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Technology Helps Patients Share Information With Doctors

A visit to the doctor’s office may involve filling out forms to describe your medical history and the reasons for your appointment. Otherwise, you will tell the doctor or nurse the problems you’re having during the limited time that you get to speak with them. However, it can sometimes be difficult to remember all of the symptoms you’re experiencing, or maybe you simply did not have enough time with your doctor to fully describe all of your medical conditions. Fortunately, smart phone apps are making it easier for patients to document their symptoms and share this information with their doctors.

Use Apps to Track Symptoms and Strengthen Your Claim for Social Security Benefits

Providing your doctors with a thorough description of your medical conditions is especially important when applying for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) or a disability insurance company will review your medical records when making a determination of your disability. If your medical records are missing important information about the severity, frequency, and duration of your symptoms, then your disability claim may be unfairly denied.

For example: if you experience chronic migraine headaches, it is not feasible for you to visit your doctor or the emergency department every single time you have a severe migraine. Nonetheless, it is crucial for you to consistently record your migraines and share this information with your doctors. One smart phone app that can be used to document migraines is Migraine Buddy, which is available for Androids and iPhones. Another app available for iPhone users is iHeadache.

Apps also exist for other medical conditions. GI Buddy is an app that can be used to record the symptoms of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. GI Monitor is another app designed for those with inflammatory bowel disease. For patients who experience chronic pain, My Pain Diary is an app that will help document symptoms of fibromyalgia, lupus, anxiety, and many other conditions. It is worthwhile to search for apps that are specific to your medical condition so that you can more easily track your symptoms. You may be able to use the app on your smart phone, a tablet, or your computer. Most apps will allow you to email your results to your doctor or print them out so that you can bring them to your next appointment.

If you do not feel comfortable using a smart phone app, then you should consider taking handwritten notes of your symptoms. It may be helpful to print out a blank calendar so that you can mark which days you have experienced symptoms. Then legibly write down the severity on a scale of 1-10, how long the symptoms lasted, and any other details you would like to include. Be sure to share this information with your doctors so that they include important details of your conditions in your medical records. Doing so may create a clearer description of your disability so that your disability claim will be approved.

Contact Keller & Keller if You Have Been Denied Disability Benefits

If you have filed for Social Security disability benefits and your claim has been denied, contact Keller & Keller right away for a free consultation. If your Social Security disability claim has been denied, you must file a timely appeal by following the instructions in your latest denial letter. Call Keller & Keller today and we will review your case to see if we can assist you with your Social Security disability appeal.

Keller & Keller also represents individuals who were denied long term disability benefits. If your insurance company sent you a denial letter, then you have a limited time to appeal. Long term disability claims governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) must be timely appealed, or else you may lose your right to disability benefits. Call 1-800-253-5537 so that one of our disability lawyers can begin investigating your disability case. A long term disability attorney at Keller & Keller can appeal the insurance company’s denial and help you obtain long term disability benefits.

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