What Should you say to the Social Security Disability Doctor at a CE?
In general, you should be honest with a Social Security disability doctor. Consultative doctors perform quick one time examinations, which tend be less than thorough (that's putting it charitably), so you should give the doctor details about your medical and/or mental conditions and how you feel your conditions are limiting your ability to perform every day tasks.
Generally, physical consultative examinations are nothing more than the most basic standard physical examination with an additional statement from the doctor that expresses his or her opinion as to your ability to work (and you have to wonder how this individual is really qualified to make any statement whatsoever given the fact that he's never seen you before, may have no knowledge of your prior medical history, and typically limits his contact with you to roughly ten minutes). Mental examinations may include objective psychological testing, mental status examinations, or memory evaluations along with a statement as to an individual’s ability to perform in a work environment.
Consultative examining physicians have no history with you (Begging the question: why does the social security administration not have a policy of sending out RFC forms to your personal physician ), so think about your statements before speaking, especially since many of these "objective" physicians are known to have have a bias against disability claimants. The consultative physician will include any statements that you make with regard to your disabling condition or conditions, any work activity that you mention, and whatever they feel is pertinent to the Social Security medical determination.
So, basically, there are no certain statements that you should say or not say to a Social Security disability doctor at a CE. However, you should remember that this doctor is there for the purpose of providing information to Social Security, and that this information could be the determining factor in your disability claim...though, in all candor, in most cases the results of such an exam will have a negligible effect on a social security disability or SSI disability claim. Having said that, though, do not fail to go to your scheduled medical exam, as this could form the basis for being denied for disability.
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