Which Chronic Pain Illnesses Count as Disabilities?

It can be quite difficult to claim disability benefits when you suffer from chronic pain illnesses. This is because many of these illnesses are diagnosed through patient-described symptoms. To be eligible to receive disability benefits for any illness or disability, you need a medical provider to support that you cannot work. Sometimes it is hard to prove with objective medical evidence that you have a physical or mental condition that prohibits you from working. Things like x-rays or test results are key but can be very hard to get. For many chronic pain illnesses, there are no such items of evidence for a patient to present, only symptoms of pain and, to some extent, medical history. Even though chronic pain illnesses are difficult to diagnose and to verify, there is no doubt that they are debilitating. Many illnesses you've probably heard of belong in this category.

Chronic Pain Illnesses

ArthritisArthritis is inflammation of your body’s joints that can result in joint pain, swelling, stiffness and fatigue. If left untreated it can eventually lead to joint damage, destruction and disability. Arthritis consists of over 100 different conditions and can affect anyone. Crohn's DiseaseCrohn's disease involves inflammation of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract that disrupts your body's ability to digest food, absorb nutrition and eliminate waste well. FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body. It leads to chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful points or trigger points. Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal tunnel syndrome involves numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in your hand because of pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Irritable Bowel SyndromeIBS is a bit of a medical mystery - doctors do not fully understand it. While doctors don’t yet know exactly what it is, they do know that it is not an anatomical or a structural problem, not a physical or chemical disorder, not a cancer and will not cause cancer and will not cause other gastrointestinal diseases.

In addition to the above, some neurological and spinal disorders are chronic pain illnesses that qualify for disability benefits and some back and neck issues stemming from an accident or physical trauma result in chronic pain. All of these meet the requirements for disability benefits. So how do you qualify? Doctors are the key to getting the disability benefits that you are entitled to for your chronic illness. If you have a chronic pain illness, be sure to work closely with your doctor and talk to a disability law firm like Share Lawyers to learn if you qualify for disability benefits. Has your long-term disability claim been denied? Contact Share Lawyers and put our experience to work for you. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case.Find out if you have a disability case.We have recently settled cases against Standard Life, Desjardins, Manulife, RBC Insurance, Sun Life, and much more. We love hearing feedback from our clients, so please share your own experience with us.

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