SSI Hearing Scheduled. So Nervous!

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DiLane
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   Posted 7/4/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   

It's finally scheduled for July 30th. My lawyer told me that he thinks I have "A good case. Not a slam dunk, but a good case." Needless to say, I'm VERY nervous. There's so much riding on this. Mine is a duel-disability. Physical and emotional. I would greatly appreciate any advice and opinions if you think I'll be approved or denied. I'm a 51-year old female. Thanks.

My physical problems:
Fibromyalgia. Pain everywhere, to the point where I often can't walk.
Recent cervical MRIs stated a lot, but I think what hurts the most is the "severe spinal stenosis" at C5/C6, C6/C7, as well as moderate and mild stenosis on other levels. It stated spinal cord being deformed. I'm seeing a neurosurgeon in September. I've never had surgery.
I have no body strength whatsoever.
Osteoarthritis. Knees throb bad.

Emotional Issues:
PTSD. I lost my family. My parents died two months apart in 2002, and my sister the following year. I was 44. My doctor thinks this triggered the fibro.
Anxiety. I've been taking medication for it since 2002.
Depression. I cry easily and often. All I have to look forward to every day is severe pain. It never takes a day off, ever.
Concentration and memory issues. I often forget the topic in the middle of a conversation. This is due to my meds and fibro fog.

I think that's it, but with me, you never know.


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Chartreux
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   Posted 7/4/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I've not filed for disability yet, but from what I've read here it can be a long and hard process and
I wanted to wish you good luck and lots of it...keep us posted on your process and I sure hope you can get disability
Alsso, this too has had lots of threads that you might want to go back and read up on...
Will be with you in spirit and hopeing you get this....
HUGZ...
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Hara
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   Posted 7/4/2009 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you get what you need and want out of your SSI court date. With all that you should be able to get it.
 
I am also looking into my medical and mental health records. I have a few things that overlap the other in dx's and one that I haven't found yet, but it's ok. My mental health records say back in 2005 I was dx at the mental health center with PTSD also from some very tramatic experiences as well. Let's just say I hate guns and people who are drunk out of their heads, and abusers verbally and physically.
 
Hara - Good luck

PAlady
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   Posted 7/4/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   
DiLane,
I'm in the process of filing, too, and since I just got a new condition diagnoed I'm wondering how much that may make the case stronger.

I don't have answers for you, but maybe straydog or someone else does. Straydog (susie) knows a lot about it.

Wishing you all the luck in the world!

PaLady

Jim1969
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   Posted 7/5/2009 12:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Unless you have been diagnosed with a terminal disease you should expect to be denied on your first filing. You can also expect it to take 1-2 years to get a court hearing once you file an appeal. Get a lawyer who specializes in SSI disability. It will help some.

I filed last year, had the original diagnosis from my PCP, had it confirmed during a trip to the Mayo clinic, had a letter from my PCP saying I shouldn't be working, have only worked blue color jobs that require a lot of lifting and/or sitting for long periods of time. The latter comes into play spending 8 years driving semi trucks, which I am not longer medically qualified to drive any commercial motor vehicle.

Reason I was denied. They said I could still do the job of a vending route driver which means driving a CMV, sitting for up to 30 minutes, and then lifting 15-20 cases of 20 oz bottles of soda and water every day.

Yep that goes really good on someone with a totally screwed up back and severe neuropathy. eyes

DiLane
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   Posted 7/5/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Jim1969 said...
Unless you have been diagnosed with a terminal disease you should expect to be denied on your first filing. You can also expect it to take 1-2 years to get a court hearing once you file an appeal. Get a lawyer who specializes in SSI disability. It will help some.

I filed last year, had the original diagnosis from my PCP, had it confirmed during a trip to the Mayo clinic, had a letter from my PCP saying I shouldn't be working, have only worked blue color jobs that require a lot of lifting and/or sitting for long periods of time. The latter comes into play spending 8 years driving semi trucks, which I am not longer medically qualified to drive any commercial motor vehicle.

Reason I was denied. They said I could still do the job of a vending route driver which means driving a CMV, sitting for up to 30 minutes, and then lifting 15-20 cases of 20 oz bottles of soda and water every day.

Yep that goes really good on someone with a totally screwed up back and severe neuropathy. eyes
I don't think you read my post thoroughly.
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Jim1969
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   Posted 7/5/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
DiLane, I was replying more to Palady than anything else who is getting ready to file for the 1st time and was kind of asking what to expect.

