I tried working and have lost two jobs because of absences due to having seizures and not being able to work. My seizures are now uncontrolled and I have them about twice a week and don't even realize I have them. I wake up with bruises on me and don't know how I got them. I lost my driver license my dr said with the high levels of medicine I'm take that I cannot drive. I get stressed and have seizure. I forget and get confused even when focusing on one thing. People yell and call me stupid because so slow but I just don't understand thing have to be told things and get lost and forget what I am supposed to do and stress and get dizzy them they say I blank out and pass out. I don't know. Dr said I cannot ever return to work. I tried getting a lawyer but he refused to represent me
Here is a link to the Listing for epilepsy (11.02 or 11.03): http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/11.00-Neurological-Adult.htm
And another link for how SSA will view compliance with medication for epilepsy:
It sounds like you may have more going on than epilepsy alone, particularly a high anxiety level. I would suggest using the "find a lawyer" tab here on Avvo to expand your search for experienced SSA disability lawyers in your local area who might be willing to take on your case. You will also want to have the fact that the seizures are uncontrolled despite being compliant with your medication well documented in your medical records. It would probably also be helpful to keep and maintain a log of when you've suffered a seizure and I'd probably want to get statements from several people who have seen this happen and can talk about the frequency of the seizures you are suffering (e.g. family members, friends, perhaps former co-workers, etc.). I wish you the best of luck with finding representation. If you haven't already missed your deadline to appeal the denial, then that's certainly something that you probably need to get done soon.
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I agree with Mr. Davis who gave great advice. Compliance with medical treatment, documented severity and frequency are important for epilepsy cases. Objective tests such as EEG, MRI, PET showing seizure activity in the brain can also help. Avoid seizure triggers such as alcohol.
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The criteria for disability is an inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity on a regular and continuing basis due to a severe impairment that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months. Do not get discouraged. Most people are denied at least two time. Just be sure to appeal rather than reapply. Also keep a seizure log. Google 'seizure log' and you will find some good example online. You can turn that into Social Security each month as evidence of your seizures. Use the find a lawyer tool at the top of the page to consult with an attorney in your area.
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