Disabling Limitations due to Your Diabetes?
Diabetes Mellitus in Social Security
Diabetes can cause you to experience disabling limitations alone or in combination with other impairments and could be the reason you are not able to work. Some helpful tips on how to aid your disability case as it relates to diabetes: If you have to take insulin and you experience fluctuating blood sugars throughout the day, something that you could do to help your case would be to keep a journal of your blood sugar readings so we can see over time where your readings are. The second thing you can do to help win your diabetes case is when you have a high blood sugar reading, document the symptoms you are experiencing. A lot of times when people have a high blood sugar reading, they can have problems with: fatigue, dizziness, and fainting spells. If you are experiencing those symptoms with high blood sugar, you can reflect that in your journal. That could be helpful to your case. As with any other symptoms, if you experience these symptoms when your blood sugar is high, it is very important to report that to your doctor too. We need those symptoms reflected in your progress notes.
If your diabetes is causing you to experience neuropathy in your hands or your feet, tell your doctor that you are experiencing that diabetic nerve pain and where the pain is located. Social Security Ruling 14-2p says, “Adults with neuropathy can have problems walking, operating foot controls, and manipulating objects with their hands.” If you have these problems with diabetic nerve pain, and you report such symptoms to your doctor, that can help us put limitations in your RFC finding that can get us where we need to be as far as getting you a disability finding.
The disability attorneys of Carmichael Law Group would love the opportunity to help you win your diabetes case! Give us a call today for a free no obligation disability consultation.
Let Attorney Carmichael Help You Win Your Fibromyalgia Disability Case
Experiencing fibromyalgia? Not able to work because of it? We can help. Social Security has a specific Social Security ruling that deals with fibromyalgia. Social Security Ruling 12-2p states that fibromyalgia can be the basis for a disability finding. But like with anything, in order for Social Security to consider the severity of your fibromyalgia, we must show that you have objective evidence to confirm the diagnosis. Also, with respect to fibromyalgia we need a doctor to observe upon physical examination that you have eleven out of eighteen positive tender points upon physical examination.
When you receive medical treatment, it is important that the doctor notes when he’s physically examining you and showing where those tender points are because under Social Security Ruling 12-2p we need eleven out of eighteen positive tender points. In addition to that objective diagnosis of fibromyalgia required under the ruling, we also need your medical records to show the symptoms that you are experiencing.
Fibromyalgia causes individuals to experience a lot of symptoms… certainly the biggest one: PAIN. You need to tell your doctor where you are experiencing pain and any other symptoms that you are experiencing. Also, if you are experiencing problems with fatigue, report that to your doctor.
Fibromyalgia can also cause you to have stiffness/morning stiffness. Report those symptoms in addition if you are experiencing: headaches, IBS. Any and all symptoms that your fibromyalgia is causing you to experience… it is very important that you report that to the doctor.
In addition, if your fibromyalgia causes you to lie down during the day, tell your doctor that. If your medications are causing you to experience negative side effects… tell your doctor about that because we need that reported in your medical records.
Diagnosed Mental Conditions CAN be the Basis for a Disability Finding alone or combined with other Physical Impairments
Diagnosed mental conditions CAN be the basis for a disability finding! It can be a basis for a disability finding alone or either in combination with other physical impairments. The main way social security can determine your mental conditions prevent you from being able to work/render you disabled is:
- Determining your diagnosed mental conditions MEET and/or MEDICALLY EQUAL one of the 12.00 Social Security listings; or
- Would prevent you from performing the basic mental demands required of work activity on a regular and sustained basis as to support a SSR 85-15 disability finding.
And like with anything… It is so important if your depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or any other mental health conditions prevent you from working… You need to be receiving treatment for that. We need you to present treatment records to show the symptoms and the resulting limitations that your mental health conditions cause you to experience.
Disabling Amounts of Pain?
Are you unable to work because of excruciating pain? Pain alone can be disabling. In order to have success with your pain case, you need to submit objective evidence – such as an MRI, X-ray, or CT scan – in which shows an objective abnormality that could cause the source of your pain. If you are experiencing disabling pain and have not had an X-ray or an MRI, please contact your physician and request to have an objective study performed.
Additionally, it is so very important that you seek as much medical treatment that you can receive in order to try to obtain pain relief. While seeking medical treatment, it is so very important to report all symptoms that you are experiencing and the functional problems they cause throughout your typical day. For example, if you have problems concentrating due to the severity of your pain or you have to lie down during the day it is so very important to report these symptoms to your doctor so it will be denoted in your treatment notes.
If you have any questions on how to prove a pain case, please contact experienced Social Security Attorney Brian Carmichael.