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Can I file for disability for degenerative disc disease if I am still working?

The short answer is, yes, filing for disability with degenerative disc disease is possible even if you are working. This is because Social Security does not require that a person be completely unable to work. It does require, however, that their condition be severe enough to make it impossible to work and earn more than a certain amount, known as the SGA earnings limit.

If you file for disability with degenerative disc disease, you may be in the position of working but increasingly finding it more difficult to perform your job's duties, and/or work full shifts or hours on the job. Degenerative disc disease, because it is often a progressive, as well as exacerbating and remissing condition, will typically put individuals in the position of being unsure of when to file a disability claim.

If you are in this position, simply remember that you can file if you are working as long as your earnings are under the SGA limit (see the link in the first paragraph). If your earnings are over this limit, filing for disability will simply result in a quick denial that does not even involve reviewing your medical records.

Obviously, consideration of work plays a very important role in being approved for disability, evidenced by Social Security’s definition of disability.

Social Security law defines disability as the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

To emphasize once more, you can file for disability while you are working if your degenerative disc disease has prevented you from working and earning the substantial gainful activity (SGA) earnings limit. SGA is a monthly earning limit that Social Security considers self-supporting. If you are earning more than the limit, your disability claim will be denied without a medical disability determination.


1. Denied for disability with degenerative disc disease
2. Disability claims involving spinal stenosis, arachnoiditis, degenerative disc disease

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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

Social Security Disability status, How to check
How to find if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to qualify for disability, who qualifies?
Qualify for disability, eligibility requirements, criteria
How long does a request for a disability hearing take?
How Long Will it Take To Get a Disability Decision Letter from Social Security?
How long does it take to get or be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
Applying for disability, how to apply, where to go
When should you File for Disability benefits
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability