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– So I got out of the military in June 2014 and I had a sleep study later on that year in Sept 2014 as part of my Original Claim. Part of that claim was to see if I could claim Sleep Apnea so I bundled it into the original claim despite having no “evidence” besides as lay statement.
– My home sleep study was “abnormal” not enough data so I was sent to a sleep lab and told I did not have sleep apnea but that I did have Hypersomnia (according to doctors notes)
– At no time did my doctor relay this note from the sleep lab about Hypersomnia but I did notice they said it was “likely” not connected to my service, so denied essentially… the end right?
– Well I continued feeling very tired and displaying all the classic signs of sleep apnea in my view for several more years. My mother told me as I was sleeping over at her place that it sounded like I had trouble breathing and stopped breathing… so she was notably concerned.
– This jumpstarted the process to get a 2nd sleep study in 2019. This time I received a positive diagnosis for Mild Sleep Apnea and I now have a CPAP
– I am thinking about to my time in the military, working shifts, long hours, and generally having very poor sleep for years due to this. My military records show several entries where I told doctors I was taking Unisom… this was basically added due to having a adverse reaction to Unisom after my other sleep aide ran out and I didn’t know any better. This should be indicative of sleeping difficulties as this went on for some time… leading towards a 2nd hospitalization in Al’Udeid after having a 2nd reaction to Unisom (at the time I did not know what caused the initial adverse reaction from the 1st time).
I think someone, such as myself, could tell a compelling story that my health due to a sleep disorder deteriorated starting during the military and aggravated by the military due to various factors.
Does anyone think I have a possible case or is my evidence to thin?
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So I got out of the military in June 2014 and I had a sleep study later on that year in Sept 2014 as part of my Original Claim. Part of that claim was to see if I could claim Sleep Apnea so I bundled it into the original claim despite having no evidence besides as lay statement.