I did read your post all the way through, and I really don't have any advice for you except to make sure you have all your facts in order to back up your claim, and since you have an attorney s/he should have all that ready to go.

I do wish you the best of luck at your hearing.


It is a lot of BS that we have to go through all these hoops to get the benefits we are entitled to. Many times we end up presenting the same evidence at the hearings that we did when we initially filed and end up getting approved. Most people I know who filed were approved once they got their day in court if that helps any. It is just getting to that point takes forever as I am sure you know all to well.

DiLane
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   Posted 7/5/2009 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Jim1969 said...
DiLane, I was replying more to Palady than anything else who is getting ready to file for the 1st time and was kind of asking what to expect.

I did read your post all the way through, and I really don't have any advice for you except to make sure you have all your facts in order to back up your claim, and since you have an attorney s/he should have all that ready to go.

I do wish you the best of luck at your hearing.


It is a lot of BS that we have to go through all these hoops to get the benefits we are entitled to. Many times we end up presenting the same evidence at the hearings that we did when we initially filed and end up getting approved. Most people I know who filed were approved once they got their day in court if that helps any. It is just getting to that point takes forever as I am sure you know all to well.
I'm sorry for the misunderstanding, Jim. I'm wondering if I can have a piece of paper in front of me at the heariing. I keep forgetting to ask my lawyer. I'm figuring no. I'm also wondering if the fact that I'm meeting with a neurosurgeon in September comes into play. Could the judge say, "Let's wait and see if you need surgery or not. Surgery may fix you up." I'm just so anxious. Thanks for the well wishes, Jim. I appreciate it.
Also, I'm wondering if there's a place to find information on my judge, his denial and approval rates. I googled his name and came up empty.
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Smoochie
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   Posted 7/5/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
The surgery doesn't make a difference at least not in Ohio, I have had it three times and have been denied disability the first time, I am in the process of the appeal which I have an attorney for, it has been going on since March and still nothing, no medical now because I couldn't keep paying the COBRA, just to expensive. I wish you the best, I would presume that yu have already been denied twice and are at the final stages which is a court appearance. I hope all works out for you, I dot know if you can have any papers in front of you or not, but make sure you ask it can't hurt, right? I applied for medical at first and my attorney has since changed it to include mental issues which I only really have depresson, but whatever helps. The honest me went out the window when I applies for medicaid, I just wanted the medical portion of it, and even though my husband was on a physcal disabiliy from work they still denied me said we made to much money even though we paid out 40 % more than we were taking in, can you believe it they told me if I filed for a divorce they could help me, ridiculous, anyway got off track, back to you, good luck, ask the attorney what you should say if anything and waht you should know and to what extent, if you dont mind let us kow after it happens how it went, I am curious because I am pretty sure that I will get to this poit as well.
 


straydog
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   Posted 7/5/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dilane,
 
So glad you are now at the hearing stage of SSD. I do have a couple of questions for you. You say you have depression, are you on any medication for it, I did not see any listed. Have you sought out any counseling as a result of the depression? I am asking because for some reason, individuals that can document depression by way of use of depression medication and medical treatment for it seem to have a better shot at getting SSD over injured backs and necks. I know it does not seem right but just wanted to put that out there. I was awarded  SSD as a result of my severe crohns disease and suffered with depression severely. SS sent me for a an appt with a psych shortly after filing my claim. I was awarded benefits within 6 months of filing my claim.
 
Here is what SS takes into consideration besides your medical history, age, education, whether you are capable of being retrained into a job that will work with your limitations. I have seen people disagree with that statement, however,  the attys I worked for says this is a big part of a claim-we handled SS claims. SS is real big on retraining. SS also has what are called vocational experts that attends your hearing. I have on numerous occassions seen a ALJ ask the VE if the person could work in another job and most of the time they say yes.
 
Another very important part of the hearing is the ALJ wanting to know how your disability affects your every day living, meaning what you are capable of doing, cooking, cleaning, shopping, driving a car, riding a bus, grocery shop and taking care of your personal needs with or without assistance. Anything you did before you became disabled that you can no longer do now. If you are married and the spouse has had to take over these responsibilities, he would be a good witness on your behalf. He can document the impact of the disability on daily living.
 
