People tend to generally know about Social Security retirement. They are aware that disability exists and maybe that it can be difficult to get. Beyond that, people don't know a lot about benefits they can get from Social Security that can really help when planning for their future.
Most people who apply for Social Security disability have some sort of chronic pain issue, be it back pain, knee pain, arthritis or neuropathy. These conditions usually require pain medicine. The problem is that some of these medicines are extremely addictive and are often misused. Because Social Security is hyperaware of its reputation of having a lot of drug addicts receiving disability, even though this is untrue, anyone wanting to receive Social Security disability benefits needs to be careful when receiving narcotic pain medications that they are necessary and being used appropriately.
In short, we want anything that limits your ability to work. I see people get hung up on diagnoses all the time. I get calls all the time where someone says, “I got diagnosed with diabetes, am I disabled?” How should I know? What are your symptoms? You could have a small brain tumor and be just fine. You could also have dry skin and be completely disabled because the skin cracks and bleeds constantly causing massive pain and sanitary problems in the workplace. The diagnosis is important, but we really care how it affects you.
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