However, symptoms began in 2001, during his enlistment. This is clearly supported when reviewing his medical records. The veteran was seen on multiple occasions for his ongoing back pain, but never officially diagnosed until recently.

The veteran's condition (back, bilateral hip) is at least as likely as not incurred in or caused by his military service.



Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to get an accurate opinion, and to do so, I have to give the full picture.

Do you have an opinion on what I may get as far as service connection goes? A best case scenario will be fine.


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Re: DIAGNOSED AFTER SERVICE FOR AS DO I HAVE A CLAIM
tarandy24 #235417 06/23/12 01:06 AM
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You will do definitely be service connected. What percentage is a little more difficult to call but at least 60%.

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