Waters v. Commissioner of Social Security
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS to affirm the decision of the Social Security Administration and enter judgment in favor of the Commissioner re 3 Complaint filed by Carl E Waters. Objections to R&R due by 7/24/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kelly Mahoney on 7/10/2017. (des)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA
CARL E. WATERS,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL,1
Acting Commissioner of Social Security,
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
Plaintiff Carl Waters seeks judicial review of a final decision of the Commissioner
of Social Security (the Commissioner) denying his applications for disability insurance
(DI) benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 401-434, and
supplemental security income (SSI) benefits under Title XVI of the Social Security Act,
42 U.S.C. §§ 1381-1385. Waters argues that the administrative law judge (ALJ), Eric
S. Basse, erred in evaluating whether his impairments met or equaled Listing 4.02 and
in discounting some of his subjective complaints when determining his residual
functioning capacity (RFC). I recommend affirming the ALJ’s decision.
Waters suffers from cardiac problems, obesity, and diabetes. AR 11.3 Because
he takes his diabetes medications only some of the time due to financial restraints, he also
Commissioner Berryhill is substituted for her predecessor in accordance with Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 25(d).
For a more thorough overview, see the Joint Statement of Facts (Doc. 14).
“AR” refers to the administrative record below.
suffers from nerve damage in his hands and feet—called peripheral neuropathy—that
causes tingling and numbness. AR 11, 14, 40-41, 71, 479-80.
Waters filed applications for DI and SSI benefits in March 2012, alleging disability
beginning on June 20, 2010. AR 66, 76. After both applications were denied initially
and on reconsideration, Waters requested a hearing before an ALJ. AR 65-93, 114. The
ALJ held a video hearing on October 29, 2014, at which Waters and a vocational expert
testified. AR 22-23. Waters testified that he has no problems with sitting, but he can
walk only for a few minutes before he needs a break due to fatigue and shortness of
breath. AR 28, 32, 41-42. He walks his dog every day for thirty minutes but testified
that he must stop and rest four or five times during the course of the walk. AR 28, 41.
He testified that almost all activities make him feel fatigued, including lifting things,
climbing stairs, and bending over. AR 28. He is able to do housework such as dishes,
laundry, and dusting, but he testified that he paces himself and works for a few minutes
at a time. AR 32. Waters is able to shop at small convenience stores. AR 37-38. He
testified that he has a breathing machine that he uses when he feels short of breath (usually
at least once a day), and treatment takes seven to ten minutes. AR 39-40. Waters testified
that the numbness and tingling in his fingers and feet make it difficult to lift things and
to stand. AR 42-43. Waters estimated that he uses the computer for an hour every day,
usually reading things on social media. AR 48-49.
After the hearing, the ALJ issued a written opinion following the familiar fivestep process outlined in the regulations to determine whether Waters was disabled.4 AR
“The five-part test is whether the claimant is (1) currently employed and (2) severely impaired;
(3) whether the impairment is or approximates a listed impairment; (4) whether the claimant can
perform past relevant work; and if not, (5) whether the claimant can perform any other kind of
work.” King v. Astrue, 564 F.3d 978, 979 n.2 (8th Cir. 2009); see also 20 C.F.R.
§§ 404.1520(a)(4), 416.920(a)(4). The burden of persuasion always lies with the claimant to
prove disability, but during the fifth step, the burden of production shifts to the Commissioner
to demonstrate “that the claimant retains the RFC to do other kinds of work and . . . that other
work exists.” Goff v. Barnhart, 421 F.3d 785, 790 (8th Cir. 2005) (quoting Eichelberger v.
Barnhart, 390 F.3d 584, 591 (8th Cir. 2004)).
9-17. The ALJ found that Waters’s impairments did not meet or equal the listing for
chronic heart failure, Listing 4.02. AR 12. To evaluate whether Waters could perform
his past work or other work, the ALJ determined Waters’s RFC, or “‘what the claimant
can still do’ despite his or her physical or mental limitations.” Lewis v. Barnhart, 353
F.3d 642, 646 (8th Cir. 2003) (quoting Bradshaw v. Heckler, 810 F.2d 786, 790 (8th
Cir. 1987)). The ALJ found that Waters can occasionally climb, balance, stoop, kneel,
crouch, crawl, and lift things weighing no more than ten pounds. AR 12 (finding that
Waters can perform sedentary work with some exceptions); 20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1567(a),
416.967(a) (defining sedentary work). The ALJ did not fully credit Waters’s testimony,
finding that he can occasionally stand and walk. Id. The ALJ also found that Waters
“must avoid concentrated exposure to heat, cold, and humidity” and that he “is limited
to frequent handling and fingering of his upper extremities bilaterally.” AR 12.
Ultimately, the ALJ found that a significant number of jobs existed that Waters
could perform and thus, that Waters was not disabled. AR 16-17. Waters appealed the
ALJ’s decision, and the Appeals Council denied his request for review on May 18, 2016.
AR 1-3. The ALJ’s decision is therefore the final decision of the Commissioner. See 20
C.F.R. §§ 404.981, 416.1481. Waters filed a timely complaint in this court, seeking
judicial review of the Commissioner’s decision (Doc. 3). See 20 C.F.R. § 422.210(c).
The parties briefed the issues (Docs. 15, 16), and the Honorable Linda R. Reade, United
States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa, referred this case to me for a
Report and Recommendation.
A court must affirm the ALJ’s decision if it “is supported by substantial evidence
in the record as a whole.” Kirby v. Astrue, 500 F.3d 705, 707 (8th Cir. 2007); see also
42 U.S.C. § 405(g). “Substantial evidence is less than a preponderance, but enough that
a reasonable mind might accept it as adequate to support a decision.” Kirby, 500 F.3d
at 707. The court “do[es] not reweigh the evidence or review the factual record de
novo.” Naber v. Shalala, 22 F.3d 186, 188 (8th Cir. 1994). If, after reviewing the
evidence, “it is possible to draw two inconsistent positions from the evidence and one of
those positions represents the [ALJ’s] findings, [the court] must affirm the decision.”
Robinson v. Sullivan, 956 F.2d 836, 838 (8th Cir. 1992).
Waters argues that the ALJ erred during step three of the disability analysis
because he used the wrong legal standard in determining whether Waters’s impairments
met or equaled Listing 4.02. Waters also argues that the ALJ erred in determining RFC,
as he did not give a good reason for discrediting Waters’s subjective complaints. I will
address each of these arguments in turn.
A. Listing 4.02
During the third step of the disability determination, the ALJ considers whether
the claimant’s impairment or combination of impairments meets or equals one of the
listings of presumptively disabling impairments set forth at 20 C.F.R. part 404, subpart
P, appendix 1. 20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1520(a)(4)(iii), 416.920(a)(4)(iii). If the claimant’s
impairments meet or equal a listing, that ends the inquiry: the claimant is disabled and
entitled to benefits. Sullivan v. Zebley, 493 U.S. 521, 532 (1990). Waters argues that
the ALJ erred in determining that his impairments do not meet or equal Listing 4.02 for
chronic heart failure.
To meet Listing 4.02, the claimant’s impairments must satisfy both the “paragraph
A” and “paragraph B” requirements. 20 C.F.R. pt. 404, subpt. P, app. 1 § 4.02. The
ALJ correctly found that Waters’s consistent ejection fraction of less than 30% meets the
requirements of paragraph A. 20 C.F.R. pt. 404, subpt. P, app. 1 § 4.02(A)(1); AR 12,
412, 427, 471, 568. Paragraph B requires, as relevant here:
Three of more separate episodes of acute congestive heart failure within a
consecutive 12-month period . . . , with evidence of fluid retention . . .
from clinical and imaging assessments at the time of the episodes, requiring
acute extended physician intervention such as hospitalization or emergency
room treatment for 12 hours or more, separated by periods of stabilization
20 C.F.R. pt. 404, subpt. P, app. 1 § 4.02(B)(2).5 The ALJ employed the wrong legal
standard, finding that Waters did not meet Listing 4.02 because he did not have three
episodes of heart failure “within three consecutive months” (as opposed to twelve
consecutive months). AR 12. The Commissioner contends this error is harmless because
even under the proper standard, Waters cannot prove that his impairments meet the
paragraph B requirements. See Caviness v. Massanari, 250 F.3d 603, 605 (8th Cir.
2001) (when the ALJ uses the wrong legal standard, the error is harmless if “[a] finding
the other way . . . could [not] . . . have been supported by substantial evidence on the
record as a whole”).
