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63Charlie

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Is Chronic Pain Syndrome categorized by VA as a psychiatric disorder?

Did things change under the revisions of DSM-5 so now it is Somatic Symptom Disorder?

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That's what the DSM says. VA just follows it, unless there is some kind of direct pain causing manifestation like rheumatoid disorder, or it is subsumed by another physical diagnosis

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 A judge at the Board stated/ruled my chronic pain was part of my psychological disabilities and said it was service connected.

VA never awarded it.

A DBQ by a Psy.D (claims file record) stated my chronic pain is intertwined/comorbid with my service connected depression and service connected anxiety and diagnosed me with somatic symptom disorder.

A recent remand from the CAVC to the BVA resulted in a DROC decision denying service connection for chronic pain stating there is no diagnosis for this condition.

Is this a CUE?

I appealed it to the BVA, not as a CUE

 

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19 minutes ago, brokensoldier244th said:

If it's already part of your SC MH rating it wouldn't be awarded again on its own basis. That would be pyramiding. 

While I do agree, there still should have been some kind of decision that addressed or stated this fact.

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