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bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/9/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
 I worked in a factory working 12 hr. rotating shifts for 9.5 yrs.  After 2 fusion surgeries in one yr. and 2 knee surgeries I just couldn't do the 12 hrs in the factory which required heavy lifting, pushing heavy carts, doing machine repairs, you get the idea.  So anyway I quit and became a home health aide which I loved.  After 1.5 yrs. working around 31 hrs per week assisting clients with personal care, cleaning homes, shopping and various other duties my back just gave out and my pain levels went off the wall.  While working I used tramadol & tylenol for pain but it wasn't enough.  I quit 4 wks ago and am going to a PM doctor.  He has prescribed me narcotic pain meds, extended release and break through.  I now feel so much better my pain levels are at a tolerable level as long as I don't over do it at home.
 
There's my background and now here is my question.  For you that have just filed or have gotten SSDI what are the chances of getting approved when your pain levels are in control.  Does the fact that a person can't work without pain meds or extreme pain make a difference? I have many MRI's showing DDD, osteophytes, bulging disc and osteoarthritis and have have lumbar and cervical fusion.  I am hoping to get my PM to add comments regarding my ability to work.  Does SSDI consider you able to work while taking narcotic pain meds?
 
Any answers would be appreciated.  My age is 52 female.
 
Jag

Post Edited (bsjaguar) : 7/9/2009 11:34:04 AM (GMT-6)


PAlady
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   Posted 7/9/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag,
Others who know a whole lot more will come along, but I'm just in the process of applying for SSD. One thing I do know is that the effect of medications is taken into account. But my hunch would be - and that's all it is, I don't know - is that SSD may have you evaluated for jobs like a desk job where, with the use of your pain meds, they might think you could work. Unless the pain meds affected your thinking, concentration, etc.

Obviously doing the lifting either in a factory or as an aide is out, but I don't know if they'll make you try other non-physical jobs. For me, I'm on so many pain meds that it does affect my thinking and fatigue and mental clarity, along with any physical kiinds of jobs.

I'll be looking for others' responses.

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/10/2009 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks PaLady, I've decided to file today.  The problem with a desk job is that sitting for extended periods, like riding in a car long distance makes my left leg ache like the crazy and I've never had any real experience with office work.  Also, standing in one place is out cause it is the worst thing for my lower back.  I have doctor records and films from 2002 showing back issues.  Been to PT countless times, have been shot up with enough steroids that I should look like Arnold.  Good Luck! with your claim and anyone else that is starting the process.

Jag


PAlady
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   Posted 7/10/2009 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Jag,
Please don't take my opinions with anything more than a grain of salt! I didn't mean to imply I thought you should be able to work a desk job, etc. Just that from what I've read here, that's what SSD may "suggest" to you. I think a lot rides on what your doctors clearly demonstrate about your functioning. There are others on the forum who know lots more than I do. I hope they add their thoughts, but you might try searching older threads on HW. There's often a lot of discussion of these issues.

Good luck!

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/10/2009 3:27 AM (GMT -7)   

Don't worry I didn't take your reply wrong.  I understand fully where you were coming from.  I'm just hopeful that with nothing but factory experience behind me that the SS people will understand my inexperience in an office environment.  I'm also hoping that my age will come into play with their way of thinking that everyone is retrainable.  Thanks for replying PaLady.  Guess all we can do is try, try again.

Jag


White Beard
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   Posted 7/10/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Jag

