Hello there :)
I have a question regarding some claims I am putting together. I have one currently that is still "gathering evidence" with my C&P exam completed on 4/29/13. I believe I have done all I could for this claim and SHOULD (but we all know the stars must perfectly align) come out favorably with a min of 60% - if they actually go by all my records. This is for hypothyroidism.
Now my question is regarding claims following this. Hypothyroidism causes depression (is a symptom) and I have been diagnosed by VA with Major Depressive Disorder (back in 2006). This is before I really became aware of the hypothyroidism problems and service connection to it. On active duty, I was given Paxil (in my medications list in records); however, I can not find the "sick call" slip for that date/time nor can I locate any dr's notes regarding that prescription. From my research, this drug is really only used for psychiatric disorders so it is odd that I can not find any doctor notes or anything relating to it.
Anyway, after I was seen in 2006 and diagnosed with the depressive disorder (I lost my job after this episode) I was given Prozac. I haven't been to the VA in a very long time - I believe 2006-2007 was the last time. I thought I would just manage on my own (yup that worked out beautifully). My family care doctor (civilian) now treats me for the thyroid (unsuccessfully) but doesn't pay attention to my symptoms.
I decided it was enough (I have been cycling the depressive episodes now for 4 years) and registered with my VAMC here where I currently live and requested a PCP. That appointment isn't until July (gotta love it) and then I know they have to refer me etc... so it will take a bit. This current episode has been the longest which is going on about 15 months now. Luckily, I have kept my job but have missed quite a few days because of it (I am in the hole PTO wise).
My question relates to filing a claim for the depressive disorder which I would guess should be secondary to the hypothyroidism? I am pretty sure the tie can be made to that but just wanted to be sure I was heading in the right direction. Do I wait and file the depression AFTER the thyroid comes back or do I attack it now (I can - I am in no rush and got nothing but time)? If I wait, would it be recommended to see the therapist at VA for a while before filing?
Thanks - appreciate any help.