Anne Fitzpatrick lives in Port Angeles, Washington, where she helps people appeal the denial of their disability benefits in federal court. Before moving to Washington, Ms. Fitzpatrick worked at the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago. She has experience in a wide range of litigation, including employment, contract disputes, unfair competition, civil rights, and affordable housing. She received her law degree cum laude from University of Michigan Law School and is admitted to practice law in Washington and Illinois. Before law school, Ms. Fitzpatrick worked for a children's book publisher in Minnesota, where she wrote books on topics ranging from Mother Teresa to Modern Art.
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Social Security must take your pain into account as long as you've been diagnosed with a physical or mental impairment, including fibromyalgia.
If you're filing for disability benefits and don't follow your doctor's treatment orders, Social Security can deny your application.
Disability applicants with IQs between 71 and 84 can qualify for disability benefits, especially if they have other impairments.
Joint pain is very common; as many as one-third of adults suffer from joint pain at any given time. Typical places for joint pain include the knees, shoulders, neck, hips, elbows, wrists, and ankles.
If you have more than one condition on your application for disability benefits, Social Security will take them all into consideration when deciding whether you're disabled.
If limitations from your club foot keep you from working, you might qualify for Social Security disability.