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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome — Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Information

With complex regional pain syndrome, sometimes referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, chronic myofascial pain syndrome, or MPS (myofascial pain syndrome), there are some very distinct obstacles to overcome in establishing a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

In order to successfully pursue a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, the Social Security Administration requires proof of the disability. This can be extremely difficult, in some cases, because the Social Security Administration is focused on function, not on a diagnosis.

At the law firm of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd., located in Des Plaines, Illinois, and serving SSDI and SSI claimants in Chicago, Illinois, and nationally, we have assisted many clients in pursuing successful Social Security Disability claims related to chronic pain problems and other debilitating diseases and we can help you, too. Contact us today to discuss how you can establish a claim for Social Security Disability benefits based upon CRPS.

The focus will be on the medical treatment you will be receiving, and the expertise of the doctors you are treating with, and how well you communicate with them. Social Security Ruling 03-2p deals specifically with these claims. At the request of some local and national groups, we have published an article on the impact of this Ruling on CRPS claims, based upon our years of experience with people suffering this impairment.

We Understand

At Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd., we understand how difficult it can be to grapple with colossal medical and governmental systems such as the Social Security Administration, especially when you are already struggling with the symptoms of a debilitating illness such as complex regional pain syndrome. We also understand how establishing the validity of your claim can be extremely time-consuming.

Nevertheless, in order to successfully pursue a claim for your Social Security Disability benefits, it will be necessary to establish a pattern regarding your debilitating disease that will be apparent to the Social Security Administration when it reviews your case.

Documenting Your Disease Pattern

Because the extent of constant pain cannot necessarily be viewed through the lenses of a microscope, or viewed on an X-ray, it is imperative that all of your medical records demonstrate a consistency of complaints common to your disease, such as the severe pain associated with your illness and the severe fatigue that comes with living with pain and medications.

Therefore, in all disability claims involving complex regional pain syndrome, it is important to document how this debilitating disease impacts your daily life by making you unable to function or to perform ordinary tasks.

Additionally, you will need to show that due to the constant physical fatigue, you are unable to perform basic tasks such as housework, travel to and from appointments, shopping, and other social functions.

One method of demonstrating the impact of any chronic pain syndrome on your daily life can be statements by independent third parties who can attest to how the chronic pain affects your inability to function in daily life.

Support From Medical Professionals

Perhaps the most important element in establishing proof of your disability is through the medical professionals associated with your case. Therefore, it is essential that they prove to be supportive during the process, and that they provide the documentation that is necessary to assist you in verifying your claim.

Based on our familiarity with the process, we will be able to facilitate the vital cooperation and support you will need from your medical providers. In fact, doctors, social workers, and even pain support groups to whom we provide assistance refer many of our clients to us because they know that in addition to knowledge and experience, clients need a reassuring and comfortable environment in which to discuss their concerns.

We have helped many other clients in the successful pursuit of their claim for Social Security Disability benefits due to the devastating effects of complex regional pain syndrome on their lives; and we can help you, too. Isn't it time you gave us a call?

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