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 By Diana Wade    Community    June 22, 2019 

Can connective tissue disease qualify for Social Security disability?

Question: My rheumatologist just told me I have connective tissue disease. He is sending me out for more testing to determine what I have. I have not been able to work since 2017 due to severe...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    June 8, 2019

Can migraine headaches qualify for Social Security disability?

Question: I am 33 years old and have had migraine headaches since I was 16. I have had MRI's of my brain, I've taken medication, I've even tried acupuncture. I still get migraine headaches two to...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    May 11, 2019

Things you can do to help prepare for – and win – a disability case

Question: I have a hearing coming up in the next several months. I am very worried that I won't be prepared or worse yet, Social Security will not have all of my records. Can you tell me what I need...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    April 13, 2019

Can Lyme Disease qualify for Social Security benefits?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Lyme Disease is caused by a bacterial infection resulting from the bite of a tick that is very small and often escapes...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    March 30, 2019

Can Fibromyalgia qualify for Social Security?

Fibromyalgia is now a recognized medically determinable impairment by Social Security. I will talk about the symptoms of fibromyalgia and how these symptoms relate to a Social Security Disability or...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    March 2, 2019

Can Sjögren's syndrome qualify for Social Security Disability?

Sjögren's syndrome is an immune-mediated disorder of the exocrine glands. Involvement of the lacrimal and salivary glands is the hallmark feature, resulting in symptoms of dry eyes and dry mouth, and...

 

Can Hidradenitis Suppurativa qualify for Social Security Disability?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a serious skin disease that tragically is often misdiagnosed. Because HS usually begins as pimple-like bumps on the skin, many victims (and doctors, too) think their c...

 

Can Huntington's Disease qualify for Social Security Disability?

Huntington disease (HD) is a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder that is characterized by progressively worsening motor, cognitive, behavioral and psychiatric symptoms. HD is caused by a mutation...

 

Can I get Social Security Disability if I need to use a cane?

Question: I am a 53 year old man with severe diabetes. I have such bad neuropathy in my feet and hands that I can barely walk. In fact, most of the time I have to use a cane in my dominant hand and...

 

Can Tourette's syndrome qualify for Social Security Disability?

Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary physical movements or vocal sounds. These actions may include kicking, facial tics, sudden jerking movements, shouts, grunts, or...

 

Panic attack versus heart attack – Am I disabled?

Many of us will experience anxiety or panic attacks during our lives, both of which have symptoms that can mimic heart diseases like atrial fibrillation - an irregular heart beat. Symptoms...

 

Things you can do to help prepare for – and win – a disability case

Social Security requires that a person applying for benefits has the sole responsibility to prove they are disabled. Never rely on the Social Security doctors for a diagnosis or a disability rating....

 

Using an advocate versus an attorney, what's the difference?

I often get calls asking about whether someone should to use an attorney or an advocate. My short answer is "there is no difference." Attorneys and advocates both represent claimants the same way and...

 

Can a blood disorder qualify for Social Security Disability?

Most folks file for Social Security Disability because they are physically unable to work. But for some, it's not the work that poses a threat, but the risk of blood clots or unstoppable bleeding....

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    August 4, 2018

Common questions about Social Security Disability

What is the definition of disability used by Social Security? Under the Social Security Act, "disability" means, "inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    June 9, 2018

Can Graves' disease qualify for disability?

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease, which is a disorder characterized by the body not recognizing itself, causing it to attack its own tissues and cells. Graves' disease most often affects the...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    May 26, 2018

Can rheumatoid arthritis qualify for disability?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is diagnosed by blood tests and X-rays. There is a specific blood test for the disease called rheumatoid factor, which is most often used. There are also specific doctors, rh...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    April 14, 2018

Can POTS qualify for disability?

Benefits for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. If you suffer from a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, which is dysautonomia, you may qualify for Social Security...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    March 31, 2018

Can Addison's disease qualify for social security disability?

In humans, the adrenal glands sit right at the top of the kidneys. The main function of these glands is to produce a number of hormones that regulate a multitude of body functions. Addison's disease...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    March 3, 2018

Can a person with multiple chemical sensitivity get disability?

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is typically classified as an environmental illness. The cause can include exposure to physical, biological, or chemical compounds. Some examples are gas fumes,...

 

Can a brain injury qualify for disability?

Social Security identifies a traumatic brain injury (TBI) under Listing 11.18. A TBI may result in neurological and mental impairments with a wide variety of post-traumatic symptoms and signs. The rat...

 

I'm a Disabled Vet. Can I get Social Security Disability?

Starting March 17, 2014, veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100% permanent and total (P&T) may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security disability benefits. What do...

 

Social Security says I am no longer disabled? What does that mean?

How did Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR) come about?  In 1980, legislation created a requirement that SSA conduct CDRs every 3 years for beneficiaries whose impairment(s) were not considered...

 

Can avascular necrosis qualify for Social Security Disability?

Avascular necrosis, or bone death (osteonecrosis), happens when an area of the bone does not get enough blood supply. Avascular necrosis causes small breaks throughout the bone structure that can...

 
 By Diana Wade    Community    July 22, 2017

What is the purpose of the Social Security Disability /SSI Medical Exam or CE?

In a fairly large percentage of cases, a person filing for disability benefits with the social security administration (in either the social security disability program or the SSI program: claims in...

 

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