If you are genuinely to sick to work, but your doctor still encourages you to work or doesn’t support your disability application, don’t give up hope. Many of our readers were in this situation and found good solutions.
Below are eight ways to try again.
Plus four ways to give up and start fresh.
EIGHT WAYS TO TRY AGAIN
TRY ASKING IN A DIFFERENT WAY
If your doctor is giving you confusing or mixed messages about your disability application, you may find it worth trying one more time. Here’s a few ideas for How to talk to your doc about your disability application.
TRY BEING MORE EMBARRASSING
Some people feel shy, hesitant, embarrassed or confused about accepting their disability, and emotionally conflicted about being unable to work. This can make it hard for your doctor to understand how sick you are or why you are applying for disability. Here’s a few ideas for How to Stop Hiding From Your Doctor
TRY EDUCATING YOUR DOCTOR
Some doctors think to be “disabled” you need to be bedridden or wheelchair bound or permanently sick. This is not true. You can let your doctor know that this is the social security definition of disability: You cannot maintain full time work and you have a condition that is expected to last at least twelve months. You can also print and bring the SSA definition of disability.
TRY THESE PAPERWORK STRATEGIES
If your doctor supports your disability application, but hates paperwork, don’t give up! This problem may be solvable. Many of our readers have success in still getting the paperwork they need: How to Deal with a Doctor Who Does Not Like Disability Forms
TRY FIGURING OUT THE PROBLEM
Some patients give their doctors mixed messages, and then wonder why their doctor isn’t in full support of their disability applications. Dahlia thought her doctor was the problem, but it turned out that was not the problem: Dahlia Finds a Surprise in Her Medical Records
TRY BRINGING A LETTER FROM ANOTHER DOC
If you have an excellent medical summary letter or function form from another doctor or from your past doctor, try bringing this with you. This may help your doctor gain a better understanding of your medical condition and be more willing to accept your disability.
TRY HOLDING OUT HOPE
Some doctor’s tell their patients, “It’s nearly impossible to get on disability” or “almost no one gets approved.” It’s difficult to know what this means. It may mean that your doctor doesn’t support you. On the other hand, it may mean, “All my other patients got turned down and I feel sad about it. I don’t want to get your hopes up because I have no idea how to get you approved.” If you think your doctor is just feeling discouraged, you can be the one to hold out hope for both yourself and your doctor.
TRY LOOKING FOR RED FLAGS
Sadly, some doctors do not believe that any of their patients should be on disability, but they may not come straight out and say this. When you tell them you are applying for disability, they may start talking vaguely about “recovery” or being “focused on your treatment” or “working is good for your mental health.”
If you told your doctor that you are applying for disability, and your doctor started talking about getting you back to work, this could mean many different things. Sometimes good things. And sometimes bad things. And sometimes very bad things. Please read your medical records. Find out what your doctor is writing. Learn more about: How to Tell What Your Doctor REALLY Thinks
FOUR WAYS TO START FRESH
TRY SWITCHING DOCTOR
Some doctors simply won’t support disability applications under any circumstances. If you’ve tried everything you can, and your doctor still does not understand how severe your condition is, sometimes a new doctor is the best solution. Here’s some tips for: How to Find a Doctor to Help With Disability Documentation
TRY BEING HAPPY
If your doc doesn’t believe you are disabled or thinks you should go back to work, you are very fortunate that they told you the truth. It’s much better to find out sooner than later. Some of our readers report that they did not find out what their doctor really thought until they had been applying for disability for three years, and then read quotes in the judge’s denial letter. You may find it helpful to read Dandelion’s story: Dandelion’s Doctor Doesn’t Support Her
TRY A NURSE PRACTITIONER
Some of our readers report that Nurse Practitioners can be more willing to help with paperwork then MDs. You can also look for a Physicians Assistant. A few important things you need to know: If you first applied before March 2017, you should first read the acceptable medical source rules.
WHATEVER HAPPENS: TRY NOT TO TAKE IT TOO PERSONALLY
Some doctors simply do not support any patients to apply for disability. They have their own personal or political reasons that may have nothing to do with you or how sick you are.
Other doctors will give support to patients on the first time they meet, and will stand behind their disability applications right away. Again, this is often a reflection of the doctor and their personal belief system. It may not have anything to do with you.
💮 This page is part of the free online guide: The Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability