Originally Posted by babytoes
I think it is called FCE... Just be honest when you take it. And let them know
when you are you pain. Don't do anything to hurt yourself.
I think that is great advice !
Be careful what you say/how you phrase things. Don't exaggerate or overstate your symptoms and limitations. For example, if you have neck issues like I do.....Don't say that you can't turn your head if you actually CAN turn it, but have to try not to because it causes more pain. In that case I would say that I can turn my head, but it causes additional pain. Take the time to be clear about your answers on things like that.
Think about the specific reasons that you can't work. Not just what your dx is, but how that affects you. I frequently use the example of one of the NE Patriots, Tedy Bruschi, had a stroke.....and returned to playing professional football. Everyone who had a stroke is not going to end up being totally disabled. Many people who have a stroke WILL be totally disabled. Perhaps they are paralyzed on one side, can't dress themselves, require assistance with eating and drinking because of choking issues, can't transfer from the wheelchair independently, have mental acuity issues, slur their speech and have difficulty being understood, have bathroom accidents, etc. This is your chance to confince the doctor who is completing the exam for SSA why YOU can't work when someone else with this condition MIGHT be able to work.