Filing Disability For Chronic Pain
Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain In The Neck!
We all suffer with daily aches and pains, especially as we get older, or if we have been diagnosed with a medical illness that keeps us in chronic pain. No matter what the age, or if it’s something that has been brought on by a car accident or some other trauma to the body. But what does the Social Security Administration determine to be ‘chronic pain’, to qualify someone for Disability?
To them, “Chronic Pain” is pain that is ongoing pain that lasts for more than just a temporary illness or injury; pain that will more than likely last longer than 6 months to a year. This pain can manifest itself in any area of the body such as the back, neck, joints, muscles, headaches and even nerve pain. This can be due to an illness, injury to the body or may not have a known cause.
So now you may be wondering if your chronic pain can qualify you for Disability benefits, whether it be SSDI or SSI.
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) guidelines, you will need to prove to them that you have a severe medical impairment, whether it be physical or mental. This must be supported by documentation from your doctor (preferably a specialist), including labs and tests. This diagnosis must come from a qualified medical professional or Psychiatrist. Your disability may also be supported by other minor medical issues, such as depression, anxiety or migraines.
It’s just as important to have records showing your on-going visits to these doctors on a regular basis, as frequent as every 3-4 months at the very least and to be taking the prescribed medications ordered by your doctors. (Your Primary Care and at least one specialist).
It’s also to your benefit to keep a daily pain journal, documenting the level of your pain each day (on a scale of 1-10), taking into consideration what activity or non-activity causing your pain level to increase. You may note how long you were able to sit, stand, walk before having to rest due to your chronic pain. Also note the level of your anxiety and stress due to your pain and how you were able to relieve it through over-the-counter medications or prescribed drugs ordered by your physician or specialist, or by rest. Here is one on Amazon for under $15
Pain Journal: A daily record of chronic pain symptoms
Remember, you have a right to know what’s in your medical records and you absolutely should know before
If you’re no longer working, and have been out of work at least 6 months to a year, I’d strongly urge you not to put off filing for SSDI. If you have never worked or not worked long enough to acquire the necessary work credits and paid into the system, then you may qualify for SSI which is based on total household income. Either way, every day you procrastinate applying, you lose $30 a day, $1000 a month! That’s income you can never get back.
Most people also don’t realize that at the time they apply, they must have worked at least 50% of the last 10 years (for SSDI). So if you’ve not worked at least 5 years full time from the last 10 years when you want to apply, you will not qualify for SSDI and no longer be able to get any of the Social Security benefits that you are entitled to. Please don’t let this happen to you! If you’re not sure if you are eligible to apply, have any other questions that you need answers to, or would like help getting started on the Disability Approval process, I’d like to help. Just contact me by leaving a message in the section below or you may message me on Facebook as well. I can provide all the information that you need to apply, appeal, re-apply and even how to survive the wait. You’ll be given access to The Disability Digest with answers to all your questions, such as:
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Be sure to take advantage of these great resources at no cost to you. Take charge of your case and with the right doctors, records and representation, you can get approved up to 18 months faster than most.
As you can see filing disability for chronic pain, doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck!