i know my disability began on or about 8/3/11 when i had a failed back surgery and became disabled. in filling out the ssdi application, i am unsure of the exact diagnosis. i am inclined to use something global like "L4-L5 compression". (the nerve had entrapment and it was an emergent surgery). the surgery was an "L4-L5 microdiscectomy".
Response 1: Use the exact term that was used during the failed back surgery as this was when your disability began. Also, if there is any space left on the question for your response, you should put down that you had emergency surgery to correct the failed back surgery, and that you had “L4-L5 microdiscectomy” and put the date for this corrective surgery. There should be a term for the failed back surgery in your medical records. If you cannot find it, just put down failed back surgery. That's easy to understand, but make sure to put the date for that failed back surgery. If there is not enough space on the question for your response, you can use the Comment Section at the end of the application to go into greater details about what caused your disability—your fail back surgery and subsequent corrective surgery.
i am just afraid if the diagnosis doesn't match the medical record exactly, i will be disqualified. the term i want to use is pretty generic and basic. i do want my diagnosis included in the ssdi application.
Response 2: Your application would not be denied solely because you did not list the exact diagnosis. In addition, you are not expected to list the exact diagnosis since you are not a medical professional. However, you should be able to describe your disability in details and consequences of it to your job prospects and activities of daily living.