Is Chronic Pain Syndrome a Disability?

Chronic Pain Syndrome and Disability

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Chronic Pain Syndrome and Disability

Chronic pain syndrome (CPS) is a medical condition characterized by pain that lasts for more than six months. This pain may be caused by a variety of underlying conditions, including nerve damage, injuries, or illnesses. CPS can be debilitating and significantly affect an individual’s quality of life. If you suffer from this condition, you may be wondering, “Can I get disability for chronic pain syndrome?”

Many people who suffer with chronic pain syndrome may wonder if they qualify for disability benefits. The short answer is yes, CPS can be considered a disability. However, it is important to understand that CPS alone is not considered a disabling condition. You must also demonstrate that your symptoms prevent you from performing your job duties and engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA).

The process of applying for benefits can be complex and challenging. In this article, we will discuss what CPS is, the criteria for disability benefits, and how to apply for disability benefits.

What is Chronic Pain Syndrome?

CPS is a condition that causes persistent pain, often lasting six months or longer. This pain may be constant or come and go in cycles, and often interferes with the activities of daily living. CPS can affect any part of the body, but it is most common in the back, neck, head, and joints. The pain can be severe enough to interfere with daily activities and cause emotional distress.

This condition is different from acute pain, which is temporary and usually resolves within a few weeks. It can be caused by underlying conditions such as nerve damage, injuries, or illnesses, including fibromyalgia, arthritis, or multiple sclerosis.

Is Chronic Pain Syndrome a Disability?

CPS can be considered a disability under certain circumstances. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes it as a medically determinable impairment. However, to qualify for disability benefits, the condition must be severe enough to limit your ability to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA).

The SSA defines SGA as the ability to perform work-related tasks that result in income. If you cannot perform these tasks due to chronic pain syndrome, you may be eligible for disability benefits. To be eligible, the chronic pain syndrome must meet the following criteria:

  • The condition must be a medically determinable impairment.
  • It must significantly limit an individual’s ability to perform basic work-related tasks.
  • The condition must last, or be expected to last, for at least 12 months or result in death.

To determine if you meet these criteria, the SSA will review your medical records, work history, and other relevant information. The SSA will also consider your age, education, and work skills to determine if you can perform other types of work that do not require the use of the affected body parts.

How to Apply for Disability Benefits for Chronic Pain Syndrome

Applying for disability benefits for CPS can be a complex and challenging process. It is important to have a comprehensive understanding of the requirements and the application process to ensure that the application is successful.

The first step in the process is to gather all relevant medical records, including diagnoses, medication, and other medical treatments. It is also essential to obtain a detailed report from the treating physician that outlines your limitations and restrictions due to chronic pain syndrome.

The next step is to complete the disability application, which can be done online, by phone, or in person at a local Social Security office. The application will require you to provide detailed information about your medical condition, work history, and education.

After the application is submitted, the SSA will review the information and determine if you meet the eligibility criteria for disability benefits. If the application is approved, you will receive monthly disability payments and access to medical benefits.

Slepian Ellexson, PLLC Is Here to Help

It’s important to note that CPS can be difficult to diagnose and treat, and there is no cure for the condition. Working with a knowledgeable and experienced Social Security disability attorney who understands CPS and the disability claims process will give you the best chance of obtaining benefits.

A skilled disability attorney can help you gather the necessary medical evidence and documentation, and can represent you at every stage of the disability claims process, including appeals if necessary.

If you have been diagnosed with CPS and are unable to work, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Slepian Ellexson, PLLC is a team of trusted disability attorneys who have helped many clients successfully obtain Social Security disability benefits for a variety of medical conditions, including CPS. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your legal options.


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