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Is Chronic Pain a Disability?

Chronic pain is very real and can be very disabling. For many people, chronic pain prevents them from not only doing their job but also prevents them from performing activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, showering, and even sleeping. It can be too painful and difficult to sit, stand, or walk for an extended period of time. The pain may radiate to other parts of the body or may cause numbness.

In fact, chronic pain is one of the most common disabilities that we encounter. Sometimes chronic pain is a symptom of an illness or disease. Other times it is a result of an acute injury or changes over time. Some examples of chronic pain include:


The list is not an exhaustive list but just some examples of chronic pain that we see all the time. The American Chronic Pain Association has a more comprehensive list of pain conditions.

Depending on the condition, there are some objective tests that can support your disability. For example, MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays can serve as objective medical evidence because they show things such as degenerative changes, disc disease, nerve root compression, among other things, all which can cause or contribute to your pain.

However, even with objective tests, insurance companies will sometimes still deny your claim. This is because pain is subjective and there is no test that can measure the level of pain you are experiencing. As common as chronic pain is, this makes it one of the more difficult disabilities to prove.

Even so, this does not mean that your condition is not real or not disabling. As with all disability claims, treating doctor support is crucial. In cases like this, doctor support is even more important. In addition to any objective testing, you should always ensure that your treating doctor(s) are supportive and have them identify how your pain prevents you from working and how it impacts any activities of daily living.

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