I currently have a claim in for herniated discs and sciatica as a secondary condition to my service connected lumbarsacral strain. My claim was in the Prep for Decision Phase a week ago but now has been kicked back to the Gathering of Evidence Phase and a C&P exam and medical opinion has been requested by the rater because of a new condition that I have that has been noticed since I filed my claim in Sept 2016. Apparently the rating saw that I have a CT Scan in my file that shows that I have Minimal levoscoliosis. No Signifcant abnormality of alignment. Vertebral body heights are preserved. Mild to moderate disk degeneration is present at C3-C4 C4-C5 and C6-C7. At most mild disc degeneration at the other cervical levels. Multilevel small disc osteophyte complex is present without significant spinal canal stenosis. Uncovertebral DJD causes neural foraminal stenosis as follows: Mild bilateral C2-C3 and left C3-C4, moderate to severe right C4-C5. The rater is requesting a medical opinion to find out if my cervical conditions can be considered to be secondary to my lower lumbar condition. I am currently receiving 20% for Lumbosacral Strain, 20% Right Lower Extremity Radiculopathy, 20% Left Lower Extremity Radiculopathy. My question is being that the rating is requesting if the cervical condition is secondary could the condition be granted without me filing a claim for it.
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