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Degenerative Disc Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability

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There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about degenerative disc disease. Part of the confusion that people have is that the term sounds like a progressive disease. However, the term, “degenerative disc disease,” is a misnomer. The term “degenerative” implies to most people that the symptoms will get worse with age. The disc degeneration will probably progress over time, but the low back pain from degenerative disc disease usually gets better instead of worse with the passage of time. Also, degenerative disc disease is not really a disease, but a condition that at times can produce pain from a damaged disc. Finally, people are confused about degenerative disc disease because medical professionals do not agree on what does or does not determine a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the interlocking bones that make up your spine. These discs act like shock absorbers for your spine, enabling it to twist, flex or bend. Over time these discs wear and tear, or deteriorate. This is something that happens to all of us as we age, but not everyone experiences low back pain with the deterioration of these spinal discs. Degenerative disc disease can take place anywhere along your spine. Usually, it occurs in your lower back (lumbar region) or neck (cervical region). The signs and symptoms of degenerative disc disease are usually lower back or neck pain, but it is not the same in everyone. Some people have no pain, but others with the same degree of disc damage experience severe pain that hinders activities. Where you have pain is determined by where your affected disc is. If you have a deteriorating disc in your neck you may have pain in your neck or arm. If the affected disc is in your lower back, your pain may be in your back, leg or buttocks. The pain you experience often gets more intense when you reach up, twist or bend over.  It is also possible for you to have tingling or numbness in your arm or leg with degenerative disc disease. The effects of degenerative disc disease and/or complications resulting from it can be debilitating. You or a loved one may be disabled and in need of financial assistance because of this disorder. Have you or your loved applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by degenerative disc disease and/or complications resulting from it? Were you or your loved one denied? You or your loved one may plan on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you do, consider this. You will need a disability lawyer like the one at to assist you in this process. This is true because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people without a lawyer.