Waters argues that he had three separate episodes of heart failure within twelve
consecutive months, pointing to hospitalizations on September 23 to 25, 2010; January
9, 2011; and January 18 to 20, 2011. AR 255, 335-36, 351. The hospitalization on
January 9, 2011, does not constitute an episode of heart failure under paragraph B for
several reasons. To satisfy paragraph B, each episode must “requir[e] acute extended
physician intervention such as hospitalization or emergency room treatment for 12 hours
or more.” Id. § 4.02(B)(2). During the alleged episode on January 9, 2011, Waters was
treated for only two hours before being discharged.
AR 330, 336.
hospitalization on January 9, 2011, is not an episode of heart failure for purposes of
In addition, paragraph B requires that episodes of heart failure be “separated by
periods of stabilization,” which “means that, for at least 2 weeks between episodes of
acute heart failure, there must be objective evidence of clearing of the pulmonary edema
or pleural effusions and evidence that [the claimant] returned to, or [the claimant] w[as]
Waters concedes that he does not meet the requirements for § 4.02(B)(1) and (3). Doc. 15 at
medically considered able to return to, [his] prior level of activity.” 20 C.F.R. pt. 404,
subpt. P, app. 1 §§ 4.00(D)(4)(c), 4.02(B)(2). The alleged episodes beginning on January
9, 2011, and January 18, 2011, are only nine days apart and thus are not separated by a
sufficient period of stabilization.
Moreover, the Commissioner argues that Waters cannot prove that he satisfies the
requirements set forth in the introductory paragraph to Listing 4.02. Paragraph B(2) was
added to Listing 4.02 in 2006 to “include individuals who have frequent acute episodes
of heart failure, showing that the heart failure is not well-controlled by the prescribed
treatment.” Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cardiovascular Impairments, 71
Fed. Reg. 2312, 2318 (Jan. 13, 2006). Per the introductory paragraph to Listing 4.02,
the claimant’s episodes must occur “while on a regimen of prescribed treatment.” 20
C.F.R. pt. 404, subpt. P, app. 1 § 4.02; see Jones ex rel. Morris v. Barnhart, 315 F.3d
974, 977-78 (8th Cir. 2003); see also 20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1525(c)(3), 416.925(c)(3).
At the time of his hospitalization on September 23, 2010, Waters had been
diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, but not congestive heart failure, and he was taking
furosemide (trade name Lasix) to treat his heart problems. AR 255. He had previously
taken the antihypertensive carvedilol (trade name Coreg) and an angiotensin converting
enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, but they had not helped. AR 256. During his September 2010
hospitalization, his doctors increased his daily dosage of furosemide and prescribed a
daily dosage of carvedilol. AR 255. Doctors conclusively diagnosed Waters with
congestive heart failure during Waters’s hospitalization from January 18 to 20, 2011.
AR 351. Doctors increased his daily dosages of furosemide and carvedilol and also
prescribed Lisinopril, an ACE inhibitor. AR 351. A one-time consulting examiner noted
in January 2013 that Waters was on the correct medications to treat his congestive heart
failure. AR 480. Waters suffered an episode of heart failure from May 14 to 16, 2013,
and at that time, he was still being prescribed daily dosages of furosemide, carvedilol,
and Lisinopril. AR 545. The doctors additionally prescribed digoxin to control Waters’s
blood pressure and warfarin (trade name Coumadin), a blood thinner, to help prevent
strokes. AR 528, 534, 568. Treatment notes from May 2014 state that Waters “has been
on optimal medical therapy for more than three months[,] including carvedilol and
lisinopril.” AR 565.
