What medical conditions are considered disabling by Social Security?

Social Security has a list of  conditions which are “per se” disabling.  But all diagnosed medical conditions that affect the ability to perform a full-time job are considered by Social Security.
Even if the condition is episodic, it will be considered. Likewise, a combination of medical conditions causing different problems and limitations will be considered.
Listed Episodic disorders
For example, if you have a seizure disorder and take medication but continue to have seizures more than once a month, you may meet the listing for epilepsy.
The various forms of Inflammatory arthritis are also conditions which “wax and wane.”
If your medical records show “repeated manifestations” along with limitations in functioning you may also be found disabled.
But even if your condition isn’t listed, the medical records may establish that your health is just as bad as a listed impairment.  Some examples of unlisted medical conditions are fibromyalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (a.k.a. RSD), headaches and pancreatitis.  If your medical records establish significant problems with these disorders, they can be disabling under Social Security Law.
Get your doctor to help
One of the best ways to show Social Security that your medical conditions affect and limit you, is to get your doctor’s help.  I am not talking about a letter from your doctor that says that you are disabled.  That doesn’t help much.  But if your doctor comments on the listing criteria or on your abilities and limitation those statements can be useful to Social Security.  We work with our clients and their doctors to do just that.
If you need more help with Social Security Disability, call us at 1-800-481-0302 or visit our website.
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