Use A Journal To Describe Your Pain For An SSI Case
With your social security disability application, one of the tools at your disposal is your journal. By keeping copious notes of your disability, you'll have a much easier time getting qualified for social security disability.
When you keep copious notes and present them to a judge, you'll be much better able to prove that you deserve social security disability benefits. With some disabilities, a judge might be skeptical of whether your not you are able to work, but by being thorough and detailed, you can prove that you deserve social security benefits.
Explain Your Symptoms
In your journal, you will want to detail all of the ailments, illnesses or pain you experience that would be used to justify a social security disability payment. Make sure to write down how often these incidents have occurred, when they occur, how painful they are and how long they last.
Describe what parts of your body are affected. With an illness, make sure to write down any symptoms you might experience. Write down what triggers these experiences. For example, if you experience severe headaches whenever you hear loud noises, make sure to write this down. Write down any of the medications that you've had to take and any side effects.
One of the challenges you might face is describing the pain you feel, since pain can be subjective. One option is to rank the pain you feel on a scale of one to ten. You could state that your pain was at a four when you woke up, but rose to a nine when you tried to put your jacket on.
Describe What You Can No Longer Do
Write down all of the things you used to do, but can no longer do because of your social security disability payments. For example, if you are not able to lift boxes, this may be relevant if your previous work required you to often lift boxes. Even if you are describing how you can no longer ride your bike, this can be relevant information.
Associate the Pain You Experience with Your Condition
Your description of pain is important when you describe a condition that primarily causes pain, such as fibromyalgia. Even insomnia or depression can manifest itself as physical pain and you will need to describe how pain affects your life. However, when the judge understands the effects that pain has on your ability to work, you'll be more likely to qualify for social security disability.
Contact a social security lawyer for more help.