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I have severe restless legs syndrome, and was wondering if you have any knowledge if PD-680 dry cleaning solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) has had any neurological affects on those vets who used it. Thank you.
TCE has a long history of causing neurological problems. You'll have to ask your doctor if he or she believes your RLS may be caused by TCE exposure or you may want to seek an IMO.
Hi Jim. The VA doctor who took over my medical care and kept me on my Xanax usually does drug screens on patients every 90 days. They stopped doing them when COVID started but are doing them again now. Are they only looking for the narcotics or are they looking for everything? I do smoke weed to help with my anxiety so when it shows in my urinalysis what will they do?
Veterans disability benefits aren't predicated on the veteran being drug free, the only determining factor is the degree of the service connected disabling condition. So, no worries about losing benefits. Veterans are screened at almost every encounter for 8 different substances.
Medications, particularly opiates and psychoactive prescriptions are a different matter. Most providers don't care if you're using marijuana other than mental health providers. They don't like to have a psychoactive drug in combination with the drugs they may prescribe so the mental health provider may decline to write prescriptions if you test positive.
Other providers may cease any further prescriptions for narcotics or drugs like Xanax or Valium. That decision is up to each provider. VA treats substance abuse or use as a health problem, not a criminal issue...a good thing. If other drugs are detected you'll get invited to a rehab program, nothing more.
The very best way I know of to learn about how VA views your condition and rating is to search for similar cases and their outcomes when appealing various issues about them. If you'll use the BVA search engine ...it's simple...you'll learn just how others have managed their similar claims and appeals.
Secondary Conditions are disabling injuries, illnesses or diseases that may be caused or aggravated by your
existing service connected conditions.
Nomenclature is very important when working with VA so it helps for you to understand the language.
The term "condition" is used to describe any physical or mental health problem you may have. A condition is an injury or an illness that occurred during your military service. The condition may be disabling or not.
You may have had a condition like a fungal infection that was treated and cleared up with treatment.
That isn't disabling but it may be rated as service connected at 0% disabling.
Or you may have had a significant injury such as a gunshot wound.
Even though it was treated, that wound may have left you with only a partial use of the affected limb and a big scar.
That's a disabling condition and will likely be awarded an appropriate rating for purposes of compensation.
Use the search engine provided below to learn more about your rated conditions.
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