Sleep Apnea should be a Presumptive Condition for Gulf War Vets
Sleep Apnea should be made a Presumptive Condition for All Gulf War Veterans! Every Gulf War Vet I know has Sleep Apnea, including myself. Currently, "Undiagnosed Sleep Disturbances" are considered a presumptive for us, but good luck getting a VA Doc to diagnose you with an "Undiagnosed" condition. Diagnosed Sleep Apnea is prevalant in the Gulf War Vet population, and should be service connectable on a presumptive basis.
Train VA doctors and nurse practitioners better about Gulf War related illness. My primary doctor (nurse practitioner) told me she does not believe that chronic fatigue syndrome is real…….
armand Brasseur commented
Unfortunately, those that have long left service can only hope a compassionate doctor to aid in the fight for the lacking evidence in our SMR. Those active service reading take note that the SMR must be documented properly to pave the way for a future VA claim. Do not suck up your illnesses or injuries. Document evetything. Keep copies of all your orders, keep in contact with past comrades if needed for evidence. Be sure while in active service be dure to see a specialist to diagnose all mefical problems snd discuss where, when and why is written in thd SMR. NEXUS, chronic 6 months, combat related war or training, all get in the records. Periodically check doctor notes and if not accurate go back and have it corrected.
Terry, you need to reopen your case because you temporarily stopped breathing during Desert Storm. This temporary lack of oxygen is known as hypoxia or oxygen deficiency, which is bad for the heart as well as the rest of the body. You need an up to date sleep study test to confirm the presence of sleep apnea. Only in this this way can the two be linked together, because the two are definitely service-connected from Desert Storm. You may need to be on a CPAP machine.
You need to get a pulmonary doctor to say you got a restrictive airway or lung problem. That in itself will rate a 0% disability, but because obstructive sleep apnea is somehow connected with restrictive airways, it will rate a 30% disability, and then with the CPAP machine for breathing at night, the disability will total 50%. That's all you will get, because no pyramiding is allowed.
i dont understand if so many of us have sleep apnea why want they make it service connectable i did not have the until after the gulf war
I'm a Desert Storm Vet. and I have tried to get disability for sleep apnea but was told I had a irregular heartbeat only, my heartbeat issues started because I stop breathing while sleeping during desert storm and was hospitalize for a week. I have grown tired of the fight with the V.A., the V.A. wasn't giving anyone sleep apnea fro that time frame.
I wad waiting for my study and no one called me back! This was 10 years ago. I submit another request again and I never had anyone call me back. I wrote the congress person in my district, I thought that would help? Yeah right. So last year I submit a sleep study in October of last year. I was told that it would be in September 2014 because they are backlogged.
Wah, wah, wah. Let's see how much we can rip off Uncle Sam for. Get a life. No one forced you to enlist. You are not hero's, you're just another government employee doing a job. And dont't give me that we fought for your freedoms and way of life. B.S. No member of the military has fought for anything like that since WWII. It's a shame you all can't see that you have been fighting not for America, but for corporate interests and power brokers since then, otherwise know as the Military Industrial Complex. Dubious VA disability benefits are helping to bankrupt this country which you so nobly volunteered to serve. Not a very noble or heroic thing to do, to try and get whatever you can out of the taxpayers...
Jim Bunker commented
central apnea can be caused be neurological problems and also due to medication for pain. If you are on pain meds for a illness or injury that is service related and SC by the VA, you maybe able to get the SA as secondary to that. You would have to have a doctor say that is is at less a 50% / 50 %or better.
Gil USMC 1991 commented
Just got my sleep apnea denial from the VA. Served in the USMC in the gulf, went to mopp level four twice, took the nerve agent pills, and camped for months next to oil fires, all that I believe caused my apnea which also got classified as central apnea. What can we do to get it classified as presumptive. I'm going to appeal, but a hear its 0% chance. They did make my broncotis service connected noncompensable.
Jim Bunker commented
Col Kent the problem was that the research never went to the next step on the sleep study for gulf war veterans. The researchers told the RAC the problem is they cannot get the number of veterans needed for the study for a large scale study. While the VA can look at the number of Desert Storm veterans that are Dx with SA and other DX illness as they were to, they to this date have not. The VA only looks for mental illness problem. When one looks for only one thing they will never see the whole battle field.
It's sucks to be us. Two veterans might have the same claim characteristics; gulf war, environmental exposure, etc... For Sleep apnea you need to have at least one indication that it started while in service. Sleeping disturbances, chronic cough, etc... But the sad thing here depends on the examiner you had during the examination. They most of the time are required to provide an opinion, but if you had one of them that woke up in a bad mood that day, or he/she think, based on their knowledge, that the condition just do not have any relation to service; you are with the majority of the veterans; with a denied claim. Pleople, when you submit a claim for any condition, you must do research. Please submit something that help them determine whether your condition is related to any event in service.
