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VA and FM
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writerchick - February 9

Hey guys,

I have a compensation and pension exam coming up at the VA. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with FM and VA healthcare. If you have, I would love to hear about it, I don't know how to approach the subject with them.



cornerstone - February 9

Hello. Havent had the exam,but I have filed for compensation and pension exam through the VA. I have been hoping to come across some one who served in the military and has been diagnosed with fibro. Hope we can keep in touch.


axxie - February 10

Hey writerchick, the only thing I can tell you is, be prepared for a long wait for a decision and you may most probability be denied the first time. May I make a suggestion to you, go to the library or store and get the book called "Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome, A survival manual by Devin Starlanyl and Mary Ellen Copeland. The books cost less then 25.00 well worth it, the book has a chapter about how to apply and what you will need to prove your case. I would strongly suggest you get the book to help you get your compensation approved. Good luck and let us know how things go.


writerchick - February 10

Thanks for the advice, I will get the book today. I have service connected disability at a low rating and have waited 10 years to re-evaluate because of multiple reasons. I have documentation from a Dr. that states the FM was precipitated by the injury sustained on duty. I just don't know how they will react to the FM since the official stand of the VA is that it's a symptom. (Much as they see Gulf War Syndrome and, in the past, Agent Orange exposure.) The exam is next week, so I will let you guys know how it goes.


axxie - February 11

I'm happy you are buying the book, it will pay off twofold. Just remember, don't let anyone not even the judge tell you that fibro is not an illness. I would suggest you use the proper words and explain until they are sick of you talking about the symptoms. You and everyone who has fibro should all be rewarded compensation.
Good luck to you.


DAVE - February 11

I to have just attened a med with VA regarding just being DX with FMS However the doctor on the day said that he could not find any symptoms evn tho \i hav e a letter from the Chronic Pain Clinic LOL
The only thing on my side is the fact that one MO happened to mention on one of his reports that he thought I mite be developing POLYARTHRALGIA. At present awaiting decison


writerchick - February 11

Thanks for the help! Dave, was your eval. specifically for FM? Mine is for re-evaluation of service connected disabilities, but I'm wondering if it would be beneficial to present the FM to them as a condition present due to the exasperation of the initial disability. I don't want to confuse the issues with them, but at the same time, I think the FM is relevant.


DAVE - February 12

Hi Writerchick,
I think we have a little problem here lol
I,am British and I think ucould be from across the pond. During my service however one MO had made a note on my doc's that he thought I might be developing Poly Arthralgia but this was never chased up, I was only DX with FMS just b4 Xmas and I sat my board last Friday. Our system means the report made by the Dr (who could find no symptoms of FMS)now goes to a board to be acessed. Sorry I cant help any more

PS Good Luck


writerchick - February 12

Dave, you have been helpful, even from across the pond :)
The system of dealing with government medical boards often has the same roadblocks regardless of where they are. Thanks for being with me on this, and good luck to you as well!



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