Help for a Hard to Prove Health Problem
You’re dealing with excruciating symptoms from interstitial cystitis (IC). It makes it impossible for you to work.
This disorder — sometimes called “painful bladder syndrome” — leaves you with sharp pelvic pain, an overwhelming need to urinate frequently and constant, exhausting interruptions day and night.
Monthly checks from Social Security disability would help stabilize your life.
But winning disability benefits for any kind of health condition is hard. Most people get denied at first.
And interstitial cystitis can be tough to diagnose, often mistaken for a urinary tract infection. It isn’t listed in the official impairments recognized by Social Security.
You need an experienced disability lawyer who can explain your situation to Social Security.
The Greenville disability lawyers at Pilzer Klein have helped thousands of people win disability benefits.
If interstitial cystitis prevents you from working, we’ll evaluate your case for FREE.
Symptoms You Face With Interstitial Cystitis
Even though Social Security doesn’t list interstitial cystitis as an official impairment qualifying for disability benefits, it has recognized the disorder as potentially debilitating in other documents.
Social Security says IC may co-occur with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic headaches, endometriosis, lupus or other health issues. Sometimes you can qualify for benefits with another condition that goes with your IC.
IC symptoms may include:
- Pain — chronic bladder and pelvic pain with pressure and discomfort that can spread to other areas
- Urinary urgency and frequency — including the need to go as often at 60 times a day
- Chronic fatigue or tiredness
- Sleep dysfunction
If you constantly have to leave a desk or a workstation running to the bathroom, it can be impossible to keep up in a job.
If IC is causing pelvic pain, it can be difficult to walk, lift, push, pull or bend, making it impossible to do lots of jobs.
And if waking up constantly to urinate weren’t enough, side effects of medications used to treat IC can cause fatigue and headaches.
You also could develop depression and anxiety. Any of these problems affect your ability to handle work assignments or interact with people properly in the workplace.
A lawyer who knows Social Security’s system and rules can help you show Social Security why you need benefits.
How Do You Prove Your Social Security Disability Case?
To win Social Security Disability benefits, you must have medical problems that make it impossible for you to work for an extended time.
So medical evidence is the foundation for proving your case. This evidence comes from the doctors and other healthcare providers you see.
Without the right evidence, some disability examiners may think you’re overstating your problem in order to win benefits.
According to Social Security, this is what you must show:
- Existence of impairment, which you show using “objective medical evidence” in the form of records, results, and reports from your doctors.
- Severity of impairment, covering how your condition affects your ability to work.
- Non-medical sources, which include testimony from family members, coworkers, and others about how you handle everyday situations and how your health is affecting your ability to work.
For IC, recording how many times a day (and night) you have to urinate can help demonstrate how the illness hurts your ability to work.
You’ll have to show that your symptoms are so severe, they prevent you from working in any job.
Professional Help Can Make a Difference in Your Disability Claim
Social Security has thousands of rules for deciding who gets disability benefits. Applying for benefits involves many forms and steps.
A disability lawyer will prepare your evidence and build your case, so you can take care of your health.
A lawyer who focuses on Social Security Disability knows the system and helps you avoid mistakes that cause delays and denials.
The attorneys at Pilzer Klein dedicate themselves to serving people in the Carolinas when they can’t work because of bad health. And they stay loyal to you from the beginning to the end of your case.
You PAY NO FEE unless you win benefits.