It is important to tell your doctor you are applying for disability and ask the doctor to perform a full physical exam. Without the doctor’s observations about symptoms there is only your testimony to go off of and often this is not enough. If your ankles are swelling, tell your doctor. If you notice red patches on your skin or areas that are warm, tell your doctor. This may be a case where you keep a journal every day or every week about your symptoms – how high your pain level is, where you have pain, how much you had to rest, if any activities caused problems and how your body looks. Besides from helping your disability case, it may help your doctor find out what the problem is.
Keep seeing your doctor. It may be horrible to go to your doctor and have the doctor keep throwing medication without knowing how to fix it, but it’s important to keep going. You never know when a new symptom or new research can make the case suddenly clear. In these cases it also is often a good idea to get a second opinion. As long as your doctor supports your symptoms and believes you can’t work, you still have a good disability case.
Finally, follow your doctor’s recommendations. If you are having major problems with the medication prescribed, call and let the office know. Do not stop medications on your own and continue any therapies they recommend. Not only will this help with diagnosis, SSA will look more kindly on a case where you are doing everything you can to get better.