- Keep thorough, easy-to-read records
- Document all of your complaints
- List all of your side effects from treatment and medication, such as drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, inability to engage in complex tasks that require attention, headaches, nausea, etc.
- In addition to listing your conditions, your doctor should note your restrictions and limitations. This can include, for example, an opinion about how long you can sit, stand, and walk, how much weight you can lift, if you can use your hands and fingers, how long you can concentrate, and how many times you would be expected to be absent from work in a month. Your doctor can even fill out the form found here.
- List any non-exertional impairments. Non-exertional impairments are any limitations and restrictions that are not part of the strength demands of a job (sitting, standing, walking, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling). They include such as problems with hearing, vision, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, concentration, incontinence, frequent urination, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, cognitive disorders, or need to take frequent breaks.
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