I was denied service connection for sleep apnea this past summer. I have since gotten the statement from my doctor and was wondering if it is what is needed. As usual, thanks for any and all comments.
I am writing this as the treating physician of Mr. Julius White. I have been involved in Mr. White's care since evaluating him on April 25, 2006. Mr. White has been diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and was prescribed a CPAP machine in June of 2006. OSA tends to be a disease of insidious onset with there being concomitant problems with hypertension or obesity, both of which Mr. White developed years after entering the U.S. military service. Although Mr. White's service medical records do not contain any diagnosis for sleep apnea, it is my professional medical opinion that his sleep apnea condition originated a few years prior to his initial diagnosis of hypertension. Based on his history, it is my opinion that the sleep apnea developed while Mr. White was in service and is directly related to his service-connected hypertension, as well as his history of obesity.
In summary, I
believe it is more likely than not that Mr. White's current condition of OSA developed while he was on active duty.