Trigeminal Neuralgia and Social Security Disability

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a condition that causes pain in the trigeminal nerve, which is the nerve that carries feeling from your face to your brain.  People who have Trigeminal Neuralgia often suffer from chronic facial pain. Although the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses their own rules and “Listings” of impairments to determine whether someone is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, many conditions do not fall within those specific listings.  Trigeminal Neuralgia is one example of this; the SSA does not include this impairment in its listing of impairments. As a result, if you suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia and want to be successful with a Social Security Disability claim, you are going to have to show the SSA how your subjective complaints of pain or other symptoms impair your ability to work. The first thing you need to remember is that no matter how credible or real your symptoms of pain seem, the SSA will not find your symptoms of pain disabling unless you can provide objective medical findings showing an impairment that could reasonably be expected to produce those symptoms. Once a medically determinable impairment has been established, the SSA must then use your subjective complaints of pain to help determine whether the intensity, persistence and limiting effects of your pain affect your ability to do work-like activities.  The SSA must consider your entire case record, including any information or statements from your treating doctors.  Although your symptoms of pain cannot be measured objectively through tests, the effects of your symptoms of pain can be clinically observed and recorded.  For this reason, it is important to remember to always talk to your doctors about your symptoms, including things such as headaches or stabbing pain that you experience as a result of your Trigeminal Neuralgia. Winning a Social Security Disability claim based on Trigeminal Neuralgia can be difficult.  Call one of our experienced Hoglund attorneys today for a free consultation to see how our office can help you deal with the Social Security Administration.