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#1 flyfisher

 
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:58 AM

I just recently was told by my provider that I have fibromyalgia with the onset caused by my PTSD. Can I file for that as secondary to my PTSD? Has anyone had any expierence in filing for fibromyalgia secondary to PTSD? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 12:14 PM

http://www.va.gov/ve...es4/1136612.txt

http://www.va.gov/ve...es3/1027300.txt

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http://www.va.gov/ve...es3/0423874.txt

http://www.va.gov/ve...es4/0032107.txt

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 01:17 PM

Thanks for the information provided. It looks like it might be an uphill battle. Will a Nurse Practitioner opinion matter as far as connecting it to my PTSD? I am sure she would send me to a specialist but then his opinion may not connect it to my PTSD. It is difficult for me to ask a provider to make a statement connecting it to my PTSD without it sounding like I'm doing it for more benefits. I have seen professional articles relating PTSD and fibromyalgia would it help to send those articles in with my claim? I dont want to send too much but I also dont want to send too little.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 03:54 PM

I just recently was told by my provider that I have fibromyalgia with the onset caused by my PTSD. Can I file for that as secondary to my PTSD? Has anyone had any expierence in filing for fibromyalgia secondary to PTSD? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


What are your service connected disabilities? You might try to get fibromyalgia service connected to one of them or you might try to get fibromyalgia directly related to your military service.
Did you serve in the gulf?

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:45 PM

I did serve during the gulf war. When is the deadline that youcan apply for gulf war illness? Would it still be connected to Gulf war even if I just started showing symptoms and just recently diagnosed?

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:27 PM

Thanks for the information provided.
It looks like it might be an uphill battle.
Will a Nurse Practitioner opinion matter as far as connecting it to my PTSD?
I am sure she would send me to a specialist but then his opinion may not connect it to my PTSD.
It is difficult for me to ask a provider to make a statement connecting it to my PTSD
without it sounding like I'm doing it for more benefits.
I have seen professional articles relating PTSD and fibromyalgia would it help to send those articles in with my claim?
I dont want to send too much but I also dont want to send too little.


For SSA benefits a diagnosis for Fibromyalgia must come from a Rheumatologist,
but I do not know if that holds true for VBA disability purposes.

Articles and most medical treaties that are written, either relate to a study or research.
If the articles, etc. . . relate specifically to you, the individual claimant, they could be very helpful,
if not - IMO - it's just information at large,that relates to the public in general but not to you specifically.
For VBA purposes the medical evidence needs to relate specifically, to the individual claimant.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:12 PM

Military service connection

Gulf War Veterans who meet the criteria below do not need to prove a connection between their military service and illnesses in order to receive VA disability compensation.
VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These "presumptive" illnesses must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by December 31, 2016, and be at least 10 percent disabling. These illnesses include:
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a condition of long-term and severe fatigue that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions.
  • Fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by widespread muscle pain. Other symptoms may include insomnia, morning stiffness, headache, and memory problems.
  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders, a group of conditions marked by chronic or recurrent symptoms related to any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Functional condition refers to an abnormal function of an organ, without a structural alteration in the tissues. Examples include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional dyspepsia, and functional abdominal pain syndrome.
  • Undiagnosed illnesses with symptoms that may include but are not limited to: abnormal weight loss, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, headache, menstrual disorders, neurological and psychological problems, skin conditions, respiratory disorders, and sleep disturbances.
VA’s final rule specifying that functional gastrointestinal disorders are covered as presumptive illnesses took effect on August 15, 2011.
VA benefits

Gulf War Veterans may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including a Gulf War Registry health exam, health care, and disability compensation for diseases related to military service. Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
Learn more about benefits related to Gulf War service.


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Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:00 PM

your doctor or PA does not know what they are talking about. The is no known cause to fibromyalgia, but depression is a secondary issue to the fibromyalgia. So are head aches and IBS. You need to go to a Rheumatologist and get a true DX. They have to do the right number of tender point checks in the right spots using the right amount of force. Most C&P are done with someone not trained to do the test and do not know anything about FM. get to the Rheumatologist and make sure to have a good DX first, then file a claim under 3.317.
since you are a gulf war vet you have until 2016 for the symptoms to show, that you have now. after that you can file they claim at any point down the road.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:17 AM

your doctor or PA does not know what they are talking about. The is no known cause to fibromyalgia, but depression is a secondary issue to the fibromyalgia. So are head aches and IBS. You need to go to a Rheumatologist and get a true DX.


While IBS is often found to coexist with FMS, IBS is a separate medical condition, which is why it is listed separately as one of the presumptive conditions of GW service. A veteran diagnosed with both need to claim them as separate s/c conditions.

And regardless of what the CFR says in rating FMS (20% for episodic and 40% for chronic), you need to push and argue for 40% because all the medical literature to date clearly identifies FMS as a chronic condition, period!

Cite the medical literature in your written statement in support of your claim, and learn about FMS so you can better communicate it to the C&P examiner.

Edited by Troy Spurlock, 10 July 2012 - 07:19 AM.


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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:12 AM

Your profile says 90%

If you are not working, why not apply for TDIU based on the 90-% SCs you have now.

There is plenty of info here at hadit on how to fill out the TDIU form.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:21 PM

Just found out my claim for Fibromyalgia has been granted but I dont know yet the percentage.  They saying right now that my claim bruxism and headaches are deferred even though it is the last phase before the claim is closed and info mailed.


Edited by flyfisher, 08 June 2013 - 10:48 AM.


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:44 PM

Congrats on the fibromyalgia! I'm getting ready to file for it myself. I'm being sent to a rheomatologist and started on gabapentim. I have been screening the site and not seeing too many victories for it. Your win is promising! Glad you got it.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:48 AM

Once I get my claim back I will get in touch with you and let you know what they said in the rating decision.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:30 PM

That would be much appreciated. Did you go through the rheumatologist, or how did the rule out everything else? If you don't mind me asking? Thanks again.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 07:51 AM

I never saw a rheumatologist.  I saw my NP in primary care who first diagnosed me then she referred to the pain clinic where I saw another NP who again diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I had blood work completed to rule out arthritis.  I was also sent to physical therapy where they gave me excercises to do on my own.  I was started on Gabapentin and they had me at really high doses and then my feet swelled up twice thier normal size which is a side effect.  Then she put me on Lyrica and just increased that on my last visit. I can see some improvement as far as pain going to real high level but my pain remains in the 4-5 range which is better than it was.

I was in Desert Storm so fibromyalgia is part of the Persian Gulf syndrome.  I was told by vet rep that service connection for fibromyalgia was granted and just found out today via e-benefits that my claim has went backward to the need further review.  I had some other claims in with my fibromyalgia that when he looked were deferred so I am guessing that is what is from. I went from my claim ending in June to now could be as late as November.  When you go to see a provider they will definitely test you for trigger points pain which is the only real way to diagnose fibromyalgia. If you have any further questions let me know.






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