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3 times you should not minimize your back pain

Millions of people struggle with some amount of back pain. They might have been in a car crash or spend most of their day sitting at a computer; they might perform manual labor or suffer from other medical conditions that contribute to serious, disabling back pain.

Whatever the reason for the pain may be, you should not dismiss it. This is especially true in the following situations.

Heart disease and women

Heart problems plague hundreds of thousands of Americans. Unfortunately, many people assumed that heart problems were limited to men in poor health or people genetically predisposed to such conditions.

However, we continue to learn more about risk factors that affect unexpected populations at an unexpected rate. For instance, readers may be surprised to learn that heart disease kills more women than any other condition.

Are people suffering from chronic back pain eligible for SSD?

An estimated 80 percent of adults will experience back pain. It can range from a dull, persistent ache to sharp, painful spasms that make it hard to move.

For many, the pain is acute and recedes within a few weeks, but for those suffering from chronic back pain, it can be a challenge to work. If severe back pain is interfering with your ability to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Pain, fatigue and other difficult-to-measure disabling conditions

Millions of people suffer from conditions like chronic pain, fatigue and depression. For some people, these conditions are frustrating; for others, they are disabling. Due to the difficulty in assessing symptoms and broad misunderstandings about their impact on individuals, sufferers might automatically assume they do not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

However, that is not necessarily the case. If you suffer from any of the conditions we discuss below, it can be crucial that you consult an attorney to determine whether you do, in fact, qualify for benefits.

How Do You Prove A Depression Disability Case?

Major depressive disorder impacts nearly 7 percent of American adults and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Depression is associated with biological, psychological and environmental factors and is often debilitating.

Since 1984, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has considered mental illness to be disabling, but claims are often denied by Social Security Disability (SSD) examiners. Most claims are denied for lack of evidence, but failing to follow a treatment plan and stigma against mental illness also play a role.

5 events that could affect your SSI benefits

Supplemental Security Income is a vital source of financial support to people who are eligible. It allows them to cover basic care and living expenses that they otherwise could not afford on their own.

While it is a considerable relief to collect these benefits, it is important to understand that they are not guaranteed. They can be lost or reduced under certain circumstances. Below, we examine five changes in circumstances that could lead to loss of SSI benefits.

What you should know about SSDI retroactive payments, back pay

It is an unfortunate fact that people who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) can spend months and sometimes years waiting for a ruling on their applications. There is a massive backlog of applications, and many people ultimately must also navigate the appeal process.

While they wait, disabled workers may be dealing with enormous financial obligations. For instance, you may not be earning a paycheck, but you still have to pay rent, utility bills and grocery bills, not to mention your medical expenses. This typically creates severe financial strain. However, you should know that you may be eligible to collect payments for this period once your application is approved.

My SSI application was denied. What options do I have?

On this blog, we have examined the many challenges and frustrations people often encounter when applying for benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Unfortunately, many people have valid applications denied initially.

If you recently applied for SSI and the Social Security Administration denied your application, it is important that you not give up or assume that's the final word. You have the right to challenge the decision and file an appeal for SSI benefits.

Can you receive disability benefits for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common nerve condition caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist, called the median nerve. The swelling of the surrounding tendons narrows the tunnel around the nerve, which puts pressure on the median nerve. The pressure from the swelling can lead to loss of motor functions, which can leave the afflicted person unable to work.

Steps you can take to strengthen your medical evidence

Medical evidence is one of the primary factors the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers when assessing a person’s application for disability benefits. As such, it is vital that applicants provide as much relevant medical evidence as possible.

With this in mind, you can take a few important steps to ensure that the medical evidence you present is thorough, accurate and persuasive.