I am not sure what the exact evals you are doing. What is AARC and CPP? But I am on disability insurance through my work and also going through the social security eval to get on that. So my life is an open book right now. I can sympathize with your stress and your worry about what if one day is better.
I have even contemplated overdoing it before an exam so that they would be sure to see me at my worst...which is unfortunately my norm. But that just doesnt feel right, so I havent resorted to it yet.
The main thing that I have learned about these evals is to be as clear and detailed in describing how you are limited in your functioning (e.g. have to use a stool to shower, need help to dress, cant go shopping, not safe to drive). Be consistent and persistent in what you say (leave those self-doubting thoughts to yourself!). Dont waiver. If they feel that you are being untruthful in anyway (exaggerating, changing story, leaving things out) they will drop the case faster than for any other reason. When it is a case involving a person's chronic pain, it is largely based on that person's testimony (along with medical records) so honesty, consistency and forthrightness is the key.
In my personal experience, I have seen my doctors become alot more sympathetic and proactive if instead of saying things like, "I am always in pain"...I use more descriptive ways for them to connect with what I am going through like, "My pain medication makes the pain barely tolerable but doesnt erase it. Every move I make, my muscles feel bruised and sore like I have been in a car accident."
You sound like you are good at being descriptive...you should have no problem there!
Good luck, just be yourself--you deserve to be cared for!
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