Social Security Disability cases depend heavily on your medical records.

The Administrative Law Judge spends a lot of time reviewing your records to find out your problems and limitations.

It makes sense that what you tell the doctor will show up in your medical notes.

Social Security Judges base their decision on what are your limitations.

For instance, how long are you able to stand and walk during an 8 hour day is a crucial part of many disability cases.

This means that it is very important for you tell the doctor your symptoms and how it affects you.

You should do this every time you go to the doctor.

Some examples:

My hands go numb and tingle almost every day. Especially when I use them a lot.

I cannot pick up small items to handle, hold or finger things.

My legs are painful and I get pins and needle like feelings when I stand more than 20 minutes.

I have to sit and rest for an hour after this.

My pain medications make me tired. I need to take a nap for 1 hour each afternoon.

My legs swell throughout the day. I have to spend much of the day elevating my legs waist height.

Remember, telling your doctor your major problems and how they limit you can make the difference between winning and losing your case.

Questions about your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.