As I was driving back from Novato after seeing my doctor I was wondering if I would qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. Today my doctor diagnosed me as having symptoms consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury that causes numbness and pain in y9ur wrists. You can read more about it on the Mayo Clinic website. I’m now wearing wrist splints as I type this. I’m a lawyer; I have to type. What can I do if I cannot type? Well, I think my question is hypothetical as I believe I have caught my symptoms early enough and am committed to doing whatever exercises I can to minimize my symptoms.
Still I wonder, would it be possible to be approved by having carpal tunnel syndrome? The answer is probably no, if that were the only disability. Carpal tunnel is not an impairment that is found in what we call the listings such that it would automatically qualify me for disability. Given my age and education, there is probably other work in the national economy that I could do. It could be quite possible though for someone else to win disability on this basis with a different vocational profile. For instance, someone with a repetitive job and whose age or education would render him or her unable to be trained for any other employment.
I have been reading a lot about carpal tunnel, so much so that my research has made my symptoms worse. Anyone out there have any good tips as to how to minimize symptoms? If so, let me know and I will post them here.