I think the question should be " why is it that some Gulf War Vets receive compensation for sleep apnea, and some don't?"...These high tech studies should reviel this to us, or is it the way we go by requesting assistance? I would really like to know the answer and what is it those of us who continue to be turned down have to do.
No reason for this to be taking over 20 years.
That CPAP study was first proposed in 2005, Now 8 years later, we have advanced no where. With the recent whistle blower information, and the other links posted elsewhere on here, its obvious the government through the VA is hiding something.
It would be a simple matter for the VA to look at their data base, and see how many DS vets have sleep apnea listed on their problem list. and compare that to the civilian population.
Why does Congress have to force the VA at every step?
I know it is painful to see small studies and some seem like a no brainer. Fact is that this is how science is advanced. It generally starts with someone seeing a pattern and making a study to see if it can be proven with data. The first step is a small scale study, like this one, with a very manageable number of study participants in a very closely controlled setting (no random distractors). If the researcher does this well, the results are statistically valid and reliable to say that the study demonstrated what the researcher was looking at (say CPAP use reduces some specific group of symptoms based on some accepted measure for those symptoms). Once that is proven (hopefully), the scientist can propose and conduct a large study, maybe including participants and researchers from multiple locations. Those larger studies validate or refute the smaller one(s). If all goes well, the final step is something called a clinical trial. That is generally a larger study still, and it is done in a more normal clinical treatment setting. The goal is to sort out and determine a science based and proven approach to implement a research finding in the pratical setting.
So, a very arduous and sometimes painfully slow process, but in the long term it is how science and medicine develop repeatable and effective treatments, identify connections between exposures and symptoms or biological markers (medical tests), etc. This scientific detail is what other researchers look at when they decide what to study, what providers look at when they decide how to treat patients, and what organizations like the IOM and the RAC look at when they make recommendations or draw conlusions about health issues. Unfortunately not every study is well done and not every study has positive results so there is a need to ne methodical and detail oriented. Hope this helps a bit. It doesn't answer all the concerns I know, but it is the process at work.
"Our findings in this pilot study suggest that nasal CPAP may greatly improve symptoms in veterans with GWI and sleep disordered breathing"
Ya think?..That same information could have been achieved from any VA hospital...Sleep Lab....Wonder why the local V.A. hospitals don't offer up some of their result studies..in particular, sleep lab results. Technology is there, and money can be saved...Those results have been known since "Sleep Apnea" was first diagnosed in man.
Jkent, Ok I see that. But look at the numbers, with only testing 18vets, the results are statistically useless for our claims purpose, but they should be alarming enough to put further gulf war/sleep apnea studies on the top of the list.
Kind of a slipperry slope there, you say the CPAP helps us, then they can say we do not have CFS
They need to look at all of our symptoms as one, issue, and look for the autoimune/ neurological disorder it is, something akin to MS. Then set up a rating system for GWi, similar to how MS is rated.
Good link anonymous. The results are listed though, under the "More Information" and Publications section. The publications describe the results. The first one listed says CONCLUSIONS: Our findings in this pilot study suggest that nasal CPAP may greatly improve symptoms in veterans with GWI and sleep disordered breathing. The other two probably report on the other two "hypotheses" in the proposal.
"Here is an interesting study by VA concerning Gulf War Vets and Sleep Apnea:
Over a year, and no results posted? I say BS, the VA did not like the results, and hid or lost them.
Here is an interesting study by VA concerning Gulf War Vets and Sleep Apnea:
Randy Rothleutner commented
I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea shortly after I left my last deployment when I was getting treatment for PTSD. The doctor discussed with me my increasing inability to sleep through the night, and the discussion prompted a referral to get a sleep study. I went through the Sleep Study and was diagnosed with sleep apnea that required a CPAP. I then filed for compensation, through OIF and was turned down like so many others, because I didn't complain of sleep problems while I was on active duty. I didn't argue about it, I was too busy dealing with my PTSD, anger issues, short memory loss, etc… and a year past - case closed no Compensation for a Sleep Disorder.
Then a couple years later talked to a Veterans Rep, who helped me file for a Compensation claim based on Gulf War un-diagnosed illnesses. That too was denied...
I served 24 years with about 12 of those being active duty. I was deployed desert shield/storm, and OIF both in the Middle East sand boxes.
I find it odd that these can’t be linked with either Gulf War or OIF, especially since I was diagnosed shortly after leaving active duty the second time, yet since I didn't complain about sleep problems while on active duty it is deemed not associated with or at least a condition being worsened because of active service during the Gulf War or OIF…
I served, and would do it again… I just can’t believe the red tape and strategies that the VA uses to not pay a claim like we all have reading these comments “just looking for a solution”
I sleep nightly hooked to a machine. I do believe the VA has a tough road with all the Vets, but I also believe this is an area, they would rather just push a side and act like it’s not a real “connected” problem. I hope everyone that reads this applies three votes to bring this problem into the spotlight.
Thanks to all of you that served, and would do it again in a heartbeat..!!