The right kind of doctor’s letter can be a huge help to your case. Unfortunately, most doctors do not know the Social Security policies and do not know exactly what needs to be included in a letter (They don’t teach this in med school!).
Here are some great samples you can share with your doc:
Connie’s Lyme Disease Letter includes guidelines for a physician plus a very good sample letter.
Lotus’ Lyme Disease Letter I think I like this sample letter even better! Includes an excellent chart that provides a complete medical description of how and why she cannot function and work, plus excellent information on medical evidence.
Disability Evaluation in a Nutshell — For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This ebook includes a great, detailed sample letter. This webpage is a little weird. Scroll down and make sure to order the one that says “for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” It costs $5. This is the sample letter Daisy used with her doctor: How Daisy Won Her Case with a Doctor’s Letter
How to Apply for Social Security Benefits if You Have CFS, ME and Fibomyalgia. An excellent guidebook by attorney Kenneth S. Casanova and the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association. This section is the appendix. Scroll down and you will find that this guide includes three sample letters: One good one, one medium one, one bad one. The bad one is just there as an example!!
Basic sample letter for any condition. This letter is for MS, but you could easily customize this to create a sample letter for any condition you have. This letter is suitable but it would be stronger if it included some more specific details, as well as clearer information about on test results.
RFC Forms – Many people do not get a letter from their doctor, they get an RFC form instead. A lot of doctor’s letters are too simple and do not include the specific information Social Security needs. An RFC form includes every question Social Security needs to know about your ability to function.
Psychiatric letters from the Health Care for the Homeless Clinician’s Network. This includes both physical and mental health letters.
Letter about Neurological and Cognitive Problems – This is a superb letter written by a psychologist. It details the neurological and cognitive problems in a patient with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A letter like this could also be helpful for a patient with Lyme, toxic mold exposure, or any other conditions that cause cognitive problems. This letter explains exactly how the patient meets the criteria in the Social Security blue book. A letter like this is rare and could be a wonderful help.