SSDI Benefits & Medical Side Effects

SSDI Benefits & Medical Side Effects

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SSA takes medical side effects into account when determining eligibility.

When it comes to applying for Social Security Disability Insurance , it’s important that you highlight the symptoms you are suffering as a direct result of your condition. Equally as important are any symptoms you might be experiencing caused by the medications you are on. This is because the Social Security Administration will take medical side effects into account when determining your eligibility.

The Importance of Documenting Medical Side Effects

Serious conditions may require you to take certain types of medications. Unfortunately, some medications have side effects. These side effects can affect you just bad as the symptoms you suffer from your condition. In many cases, there’s nothing that you can do since medication becomes necessary in order to combat your condition.

For example, patients with cancer often have to go through chemotherapy in an attempt to get rid of the cancer. Chemotherapy can result in fatigue, nausea, vomiting and more, all of which can be debilitating, making it difficult to work.

These medical side effects are being caused because of your original condition, even if they are indirectly caused. As a result, they become symptoms. If you are experiencing medical side effects, it’s important that you tell your doctor. They can then officially record them in your medical paperwork.

What Could Occur If You Don’t Report Side Effects

Computerized medical records typically contain a checklist of symptoms prior to an office visit. However, if your doctor add notes to your medical records about them the severity of them becomes more convincing.

You will then need to report these medical side effects to the Social Security Administration when you are applying for SSDI benefits. Especially, if these side effects are preventing you from being able to work.

If you do not report the side effects, the Social Security Administration will only look at your original condition and the symptoms it is causing. They may also look at the medication you are on. If the medication prescribed is meant to treat those symptoms, then they may assume that your symptoms are under control as a result of the medication and that you are fit to return to work. It’s why it’s so important to report your medical side effects if you have any.

How Medical Side Effects Can Affect Your Ability to Work

The following are a few examples of common medical side effects that could inhibit your ability to perform your job properly:

  • Fatigue.

    One of the most common medical side effects is fatigue. Severe fatigue can have a huge impact on your ability to do your job effectively. Physical labor basically becomes out of the question. You may find sedentary jobs too difficult to perform if you tire easily now. In fact, fatigue presents a safety risk in many situations. Especially, if you are operating heavy machinery or you are responsible for the safety of your coworkers.

  • Lack of concentration.

    The inability to concentrate can affect any type of job. Not only could it result in safety risks in certain situations, it could affect your productivity and could cause you to make serious mistakes on the job that could have a negative effect on your employers. For example, if you are a secretary, a lack of concentration could cause you to mismanage the schedule of your employer, which could cause them all kinds of problems.

  • Nausea.

    Nausea can make it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. It could cause you to have to take multiple breaks to go to the bathroom. This is problematic if you are in a position in which you have to interact with customers regularly. For example, if you are a bank teller, leaving your post every hour to go to the bathroom can slow down business. Thereby upsetting your customers.

  • Muscle weakness.

    Some medications, such as statins can cause muscle pain and weakness. This makes physical labor extremely difficult and can make any kind of sedentary job difficult to focus on.

The severity of your medical side effects could qualify you for SSDI benefits. For more information about how to apply for SSDI, request a free consultation at Social Security Disability Advocates USA by calling (602) 952-3200 today.

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