TBI P&T

jbugg

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Hey guys just a quick question. Has anyone out there either personally or have heard of anyone getting there ratings lowered if they are 100% p&t? I guess specifically for TBI? I have been fighting for 5 years to get switched over to permanent and I finally received it. Went thru a reevaluation after 3 years and was scheduled for another one in 2023 but I appealed and had my psychologist and neurologist write me letters on my behalf which finally made them realize that after 15 years of suffering from it that I wasn't ever going to recover. Such a huge relief when I opened my decision letter to see that I now qualified for the dependents educational assistance program, which was my only clue that I was now permanent and total. That is until I could print off my benefits letter that stated I was and that no more rexaminations are scheduled. So can I really actually take a huge sigh of relief and knowing that I will never have my rating lowered? I understand the whole jail thing or fraud thing but neither does or will ever apply to me. Just curious for my own piece of mind.
 

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jbugg

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Short of gross error or fraud your ratings will remain the same. Sounds like your good.
Im starting to finally feel like that. Its been a long, painful road but I think I can finally relax without the threat hanging over my head of them lowering my rating. Just needed to hear it from an expert like you. Thanks again for everything. You guys have been a blessing going through this horrible period in life.
 

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Im starting to finally feel like that. Its been a long, painful road but I think I can finally relax without the threat hanging over my head of them lowering my rating. Just needed to hear it from an expert like you. Thanks again for everything. You guys have been a blessing going through this horrible period in life.
Glad your VA claim is finally resolved.
 

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In theory there is no such thing as the VA not re-evaluating your ratings. the 5, 10, 20 year rule or whatever is a unit of measure and the VA can and is supposed to be used with 100% rating is given the status of Permanent & Total, it cannot be changed in the future but if you really look into the laws and regulations they could try, you would put up a fight and eventually win, they don't do this because of that. So, you should be good in absence of mistake or fraud.

BTW, I was in an IED in early 2002, one of the first GWOT in Afghanistan, I never was afforded medical care, whole lot to explain. I have been trying to go back and fix the error from all of this and it really opened a lot of closed doors of repression and all those symptoms I've had to live with associated with TBI and for my 18 years, no TBI does not go away, its been a little less severe, the vertigo and dizziness spells with tinnitus but does not go away nor the memories of explosion and people exploded. So, hang in their bud ad focus on your family and your children now. Just know your not alone.
 

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I agree with you on everything you have stated brother. I have found that botox shots have helped cut down on my migraines a little bit but every little bit helps. I have found a great psychologist at my local va that is great to talk to which also helps. Its like talking to my grandpa. As for the 38 pills that I take daily im not sure if they worth the issues I have taking that many. I know they are helping bc I got tired and frustrated taking so many and just stopped for a month with disastrous results but i feel like they are starting to eat away at my stomach or something. I almost get sick every morning taking so many but that's something i will have to discuss with my doctors. Thanks for your reply. Definitely appreciate it
 

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I agree with you on everything you have stated brother. I have found that botox shots have helped cut down on my migraines a little bit but every little bit helps. I have found a great psychologist at my local va that is great to talk to which also helps. Its like talking to my grandpa. As for the 38 pills that I take daily im not sure if they worth the issues I have taking that many. I know they are helping bc I got tired and frustrated taking so many and just stopped for a month with disastrous results but i feel like they are starting to eat away at my stomach or something. I almost get sick every morning taking so many but that's something i will have to discuss with my doctors. Thanks for your reply. Definitely appreciate it
I'm not providing you medical advice here nor can I, however, the VA had me so doped up on different meds. that after eight years of this I went to the ER and he wanted to removed my gall badder, appendix and pancreas. I went to other Dr.'s and they've all admitted the VA concoction would have killed me very soon. So, also, around 2003 I consider myself one of the first GWOT vets to be doped on opioids, the VA gave them to me like candy, in the hundreds, I became addicted. Eventually, I gave up an went holistic and that was a tough transition. Like other vets, I was worried the VA would take my comp away from not taking the prescribed meds. I said the heck with it all, its my life. Turns out, this has no bearing and can't be used against you per VA patient rights. I would cream at the top of my lungs if someone ever tries to use this against me at the VA all the way tot he White House and federal circuit.
It was a hard transition getting off all the meds, (which weren't doing me any good anyways), I looked terrible. Healthy diet, no smoking, limited alcohol, exercises, positive thoughts and reinforcement with different approaches to natural vitamins and herbs. I will never go back to being addicted. I mean, the worst part was they doped me up as if to say, "well, your fixed good enough". No, that's not medicine folks. Just food for though if your struggling. BTW, I once raised the issues to the VA as to why there is no herbal offers, massage therapy, etc. you can't even get a bed from the VA if you have severe spinal problems. Ding, ding, Big Pharma.
 
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