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Pain disorders could be grounds to seek disability benefits

Tennessee readers know that certain medical conditions could prevent them from holding gainful employment. This can be a serious threat to your financial well-being and security, but you could be eligible for financial support through the Social Security Administration. The SSA offers disability benefits to applicants who meet certain qualification requirements.

Disability benefits are not only for individuals with obvious, visible illnesses. There are certain diseases and conditions that you may not be able to see, but that can still have a significant and lasting impact on your physical abilities. One of these illnesses is complex regional pain syndrome, a disorder that can eventually rob you of your ability to work.

Understanding this type of illness

Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic medical condition that usually develops after a person experiences an injury. More than just injury-related pain that never goes away, it is a disease that can affect nerves, movement and coordination. Consider the following facts about CRPS:

  • It can be a permanent condition.
  • It often affects just one limb or joint, usually after an injury.
  • Many people misunderstand this disease, but it is thought that it causes damage to the nerves around the injury site.
  • The source of CRPS is a dysfunction of both the central and peripheral nervous system.
  • It can cause joint stiffness, loss of muscle coordination and uncontrollable tremors.

Medical experts are still studying this disease, and it is not immediately clear why some people eventually develop CRPS and others do not. Debilitating diseases such as CRPS could give you valid reason to move forward with a disability claim.

Securing disability benefits can be a complex and difficult process, even with a valid medical condition. If you believe that you have a claim to SSD benefits, you may find it helpful to seek help as early as possible.

Guidance for a complex process

If you have CRPS and cannot work, it might be prudent to explore the possibility of seeking disability benefits.

Now, securing disability benefits is a complex and often frustrating process. However, from filling out the initial paperwork to appealing a denied claim, you do not have to walk through it alone. Individuals with valid claims to disability benefits may find their initial claim comes back denied, but that is not the end of the road. Claimants with CRPS may find it helpful to first seek a complete evaluation of their case.

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