Multiple Sclerosis - DoD vs VA Rating

DanielleGibson

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My med board has officially kicked off and I am looking for a little input. I know MS is a minimum 30% but the VA rates based on the symptoms so the ratings are normally more than the minimum. I have two main questions:
1- Does the DoD rate the same way? I know they only look at the unfitting condition but will I get an automatic 30% from the DoD or do they calculate their percentage based on the symptoms like the VA does?
2- What kind of ratings can I expect with the following symptoms of MS:
- Fatigue - severe enough to require daily medication to even get through the work day and then my evenings and weekends are essentially just recovering enough to go back to work the next day.
- Numbness - my right leg is numb and will always be
- Spacisity (muscle spasms) - requires medication 4-5 days a week
- Anxiety - requires daily medication and counseling
- Dizziness - occasional dizziness

I know no one here is able to tell the future, I'm just looking for a sanity check, thank you!!!
-Danielle
 

matt.edward.jones

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DoD essentially adopts VA's rating as long as the condition is determined to make you unfit to continue military service.

People end up with different overall rates from DoD than from VA because they have conditions rated by VA that aren't taken into account by DoD.
 

DanielleGibson

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So the DoD does rate MS based off of symptoms?

There is a super wide range of MS ratings, I'm just hoping to get an idea of how others have been rated with similar symptoms.
 

chaplaincharlie

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DoD uses the VA ratings for conditions that are unfitting. Should you believe the IPEB dId not include all your MS related conditions, then you can get counsel and appeal to the FPEB.
 

tony292

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Tha VA will rate your MS by symptoms and combine the results. I’m rated for a similar condition, Myasthenia Gravis. This is how my rating worked out:

40% per leg plus bilateral factor of 10% for leg weakness and atrophy due to MG

60% pulmonary residuals of myasthenia Gravis

0% ocular features of MG

So DOD found myasthenia Gravis unfitting. So they accepted all of the above VA ratings which added up way more than the minimum 30% just for having the diagnosis.

They also found me unfit for mental health at 70%

So I ended up 100% PT and 100% DOD but dod only pays out at 75%.


Your MS will get you past the 30% mark just for having the diagnosis. The more severe your individual MS symptoms the more you’ll get above that 30.

I would be careful on the day of the CP exam. Make sure you are tired and showing the worst of your symptoms. Don’t go in there all rested and minimizing your symptoms. Do your homework on militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com
 

DanielleGibson

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Tha VA will rate your MS by symptoms and combine the results. I’m rated for a similar condition, Myasthenia Gravis. This is how my rating worked out:

40% per leg plus bilateral factor of 10% for leg weakness and atrophy due to MG

60% pulmonary residuals of myasthenia Gravis

0% ocular features of MG

So DOD found myasthenia Gravis unfitting. So they accepted all of the above VA ratings which added up way more than the minimum 30% just for having the diagnosis.

They also found me unfit for mental health at 70%

So I ended up 100% PT and 100% DOD but dod only pays out at 75%.


Your MS will get you past the 30% mark just for having the diagnosis. The more severe your individual MS symptoms the more you’ll get above that 30.

I would be careful on the day of the CP exam. Make sure you are tired and showing the worst of your symptoms. Don’t go in there all rested and minimizing your symptoms. Do your homework on militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com
Thank you! I've heard horror stories about the C&P exams. This is what I'm thinking but again, I don't know what the burden of "proof" is...

SymptomCodeRatingDescription - Military Disability Made Easy
Numbess852910%Paralysis of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Complete paralysis or incomplete, severe paralysis is rated 10%. Incomplete, moderate or mild paralysis is rated 0%.
Fatigue635420-40%· 40 percent disability rating (“nearly constant and restricts routine daily activities to 50 to 75 percent of the pre-illness level” or results in periods of incapacitation of at least four but less than six weeks total duration per year)Link
Spacisity810310%· Convulsive tic is a condition where the nerves cause the muscles, predominantly in the face, arms, or legs, to spasm regularly. If it is severe, it is rated 30%. Moderate is rated 10%, and mild is rated 0%Link
· If there are muscles spasms and guarding present that do not interfere with the way you walk, it is rated 10%.Link
Anxiety940010-30%30% rating: This rating will have the majority of the following circumstances and symptoms:
The Ability to Care for Yourself: This individual may have occasional, short hospitalizations, but can entirely take care of himself most of the time.
Medications: This individual usually requires medication to function normally.
Symptoms: Some or all of the following symptoms will be present.
– Spikes or drops in mood, like depression
– Often anxious or becomes easily stressed
– Panic attacks occur, but no more than once a week
– Difficulty sleeping (nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, etc.)
– Mild memory loss could include regularly forgetting names or directions
– Often suspicious of other people, particularly ones he does not know
The Ability to Work: This individual will be able to work and will usually function normally. There may, however, be occasional times where he is unable to properly fulfill all job requirements. This could result in occasionally losing his job.
Social Relationships: Like his ability to work, this individual will normally have fairly stable relationships. These relationships, however, will not be great and will often be strained by the symptoms of his condition. Divorce or breakups could occur, but not in every case.
Link
Dizziness620410%If there is occasional dizziness, it is rated 10%.Link

I'm hoping for the higher end on the two with ranges but we will see I guess...any other advise for the exams?

-Danielle
 

flyin_dutchman

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So the DoD does rate MS based off of symptoms?

There is a super wide range of MS ratings, I'm just hoping to get an idea of how others have been rated with similar symptoms.
In 2017 I have been diagnosed with MS (I'm AF Reservist) and have been found Unfit by IPEB. I have enough TAFMS to get a Regular (AD) Retirement, thus I am in the process of retiring regularly vs medical retirement. I have accomplished C & P exams in 2017. My examiner was a contractor and did not give me any attributing MS symptoms associated with my MS, even tho I stated such. The disease progression is causing more symptoms with me, so I have recently filed Secondary claims to the MS 30% (Fatigue and Parenthesis) but I did not get rated for Numbness or Anxiety which I have.
 
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