Pain is subjective. There is no standard for describing pain. You can’t be hooked up to a machine to measure the level or your pain. Your pain is your experience alone.
Pain is considered chronic if it lasts for six months or more. For some individuals, chronic pain can last for years or even a lifetime. Long-term pain may result from a number of causes, including injury, such as involvement in a car accident, or underlying disorders or diseases, like fibromyalgia or arthritis.
Some people will have to change their way of life in order to deal with their pain. Some may find they are no longer able to do things they are used to doing, including working. That’s where Binder and Binder can help. Whether your pain is the result of an injury, accident or any another condition, we have years of experience winning cases where chronic pain is a factor contributing to an inability to work.
Remember, pain is not a sign of weakness. It’s just your nervous system telling you that something is not right. Individuals who experience chronic pain, may feel the need to “suck it up” or not feel as though they are complaining. Too often we do not discuss our pain. However, when applying for Social Security Disability benefits, your experience of pain can be a pivotal factor. Because there is no objective evidence of pain, the Social Security Administration will look to your doctor’s records to establish a history of pain. It is, therefore, vital to discuss your pain with your treating doctors in as much detail as possible. Here’s what Social Security will look for:
- the location, duration, frequency, and intensity of your pain;
- how pain limits your daily activities;
- factors that bring on or exacerbate your pain;
- the medication you are taking to manage your pain, the dosage, side effects, and it’s effectiveness;
- any other treatments used to manage symptoms, such as physical therapy or acupuncture;
- and any other way you relieve pain, such as lying down, elevating an extremity or applying ice.
The Social Security Disability application process can be difficult and time consuming. If you’re trying to manage your chronic pain, you don’t need the added frustration and anxiety of dealing with the government. Our job at Binder and Binder is to take on the government so you can take care of you.