I just received notification that I have an RFE for my lumbosacral spine strain and degenerative disc disease. I have had a 40% rating since 2009, why an RFE now? Almost 10 years later? I figured that the they know when something is "degenerative" it doesnt get better. It was filed as a new claim the same day they finalized my compensation for my shoulder. I know in the last C&P exam the examiner said I showed signs of improvement even though it lasted all of 5 minutes and I happened to be on pain meds.
What should I expect? New Xrays? A DBQ? Are they trying to lower my rating? Because my back has definitely not gotten better. Will it be based on my ROM?
If they schedule me for Xrays, can I request an MRI? I know the Xrays dont show everything.
Im just concerned that they are trying to reduce my rating. I havent been to a VA doc for my back specifically in a few years now, but I work, go to school, and have kids, so I manage my pain myself with OTC meds, heat wraps, compresses, rest and ointments.
Any advice woild be great! Thanks