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So the VA is saying my Dercums disease and scaring have the same issues as they both cause pain in the skin.  So in my last rating they stated I had not maxed out the rating.  I don't understand what this is as I am at 60% under general.  How can i go any higher on this rating as I feel this condition is by far the worst?   

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Shrek If I understand your issue, you have to get an IMO from a specialist that will eval your conditions and say that it is difficult to determine how much pain is attributable to one verses the othe

Shrek It may be worth a 30% rating See this case https://www.va.gov/vetapp14/Files2/1419164.txt Citation 1419164

I hear Dr Ellis out of Okla city is a great with Veterans and writes up very favorable IMO/IME's  The only thing there is the Veteran needs to travel to him and they have a Motel near by his clin

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On 9/16/2020 at 5:03 PM, shrekthetank1 said:

But what do they mean by i have not meet the high rating possible?

What the VA is saying here is that you may meet the criteria for a higher rating under "another diagnostic code" for your skin disability. Double check your original award letter and see what "Diagnostic Code" they rated you under. Then you can construct an argument for a higher rating under another diagnostic code.

You said that you are not sure if it's worth fighting. In my humble opinion, it is worth it if an increase under another diagnostic code is warranted which could also generate a potential "SMC award." Ultimately the decision is yours. I wish you the best!

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