I have been on SSD for some time now, for me it was a lengthy process, partly because of my back ground and training in different jobs, and mostly because of my age at the time I applied. Don't be surprised if you are rejected the first time, for allot af applicants it is just standard procedure for SS to do that! However with that said do not give up trying after that either! I would suggest hiring a disability lawyer that specializes in this type of thing. They often will take there payment after the SSD is awarded to you, and it is often back dated so you might be eligible for a nice lump sum up front after it is approved. For me my disability Lawyer was hired by my disability insurance company, ( what ever SSD pays, my insurance company doesn't!) so it is in there best interest that they get me SSD! Anyway mine was disapproved several times, and yet my Lawyer said I had (medically) and outstanding case, but my age and previously job experience was working against me! I was finally granted SSD by a Judge at a hearing! So above all be patient, but be persistent, and you will I am sure persevere in the end! My Lawyer told me that SS tries to wear you down and hope you will give up! I am not sure that is true, but it sure did seem like it sometimes during the long process! In the end it is worth all the trouble! But getting there can be more than a bit trying! How can one work if they are in constant pain, or even if it is being treated, if they can not stand or sit for any length of time? So hang in there! I am sure you will feel discouraged sometime during this process, but DON'T GIVE-UP! I honestly think that is what they want you to do! That is where having a good SSD Lawyer is a real help, they know how to navigate the system and help you survive the trials and tribulations along the way! Oh Yes and Please don't forget us here at this Forum! Remember we are all here to give you support and encouragement! I do wish you well Jag!

Good Luck to You!

White Beard

This advice also is meant for you PALady, I know how important it is for you to get yours approved. I do hope you have your application in or ready to be submitted! Anyway if I can help you with anything,  Please let me know!


Moderator Chronic Pain
 
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

Post Edited (White Beard) : 7/10/2009 6:04:13 AM (GMT-6)


so. caro.
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   Posted 7/10/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
hi, I am no expert on ssdi, what i learned and what worked for me, a person told me i would be turned down the first time no matter what , that i would have to appeal.i did and at that time they advised me to get a S.S. attorney which i did. it took awhile and it was a few years ago. i did recieve S.S.D.I then. I too am filing and I plan to do it again as i am unable to work again. and i will again get an att. as soon as i appeal. good luck hope this helps. suzanh

bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/10/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   

So.caro did you lose your ssdi for some reason?  You state that you are filing again.  I did file yesterday and am aware that I will probably get denied the first and possibly the 2nd time.  By the way welcome to the forum.  Are you from SC?  I lived in Goose Creek for 2 yrs. while in the military.

Jag


straydog
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   Posted 7/11/2009 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jag,

I too am on SSD but mine is for crohns disease not a back injury. I was awarded benefits from the begining. You may get lucky and get awarded benefits off the top. They will look at your age, education and of course your medical condition. There are others that may come on board and say thats not true but it is. I handled alot of SS claims when I worked. It sounds like your work history is doing heavy work, you should have lifting restrictions due to your surgeries.

You should not be working around machinery and taking narcotics and I am sure an employer would get into alot of trouble if ever caught allowing an employee to do this. OSHA would have a field day on this one. Your pain may be reduced because of the medication but that does mean you can work either. One thing you will need is for a dr to state that you are unable to perform any type of work. You must have this in writing from a dr. So, since you are seeing a PM dr he needs to put this in your chart, that you became disabled on whatever date. Be sure your dr knows you have done heavy type of work too.

In the event you get denied on the first round which a high majority do, you have 60 days to appeal that determination. That is when to get an atty involved, but I will warn you, do not wait until a week before the 60 days is up and then decide to hire one, do it immediately. Look online or in the phone book and get an atty that specailizes in SSD, these guys knows the ins & outs of the system like the back of their hand. So do not bother with some guy that takes any kind of case walking in the door. about all that will happen there is the potential of alot of problems. SS sets out what an atty can charge you for his services and there is a cap that he can receive. You should not pay an atty any money up front-his fee's come out of your past due benefits.  You should sign what is called a "Contingency Contract", meaning if he wins your SS claim he get paid out of the back pay from SS. If he does not win the case then you owe him no money-please read any Contract carefully. In fact, the best thing to do is before signing with the atty, ask that you can take the Contract home to read and then tell him you will sign the Contract and return it to his office. If he is credible he should not have a problem with this. Do not let someone pressure you into signing a Contract. Always ask for a copy for your records too.

Alot of times SS has a contact person assigned to your file. I had one and every time I saw a dr, I called this person and told her what happened at the appt and she kept my file updated with medical records from my dr. If you get an atty they will contact the atty.

Be sure to keep a copy of any form that you submit to SS, make yourself a SSD folder at home. We have some older threads here about SSD so you can look back thru those for info. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask, alot of us can help you if we can. Keep us posted on how you are doing.


Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
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.

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