I would like you to review my recent VA 30% rating.
I have had Hep C for about 25 years, got it during my army time in
My AST and ALT averages remain the same over the years at around 60 and
A liver biopsy from three years ago was Chronic Hep. C., mildly active
2), with focal periportal fibrosis (stage 2) mild hepatitis and mild
fibrosis. A current biopsy might show it getting worse. I say this
in the past few years and after a six month bought on
interferon/ ribavirin I now have severe daily fatigue sometimes severe,
daily joint pain in my toes and fingers and back. I have trouble reading
remembering and concentrating more than ever. I am taking catalpa
hydobromide, for the depression.
I have stomach problems with nausea. I have a constant pain in my right
As mentioned, I was given a VA service connected disability rating of 30%;
was a lot of paper work, and frustration. The award letter basically said
that 30 % is granted because of minimal liver damage and fatigue.
If I can send you my Hep C medical files and the ratings, and if I make an
appointment with you, can you make anopinion on which rating more nearly
approximates the 30% or the of 60%. I have attached the latest schedule
from the 2001 38CRF on 4.114 -Schedule of
ratings--digestive systems the VA goes by.
I want to go on the new therapy, this spring and I do not know if I will
able to keep a job. I am 50years old and I am afraid that this will be my
last attempt on an interferon. I have had pretty bad side effects the last
time, and I ended up losing my job.