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6 Things To Make The Most Of Doctor Visits – PT. 2

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BOISE, ID – As discussed in part 1 of this article, the most important thing you can do to help your social security disability application get approved is to see a doctor. And there are some things that you will want to make sure you do in order to get the most out of your doctor visit. In part 1 we discussed the importance of not talking to your Doctor about social security disability and about the importance of keeping a journal. If you haven’t read part one you may want to do so before proceeding to the remaining steps – Part 1

Now lets proceed to the remaining 4 steps for getting the most out of your Doctors visit for Social Security Disability:

3. Be A Broken Record—Social Security wants to see that your symptoms are continuing. Be sure to tell you doctor about your symptoms each time you go, even if you have told them over and over again in the past. Your journal can help you provide new examples of your limitations. Hopefully some of these limitations will make it into your records so that Social Security will be able to see them. It will also help your doctor to feel like they know your limitations—this way, when we send them forms asking them to describe your limitations, they will feel comfortable filling them out.

4. Visit Your Doctor Once A Month (Or As Often As You Can)—Social Security will often look at the frequency of your visits to your doctor as a gauge of the severity of your conditions. A patient who visits every month will be seen as having a more serious condition than the one who visits every 6 months, absent objective evidence.

5. Follow Your Treatment Plan—It is important that you comply with your doctor’s instructions and recommendations. Follow up on all of the recommended treatment when possible. If you don’t, make sure that you have a valid reason for not doing so and speak with our doctor BEFORE you quit or change any treatment.

6. See A Doctor and NOT A Physician’s Assistant (PA) Or A Nurse Practitioner (NP)—In today’s cost cutting environment, you may go to the “Doctor” and be seen by a PA or NP or some other similar medical care provider who is not an actual doctor. This can be a real problem because Social Security puts great weight on the opinions of actual Medical Doctors and will often provide very little weight to other opinions. If you are being treated by a non-doctor, do your best to find a doctor who will treat you as well and see that doctor as often as possible.

You must show your disability through your medical records. The above suggestions should help you to better do that, but you should have a consultation with a Social Security disability lawyers firm in Boise, Idaho to help you to better prepare the medical evidence you will need to demonstrate your disability. Good disability lawyers can help you prepare your case right the first time.

Originally posted 2013-07-02 00:56:07.