United States District Court, S.D. Indiana, Indianapolis Division
ENTRY ON JUDICIAL REVIEW
DENISE K. LaRUE, Magistrate Judge.
Plaintiff Tracie Glass ("Glass") requests judicial review of the decision of Defendant Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (the "Commissioner"), denying Glass's application for Disability Insurance Benefits ("DIB"). For the reasons set forth below, the Commissioner's decision is AFFIRMED.
A. Procedural History
Glass filed an application for DIB on May 20, 2010, alleging an onset of disability of October 29, 2009. [Dkt. 16-2 at 22.] Glass's applications were denied initially on November 17, 2010, and upon reconsideration on December 21, 2010. [Id.] Glass requested a hearing, which was held on June 15, 2012, before Administrative Law Judge Angela Miranda ("ALJ"). The ALJ denied Glass's application on June 29, 2013. [Dkt. 16-2 at 19.] The Appeals Council denied Glass's request for review of the ALJ's decision on July 26, 2013, making the ALJ's decision final for purposes of judicial review. Glass filed her Complaint with this Court on September 18, 2013. [Dkt. 1.]
B. Factual Background and Medical History
Glass was born on June 20, 1966 and was 45 years old on the date of the hearing. She has past relevant work as a waitress and most recently as a customer service representative for a trade show decorator. In that position, Glass was responsible for coordinating the set-up and tear down of displays at two to four trade shows per week. Glass testified that she left her employment in 2009 because of pain and fatigue.
The ALJ found Glass suffers from the severe impairments of sleep disorders, carpal tunnel, right shoulder rotator cuff tear, post-menopausal osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and various mental impairments. As the ALJ thoroughly summarized the medical records, the Court will only cite to the portions relevant to the issues on which Glass requests review.
II. LEGAL STANDARDS
A. Standard for Proving Disability
To be eligible for SSI and DIB, a claimant must show he is unable to "engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months." 42 U.S.C. § 423(d)(1)(A). To evaluate a disability claim, an ALJ must use the following five-step inquiry:
Step One: Is the claimant currently employed;
Step Two: Does the claimant have a severe impairment or combination of impairments;
Step Three: Does the claimant's impairment meet or equal any impairment listed in the regulations as being so severe as to ...