Above all its important that SS has a copy of your entire medical records relating to the disability. If you have been to the drs recently be sure the atty has those medical records. We found with SS when the atty went over the SS office to review their file one week before the hearing most of the time they did not have all of the medical records.
 
Dress appropriately for the hearing meaning, slacks and a blouse and flat shoes. Nothing flashy. Keep any jewelry to a minimum. No big purses!! No blue jeans. You would be amazed at the women that will carry purses the size of a small suitcase with a bad back or neck and wear heels, no kidding saw this happen alot-We always told our clients how to dress for all hearings. We many, many times had to send them back home to change if time allowed.  Same with going to the dr crying their neck and back hurt wearing heels and a suitcase for a purse, really made them credible with the dr.
 
Do your very best to calm down as these hearings really are informal. If you stress too much you will forget valuable info. It would help you to review the info you have provided to SS about tests, drs names and dates. 
 
Be honest with the ALJ and don't over kill describing your condition, he will know if you are stretching things. Sitting and sobbing your heart out will not win you any compassion from him/her either-if anything it will really aggravate them and tick them off. They have seen everything coming down the pike and they are smart, so just be yourself and honest and you will do just fine.   
 
Fibro was not out there back when I handled SS claims so I am not sure how that will weigh with the judge. In many instances it does seem that back problems are not high on the list either-I think it depends on the judge. I saw many people with operated backs that did not have good outcomes get turned down. It can really be a crap shoot. But many times, it takes that one on one with that judge for him to actually see the person rather than looking at paper.  As far as your appt with the specialist, the judge can make his decision after you see the dr or he may feel  he has enough evidence to render a  decision.        
 
No cheat sheets are allowed either,lol.  Your atty should give you an appt prior to hearing so he can sit down and visit with you and go over the file. We always did this one week before the hearing, but every office is different. Keep us posted on how you are doing.                                                                                      
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Tony McGuire
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   Posted 7/5/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
DiLane,

I wouldn't worry too much.

93% success ratio on the third goround if you are talking about Social Security Disability.

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   Posted 7/5/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dea Di Lane,
 
            I have no experience with anything like that. Just wanted to say.. Dont be nervous! You will do fine. I really hope you are accepted without hassle.
 
*huggs*
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Chartreux
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   Posted 7/5/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Geezee, Susie,
people really wore high heels and heavy purses to court???
no wonder, why people get turned down then, geezee...
Some people had to make it all the harder for lig. cases to get approved..
will keep my finger crossed for you DiLane, hope you get approved...
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anice
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   Posted 7/5/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
DiLane, I just wanted to wish you the best outcome possible. I do hope that you get approved for the benefits. Susie
gave you some great insight. Please try hard to remain as relaxed and calm, as much as you possibly can. I know it is alot easier said than done. I am sure this whole process it extremely stressful, mildly put. Take care of yourself and keep us posted on how things are coming along.
Anice

straydog
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   Posted 7/5/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Char you cannot imagine what some people will do!! Yes, ladies & their suitcases for purses and heels. Shoot, they even show up at drs offices that way. Some folks just do not think. We also had men that dressed wrong too-it was not limited to women. lol
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


PAlady
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   Posted 7/5/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Jim,
I was just wondering about the affect of adding yet another serious diagnosis to the filing. I've already got a pretty good idea what to expect, especially from many of Susie's (and others) posts. Some people have received it on the first attempt. I know it's rare, but I'm stlll going to shoot for it. Can't hurt. Attorneys around here won't take your case until you've been denied at least once. And I'm unsure if I'll use one. I know lots of people recommend it, but I'm pretty good at learn policies and procedures, but I'll see after the first response from SSD.

Susie & others,
I gave up the shoulder bag and heels long ago, when my neck problem started back in my 30's. Advice from a good PT. I used to be able to wear lower heels, but since my back injury those are out. Oh, well, there are way more important things to deal with!

DiLane - Did you get your questions answered? Just curious.

Good luck to you!

PaLady

DiLane
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   Posted 7/5/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I want to thank everyone for your wonderful responses. I can't express how much I appreciate it. Susie, you are truly a gem. At the present time, I'm not on an medication for depression. I have a bad reaction to them. Amitriptiline, Nortriptiline, Cymbalta are that I can remember. They either made me sick or feel anxious. I've been seeing a therapist since last year, and a few visits with a psychologist last summer (who I left because all she did was lecture me on narotics). This week, I'm going for a psychological evaluation with a psychiatrist. This has nothing to do with SS, but hopefully it will help my case. LOL at cheat sheet. The truth is that I forget a lot. I just hope that the hearing is is structured and the questions are straight forward. I'm not sure I could sit and tell my story. I could. but not sure how well I would do.
I cook a little, but extremly simple meals. I boil hot dogs and microwave beans, things like that. My husband does the laundry, and I fold it. I don't do any real cleaning. I could never grocery shop. I couldn't handle being in the store alone, overwhelmed is the way to describe it. I couldn't put my items on the converyer belt. A few months ago, my husband waited outside at CVS, so I could get four items. I took too long. He came in the store, and found me in an aisle, holding back tears because I lost my debit card. He went to the manager who had it. Luckily, someone had turned it in. My husband is 69, and not in the best of health himself. I use a shower chair, but I can take care of myself in that regard. I would never overplay my conditions. In fact, I feel like I'd have to underplay them because it would sound as if I was exaggerating if I told the truth about my pain. I walk and it feels like I'm stepping on razor blades. Rib cage pain, upper body back pain, burning thighs, hip pain, buttocks pain, pain everywhere. I take a lot of narcotics and still, the pain is terrible. I'm also afraid to drive but still have my license.
I had an MRI in January/08. The MRI I had two months ago showed "Progressing spinal canal stenosis". Everything that had been mild or moderaate last year, jumped to severe. At the end, on Impressions, one thing jumped out to me.
"There are high-grade forminal stenoses at levells C5/C6 and C6/C7."
As for my emotional state. I do cry easily and often. I can refer to my family, but cannot discuss them for any length without waterworks. My therapist is always asking me if we can try to discuss it today. My parents were healthy, in their 60s. My mother as diagnoed with lung cancer. The following month, my father sufered a stroke, then got esophogal cancer. They died the following March and May. I did everything for those eight and ten months. I had them in a nursing home, side by side twin beds, morphine drips, feeding tubes toward the end. I had no help, and it was heartbreaking. I was there every single day, never once didn't go. I handled their estate, sold and packed up their home.  No help, just my husband.
The following year, my 49-year old sister died suddenly. I was very close with my family. Now I have no family at all. That was my second and last sister. My other sister died in 1991. I have no children. My husband is all I have. I'll have to find a way to stop from crying if the judge goes there.
So, that's my story, and unfortunately, I'm stuck with it. Again, thank you to everyone for your input. Susie, you are very kind. I don't know why I can't find any information online about my judge.


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Post Edited (DiLane) : 7/6/2009 3:28:35 AM (GMT-6)


DiLane
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   Posted 7/6/2009 2:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Tony McGuire said...
DiLane,

I wouldn't worry too much.

93% success ratio on the third goround if you are talking about Social Security Disability.
Is this true? I heard it was about 50/50, but I like your numbers better. ;)
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Meds -- Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Lyrica, Motrin, Synthroid, Klonopin


straydog
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   Posted 7/6/2009 3:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Dilane they do not go into the family history, they stick to mainly your issues alone. From what you describe it sounds like you will do just fine. Just try not to get too worked up over the hearing. I know easier said than done, Also, there are no trick questions allowed. Your atty will do an opening statement and then the judge will ask his/her questions. I do think some states are a little more lenient than others when it comes to SSD. I have no actual facts of that, just my opinion. My Sis fought them for 3 yrs in another state, she has rheumatoid arthritis and lost use of one arm not to mention what its done to the rest of her body and was an oxygen patient-idiots denied her all along. She got to her hearing, the judge took one look at her and shook his head and apologized. He told her she should have been awarded benefits from day one, its on record too. Thats the mentality of some of the case worker's at SS.

I am so sorry to hear about your parents and sister. I lost both of my parents too and understand that feeling all so well. Its a tough one to lose family. Please keep us posted on how you are coming along.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Tony McGuire
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   Posted 7/6/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
DiLane said...
Tony McGuire said...

DiLane,

I wouldn't worry too much.

93% success ratio on the third goround if you are talking about Social Security Disability.
Is this true? I heard it was about 50/50, but I like your numbers better. ;)


I read your story, and what they have put you through.

Then look at my own, and know what I went through and got approved on the first time around.

All I can say is that I am sorry.

And yes, those numbers/ratios were quoted to me when I first went in to apply for SS, by SS.

