Radiculopothy and Restless Leg Syndrome

MoparFin

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I was diagnosed with both left leg radiculopathy and restless leg syndrome. Radiculopathy is now bilateral. On recent CP exam for radiculopathy increase it was noted on the DBQ for my back as:


Veteran is SC'd for left lower extremity radiculopathy to include restless leg syndrome. Please note that the original restless leg syndrome C&P exam was done by a neurologist and was listed as a central nervous system DBQ; not a peripheral nerve DBQ since restless leg syndrome does not occur at the peripheral nerve level. Veteran does still report his legs feels restless if he doesn't move them.


Then on the Nerve DBQ that was completed:

Restless leg syndrome is NOT a peripheral nerve condition, it is a central nervous system condition and as such was done as a CNS DBQ by the neurologist with the original claim; therefore no specific nerve can be listed for restless leg syndrome and peripheral nerve DBQ in appropriate DBQ for this condition; unsure why it is listed with the radiculopathy as they are two separate conditions. According to UpToDate, restless leg sydrome is, "Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also called Willis-Ekbom disease (WED), is a common sleep-related movement disorder characterized by an often unpleasant or uncomfortable urge to move the legs that occurs during periods of inactivity, particularly in the evenings, and is transiently relieved by movement."
EMG shows right and left lower extremity radiculopathy; right leg is a new diagnosis from last exam and is mild bilaterally.

Will this lead to a separate rating for Rest Leg Syndrome and Bilateral Radiculopathy?
 

MoparFin

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Anyone know if this will be separated into 2 different ratings now?

I was rated at 10% for each of the following:

- lumbar radiculopathy of the left lower extremity to include restless leg syndrome (previously rated as DC 8620)
- right leg restless leg syndrome (previously rated as DC 8620)
 

7869jake

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Restless leg syndrome is completely separate from radiculopathy. If you have both, and they are service connected, you should be rated for both conditions.
 
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