My contention is this. If you wanna claim OSA, you better have an arsenal of evidence. If you wanna claim it as secondary to another diagnosis, you better have a nexus and a plethura of evidence supporting your proposed link.
Change is in the air with all of the SA claims hittin' the griddle. Check out the sign of the times :
An excerpt :
One issue addressed was conventional wisdom by some sleep disorder experts that sleep apnea is related to post-traumatic stress disorder.
“We haven’t seen any medical correlation between sleep apnea and PTSD,” Hughes said. Still the most common path to a sleep apnea rating “is people who are overweight…getting diagnosed” as they separate or retire.
“Why would they have sleep apnea during service,” asked the committee’s Deneise Turner-Lott, an administrative judge with the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission. “I mean they are not overweight.”
Weight remains the most common cause of sleep apnea, Hughes said, even when diagnosed in service.
Another committee member asked Hughes to explain the link between sleep apnea and military service.
“I don’t think there is any medical link to service,” he said. “There is not something we can point to in service that actually causes sleep apnea.”
Hughes speculated that the rise in claims is related to heighten awareness of the condition among service members and veterans.
We can argue all we want but the reality is if you are gonna claim SA secondary to another illness, you better be able to back that up.