Bad Feeling

lucky208

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So I finished up my VA/ QTC medical portion this week and I'm beginning to have some doubt. I'm sure I'm not alone and we all may have played the what if game. Here is my concern: Examiner had thick accent/ I was asked to repeat myself (maybe I had the thick accent???) multiple times, examiner aloof repeating "gotcha" "ok" and "hmm" a lot, did not ask a lot of questions especially about my heart condition which I believe to be the most concerning issue. He did a 12 lead and asked what medications I took and that was it. He didn't ask about occupational or social impacts. Did not ask about the results from the heart monitor I wore that showed multiple runs of AFIB/ Aflutter or the surgeries I've had for this condition. The MEB Dr. has my off-post Dr. notes/ heart monitor results/ surgery notes so I'll see how the NARSUM helps my position and hopefully the VA exam was nothing to be concerned with. This whole process sucks...
 

oddpedestrian

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They are not supposed to ask you those questions they deduct that themselves based on your condition and their medical expertise.
 

chaplaincharlie

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Occupational and social functioning are used for mental health conditions, not cardiac conditions. If you post your diagnosis, I will point you toward the things that define your level of compensation. Alternatively, you can search for your diagnosis in the link below and do the same for yourself.

 

lucky208

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Thanks for the input. I was mistaken in what the VA evaluates for cardiac conditions but according to VA Form 21-0960A Mar 2018 section XV asks about Functional impact. Here is my cardiac hx: diagnosed with AFib/ Flutter in Aug 2018. Currently on Xarelto to prevent clots and Verapamil for HR control. Wore monitor for 7 days, showed mutiple(7-8) runs of AFib/ Flutter. Had cardiac ablatation in the fall of 2018. Still sypmtomatc with AFib and still taking meds.
My concern is during the VA exam will not paint an accurate picture of the condition unless they (VA) take into account my previous exams/ procedures/ off post records. MEB Dr/ PEBLO have the off post records.
I'll have see how this all plays out just like everyone else here.
 

Mike2686

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I didn't go through for the same condition you have, but I can confirm based on the number of doctors/medical personal I saw, they are pretty nonchalant throughout the whole process. The only ones who weren't were the mental docs.

The doctors doing your evaluations do this everyday and some for 30+ years. They have seen and heard it all. They are also generally crunched for time, so they try to get people in and out as quickly and efficiently as possible. Sometimes they come across as rude or pushy even based off what I have personally seen and heard.

I wouldn't worry about it too much right now. You'll drive your anxiety through the roof and cause yourself a bunch of unneeded stress. You have zero control over anything at this point. So, try your best to relax and focus on other things. Maybe, go ahead and get all of your CIF/RFI stuff together, maybe start an online college class or two. Play some World of Warcraft or a game you might like, read some books or write.

There are some people on this board who know a ton, and have forgotten more than most of us will ever know. They will help you with the real info. The hardest part about this process is the waiting around. Your future is literally in the hands of the docs and the PEB. If you let it eat you up, you'll be miserable for the duration.

Sorry I wasn't much help personally, but do your best to relax.
 
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