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I know this sounds like an overly simplified concept but you would be surprised the number of times people fail to do tell their doctors things. When you are applying for disability benefits, even the smallest things may have a significant impact on your case:
- Tell your doctor if something is not working
So you walk into your appointment with your doctor and your doctor gives you a laundry list of things the doctor wants you to do in order for you to feel better. When you walk out that door, whether you believe it or not, you have homework. You need to monitor whether the treatment is working. The doctor is not going to follow you around everyday to confirm if the treatment works. It’s up to you to let the doctor know.
2. Tell your doctor about changes in your medical condition
Your doctor can, only, treat you based on what the doctor knows. So, if you have a new condition or your condition worsens, it’s up to you to let the doctor know about any changes in your medical conditions.
3. Tell your doctor about the impact of your medications
You would be surprised the number of times people don’t tell their doctors that the medications they are taking is causing them problems. Ask about the side effects. Pay attention to the side effects. When do they happen? How bad do they get? How long do they last? And, most importantly, TELL your doctor so they know.
4. Do what your doctor says
As I stated above, your doctor can only treat you based on what they know. Once they do that, you need to follow their treatment plan because they are trying to determine what works and what doesn’t.
Remember, when you are applying for Social Security Disability, you aren’t just filling out an application and then sitting back and waiting for everything to happen. You have the burden of proving you are disabled. So, get to it!