Sleep apnea

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Sleep apnea

Post by topgun » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:30 pm

I've got a claim in right now for sleep problems.
The VA sent me to a clinic for overnight observation and I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea.
Do any of you guys know what kind of rating the VA has been giving out for this?
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Re: Sleep apnea

Post by redfish » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:43 am

Welcome bro. Here ya go:


6847 Sleep Apnea Syndromes (Obstructive, Central, Mixed):

Chronic respiratory failure with carbon dioxide retention or cor pulmonale, or; requires tracheostomy - 100%

Requires use of breathing assistance device such as continuous airway pressure (CPAP) machine - 50%

Persistent day-time hypersomnolence - 30%

Asymptomatic but with documented sleep disorder breathing - 0%
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Re: Sleep apnea

Post by topgun » Fri May 10, 2013 7:51 pm

Thanks redfish sorry I didn't get back to ya earlier, you wouldn't happen to know about the ratings for major depression would ya?

I've had a first time claim going for almost two years, a few weeks back they sent me a letter with a "VCAA Notice Response" I went ahead and filled it out and sent it in.

I've got letters from personal doctors and even the VA doctors talking about my mental health problems, hell I've even had my senator's vet rep get in touch with them three different times.

I hope I can hear some good news soon but I doubt it, this is the first time in my adult life that I've had to have somebody (loved ones thank God for them) to rely on and its not a good feeling.

Well thanks for whoever might be listening for letting me go on a rant.
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Re: Sleep apnea

Post by redfish » Sat May 11, 2013 7:57 pm

topgun wrote:Thanks redfish sorry I didn't get back to ya earlier, you wouldn't happen to know about the ratings for major depression would ya?

I would know. What is your question ? You asking about the ratings scale ? Be a little more specific.

I've had a first time claim going for almost two years, a few weeks back they sent me a letter with a "VCAA Notice Response" I went ahead and filled it out and sent it in.

I've got letters from personal doctors and even the VA doctors talking about my mental health problems, hell I've even had my senator's vet rep get in touch with them three different times.

I hope I can hear some good news soon but I doubt it, this is the first time in my adult life that I've had to have somebody (loved ones thank God for them) to rely on and its not a good feeling.

Well thanks for whoever might be listening for letting me go on a rant.
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Re: Sleep apnea

Post by topgun » Sat May 11, 2013 8:26 pm

Yes I was talking about the rating scale. I've got a claim in right now for depression, I've sent in paperwork from 3 different civilian doctors as well as a VA doctor with a diagnosis from all of them for major depression.

The paperwork also talks about my unemployment, I haven't had a job since 6-09.

Hope that's a little more specific, Thanks for the help.
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Re: Sleep apnea

Post by redfish » Sun May 12, 2013 9:35 am

This is the rating scale. Find which one best describes you. You don't have to match every symptom to fit into a certain percentage. Just the one that fits most of your symptoms.

38 C.F.R. § 4.130, DC 9411
General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders:

Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought process or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation occupation, or own name …………………..100%

Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical, obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively; impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and maintain effective relationships ...................................... 70%

Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity due to such symptoms as: flattened affect; circumstantial, circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic attacks more than once a week; difficulty in understanding complex commands; impairment of short- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of only highly learned material, forgetting to complete tasks); impaired judgment; impaired abstract thinking; disturbances of motivation and mood; difficulty in establishing and maintaining Effective work and social relationships ………………..50%

Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks (although generally functioning satisfactorily, with routine behavior, self-care, and conversation normal), due to such symptoms as: depressed mood, anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly or less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory loss (such as forgetting names, directions, recent events) ............................ 30%

Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational tasks only during periods of significant stress, or; symptoms controlled by continuous medication .................. 10%

A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social functioning or to require continuous medication .............................. 0%
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Re: Sleep apnea

Post by topgun » Sun May 12, 2013 11:37 am

Thanks again redfish, I'm pretty sure I would have looked everywhere on the web except where ever you're pulling up that info.

Its good to know that this place is here, I'm going to make it a point to contribute more to this site besides just asking questions.

Take care and enjoy the holiday I know I am, I'll be headed over to my sister's place this evening to be around all the mom's and eat some mexican chicken. (I'll eat so much of that damn stuff I'll make myself miserable but its a good miserable. :D )
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Re: Sleep apnea

Post by redfish » Mon May 13, 2013 8:40 am

Check your messages.
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