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baroni
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   Posted 1/29/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I got a phone call this afternoon from Social Security office and they approved my disability..To say I'm shocked is an understatement.I applied in Oct. I was sure I was going to get a call that I was denied.They said it will take appx 60 days for me to get my first check.Im still in shock.
Jo-Ann

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 1/29/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats Jo-Ann!!!! Wow you are truly blessed today! I'm on my third appeal and have not heard from my attorney in months. I plan on calling him tomorrow to see what he has discovered and go from there. WTG!

Scarred
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Slight herniation at L2-3 but Neurosurgeons will not operate because of previous failed surgeries. Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Lunista, Topamax and Robaxin.


baroni
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   Posted 1/29/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   

I will surely keep you in my thoughts and hope that you too get some good news.Keep the faith.

Jo-Ann


straydog
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   Posted 1/29/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Jo-Ann congrats on being approved. I know how you feel. I was approved for another health condition right away and I was shocked like you. Always good to read something happening to someone. Susie


PAlady
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   Posted 1/29/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Jo-Ann,
Definite congrats on such a quick approval!!! yeah You will have to tell me what you did so I can learn from your success!

PaLady-------> clapping and cheering for you! yeah

skeye
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   Posted 1/29/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats! That is wonderful news!

Skeye

edt
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   Posted 1/29/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   

CONGRATULATIONS!!!  I got approved right away too.....now 24 months and you will have Medicare!  Have heard lots and lots of denial stories, so great to hear sometimes they get it right the 1st time.

edt


CRANKY 1
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   Posted 1/29/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Congratulations!!!

I got my approval on the first time through as well, with no lawyer or other help.  I just snowed them with medical records.  It's a good feeling.  Now I'm starting to worry about getting my renewal approved.  It really seems to be very random, and my brain function is at a minimum these days.  My Dad got me through the first interview, so I sure hope he is still in good shape when the time comes.  I hope I have some of your luck!!!

Leigh Ann smhair


Basic info:
  • On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ, stomach problems 
  • Divorced, 43, spawn-free 
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Impacted Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(ten molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) Tubal Ligation/D&C/Uterine Ablation 
  • Current Meds: Prozac, Klonopin, Atenelol, Lortab, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Tramadol, Hydroxizine, Vitamin D, Axert, Zonegran, Seroquel 
  • PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
  • Current Problem: Mysterious Internal GI Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
 
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett
 
 


PAlady
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   Posted 1/29/2009 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow. I think all of you who received it on the first try on your own should write a manual for the rest of us! No kidding!

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 1/30/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Like Cranky says you bombard them with medical records. Thats what I did too. ..Susie Don't ever rely on your drs furnishing them with your medical records.


CRANKY 1
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   Posted 1/30/2009 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   

When I got all my doctors to send records to Medicare, I requested an d paid for a copy for myself so I would know exactly what information that Medicare would be evaluating.  That way, I knew if anything significant was missing ahead of time and could fill in the missing blanks with records from testing centers, hospitals, etc...

It's always better to know what the other side is using for basing its decision, that way you can be prepared for the detailled interview they put you through prior to approving or denying the claim.  In my case, I was having serious memory problems due to medication, so my Dad took and kept all the records and went to the interview with me.  He was able to answer questions when my memory faultered or drew a blank.  I am sure this is why I was approved on the first pass.  BE PREPARED!!!

Leigh Ann  cool


Basic info:
  • On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ, stomach problems 
  • Divorced, 43, spawn-free 
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Impacted Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(ten molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) Tubal Ligation/D&C/Uterine Ablation 
  • Current Meds: Prozac, Klonopin, Atenelol, Lortab, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Tramadol, Hydroxizine, Vitamin D, Axert, Zonegran, Seroquel 
  • PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
  • Current Problem: Mysterious Internal GI Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
 
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett
 
 


nurse2
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   Posted 2/4/2009 12:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I,m trying to fill out the disability on line. What a pain in the neck!!! This is my second time. I sure hope that I get it ths time.

baroni
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   Posted 2/4/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could say there was something that I did that made me get approved so quick.I filled out all the paper, I went to 2 Dr appts that they scheduled for me.Had to have a non-relative fill out some paper work for them and that was all I did.They called me a couple of times with a question.I wish you good luck.I am still in shock that I was approved so quickly.
Jo-Ann

straydog
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   Posted 2/4/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
One thing I will mention-not sure if anyone else has this going on while in the waiting game. I had a case worker assigned to my claim. Every time I went to the dr I called her to let her know what happened at the appt and if meds were prescribed or whatever. She kept my file updated in notes that way. Of course, I continued on my own to furish SS with copies of subsequent medical records.

