Hi, I had half of my Thyroid removed due to cancer in the gland. The doctors don't have any idea of how or why this happens. I asked, "could it be related to "burning pits" "depleted Uranium" Other environmental problems like the "mercury chlorinate, benzene, and other metals flying in the dust? When I came back from Iraq and said that I had difficulty swallowing so they gave me a breathing test? I passed the breathing test but I have for the past 5 years now complained of swallowing difficulties. Finally when a big bump appeared on my throat I went to a civilian doctor who immediately knew what was going on, did a needle biopsy, and arranged for surgery the next week. (This was on a Friday). The VA sent me to an ENT at a different hospital and she felt that at least a partial removal of the Thyroid gland was recommended. When asked what could cause this condition she said exposure to radiation. But did not say “more likely than not” this condition is related to my combat experience.
As a result of the surgery I can only speak at a whisper. This condition may go away within the next two weeks but if it says over 3 months it will be permanent.
I try to work for a living, and the work I do totally involves my ability to speak on the phone and in public forums.
Can I file for a compositional issue due to this major problem? I do have several compositional issues that have me rated currently at 60%.