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What does Social Security consider a “medically determinable impairment?”

If you have a serious medical condition that is interfering with your ability to maintain regular work activity, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance is a federally administered program that pays benefits to those who have worked and paid taxes on their income, and who are...
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Can I go back to work and remain eligible for Social Security Disability?

The process of obtaining Social Security Disability benefits is typically incredibly slow. It can take several months or even years to obtain approval. If you are waiting for your claim to be approved, you are probably worried about how you are going to be able to sustain yourself financially during this process. Some people...
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Social Security’s rules for disability eligibility over age 50

Living with a serious medical condition can make it very difficult to work. Your conditions may have caused you to change the type of work that you used to do. For example, if you previously had a job that involved a lot of heavy lifting, or required you to stand on your feet for...
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Can I get disability benefits for fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a long-term neurological condition that causes widespread pain in the body. Fibromyalgia causes pain all over the body, areas of tenderness, problems with sleep and fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, headaches, and depression and anxiety. Less commonly, fibromyalgia may cause numbness and tingle in the hands and feet; digestive problems such...
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How does Social Security evaluate lupus as a disabling condition?

Systemic lupus erythematosus, abbreviated as SLE or simply known as lupus, is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the body’s own tissue. Inflammation may occur in the joints, skin, kidney, brain, lungs, heart, and blood cells. Lupus is more common in women than men, and most frequently starts in women in their...
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Type 1 diabetes causes unique challenges to full-time unaccommodated work

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which your pancreas does not make insulin or makes very little insulin. Formerly known as “juvenile diabetes,” type 1 diabetes is caused by the immune system destroying the cells in the pancreas which make insulin, known as islet cells. Once a significant number of islet cells...
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I can’t continue my job due to back pain. Can I get Social Security Disability benefits?

Back pain is an extremely common ailment. It is one of the most common reasons people miss work, and can seriously affect your ability to perform your job functions, especially if you have a very physical job that requires prolonged standing and lifting. Depending on the cause of your back pain, you may qualify...
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Rheumatoid arthritis can qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits

Rheumatoid arthritis is an often very painful autoimmune disease where the immune system does not function properly and attacks the lining of the joints. This causes a significant amount of inflammation in the body and can result in very painful swelling of the joints that may result in joint deformity and bone erosion. If...
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Myasthenia Gravis: a rare but potentially life-threatening chronic condition

Myasthenia gravis is a chronic, autoimmune, neuromuscular disease that is characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of the muscles. Myasthenia gravis affects the voluntary muscles of the body, such as those which control the eyes, limbs, throat, and mouth. Myasthenia gravis is caused by an error in communication between nerves and muscles. Antibodies will...
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Chiari malformation: a serious condition with disabling symptoms

Chiari malformation is an uncommon medical condition where a part of the brain extends into the spinal canal. This bulge occurs at the back of the skull and pushes through a normal opening in the skull, resulting in pressure being placed on the spinal cord and parts of the brain. Chiari malformation is typically...
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