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Does complex regional pain syndrome qualify you for disability?

Many Michigan residents struggle with medical conditions and injuries that prevent them from working, however, not all of them are obvious. You could be struggling with a significant medical condition, known as complex regional pain syndrome, and eventually, it could be what stands between you and your ability to work.

When you are unable to hold gainful employment and support yourself and your family because of this condition, you may have a valid claim to Social Security disability benefits. Claiming these benefits is not always an easy process, and you may find that you have to fight for your rightful support.

What is CRPS?

For many people, CRPS does not just develop overnight. For some, it starts after a person experiences another type of medical condition, illness or injury, such as Lyme disease, traumatic injuries or significant nerve damage. Since it is born out of complications related to another ailment, many people are unsure that they actually have this type of illness.

Sometimes, many people continue to experience pain long after the original source is gone. When significant pain lasts for more than three to six months, it may be a sign that a person has CRPS. People who experience the negative side effects associated with CRPS find that they may deal with the following:

  • Random, uncontrollable bouts of pain
  • Pain that becomes unmanageable over time
  • Difficulty sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Stiffness in joints
  • Changes in the feeling of the skin
  • Decrease in range of motion
  • Lack of muscle coordination

When your CRPS begins to impact your ability to work like you used to, it is time to consider your other options. This may include seeking benefits for disability. Not everyone with CRPS will be eligible for SSD benefits, but you always have the right to seek a complete explanation of your legal options.

Getting the help you need 

Navigating the disability claims process is complex and fraught with challenges. Many first-time claims come back denied. You do not have to take one step of this process alone, but you may seek guidance and support from the very beginning.

If you believe that you have a rightful claim to disability benefits or you would like to know more about your rights as a person with complex regional pain syndrome, you have no time to lose in reaching out and securing a complete evaluation of your case.

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