Social Security reviews cases using the five-step sequential evaluation process to decide is a person is disabled. Here are the 5 questions that make up the sequential evaluation process:
(1) Does your impairment keep you from being able to perform a substantial gainful activity (SGA), generally full-time, competitive, work?
(2) Is your impairment severe? AND, is your impairment expected to remain severe for at least 12 months?
(3) Does your impairment “meet or equal” one of Social Security’s “Listing of Impairments?” A listing of medical conditions, acceptable medical evidence, and the severity necessary for an impairment to be considered disabling. There are separate listings for adults and for children.
(4) Does your impairment prevent you from being able to perform any job you performed over the last 15 years which was also a substantial gainful activity?
(5) Does your impairment prevent you from being able to perform any other type of work which exists in substantial numbers of the national economy?
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Mr. Wayson's answer is excellent. With that said, I've seen people with severe, and if it's severe you'd know it, Degenerative Disc Disease that qualified for SSDI, but most people with that diagnosis do not.
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Good answers by both my colleagues. Make sure that you tell SS about ALL medical problems including the DDD - other physical problems, the pain, and any mental or emotional problems - whether they are separate from or caused by the DDD or pain. If you do not tell Social Security about all your problems, they will not make the effort to find out about them for you.
Good luck to you.
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