need advice on ss doctor

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marion0323
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted Today 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
confused   hi everyone
   
                 i have a appointment saturday with ss doctor, and wouldn't you know it i'm not hardly swelling anywhere. was wondering if anyone had some advice on these ss doctors, kind of nerves about it,please help sad

erin.K
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   Posted Today 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  hi marion
best wishes.  try 2 relax...it'll go quick so don't worry.
my experience was that the ssdi doc was very blunt & straight to the point.  a quick physical assessment & an oral history of how/when it all started.  a few XRAYS too.
 
i think it's a cumulative decision...not solely on this ssdi doc.
 
be honest & truthful on how it interferes w/ your daily life.
 
best wishes
erin
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marion0323
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   Posted Today 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you for the advice

curley
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   Posted Today 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I Erin is right it will go by qickly.The only SS Doctor that I had to see was an Phsycolagist (sp) and she asked me a few questions and that was it.The SS disability board used the medical files that they got from my Doctor's.Good luck and please let us know how it goes.
Curley
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erin.K
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   Posted 5/30/2007 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
hey missie

safe answer to that question is: "You must not be able to carry out any type of substantial work." if the disease effects you so much as you cannot mantain a part time job, or support yourself through the work you can do, and are severely disabled due to RA...then you should pursue SSDI.
as of now...i have applied & been denied 4 times for disability. i had to leave work in may 2005. and now, if i can shower/bathe/and get dressed that is a MAJOR accomplishment; yet i am still not awarded disability. there's 4 or 5 days in a row where i can't stand up long enough to open a can of soup & heat it...yet there's no disability awarded!
in all...the whole process can take years even if you are extremely ill. other times, people get it right away.

best wishes
Arthritis Forum Moderator & Co-Pilot
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 


Harley Diva
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   Posted 5/30/2007 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there just wanted to put my two cents in. The CE exam doctors that social security sends you to are GTPs they are not rheumatologists. They rarely have much knowledge of the disease. I would advise also going into your doctor and asking him or her to write a letter for you supporting you and explaining the nature of the disease. I am now working on a case for a woman with aggressive RA and the CE examiner stated she would be better within a year as he felt her swelling was minimal and did not restrict her using her hands. No xrays no labs etc. By law the SSA cannot discount your physicians findings.  You physician should include a discription of the permanent progressive nature of RA. When you go to the appointment discuss the fatigue, medications and side effects, chronic pain and depression. Stay in contact with your analyst and forward all information to the analyst. All the work is on you as they cannot make a good decision without all the facts. be hoonset and straight forward let the doctor know what your worst days are like. 
 
Harley Diva
 
....RA, HPT,  drugs: MTX Enbrel, bp meds,folic acid

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