I have said it before & will say I again-I have seen many people get turned down initially because SS did not have all of their medical records up to date in their file. The attys I worked for always went to the SS office 1 week before the hearing date. At that time they were allowed to review SS's file on the client. Nine times out 10 they did not have all the medical records in their file. This gave us time to insure they had everything at the hearing. You cannot rely on your drs to send records or rely on SS to obtain records. This job is back burnered by offices....Susie


PAlady
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   Posted 2/4/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
I think I've asked you somethng along these lines before, but do they want ALL medical records, or just the ones from the doctors who are saying you're disabled? My PCP's office really has little to do with this; the one PA I was seeing there periodically left, and I haven't actually seen my doctor in over a year. Just a PA but for another condition unrelated to disability. I was hoping I could just get the records from the specialists like my neurologist, neurosurgeon and a pain management specialist (the latter of which I still have to find!). PCP records would almost be distracting - just paper. Plus there are a lot of other specialists I've seen over the years but haven't seen for a long time (those doing epidurals, etc.) but again they wouldn't be certifying that I'm disabled. If (when?) I apply (I'm still collecting unemployment and I guess I'm still hoping....something will change...maybe...this is hard to make peace with) I don't want to overwhelm them with a bunch of paper they've got to sort through that doesn't seem very relevant.

And yes, I keep thinking about the unemployment thing. I just want to work again. I don't have children. My work was my life. It wasn't work - a career. A career that looks like it will never get "finished". Ah, I'm going off track here. I was really asking about records.

PaLady

baroni
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   Posted 2/4/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
The only medical records they got from my Dr's were the ones dealing strickly with the disability.Not from my GP..And the Dr's they sent me to were both specialists.I wouldnt think that they would need paper work from your GP.
I hope that someday you will be able to resume your career.Can I ask you why you are on unemployment and not State Disability at this time?.If you are disabled you should be on State Disability.

I sure hope all goes well for you, and if I can answer any more questions or help you in anyway I would be more than glad to.
Jo-Ann

straydog
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   Posted 2/4/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
PA only medical records relating to your condition. It does not matter how many times you may have seen that dr, the records will still be needed if a dr treated the condition. For people that became depressed and needed medication or counseling those records are very benecial to your claim. The same with if a person was already being treated for it, but the depression became worse after the condition, then those records need to be furnished too. Anyone applying for SSD should list depression as a medical condition if they are being treated for it due to chronic pain. PA did I answer your question for you???? Susie


PAlady
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Susie, thanks! I already have a lot of the older records, although they have become increasingly disorganized. I tried to keep them organized neatly early on, then got so overwhelmed I just keep putting them in a stack. And I know there are a few I don't yet have, especially current ones. I have to make sure all my doctors know where I'm headed before I get final summaries.

Baroni - I'm on unemployment because I choose to be. I was laid off while I was out on medical leave after back surgery. i had hoped (and guess still hope - can't help it) that the surgery would have helped my symptoms. Nerves can take up to 2 years to heal, and I'm only a little over a year past surgery, although I know the prognosis isn't good since I've had no improvement. But I got the unemployment very early on. Guess I was hit right at the beginning of what they now know is the recession.

It's just a very, very difficult thing for me to acknowledge that things are not going to get better. Guess I'm getting there slowly, especially putting it all in context of the jobs outlook for everyone.

