SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Filing a Social Security Disability Application - How to File & the Information that is Needed by SSA
Do you need a Lawyer at the Administrative Law Judge Disability Hearing?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of benefits
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much is paid for the Social Security Disability Attorney Fee?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
Should you get Help from a Disability Attorney before the Claim has been Denied?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
What Expenses Will A Social Security Attorney Charge In Addition To The Fee?
Facts about Allodynia and Filing for Disability
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
1. Those who experience allodynia can experience severe pain sensation simply from clothing, air movement (such as a breeze or wind), or a light touch on the arm.
2. The name allodynia means other pain. Allodynia is abnormal pain that occurs when something not normally painful causes the individual to have the sensation of pain.
3. Individuals can experience allodynia in three ways. Mechanical (otherwise known as tactile) allodynia has two separate types of sensations causing pain. Static mechanical allodynia occurs when light touch or pressure to the skin causes pain. Dynamic mechanical allodynia occurs when brushing the skin causes pain. Thermal allodynia is separate from mechanical allodynia, because it is a response to hot and cold, occurring when mild temperatures cause pain.
4. Allodynia is a symptom of other medical disorders and conditions. Types of neuropathy can cause abnormal pain response in the form of allodynia. Postherpetic neuralgia, a condition that can follow a herpes virus and affects the skin, can often include allodynia as a symptom. fibromyalgia is a largely misunderstood condition that causes widespread pain, including types of allodynia. Migraines, a type of severe headache, can also cause allodynia, probably due to the hypersensitivity that accompanies migraines.
5. The pain from allodynia is believed to be caused by abnormal messages sent between the neurons in cells and the spinal cord, which receives feedback from areas of the body and sends response signals, such as pain and other sensations.
6. There are a variety of pharmaceutical medications available to help treat allodynia, including several opioids. Most act to help correct the perception of pain to normal levels. There are some drugs that are effective for allodynia generally, and others that are specific to the different types of allodynia. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, over the counter medications often taken for occasional aches and pains, can also be used to help treat the pain associated with allodynia.
Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?
Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).
It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).
Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?
Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:
1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;
2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;
3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.
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