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Never minimize your pain or other symptoms because this can be used against you

Tip 4:

Do not try to minimize your symptoms, your conditions, or how they affect your ability to do normal daily activities when you A) speak to a disability examiner on the phone (especially when they are questioning you about your ADLs, or activities of daily living, which we define below in one of the resource links) or B) when you are seen by a doctor who is giving you a consultative medical exam for your disability claim.

If you do either of these, it will, for all intents and purposes, be used against you. CE (consultative examination) doctors have been known to actually observe how well a person can get onto, or off of, an examining table. They even are known to watch from a window as the patient walks to their car after the exam to see if the claimant is malingering. These observations are sure to wind up in the report that this independent physician submits to the disability examiner who is working on the case.

Very few claimants are aware of how their statements and actions may be used against them. And this is particularly unfortunate for individuals who feel embarrassed about applying for disability and, therefore, when asked asked about their pain or specific limitations (e.g. Strength, range of motion) give an answer like "no, it's not too bad" or attempt to minimize their condition in some other way.

Note: A CE, or consultative exam, is often required on a disability claim. It is scheduled and paid for by Social Security but is actually performed by a private practice physician.

Terms discussed:

  • The Social Security Disability Doctor Appointment is Called a CE
  • What Is The Social Security Disability Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire?
  • How many Social Security disability cases are approved for back pain?
  • Who is the DDS Doctor, i.e. the Social Security Doctor?
  • When Social Security Disability Sends You To A Doctor, What Kind Is It?

    Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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    Are Social Security Disability Claims Based On Back Pain Usually Turned Down?
    How many Social Security disability cases are approved for back pain?
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    Never minimize your pain or other symptoms because this can be used against you
    Will I qualify for disability due to back pain, a bone spur, and bulging discs?
    Degenerative Disc Disease, Social Security Disability, and Applying for Benefits
    Degenerative joint disease and Filing for Disability
    Herniated Slipped Disc and Filing for Disability
    Facts about Lumbar Fusion and Filing for Disability
    Facts about Spinal Fusion and Filing for Disability

    Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

    These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

    Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
    How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
    Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
    What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
    How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
    How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
    Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
    Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria