Pain is the body’s way of sending a signal to notify the brain that something is wrong.

When illness or injury occurs within the nervous system, cells send a message through the spinal cord to the brain to warn an individual. While most people may manage the discomfort with pain relievers that block the message signal to the brain, only half of them report that the medication is helpful in reducing their pain.

If a person is injured, then he or she experiences a sudden onset of pain, which is referred to as acute pain. But in more extreme cases, pain may become impossible to manage. When the pain lasts for a long time, an individual may be diagnosed by a doctor as having chronic pain. According to the American Pain Foundation, over 50 million individuals suffer from chronic pain.

Individuals who suffer from chronic pain sometimes find that they are no longer able to continue working. In these cases, Floridians may be eligible to qualify for Social Security benefits if the chronic pain lasts for more than six months. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has set up certain criteria that must be met in order to receive the disability benefits.

Depending on the individual and the cause of the pain, the person may experience pain that is mild, moderate, or excruciating.  Although referred to as chronic if the pain lasts for at least six months, it may come and go throughout the day, or be continuous.

Primary Symptoms of Chronic Pain

  • Mild to severe pain lasting for more than 6 months
  • Pain feels like aching, shooting, burning, or electrical
  • Soreness, stiffness, discomfort, tightness

Secondary Symptoms of Chronic Pain

  • Constant fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Decreased activity
  • Weak immune system
  • Difficulty managing outside stress
  • Depression, fear, anxiety, irritability

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain can be caused by illness or injury, or a combination of multiple sources. Below is a list of the most common causes of chronic pain.

  • Muscle/Joint/Nerve/Back/Neck Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis

If the chronic pain makes it impossible to manage everyday living, then the individual may consider applying for Social Security disability benefits. The SSA will determine if the claimant is eligible. It is vital to gain the expert advice of a South Florida disability attorney who can help describe the effects of the chronic pain in detail that is required.

When you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain that has lasted for at least six months, it is essential to talk with an experienced South Florida Social Security disability attorney. Your attorney can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for.

To benefit from qualified assistance to determine if you should pursue a Social Security disability claim, the Law Office of David Benenfeld is here to help. Contact us today for or a free consultation and book call today: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].