When you file a claim for Social Security benefits, the Social Security Administration will need proof from medical sources that you are totally disabled. This evidence can come from your own doctors, or from Social Security doctors.
The best evidence in support of your claim should come from your own doctors. They know your problems and how they affect you.
However, the Social Security Administration often prefers to get the evidence regarding your condition from a Social Security doctor instead of your doctor. If you go to a Social Security doctor, you will see this doctor only once, and only for a short period of time. Most likely this doctor will not be a specialist.
If you have your own treating doctor, we think that going to the Social Security doctor is a mistake. You should insist that the Social Security Administration get the evidence they need from your doctor.
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