Using an RFC When Applying With a Thyroid Gland Disorder

Unless your job involves some form of meditation or you oversee sleep deprivation studies, you need a high level of energy to perform admirably at work. The energy level can be solely mental, such as the computer programmer who rarely leaves his or her chair throughout every workday. In many cases, a high level of physical energy helps professionals from across the employment spectrum to get the job dome right. Think courier, roofer, and lawn care specialist. What does energy have to do with filing a disability for with the Social Security Administration (SSA)?

Energy has everything to do when the disease that is part of a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application involves a thyroid gland disorder.

How to Receive Disability Benefits Approval from the SSA

Thyroid gland disorders cover afflictions that produce too many thyroid hormones, as well as an illness called Hypothyroidism that generates a subpar number of thyroid hormones. To qualify for disability benefits for any type of thyroid gland disorder, you have to submit an SSDI application that confirms the medical condition, as well as includes supporting evidence such as medical documentation signed by your physician. Section 9.0 of the SSA Blue Book lists the criteria for meeting the guidelines of receiving benefits established by the SSA for medical issues associated with the endocrine system.

Not all hope is lost when the SSA denies an SSDI application. American citizens and legal residents have a fall back document called a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) assessment that in many ways, mirrors the SSDI application process. However, an RFC form does a much better job of giving SSDI applicants the opportunity to present medical evidence, as well as documents that prove how the development of a thyroid gland disorder has impeded work performance. For example, an RFC form details how a thyroid gland disorder has limited the amount of time an architect can remain inside a tall urban building to conduct a structural analysis.

The Importance of Medical Evidence

Convincing the SSA to approve disability benefits for a thyroid gland disorder starts and stops with the submission of compelling medical documentation. Although you can submit the documents yourself, having your physicians sign and submit the paperwork has a much more positive impact on the SSA. Blood tests at the various stages of thyroid gland disorder development measures the levels of thyroid stimulating hormones. High thyroxine levels and low TSH levels indicate an overactive thyroid gland. Your doctor might also conduct a radioactive iodine test, which measures how effective your thyroid gland is at producing hormones. An official diagnostic report explains the severity of your thyroid gland disorder.

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There are no appeals for an SSDI and an RFC application. One and done is the mantra, which means you need to be almost 100 percent sure your claim for disability tests exceeds the minimum assessment standards applied by the SSA. Going through a free case evaluation should give you an idea of where you stand with your RFC assessments. The best part is you can take a free case evaluation as often as necessary to boost the credibility of your RFC application.

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