United States District Court, W.D. Arkansas, Fayetteville Division
ERIN L. WIEDEMANN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
Candace Sue Patterson, brings this action pursuant to 42
U.S.C. § 405(g), seeking judicial review of a decision
of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
(Commissioner) denying her claims for a period of disability
and disability insurance benefits (DIB) and supplemental
security income (SSI) under the provisions of Titles II and
XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). In this judicial
review, the Court must determine whether there is substantial
evidence in the administrative record to support the
Commissioner's decision. See 42 U.S.C. §
protectively filed her current applications for DIB and SSI
on December 3, 2014, and May 30, 2014, respectively, alleging
an inability to work since April 16, 2014, due to
fibromyalgia, lupus, depression, chronic pain, and a steel
plate in her neck. (Tr. 72, 88-89). For DIB purposes,
Plaintiff maintained insured status through March 31, 2017.
(Tr. 30). An administrative hearing was held on August 12,
2015, at which Plaintiff and a vocational expert testified.
written decision dated September 4, 2015, the ALJ found that
during the relevant time periods, Plaintiff had severe
impairments of fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease,
obesity, and major depressive disorder with agoraphobia. (Tr.
30). However, after reviewing all of the evidence presented,
the ALJ determined that Plaintiff's impairments did not
meet or equal the level of severity of any impairment listed
in the Listing of Impairments found in Appendix I, Subpart P,
Regulation No. 4. (Tr. 30-33). The ALJ found that Plaintiff
retained the residual functional capacity (RFC) to perform
sedentary work as defined in 20 CFR 404.1567(a) and
416.967(a), except that:
claimant is limited to occasional climbing, balancing,
stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling and no overhead
work. In addition, the claimant is capable of work where
interpersonal contact is routine but superficial, e.g. a
grocery checker, and complexity of tasks is learned by
experience, several variables, judgment within limits, and
supervision required is little for routine, but detailed for
(Tr. 33). With the help of a vocational expert (VE), the ALJ
determined that Plaintiff was capable of performing her past
relevant work as a data entry clerk and a billing clerk. (Tr.
then requested a review of the hearing decision by the
Appeals Council, which denied that request on August 26,
2016. (Tr. 1-7). Subsequently, Plaintiff filed this action.
(Doc. 1). This case is before the undersigned pursuant to the
consent of the parties. (Doc. 5). Both parties have filed
appeal briefs, and the case is now ready for decision. (Docs.
Court's role is to determine whether the
Commissioner's findings are supported by substantial
evidence on the record as a whole. Ramirez v.
Barnhart, 292 F.3d 576, 583 (8th Cir. 2002). Substantial
evidence is less than a preponderance but it is enough that a
reasonable mind would find it adequate to support the
Commissioner's decision. The ALJ's decision must be
affirmed if the record contains substantial evidence to
support it. Edwards v. Barnhart, 314 F.3d 964, 966
(8th Cir. 2003). As long as there is substantial evidence in
the record that supports the Commissioner's decision, the
Court may not reverse it simply because substantial evidence
exists in the record that would have supported a contrary
outcome, or because the Court would have decided the case
differently. Haley v. Massanari, 258 F.3d 742, 747
(8th Cir. 2001). In other words, if after reviewing the
record it is possible to draw two inconsistent positions from
the evidence and one of those positions represents the
findings of the ALJ, the decision of the ALJ must be
affirmed. Young v. Apfel, 221 F.3d 1065, 1068 (8th
Court has reviewed the entire transcript and the parties'
briefs. For the reasons stated in the ALJ's well-reasoned
opinion and the Government's brief, the Court finds
Plaintiff's arguments on appeal to be without merit and
finds that the record as a whole reflects substantial
evidence to support the ALJ's decision. Accordingly, the
ALJ's decision is hereby summarily affirmed and
Plaintiff's Complaint is dismissed with prejudice.
See Sledge v. Astrue, No. 08-0089, 2008 WL 4816675
(W.D. Mo. Oct. 31, 2008) (summarily affirming ALJ's
denial of disability benefits), aff'd, 364
Fed.Appx. 307 (8th Cir. 2010).
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED.
 Nancy A. Berryhill, has been appointed
to serve as acting Commissioner of Social Security, and is
substituted as Defendant, pursuant to Rule 25(d)(1) of the