The Commissioner does not argue that the medications prescribed to Waters are
insufficient to constitute a regimen of prescribed treatment.6 Rather, the Commissioner
argues that Waters cannot meet the requirements of paragraph B because he did not
always take his medications (due to an inability to afford them). The record demonstrates
that Waters often did not take the monthly prescribed amount of insulin to treat his
diabetes because he could not afford it. AR 71, 479-80, 592. It is less clear whether
Waters was noncompliant taking his medications to treat his congestive heart failure. The
Commissioner points to a treatment note from March 2012 stating that Waters is
“intermittently noncompliant with his medical regimen because of financial constraints”
but has “been compliant with his medication for the last 2 months.” AR 426. This
statement was made in the context of discussing Waters’s medical history, including his
cardiomyopathy and diabetes, and it could refer solely to Waters’s failure to take his
diabetes medications as prescribed. Id. The Commissioner also points to evidence that
Waters occasionally missed doses of warfarin, resulting in subtherapeutic levels of his
international normalized ratio (INR), which measures the tendency of a person’s blood
to clot. AR 607, 609, 611, 613, 615, 617, 619. It is not clear, however, whether
warfarin was part of Waters’s regimen of prescribed treatment for his congestive heart
failure. Waters was prescribed warfarin during an episode of heart failure and at least
one doctor believed that it might improve his symptoms. AR 525-28. On the other hand,
Waters’s treatment consisting of furosemide, carvedilol, and Lisinopril, which he has been
prescribed since January 18, 2011, certainly constitutes a regimen of prescribed treatment. It is
less clear to me whether furosemide alone, or furosemide and carvedilol (Waters’s treatments at
the time of his September 2010 and January 2011 episodes), constitute a regimen of prescribed
treatment. Because the Commissioner does not argue that this treatment is insufficient, however,
I find that all of Waters’s episodes meet the requirements of the introductory paragraph to Listing
Waters was not prescribed warfarin until May 2013, more than two years after being
diagnosed with congestive heart failure and being prescribed other medications to treat
it. Waters’s cardiomyopathy medical therapy was described as “optimal” in March 2014,
despite Waters missing doses of warfarin. AR 565, 619. Treatment notes from March
2014 suggest that a new provider, aware of Waters’s cardiomyopathy, asked Waters
“what he was diagnosed with” to be prescribed warfarin. AR 600-01. The evidence
cited by the Commissioner provides little support that Waters did not take his
cardiomyopathy medications, and an ALJ could find, based on substantial evidence, that
Waters satisfies the requirement of being on a regimen of prescribed treatment when his
Although Waters’s impairments do not meet the requirements of paragraph B and
thus do not meet Listing 4.02, he argues that his impairments are equivalent to Listing
4.02. Waters can establish medical equivalence if “other findings related to [Waters’s]
impairment . . . are at least of equal medical significance to” the paragraph B criteria or
if his impairments considered in combination “are at least of equal medical significance”
to Listing 4.02. 20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1526(b)(1), (3), 416.926(b)(1), (3). An impairment
or combination of impairments is equivalent to a listing if the claimant “present[s] medical
findings equal in severity to all the criteria for the one most similar listed impairment,”
not if “the overall functional impact of [the] unlisted impairment or combination of
impairments is as severe as that of a listed impairment.” Zebley, 493 U.S. at 531. “For
example, if a [claimant] has both a growth impairment slightly less severe than required
by listing § 100.03, and is mentally retarded but has an IQ just above the cut-off level set
by § 112.04, he cannot qualify for benefits under the ‘equivalence’ analysis—no matter
how devastating the combined impact of mental retardation and impaired physical
growth.” Id. at 532 n.11.
Waters suffered episodes of heart failure in September 2010, January 2011, and
May 2013. AR 255, 351, 532. Apart from the hospitalizations during those episodes,
Waters has not been hospitalized for an extended period of time, whether due to his
congestive heart failure or his other impairments.
He essentially argues that the
functional impact of his impairments, in combination, equals the severity of paragraph B
or Listing 4.02 as a whole. He does not explain how his impairments are equal in severity
to the paragraph B criterion of three episodes of heart failure in a twelve-month period,
and he does not point to any particular evidence to demonstrate equivalence to the
paragraph B criterion. No doctor has opined that Waters’s impairments are equivalent
to Listing 4.02. In short, on this record, substantial evidence cannot support a finding
Because substantial evidence cannot support a finding that Waters’s impairments
meet or equal Listing 4.02, remand is not required for the ALJ to address Listing 4.02
using the proper legal standard.
Waters argues that the ALJ improperly discredited some of his subjective
complaints. When evaluating the credibility of a claimant’s subjective complaints—
including pain, shortness of breath, or weakness—the ALJ must consider the factors set
forth in Polaski v. Heckler: “(1) the claimant’s daily activities; (2) the duration,
frequency, and intensity of the pain; (3) dosage, effectiveness, and side effects of
medication; (4) precipitating and aggravating factors; and (5) functional restrictions.”
Black v. Apfel, 143 F.3d 383, 386 (8th Cir. 1998); accord Polaski, 739 F.2d 1320, 132122 (8th Cir. 1984), vacated, 476 U.S. 1167 (1986), reinstated, 804 F.2d 456 (8th Cir.
