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Social Security Disability & Sciatica

What is Sciatica? Sciatica is a common condition characterized by pain, numbness, or tingling that radiates from the lower back down the buttock and into the leg. Common risk factors for sciatica include age, obesity, occupation requiring heavy lifting or prolonged sitting, and certain medical conditions like diabetes. The most common symptoms of sciatica include  … Read more

Social Security Disability & Sjögren’s Syndrome

Can you receive disability benefits for Sjögren’s Syndrome? Individuals with Sjögren’s Syndrome may be eligible for disability benefits if their symptoms significantly impact their ability to work. Common symptoms of the condition include dry eyes and mouth, fatigue, joint pain, and organ involvement. To qualify for disability benefits, individuals must demonstrate that these symptoms cause  … Read more

Social Security Disability & Torn ACL

ACL injury and Disability Benefits. To apply for Social Security Disability benefits for a torn ACL, the specific listing in the Blue Book is under Section 1.00 Musculoskeletal System – 1.03 Reconstructive Surgery or Surgical Arthrodesis of a Major Weight-Bearing Joint. Alternatively, individuals can qualify for benefits if they can prove that their torn ACL  … Read more

Social Security Disability & Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease, What is it? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. Symptoms can vary greatly and may include digestive issues, fatigue, joint pain, skin rash, and neurological symptoms. Risk factors for developing celiac disease include a family history of the condition, a  … Read more

Social Security Disability & Syringomyelia

What is Syringomyelia? Syringomyelia is a rare disorder characterized by the presence of fluid-filled cysts, called syrinxes, within the spinal cord. The most common symptom is progressive pain, weakness, and stiffness in the back, shoulders, arms, or legs. Other symptoms may include loss of sensitivity to pain and temperature, muscle atrophy, and in some cases,  … Read more

Social Security Disability & Pulmonary Fibrosis

What is Pulmonary Fibrosis? Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive lung disease that causes scarring and thickening of the lung tissue, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, a persistent dry cough, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and chest discomfort. As the disease progresses, individuals may experience worsening respiratory  … Read more

Social Security Disability & Ataxia

Can you Receive Disability Benefits for Ataxia? Ataxia is a neurological condition that can significantly impact a person’s ability to perform daily tasks. Qualifying for disability benefits for ataxia involves meeting the criteria set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This includes demonstrating a significant limitation in functioning due to ataxia, as well as  … Read more

Social Security Disability & Sleep Apnea

What Is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep. The two main types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). OSA is the more common type, caused by the relaxation of throat muscles during sleep, which leads to  … Read more

How Age Influences Social Security Disability Eligibility

What Age Can You Begin Receiving Social Security Benefits? The age categories set up by the Social Security Administration for the Disability Determination process are young individuals (18-49), younger individuals (50-54), close to approaching advanced age (55-59), advanced age (60-64), and approaching retirement age (65+). Age can greatly affect the application process for Social Security  … Read more

Preparing for a Judge’s Questions at a Disability Hearing

What are some commonly asked questions during disability hearings? During disability hearings, individuals are often required to answer a series of questions to provide evidence and support their claim for disability benefits. These questions aim to assess the nature and severity of the claimant’s impairments, functional limitations, and their impact on their ability to work.  … Read more