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Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Job Classification

In most duration tables, five job classifications are displayed. These job classifications are based on the amount of physical effort required to perform the work. The classifications correspond to the Strength Factor classifications described in the United States Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. The following definitions are quoted directly from that publication.

Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Cystitis, Interstitial


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Failure to Recover

If an individual fails to recover within the expected maximum duration period, the reader may wish to consider the following questions to better understand the specifics of an individual's medical case.

Regarding diagnosis:

  • Has individual had previous urinary tract infections?
  • Does individual have an autoimmune disorder? Hormonal disturbances? Endometriosis?
  • Does individual have a toxic substance in their urine? Spine abnormality?
  • Has individual had a hysterectomy?
  • Does individual experience pain, burning, or cramping with urination?
  • Does individual have urinary frequency and urgency? Nocturia?
  • Does individual report that antibiotics have failed to resolve the problem?
  • Does individual report symptoms worsening during the menses?
  • Does individual have dyspareunia?
  • Was a pelvic exam done?
  • Were the prostate, testes, and urethral opening examined?
  • Have a urinalysis and culture been done? Prostatic fluid examined?
  • Has individual undergone cystoscopy? Was a biopsy done?
  • Have conditions with similar symptoms been ruled out?

Regarding treatment:

  • Has pentosan polysulfate, been tried? Oral pain relievers? Tricyclic antidepressants?
  • Has individual received dimethyl sulfoxide directly into the bladder through a catheter?
  • Was hydrodistention tried?
  • Has individual avoided spicy and potassium-rich foods, citrus, tomatoes, coffee, tea, and chocolate in diet?
  • Does individual avoid alcohol?
  • Has individual quit smoking?
  • Did a cystectomy become necessary?

Regarding prognosis:

  • Is individual's employer able to accommodate any necessary restrictions?
  • Does individual have any conditions that could affect his or her ability to recover?
  • Does individual have urinary reflux or chronic pelvic pain?
  • Is individual involved in a support group or counseling?

Source: Medical Disability Advisor