Will I lose my disability benefits if I stop using pain medication?



Do I lose my disability benefits if I stop my pain meds?



 
This is a difficult question as less need of pain medication might indicate medical improvement. Medical improvement could cause your disability benefits to be terminated. However, pain medication cessation does not always show medication improvement. For example, if you stopped using pain medication because of dependency, lack of effectiveness, or other medical situations it is unlikely they would find medical improvement, especially if you are exploring other ways to control your pain. If your case has been sent for a continuing medical review, the Social Security Disability specialist will have all of your medical records and testing to substantiate the current severity of your disabling condition. They will not make their determination base solely upon the fact that you stopped taking pain medication. If your medical records support that you are still severely limited and there is no real medical improvement they will find that you continue to be disabled even though you have stopped pain medication. On the other hand, if you stopped taking pain medication because your condition has improved so that pain medication is not required you may indeed lose your disability benefits. In summary, you may or may not lose disability benefits if you stop using pain medication. If really depends on your medical records, limitations, and perhaps the reason you have stopped using pain medication.














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