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Posted by Betty on January 01, 2000 at 18:29:13:

In Reply to: VA Response posted by Jim Seager on December 11, 1999 at 22:12:43:

:I've been fighting the same thing for the last 5 plus years. The problem seems to be in what is actually a diagnosis. For instance, one of the symptoms of undiagnosed illness is severe headaches. I ended up being treated for migraine headaches...how much more severe can you get! Another was "sleep disorders" and Chronic Fatigue. I suffer from insomnia...a type of sleep disorder but because the doctor calls it insomnia, it is diagnosed, therefore, not under undiagnosed illness. Another one that I have going before the board of appeals now is hair loss. My hair is only half as thick as before but because the doctors cannot find a reason, it is "not known for the cause" but isn't an undiagnosed illness. Boy, am I confused. Bottom line, if a doctor, any doctor can put a name on it, it is diagnosed, therefore not under undiagnosed illness. If a doctor can't diagnose it, because VA doesn't have a "name" to look it up in the magic ratings book, it doesn't exist, therefore not under undiagnosed illness!


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