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Hello,I have been reading the post on SSDI.I have been denied twice and am awating my day in court.My lawyer feels certain I will be approved based on one thing.....Arrhythmias.When I was filling out all the paperwork for both the initial claim and recon I focused so much on POTS and how it affected my everyday life but really did not go into the specifics of what POTS actually is.I trusted that somewhere along the line someone would know what POTS was.My mistake.

Even tho POTS is not on the list of disabling conditions that are "supposed"to automatically qualify,frequent chronic arrhythmias of any orgin or cause is listed.I never knew that being tachy is considered an arrhythmia until my lawyer mentioned it and I did some research.An arrhythmia is any disorder of heart rate or rhythm.

I had printed the overview of POTS and symptom pages from this website to give my lawyer so he would have a complete understanding.I also told him of the trouble people on the site are having getting approved for disability.He feels the most important thing is to focus on the arrhythmia aspect of POTS when filing as it is listed in the SSA book of disabling conditions.

Everyone here may already know this but I wanted to share just in case it may help someone.Melanie

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Guest Mary from OH

It's 4.05 in the Blue Book. I posted this a while ago. THese are the actual requirements by SSD. Frankly, I'm surprised why more POTS patients aren't approved!!! All that would be needed is an EKG, CURRENT Holter monitor and documented evidence of syncope or near syncope by your drs DESPITE PRESCRIBED TRT. In other words, even though you take meds. salt, increase water, wear support hose, etc... This describes most of us. This really should be a slam dunk case.

4.05 Recurrent arrhythmias, not related to reversible causes such as electrolyte

abnormalities or digitalis glycoside or antiarrhythmic drug toxicity, resulting in

uncontrolled repeated episodes of cardiac syncope or near syncope and arrhythmia despite prescribed treatment (see 4.00A if there is no prescribed treatment), documented by resting or ambulatory (Holter) electrocardiography coincident with the occurrence of syncope or near syncope.

Hope this helps.

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