Tell your doctor about ALL your symptoms and conditions

• Don’t keep things to yourself because you are embarrassed.

• Don’t tell your doctor your’e “fine” if you aren’t.

Keep a “Disability” journal, record things like:

• Daily pain levels

• Migraine frequency, length, and symptoms

• Household chores, hobbies, and social events

• Mood swings

• Medical tests – what, when, where, and who sent you

• Bad days

Keep a “Disability” journal, & record things like:

• Doctors’ names, addresses, and phone numbers

• Medication and side effects of medication

• Medical appointments

• How far you can walk

• How long you can sit or stand

• How much weight you can lift

Social Security Disability Benefits

Regardless of your age, if you have a disability that prevents you from working for a year or more, you may be able recover benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), a part of the Federal government. There are two main benefit programs you can apply for, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Make sure to always apply for both programs because sometimes if can be confusing to know which you might qualify for.  If you have any questions about whether or not your might be eligible, call or go to your local Social Security Administration office to apply.