Few conditions can be as physically, mentally, and financially debilitating as chronic pain. Since other people cannot see or feel your pain, they may not fully understand the extent of pain that you are experiencing on a day-to-day basis. While chronic pain may qualify you for Social Security disability benefits in Omaha, it may be more difficult to prove for these same reasons. Fortunately, an experienced attorney can help guide you through the process of obtaining benefits. The following is an overview.

Chronic pain could show up in many areas of the body, including the following:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Generalized muscle pain
  • Nerve pain

After visiting your doctor, he or she will ideally provide a diagnosis for your condition. Various diagnoses for chronic pain may include:

  • Chronic regional pain syndrome
  • Somatoform pain disorder
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Tendinitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis

In order to prove that your chronic pain qualifies you for Social Security disability benefits in Omaha, you must show that your pain is severe, medically determinable, and evidenced by more than just symptoms alone. This may include lab tests, x-rays, and physical examinations. Symptoms alone will not suffice to qualify for benefits. Your medical records do not necessarily have to support the severity of your pain. Instead, they must show a diagnosis provided by a medical professional regarding your chronic pain. At Cuddigan Law we know what is necessary to prove these claims.

Applying for Social Security disability benefits for your chronic pain may be more effective with the help of an experienced professional. To learn more about applying for benefits, contact an experienced Omaha Social Security disability lawyer today at (402) 933-5405.

Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska
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