Chronic pain and SSDI: What you should know

If you have been injured in a workplace accident or have developed a condition as a result of your job, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. This type of benefit allows people who are unable to work due to an injury or condition to make ends meet.

Chronic pain is just one of the many conditions that the Social Security Administration may cover as SSDI benefits. According to Johns Hopkins University, chronic pain is a costly medical issue in the United States, leading to serious medical expenses, loss of productivity, loss of income and compensation payments.

What is chronic pain?

While some pain is acute and will subside over a period of time, chronic pain is long-lasting. It may act as continuous pain or come in spurts. The pain may be so significant that it compromises people’s ability to eat properly, work, enjoy hobbies or perform everyday activities. Chronic pain may involve the following:

  • Cancer pain
  • Migraines, such as tension headaches and cluster headaches
  • Arthritis pain
  • Lower back pain or pain from a herniated disc
  • Nerve pain

Medical professionals can treat chronic pain, but it may still limit people’s abilities.

Does chronic pain qualify for SSDI benefits?

When diagnosed with a pain condition, you may qualify for SSDI benefits. You must first show evidence that you experience severe mental or physical impairment as a result of chronic pain. A physician can help establish this information by running tests and verifying the diagnosis. You must also show that the pain has lasted or will last an extended period of time.

Getting SSDI benefits can help you make ends meet and cover medical expenses while you are unable to work.