If I were you, I would print out your explanation as just written to us. Then, if asked, read it. It is perfect. Cut it off at "My husband is all I have.". And, of course, stop reading it if the judge interrupts you. I can't imagine anything more to the point, yet more moving.

Best of luck to you.

LLPLUV
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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never persoanlly applied for disability but I applied for both my children. My oldest was approved 1st time out with his brain damage. My youngest was denied in washington state but when we got to tennessee the first moment we saw the judge he was floored the child hadnt been approved. He stamped approved!

I will agree with others it is not a formal setting. Just relax and let your attorney do all the work.

And WOW I can't believe people go to hearings with high heels and big purses. Just like PAlady I've given up on them awhile back. Even though I still have my high heels for maybe someday I might be able to wear them again. I love shoes!!!

Best wishes and I will keep you in my prayers about the hearing

Laurie
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all


UnHappy86
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   Posted 7/7/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
DiLane
 
I just wanted to say good luck!! I got approved the first time and within 6 months. I had gone through a legal aid service and so I got an attorney at no charge I was only 17 when I applied. I recieve SSI which is different from SSD which I noticed that was what everyone else was refering to. I get SSI due to disability but because I was so young I had not built up a work history so I was not eligible for SSD. but again I wish you the best of luck. I was VERY lucky and fortunate that I got approved the first time around and that I NEVER had to step into a court room. I have been reciving my SSI for 5 years and I am so grateful. blush
Lissa

23 F ~ Anxiety, Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since 07, Severe Gerd/Heartburn ( Nissen Fundoplication Failed 3/08) had it and been on PPI's since 02, Severe Muscle Spasms in upper back and shoulders following surgery causing Chronic Pain since 08, Chronic Diarrhea since surgey 3-08, Dx with Anemia in July 08 after being told I had Kidney stones for the second time....which never passed! had Diverticulitis in - 07 , Severe Frontal head pains since 08, Fibromyalgia 09, Chest Pain and Tenderness with an extreamly uncomfortable tingling sensation in left arm, leg and big toe since Jan 09Dx with Endometriosis :'( June 09 , Left ovarian cyst June 09,
JULY 2009 ~~ Awaiting an MRI, EMG( Electromyogram ) & Ultrasound
* Feel like I am falling apart. A single Mom getting worse all since surgery in march of 08 *
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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 7/7/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
UnHappy86: All the stuff you list is very recent. If you got approved 5 years ago, what where you approved based on all that long ago?

UnHappy86
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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony-
 
I didn't say I got approved based on my recent list in my signature space! I update that list based on my most recent problems. I was approved for physical and emotional reasons back then aside from things that have just begun or gotten worse within the last few years.
 
have a good evening,
Lissa
23 F ~ Anxiety, Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since 07, Severe Gerd/Heartburn ( Nissen Fundoplication Failed 3/08) had it and been on PPI's since 02, Severe Muscle Spasms in upper back and shoulders following surgery causing Chronic Pain since 08, Chronic Diarrhea since surgey 3-08, Dx with Anemia in July 08 after being told I had Kidney stones for the second time....which never passed! had Diverticulitis in - 07 , Severe Frontal head pains since 08, Fibromyalgia 09, Chest Pain and Tenderness with an extreamly uncomfortable tingling sensation in left arm, leg and big toe since Jan 09Dx with Endometriosis :'( June 09 , Left ovarian cyst June 09,
JULY 2009 ~~ Awaiting an MRI, EMG( Electromyogram ) & Ultrasound
* Feel like I am falling apart. A single Mom getting worse all since surgery in march of 08 *
 Ambien 10mg, Codine #3, Tramadol, Multivitamin, B-6,


PAlady
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 7/7/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Unhappy,
I don't think I remember welcoming you, so I'll say a belated hello (and if I already did, well....won't be the first time my mind has be off! LOL).

Did you start a thread somewhere and introduce yourself? Sometimes that's nice so people can get to know you a bit, but it's not absolutely necessary!

Glad you joined us and I'm glad you don't have the anxiety of appying for SSI anymore!

DiLane - I just thought of a website I've been using to give me a little more insight into SSD. It's callled disabilitysecrets.com. Now it's not an official government website or anything. Seems to have been started by someone who was a paralegal or worked for many years with SSD, so he just shares his insights. It's pretty well organized by topic, so you don't have to read through everything. Maybe you'd find something helpful.

PaLady
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