TX Oleander wrote: My Rheumatologist is in private practice. I will make copies of the info for my next appointment in 2 weeks. I agree, these Drs. do not want to testify. I have no family history of cancer or any kind of Autoimmue Disease but yet my Rheumatologist insists I'm predisposed to Scleroderma. Maybe time for a second opinion.
Hi Lea Ann,
If you have not done so already, I would make a copy of the Nexus letter EXAMPLE and give it to your doctor. Many doctors are very limited in time. Having a letter that they can follow helps direct them in what to write/dictate making the process quicker and easier for them, and hopefully more likely to do it. Tell your MD that you need him to write a etter for your VA claim. (in other words, don't ask for them to do it, just say that you need it. They do have the option to make their opinion in it, hopefully with the word "More likely than not").
Here are some links from a previous Nexus Letter posting...
I gave a copy of the sample letter at the end of this one to my MD to follow.http://veteransinfo.tripod.com/nexus2.pdf
This one has another good example in it.http://www.veteranscorner.org/thenexusletter.htm
Feel free to give them my copy to follow as an example too.
When I went to my MD, I had everything in order and explained that I needed a letter written regarding my breast CA. This was the purpose of the appointment, not something that I tagged on at the end as an "oh, by the way... can you do this?) I had the following things all lined up to show him -
- my DD214 showing that I was discharged from Camp Lejeune in 1974
- the reports about Camp Lejeune' s toxic drinking water during the time I was there
- studies of benzene exposure which caused breast cancer in rats and clusters of populations
- my medical/surgical treatment records, negative genetic tests and no family history for breast cancer
(I actually made copies of the important things and gave them to him.)
BTW - My surgical oncologist brushed me off, so I went to a medical doctor. He gladly wrote the Nexus letter for me at my first appointment with him. In it, he commented that he reviewed all of my records, etc. It is short and to the point and I have been told that it is a good letter. We shall see....
Good luck and let me know if I can help in any other way.