Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

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Helping People Suffering From Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

A chronic pain disorder like reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a difficult medical condition to live with, given its persistent and chronic nature. At the law office of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd., located in Chicago, Illinois, we have five office locations throughout northern Illinois to represent you in Social Security concerns.

Please schedule a free initial consultation with a Chicago RSD disability lawyer today. You may contact our firm online or you may reach us by phone at 888-529-0600.

What Is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy?

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, also called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, is a chronic medical condition characterized by severe pain, swelling and skin irritation. Doctors have found no evidence that points to the cause of this medical condition, but recent rulings have made obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) easier for sufferers.

Recent Rulings Have Improved Your Chances

Proving the existence of RSD has always been challenging because it is difficult to prove the presence of the disease and the severity of its symptoms. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has always placed a great deal of emphasis on the need to provide objective medical evidence in any application for SSDI or SSI benefits.

Social Security Ruling 003-2p deals specifically with claims like reflex sympathetic dystrophy that have symptoms that are mostly subjective in nature. In order to be successful, your medical records must indicate that you suffer from “persistent, intense pain that results in impaired mobility of the affected region,” including:

  • Swelling
  • Autonomic instability (changes in skin color, changes in sweating, skin temperature change, gooseflesh)
  • Abnormal hair or nail growth
  • Osteoporosis
  • Involuntary movements of the affected region of the initial injury

Treating Physician Rule — Giving Your Doctor Deference

When your doctor provides a medical opinion supported by a consistent clinical record, his or her opinion will be given deference, even controlling authority. The SSA acknowledges the challenges faced by individuals when making eligibility decisions for people suffering from RSD in the Social Security Ruling 003-2p.

If you suffer from reflex sympathetic dystrophy or any other chronic pain disorder, you may be suffering from a disabling disease under Social Security. Isn’t it about time that you hire an attorney at the law firm of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd., to represent you? To learn more, contact one of our lawyers today.