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Pain Questions

Your Social Security disability lawyer can explain that, if you primarily have a physical impairment, the description of your symptoms will most likely be the most relevant part of your testimony. Additionally, your Social Security disability lawyer can emphasize that, if you can provide the Administration with a clear, honest and vivid description of your symptoms, you will have a higher probability of succeeding with your claim.

Questions Regarding Your Pain

Some claimants are tempted to underscore their disability by putting on a theatrical display for the judge. The judge may interpret this as dishonesty. However, if you have a genuine problem at the hearing and you need to stop the hearing, it is okay to let the judge and your Long Beach Social Security lawyer know about it.

  • Where do you experience pain?
  • What is the nature of your pain?
  • What do you believe causes this pain?
  • How long have you experienced this pain?
  • Has the pain ever been in remission, and if so, what cause this remission?
  • Can you please describe how the pain feels?
  • Does the level of pain vary in severity?
  • Is the pain constant or does it come and go in waves?
  • How long does the pain last?
  • Is there anything that exacerbates the pain?
  • On a ten-point scale, how bad is the pain?
  • Do you experience muscle spasms?
  • Does the pain radiate?
  • Do you have other symptoms related to the pain such as muscle weakness, numbness, redness, fatigue or weight loss?
James Dolenga, JD

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