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Court Says Pain Alone Is Disabling

Earlier this year a federal court held that pain alone, absent any specific diagnosis or current disease, can be a disability.  The case is Saunders v. Wilkie, 886 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2018).   Melba Saunders served on active duty in the Army from November 1987 to October 1994.  During her service she was diagnosed and treated for patellofemoral pain syndrome.  A VA examiner noted Saunders experienced bilateral knee pain.  The examiner also concluded Saunders’s knee condition was service-connected.  But the examiner did not find a specific disability which would cause the pain.  The Board of Veterans Appeals denied Saunders’s claim.  It

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