Even though what constitutes as pain varies from one person to the next and everyone handles pain in a different way, the Social Security Administration does realize that certain chronic pain can cause severe occupation restrictions. When you pursue a disability case based on pain that cannot be immediately evident based on a condition, disability, or impairment, it is vital to keep key points in mind when it comes to Social Security benefits and understand how judges use pain restrictions when evaluating disability cases.
Many applicants use claims of chronic pain to convince their physicians to prescribe strong narcotic pain medications. Judges are very delicate to this issue. A red flag for judges is an application who is prescribed pain medication from two or more physicians who are not aware of one another. Keep in mind that every communication you have with your physician will be documented and made part of your record. If a medical record has too many references to phone calls made by a patient to request refills, that can be an issue.