PaLady

baroni
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Im so sorry to hear about your back surgury.My cousin just had back surgury last year and was just told that she needs another one.I know, beleive me, how frustrating it is to never feel good, and always be in pain.I hope that you will one day be able to go back to work.I have finally reached the conclusion that I will always be in some kind of pain,and Im trying to deal with it the best way I can,and its not easy, as you know.I wish you much luck on your filing for ssd.And I very much argre with Susie, the more paperwork they get the better.The specialists I go to were great with the paperwork.Although I must admit I didnt have copies of any of it.But that is a very good idea.
Again, good luck
Jo-Ann

deb in indiana
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   Posted 2/4/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Iam so glad you got it soon .I almost had a break down waiting for mine and i went in front of the judge and he still denied me .But to find out this judge only approved 2 % of his cases.So i reapplied on my own and 4 months later got approved but they only approved back to the judges denil .I thought it was funny that i was ok but then they approved disability day ater the judge denied me.It was 4 years and 4 days waiting.I got a lawyer to go back to 2004 to get that back pay also.My feeling go all the way.Take care Deb

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 2/4/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   

PaLady,

I meant strictly just collecting records pertaining to your disability medical issues. Snowing Social Security with paperwork in my opinion refers to every record you can find that supports your disability issues.  That means any hospital/ER visits, specialists, primary care physicians, testing facilities, walk-in clinics (especially extra visits made out of town), etc...  You get the gyst.  Part of my disability revolved around chronic migraines, and my PCP had records for me back to 1979, when I was 14.  That's when I first was treated, even though I started getting migraines around age 8, I never got any medical treatment for them, thus no earlier records.  I'm pretty lucky to have records that far back, but I'm going to have to do the process all over again when it's time to renew my disability...not looking forward that huge task that's looming in the somewhat near future.  I had my father with me during the interview, never contacted or used a lawyer.

Leigh Ann cool


Basic info:
  • On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ, stomach problems 
  • Divorced, 43, spawn-free 
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Impacted Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(ten molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) Tubal Ligation/D&C/Uterine Ablation 
  • Current Meds: Prozac, Klonopin, Atenelol, Lortab, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Tramadol, Hydroxizine, Vitamin D, Axert, Zonegran, Seroquel 
  • PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
  • Current Problem: Mysterious Internal GI Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
 
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett
 
 


PAlady
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   Posted 2/4/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to everyone for sharing. And congratulationos to all of you who got it! It is an uphill battle from everything I hear. At least extended unemployment is giving me something to live on while I juggle all this. You all know how overwhelming each day is just on its own. I was just out shoveling the ittle bit of snow we got yesterday, very carefuly, with my back brace on, so it doesn't build up. That a trying to fix myself meals and such seems to be about all I can do in this cold.

Oh, off track again!! Sorry!

PaLady

hep93
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   Posted 2/5/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Just to add a note about medical records:  I finally got approved in '05, after waiting for 2 years and going through appeals.  When I got their last denial, I realized they did not have info on my rt. hip replacement...only the left one.  I had sent those medical records to my att'y...he just never bothered to forward them to SS!  When I realized what had happened, I provided SS with info and records myself.  Also, that lawyer got fired and was replaced by the one I wanted initially.  After that, it was just a matter of a few weeks when I got the call that I had been approved.
 
So my point is this:  Don't assume that your lawyer is getting the info to SS!!  SS Disability does say you have the right to inspect their records at any time.  If you do so, you can see what may be missing.
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
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PAlady
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   Posted 2/5/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hep,
I never assume medical records get where they're supposed to get when they're supposed to get there. I've worked in health care too long, and have seen how requests for info. get lost, faxed info. sits, gets misfiled, etc. And in all too many cases, the stuff never gets sent in the first place. So that's why I've tended to get copies of all (or most) of my medical records since I took my fall. However, since my surgery I have been lax because dealing with an out of town hospital was more of a challenge and I figured I'd request and pay for the records when I was finished with them. But I have the intention of organizing and sending all the records myself.

I had a horrible experience with a worker's comp claim when only partial records were sent from my PCP, and things I had brought to them were not read properly and I was accused of being dishonest. I ended up pulling the claim (before I lost it formally) but damage had been done. So this time I'll do it myself. But it's harder now because it takes me so long to organize, I don't think clearly, etc.

Live and learn. And learn and learn and learn and learn!

PaLady

hep93
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   Posted 2/5/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, always learning something, PALady, especially on these forums!  smilewinkgrin
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
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