Currently I receive 30% disability for Exercised Induced Asthma. For the past several years I’ve been seeing the VA doctor once a year which they continue making me appointment year after year.
I’ve been told by many disabled veterans that when you go into these appointments don’t go dressed up and always say your condition is the same or worse. Reason being because the VA may try to say your condition improved or is improving and lower or terminate your rating.
Recently I went to my VA appointment and my doctor asked how I was with my condition. I simply said I’m surviving and managing. The VA doctor now wants for me to see what a Pulmonologist in the VA can do to improve my health. So the VA doctor referred me to Pulmonary for a Pulmonary Function Test (PFt) and said that I have to have that done prior to a Pulmonologist being able to see me. Even though I had a Pulmonary Function Test about a year and half ago when I requested an increase. When I mentioned I had one a year and half ago, the VA doctor said anytime they make referrals they need to do a new one.
My concern is I don’t trust tests too much. I also don’t trust the VA much. I see from others experiences how they have very low creditability. I understand that the VA doctor may care about my health, but I’m worried someone, being my Va doctor or the Pulmonologist will try to say my condition has improved or whatnot and remove my disability rating/pay.
After seeing the VA doctor that day I made an appointment for the test in near future. Now after having spent time thinking about it, I’m considering just canceling and not going. I’m considering just avoiding it all together.
Fellow service members, what are you thoughts?
Is it mandatory that I go to referral appointments or go to this appointment? Do I have to go? Should I go? Should I not go? How do I avoid not going if that’s best.
Again I don’t trust tests and I’ve heard a few horror stories about VA reducing disabled veterans compensation and I need this few percentage to support my kids as a single father.
Please give me some feedback or advice.