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Radiculopathy Lower Extremity Percentage Question!
Posted 02 September 2010 - 05:28 AM
Posted 02 September 2010 - 02:16 PM
Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:24 PM
Posted 03 September 2010 - 12:26 AM
Im rated 10% and from what I can gather you are exactly right-short of EMG findings showing permanent damage, mild encompasses everything unless you have muscle withering, foot drop, partial paralysis, etc. Im rated 50% over all-10% tinnitus, 10% Rt Leg radiculopathy, and 40% DDD. If you are in a wheelchair and can't walk on it you are an a lot worse shape than me, so you should have them do more than the touch test, tuning fork,etc, and have them do a nerve conduction velocity study and/or EMG. Its not pleasant, but I had one the other day and it's tolerable. At least I found out that despite the tingles and pain in my left (non-svc connected) leg, I don't have permanent nerve damage.
I was diagnosed with Dystrophy,, (myotonic dystrophy, which is like muscular dystrophy,,,) and they only used a tuning fork and tapped my knees and had me walk around... I have tremors and unctollable movements and jerking (I also get shots in my spine every couple of months, and also had back surgery many years ago for a disc removed.) I also was confined to a wheel chair for 1 year, and am very sick.. so not sure what tests they do... I originally claimed MS, but they declined that,,, I am awaitng a rating..
Posted 03 September 2010 - 05:41 AM
Posted 03 September 2010 - 06:59 AM
Don't give up.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 09:51 AM
Hmm...that could be interesting if they raise my existing Rt extremity from 10%, or somehow figure the gait into my request to service connect my left extremity.
rgero311975, I received 20% for radiculopathy left lower extremity. My initial claim was (pain in left leg, hip, foot and buttocks)> The va states that diagnosis of radiculopathy of the left lower extremity with positive nerve conduction studies, an antalgic gait favoring the left lower extremity and objective findings to include decreased light touch sensation below the knee, lateral aspect of the left to the dorsum of the left foot. I am sercice connected 20% for lumbar strain with ddd, with the radiculopathy being secondary. I did have a civilian dr do the emg which had confirmed left lower radiculopathy. My VSO was surprised of the percentage he did state that radiculopathy normally rates at 10%. Did you state having painin your buttocks? I did and they lumped the left buttocki in with the left radiculopathy and I received 0% for the right buttock.
Don't give up.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:47 PM
Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:25 AM
Posted 07 September 2010 - 05:54 AM
I was also 10% for the same thing and they kept denying me so i kept filing and going back for C&P and finally the dr got tired of seeing my face after 4 C&P visits and 3 denials the 4 time i was awared a increase i was given 40 % for radiculpathy of left leg and 40% for radiculopathy of right leg go figure no new evidence and nothing changed. just keep fighting you will eventually win
I HAVE BEEN TO 3 OF THEM WITH SAME RESULTS.. THAT DOESNT WORK MAN TRUST ME.. I need some advice how to get above 10% not just keep going in blind ..lol