1986).7 “Other relevant factors include the claimant’s relevant work history and the
absence of objective medical evidence to support the complaints.” Black, 143 F.3d at
The court did not explicitly say that it was reinstating the original Polaski opinion, but the
Eighth Circuit has recognized that it “effectively reinstat[ed]” Polaski. Jones v. Callahan, 122
F.3d 1148, 1151 n.3 (8th Cir. 1997).
386. The ALJ may not discount a claimant’s subjective allegations based “solely on a
lack of objective medical evidence.” Cline v. Sullivan, 939 F.2d 560, 566 (8th Cir.
1991). The ALJ may reject a claimant’s subjective complaints, however, based on
“objective medical evidence to the contrary,” Ramirez v. Barnhart, 292 F.3d 576, 581
(8th Cir. 2002); or “inconsistencies in the record as a whole,” Brockman v. Sullivan, 987
F.2d 1344, 1346 (8th Cir. 1993). “The ALJ [i]s not required to discuss methodically
each Polaski consideration, so long as he acknowledge[s] and examine[s] those
considerations before discounting [the claimant’s] subjective complaints.” Lowe v. Apfel,
226 F.3d 969, 972 (8th Cir. 2000).
Waters testified that he has no problems with sitting, but he can walk and stand
for only a few minutes before he needs a break due to fatigue and shortness of breath.
AR 28, 32, 41-42. The ALJ found that Waters can perform “seated work” or sedentary
work. AR 12, 14. As Waters points out, however, even sedentary work requires a
claimant be able to stand or walk for a total of two hours in an eight-hour day. See 20
C.F.R. § 404.1567(a), 416.967(a) (defining sedentary work as requiring walking and
standing “occasionally”); Social Security Ruling (SSR) 96-9P, 61 Fed. Reg. 34478,
34480 (July 2, 1996) (“‘Occasionally’ means occurring from very little up to one-third
of the time, and would generally total no more than about 2 hours of an 8-hour
workday.”). The ALJ’s RFC assessment does not include a need for breaks from
standing or walking, suggesting that the ALJ found that Waters can stand or walk for a
total of two hours with normal breaks, as needed for sedentary work.
The ALJ found that “the claimant can remain on his feet for the time required of
sedentary work and longer than he alleged at the hearing” based on inconsistencies in the
record as a whole. AR 14-15. Although Waters concedes that this is an acceptable
reason to discount his subjective complaints, he argues that substantial evidence does not
support the ALJ’s finding of inconsistencies.
The ALJ suggested that Waters’s testimony regarding his ability to stand and walk
was inconsistent with the opinion of the consulting examiner. AR 14, 479-81. The
consulting examiner noted that Waters “estimate[d] the distance he can walk will vary by
day” and that Waters reported feeling fatigued after walking the dog around the block.
AR 479. The consulting examiner opined that Waters “would be well-served to lose
weight and be more active.” AR 480. In his RFC assessment, the consulting examiner
found that Waters “has troubles with standing and walking and moving about, but he can
sit for extended periods of time.” AR 481. The consulting examiner did not opine on
Waters’s ability to stand or walk for any specific amount of time. Thus, given that the
consulting examiner found that Waters would have “troubles” walking and standing,
Waters’s testimony regarding his limited ability to walk and stand is not inconsistent with
the consulting examiner’s opinion.
The ALJ also found that Waters’s activities of daily living reported in a December
2012 function report were inconsistent with an inability to stand or walk for more than
ten minutes at a time. AR 14, 206-13. In the report, Waters stated, “[i]f breathing
permits, I will try to take dog for a walk.” AR 207. He further explained that his
girlfriend and her two children, with whom he lives, also care for the dog (and that it is
their dog). AR 206-07. He elaborated later that he can walk about a block before needing
to rest and that he rests for two to three minutes at a time. AR 211. He reported that
four to five times a week, he prepares meals such as sandwiches; eggs; and frozen,
microwavable dinners; and that it takes him thirty to forty-five minutes. AR 208. Waters
stated that he is not able to do laundry or yard work, explaining that these activities make
him short of breath but that he helps when he can. AR 208-09. He reported that he is
able to go grocery shopping and that it does not take more than an hour. AR 209. He
stated that he tries to “get out daily for at least an hour.” AR 210.
