What Diagnosis Helped You Get Approved For Disability?

“My mother finally believes in Chronic Lyme Disease” by Miss Diagnoses

Most people with Lyme Disease do not get approved for disability for Lyme Disease. So what do people get approved for? We asked people with Lyme this question, and collected all their answers below.


“I listed Lyme on my disability application, but they approved me for Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

“I listed every symptom I had and Social Security approved me for anxiety.”

“I know Lyme is the underlying cause of my symptoms, but Social Security approved me for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia”

“I was approved for Arthritis. I listed Lyme on my application, but this was ignored. They focused on arthritis.”

“I was approved based on neurological problems. I know these were caused by Lyme, but I was not approved for Lyme.”

“Psych disorders. In my approval letter, the judge stated that since Lyme is treatable and not chronic, Lyme could not be the cause of my disability.”

“Psychiatric. This is the way most people with Lyme are approved.”

“My records listed many conditions, but Social Security chose to focus mainly on my Chronic Daily Headaches.”

“Anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and seizures”

“Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis”

“Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Bipolar disorder”

“Rheumatoid Arthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Fibromyalgia”

“Fibromyalgia and Psychiatric Diagnosis”

“Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”

“Neurological Lyme, POTS, and respiratory conditions”

“Encephalopathy, chronic head and neck pain, lyme disease, and cognitive difficulties”

“Fibromyalgia, Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, vision problems, memory loss, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”

“Fibromylagia and Depression”

“Autoimmune conditions, pain, and neurological problems”

“Depression, rheumatoid arthritis, Cardiac Arrhythmia, Bursitis, Orthostasis, chronic fatigue syndrome”

“Depression and hospitalizations for suicidal ideations.”

“I was approved for psychiatric. I did not know at the time that Lyme was the underlying cause of these problems.”

“Chronic pain syndrome, IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, depression, lyme disease.

“Chronic pain, affective disorder, migraines, lyme, and anxiety disorder.”

“Mixed connective tissue disease and arthritis.”

Learn More

If you have been diagnosed with Lyme disease, you might also like to read this page on How to Get Disability with Lyme Disease or join the Facebook group: Social Service Connections for Lyme Disease

Ideas for different kinds of medical tests that can help your case: How Do I Prove I Have Chronic Lyme Disease?

Please comment below with stories, ideas, questions or suggestions. Please let us know if any links on this page stop working. 

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1 thought on “What Diagnosis Helped You Get Approved For Disability?”

  1. I’ve been denied 4 times. Even though Lyme is listed, drs shown degenerative issues in my wrist and knee. Severe memory loss, weakness, hearing loss, depression and anxiety. SS still denied me. It’s frustrating. I’m a single dad with 2 girls but they don’t care.


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