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What if My Symptoms Come and Go?

Some people have health problems that result in "good days" and "bad days" in terms of their symptoms. This is often the case for individuals with gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia, different mental health impairments, and a number of other disabling conditions. These individuals may be capable of performing a range of work on good days but find themselves completely debilitated on their bad days. Even if your disabling symptoms are not constantly present or constantly severe, you may still be eligible to receive SSI or SSDI benefits if you experience flare-ups or bad days every month that prevent you from working on those days.

Every disability hearing includes testimony from a vocational expert. The judge and your attorney will ask the vocational expert different questions about various physical and mental limitations and their effect on one's ability to perform jobs. Vocational experts always testify that 1 or 2 absences per month from work due to symptoms of a severe impairment will eliminate the availability of all jobs. Additionally, vocational experts typically consider late arrivals and early departures from the workplace as constituting absences. In other words, if you have a disability that will cause you to consistently miss work at least once or twice per month, you may still be found disabled.

Like in any other disability case, the medical evidence is very important. It will not be enough for you to simply testify at your hearing that you have flare-ups or bad days a few times per month. You will need documentation from your medical providers that speaks to the severity and frequency of your symptoms. Therefore, it is important to continue to seek medical treatment and make your provider aware of all your symptoms and how you are limited by your symptoms.

Note: disability hearings and vocational expert testimony are important topics in and of themselves, and there are a number of other blog entries that address these topics in much greater detail.

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