The ALJ also found treatment notes inconsistent with Waters’s testimony
regarding his ability to stand and walk for only a few minutes at a time. AR 14. The
ALJ pointed to treatment notes in which Waters denied having chest pain at rest or on
exertion, but this is not inconsistent with Waters feeling fatigued or short of breath. AR
14, 256, 337, 354, 564. The ALJ also relied on treatment notes reflecting Waters’s
complaints of shortness of breath. AR 14. In September 2010 (during an episode of
heart failure), Waters stated that he sometimes feels short of breath upon exertion, but it
is not consistent. AR 256. An electrocardiogram (EKG) test demonstrated that“[w]ith
stress, the patient experienced dyspnea” (shortness of breath). AR 286. These stress
test results were obtained prior to Waters being prescribed all the medications now used
to control his congestive heart failure. AR 255-25, 351. On January 9, 2011, Waters
complained of moderate difficulty breathing that worsened with activity. AR 337. On
January 18, 2011, Waters suffered another episode of heart failure and felt short of breath
at rest that worsened upon exertion. AR 374-75. After that episode, he was diagnosed
with congestive heart failure and put on a regimen of medications to treat his heart failure.
AR 351. On February 10, 2011, he reported that after being discharged from the
hospital, “he is able to walk for as far as he wants to and is able to walk up several flights
of stairs.” AR 401. At the end of March 2011, he reported continuing to feel short of
breath. AR 405. In April 2011, he reported “that his symptoms are better than they had
been” and that “[h]e is able to walk his dog around the neighborhood” but that he still
has difficulties going up stairs and exercising. AR 413.
Treatment notes from March 2012 reflect that Waters’s medications were adjusted
because he reported experiencing worsening shortness of breath upon exertion. AR 422,
426. He said that he felt “short of breath with minimal activity” and that he could not
climb stairs. AR 432. In July 2012, Waters denied feeling short of breath and stated
that medications helped his symptoms. AR 462. In May 2013, Waters suffered another
episode of heart failure that required hospitalization for a few days. AR 544-45. During
that episode, he experienced “increased dyspnea on exertion, to the point of being short
of breath when at rest.” AR 533. About two weeks after he was discharged, he reported
that since his release from the hospital, he had not felt short of breath on exertion. AR
504. In March 2014, he denied having problems with shortness of breath during a checkup related to his diabetes and heart problems. AR 600-01. He similarly denied feeling
short of breath in April 2014, and he also reported walking five to six times a week for
thirty minutes at a time, as well as walking the dog twice daily for thirty minutes at a
time. AR 596. In May 2014, he reported feeling short of breath only upon moderate to
severe exertion. AR 564. Treatment notes from August 2014 reflect that he felt short
of breath in humid weather, but inhaler use improved his symptoms. AR 592. As noted
by the ALJ, after Waters was prescribed warfarin in May 2013, he routinely denied
having shortness of breath or activity level change during his monthly check-ups to
monitor his warfarin dosage. AR 607, 609, 611, 613, 615, 617, 619.
Substantial evidence supports the ALJ’s determination that Waters is not as limited
as he testified and that he would be able to stand and walk for the time required of
sedentary work (two hours in an eight-hour day). Although treatment notes reflect that
Waters sometimes feels shortness of breath at rest or upon minimal exertion, the ALJ
could find that this was not the norm for Waters (especially because such instances usually
resulted in his medications being adjusted). Treatment notes demonstrate that Waters
sometimes denied feeling short of breath at rest or when he walked. He reported on
multiple occasions being able to walk his dog for thirty minutes without mentioning the
need to rest.
I recommend denying Waters’s challenge to the ALJ’s credibility
I recommend that the district court affirm the decision of the Social Security
Administration and enter judgment in favor of the Commissioner.
Objections to this Report and Recommendation must be filed within fourteen days
of service in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
72(b). Objections must specify the parts of the Report and Recommendation to which
objections are made, as well as the parts of the record forming the basis for the objections.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 72. Failure to object to the Report and Recommendation waives the
right to de novo review by the district court of any portion of the Report and
Recommendation, as well as the right to appeal from the findings of fact contained
therein. See United States v. Wise, 588 F.3d 531, 537 n.5 (8th Cir. 2009).
DONE AND ENTERED this 10th day of July, 2017.
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