Can You Get Disability for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)?
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a condition which is defined by an increase in heart rate upon standing and is accompanied by other symptoms such as lightheadedness, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.
What Are the Symptoms of POTS?
The main symptom of POTS is an increase in heart rate when standing of at least 30 beats per minute, or a heart rate over 120 beats per minute after five minutes. Other common symptoms include:
- Lightheadedness: Feeling dizzy or “woozy.”
- Headaches: Feelings of pressure, throbbing, or sharp pains.
- Fatigue: Extreme tiredness or exhaustion.
- Difficulty Concentrating: Lack of focus or difficulty paying attention.
- Dizziness: A spinning sensation or feeling like you are moving when you are standing still.
Can You Get Disability for POTS?
Yes, it is possible to get disability benefits for POTS. In order to qualify for disability benefits for POTS, your condition must be severe enough to prevent you from being able to work. In order to be considered disabled, your POTS must be supported by documented medical evidence that shows the severity and ongoing limitations it causes. Additionally, you must be able to show that your POTS has a substantial impact on your ability to perform activities of daily living.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers POTS to be a “medically determinable impairment,” which means that your condition must meet certain criteria and must have a medical diagnosis. To file a disability claim, you must have medical documentation to prove the existence and severity of your POTS. Your disability claim must also include information about your occupational, educational, and medical history.
If you think you may qualify for disability benefits for POTS, it is important to speak with an experienced disability lawyer to discuss your options and build your case.
In conclusion, it is possible for those with POTS to qualify for disability benefits. It is important to discuss your options with an experienced disability lawyer to ensure your claim is properly prepared and documented.