I was separated from the military in 2004 from a perforated duodenal ulcer with a 20% Disability Rating from the VA. I've suffered from Chronic Pain caused by Abdominal Adhesions as a direct result of said surgery for the last 10 years! My separation and rating are from the injury, but in no way compensate me for the last 10 and likely the rest of my life, which will likely be much shorter thanks to long term use of narcotic pain medication.
Your recourse is through the VA, not the military. If the pain is chronic, I suggest you consider a claim for depression secondary to the existing VA rating.
I agree this is a VA issue. Even though you have a rating, you can still go back to the VA and say "this should be higher because my symptoms have gotten worse" or "I should also have a rating for this other thing." Secondary conditions, conditions that are caused by service rated conditions rather than directly caused by service, can also be rated. The process can be slower than it was when you were processing out (so they say, it can be pretty slow either way) but the hardest part is finding a service connection and you already have that. You may want to reach out to one of the service organizations or a VA accredited lawyer. You can search on AVVO, and the VA also has a database on their webpage.
As Mr. Early stated your recourse is through the VA. You should apply for an increased VA rating. Go to VA.Gov and look up disability compensation. The VA now expedites processing if you have all your new medical evidence available. If not you should consult with a VA or private physician for a new evaluation. On the VA.Gov site look at the relevant Disability Benefit Questionnaire that is relevant for your condition. Have your physician fill it out and send to the VA Regional Office in your state. Good luck.
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