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Social Security Disability SSI and Chronic Pain

Currently, I'm reading a book about headaches and migraines and the sections regarding pain response and "referred pain" are pretty interesting.

What's also interesting is the phenomenon in which a person who has been subjected to pain for long periods can:

1. become even more sensitive to experiencing pain and

2. can unknowingly adopt physical and psychological patterns that exacerbate and perpetuate the pain.

Of course, pain is subjective and this is why social security disability and SSI claimants who have fibromyalgia, chronic pain, back conditions ("mild" degenerative changes can cause excruciating pain) and migraines, just to name a few conditions, have trouble with the disability evaluation system.

It's hard to get someone else to understand your complaints of pain simply because they cannot feel your pain. And this applies several times over to doctors who, in the absence of definable causes and explanations for symptoms, are often dismissive of a patient's complaints.

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

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Forms to appeal a Social Security Disability denial
Are most disability claims denied by SSA?
Disability benefits and being severely disabled
Filing for Social Security Disability if you are military retired
Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
Social Security Disability Temporary Benefits and Closed Periods
Will I qualify for disability with back pain, a bone spur, and bulging disks?
Would I eligible for SSD if I file now since I was disabled at the time I stopped working?
Eligibility for disability and who qualifies
How to file for disability in Wisconsin
How a Social Security Disability or SSI award is made
Help filing for disability benefits with Social Security
Tips for SSD and SSI disability hearings
The difference between Social Security disability and SSI
Filing for disability with migraines

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Getting a disability approval
How to appeal disability denial
Disability hearing results
Helpful tips for going to social security disability hearing
SSDI hearing decision
Denied social security disability now what
Social security disability appeal status
Social security disability appeal attorney fees
I was denied social security disability for the 2nd time
What happens after a disability hearing has been held
How long does a Social Security Disability judge have to make a ruling?
The Social Security Disability Blue book
How to get an SSDI reconsideration approved?
Conditions that get approved for disability
Social security disability back pay status
Denied social security disability appeal
What to say at a disability hearing
Filing for disability with fibromyalgia
Tips for applying for disability