The ABC Formula for Interstitial Cystitis Sufferers who are Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
Interstitial Cystitis causes chronic recurring pain in the bladder and pelvic region. Symptoms include pelvic discomfort, frequent and urgent need to urinate and symptoms of pressure burning and pain.
If you have been diagnosed or suffer from Interstitial Cystitis, you should apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Many Social Security Disability Interstitial Cystitis claims are denied at the initial claims stage or request for reconsideration. If you have denied, appeal and find an experience Interstitial Cystitis Social Security Disability attorney such as Largo Social Security Disability attorneys Cavey and Barrett. The Social Security Administration will use a five step sequential evaluation to evaluate your claim. They will ask:
- Whether your Interstitial Cystitis is severe or is projected to last at least twelve whole months.
- Whether you do work activity that constitutes substantial gainful activity.
- Whether or not your condition meets a medical listing.
- Whether your Interstitial Cystitis prevents you from performing the lightest job you have held in the last 15 years.
- Whether or not your Interstitial Cystitis prevents you from being able to perform other types of work.
You should understand that there isn’t a listing in the Social Security Disability impairment manual for Interstitial Cystitis as a result, most Interstitial Cystitis claims are evaluated under the medical and vocational criteria at step four and five of the five step sequential evaluation.
Most Interstitial Cystitis claimants seems to be denied at the initial claim and reconsideration stage and even at the ALJ hearing level on the basis that their condition does not prevent them from performing “other types of work”.
It is important that an Interstitial Cystitis sufferer keep an “I see diary” you should keep a record of the following:
- How many bathroom trips do you take
- What your symptoms are
- How these trips to the bathroom interfere with your ability to do simple routine repetitive tasks.
- How long you are in the bathroom and how that interferes with your ability to do simply, routine and repetitive tasks.
Additionally, you should also note your:
- Any psychological problems you have such as depression.
- Inability to interact with people because of your need to run to the bathroom and how that makes you feel.
Your physician should also have a copy of this diary and he should be noting this kind of information in for your.
It is also important to develop any side effects of medication as a result of Interstitial Cystitis . You, your physician and Social Security Disability attorney need to be working together as a team as a result of Interstitial Cystitis .