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The Importance of Honesty in Your Social Security Disability Claim.

Many people applying for Social Security do not realize the importance their medical records have on the outcome of their cases. Someone who wants to qualify for assistance must be treating with at least a primary care physician. However, specialists can be an added bonus in proving that someone is unable to return to work. Medical treatment is not an easy feat for most people, as far too many Americans do not have health insurance and they have limited financial resources.

If this sounds like your situation, then perhaps you can check your local area for county or city indigent health care programs. There are also hospital-run clinics, and private clinics that operate on a sliding scale based on one’s income. Once treatment is secured, the claimant needs to be aware of what they tell their medical providers. If you go into your doctor’s office and tell them everything is great when in fact you are hurting, you are doing yourself, and subsequently your case, a disservice. You must tell your doctor and their staff (physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, etc) everything that is bothering you. This is often difficult, as people don't want to be "complainers".

Some people may just think that the aches and pain are a normal part of becoming "less young", or even simply not want to admit their limitations. Tell your health care provider what is hurting, what is stiff, what is numb, and the side effects your medications cause. They may be able to fix something and improve your quality of life. Also, make sure that you tell them how often you need to take breaks, nap, recline, or prop your feet up. This will provide the Social Security Administration the needed information to hopefully find you disabled.

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