Treat with your medical doctor. Do not think that if you fail to treat the judge will award you because you are nice. They want to see a third party document your complaints.
LIST ALL YOUR AILMENTS WITH THE DOCTORS OFFICE
Always list everyone of your medical conditions on the doctors intake form. When you go to the doctor and fill out the papers do not hold back. If your back is killing you and you only list your back as the reason you are visiting you are losing your case. List every single ailment every time so it is in your records regardless of the purpose of the visit.
If you have insurance or cash have your primary doctor refer you to a specialist. There is a special rule in Social Security that the opinions of specialists are held in higher regard than that of a generalist. If your primary doctor is giving you mental health medicine because you feel depressed...get referred to a mental health provider. If he is treating you for diabetes go to a specialist. Do not forget the strength of specialists in the eyes of Social Security.
THE KITCHEN SINK
When you apply for disability list everyone of your medical conditions. No matter how minor list them all. Do not list your main or worst condition-list them all. Ask your spouse or friend to help you remember them all. Remember to include your physical as well as mental problems
ASK YOU DOCTOR TO SUPPORT YOU IN DISABILITY
Ask your doctor if they will help you get awarded disability. If the doctor says no or does not give an enegetic yes it is time to find another doctor. Your doctor can make a huge difference in your case. It is okay to fish for a doctor that helps people get awarded. That doctor can complete a Residual Functional Evaluation that puts your limitations in a format that is understood by Social Security. A doctor that will not support you can actually ruin your case. Do not risk it.
Additional resources provided by the author
ww.ssa.gov has almost too much information on their site but it is all in there. Also an organization called NOSSCR is desdigned to help you.
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