SSDI decision coming up

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bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/16/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I called my claims adjuster for my SSDI today.  I wanted to let him know about my injection & xrays I had done recently.  He told me that he had received the determination from the medical portion of my claim and that if I wanted to add to it now it would delay my claim because he would have to request more information from my doctors and whatnot.  I told him not to request anything because what my doctor is doing now is still just exploring different treatment options that will not be a cure for me but is more or less just putting a bandage on it. 
 
The claims adjuster said that they were now looking at the, darn I can't remember the word, but anyway it's the part where they decide whether I can do my previous jobs or any job.  I did tell him that my right knee has gotten worse and that I can't walk down stairs anymore that I have to hop down.  He said that the medical portion has taken into consideration my pain levels going up & down stairs and ramps.
 
He said I should hear something in 1.5 to 2 wks.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  I really want this to go through.  We need this to work for our financial stability, let alone my mental stability if I have to start dealing with an appeal process.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


White Beard
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   Posted 12/16/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Jag


That is the big "bug a boo" what kind of job can you do? They claimed I could be a used car saleman! That is when the Judge asked me to get up and walk around the room, and then said " would you buy a car from him?" I walk bent over with a cain, as I lean toward the right and I cannot stand up straight! Anyway the Judge then answered his own question saying " I wouldn't!" He had me get one more test and then made his decision! But they do consider what education and training you have had, and all possible avenues of employment! At least they did for me! Which is good I think, but it is stressful when your on a very limited budget or income! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!



Good Luck~



White Beard

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   Posted 12/16/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
     My fingers are crossed for you Jag! ...I'm sure I will be in the same boat with you one of these days...so save some room for me! :) Hope all goes well for you.
 
    Michael

Jim1969
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   Posted 12/16/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Wish you the best of luck Jag, but as White Beard said that the "job" portion is more often than not where they deny your initial claim. That is where they got me, saying that I could be commercial driver still even though I have a hard time sitting still for very long and repetitive lifting kills me in a hurry, not to mention because of my insulin dependent diabetes I am no longer medically qualified to be a commercial driver. rolleyes

And here is the best part. I just found out that social security has lost my file so now I have to start all over again and since I am seeing new doctors from my PCP onward I have to convince them I really can't work, but since they seem to think they can fully cure me it is going to take some time.

Sorry to hijack your post.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/16/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
That's fine Jim, any information is good information in my book.

I'm hoping with just a high school diploma and all of my past work history in a factory will be to my advantage. I've never worked in an office environment, food service, or customer service of any kind. I put on my application that I can't sit or stand in one position for more than 10 minutes and like you Jim, repetative lifting or bending is out. Also my age, 52, I hope will help. I think that over 50 they don't consider you so trainable. Can't teach an old dog new tricks ya know!

Screaming, start now keeping copies of any reports from any films done on you (MRI's, x-rays and such) plus any meds prescribed and how they worked, and don't forget physical therapy sessions, the list can go on & on. I've been keeping track of all my doctor visits all the way back to 2000 on my computer. This way when & if you do need to file for SSDI you have all the information you will need. Also, keep track of all the doctors addresses & phone #'s. I didn't have those and had to do some searching.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/16/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
    Jim1969....that is the biggist load of crap! For them to loose your file....is just not right! Something is very wrong with the system....and I suspect that it is being done on purpose to save money with the Goverment, to make the books look good. When do we ever hear of the IRS loosing all our tax records...WRONG! If you owe...they sure let you know about it...and they never loose that information! Sorry to hear you have to start all over again....I would be fumming over it! Oh dont get me started! Some idiot laid down the paperwork...while eating a Snickers Bar...and forgot they used it to wipe their mouth with it! Man!...it makes me mad to hear this!....I bet if they had to look it all up for you...they would not loose it!
 
Jag, I will take your advice and start working on it as soon as possible. It sounds like I may be headed there someday.
 
     Michael

White Beard
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   Posted 12/16/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag is riut ght on the money with her advice, documentation is the name of the game! Age can be another important factor, but it isn't a consistent factor with them, it really doesn't seem like there is any really consistent factors, as it seems like everybody has a different story when trying to get their SSD! Maybe SS does that intentionally??? Anyway the main thing is just don't give up, even my Lawyer said that is what they are hoping for, but persistence and perseverance in the end will get you through it! During the whole process though I did not want to be on it! I wanted fixed and be whole again and back working! I had finally found a career that was perfect for me, and I loved doing it! Working in a hospital with patients, perferably cancer patients!That was the bitterest pill of all to swallow, coming to terms with the fact that being fixed and whole again was just nor going to happen and I was never going to be able to work my chosen career! We have had may threads about that though! But SSD is the life saver! If you can't work then it makes all the difference in the world, especially if they back date it and give you medicare with it! It can for some of us be such a long process getting it, that is why it is so very important to get the ball rolling and get your application in, if you know that you can't work!i


Jag it sounds like your really on top of everything, I sure hope that it goes smoothly for your! Fingers crossed and prayers for you!



White Beard

DiLane
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   Posted 12/16/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   

I know the feeling, the insecurity of waiting. I was awarded disability in September, five weeks after going before a Judge. My lawyer was fantastic, and I couldn't have done it without him. With me, the monthly check is great, but it's all the other benefits that come along with disability such as housing should I ever need it, a handicap placard, health insurance, etc.

Good luck, and please keep us posted. I know what a frustrating process it can be.


Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Hyperthyroidism, Cervical spine issues (DDD, spinal stenosis, bulging discs and more!), Depression, Anxiety.
 
Meds -- Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Lyrica, Motrin, Synthroid, Klonopin


PAlady
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   Posted 12/18/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag,
I hope I can post this before my computer crashes again! I do wish you all the luck in the world getting through your SSD sooner rather than later. They could try to send you to retraining, though.

I'm starting over with some doctors (or hope I will be) and that has me concerned because I will have to "prove" to them all I've been through. Like White Beard, I still want to work. It breaks my heart not to be able to finish my career the way I wanted to.

Jag - be sure and keep a copy of everything you send to them this time (if you didn't before). That way if the "lose it" again you can just make another copy of the packet and send it. Sometimes I think there's some intentionality behind all this, but mostly I think it's total confusion combined with ineptitude (in some cases). I do think the caseworkers are completely overwhelmed, even though they were supposed to hire more of them.

Good luck, Jag!
PaLady

golitho
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   Posted 12/18/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jag, I just wanted to wish you the best of luck while you're going through this process. It sounds so stressful for you. I hope you're managing to sleep and not lie awake wondering or worrying about it all.
 
How bizarre that they try and push you into another "career" I like the image of White Beard as a car salesman! Standing out in a caryard with CP oh yeah that makes a lot of sense. Hopefully you get a very sensible judge too. We don't choose to have pain, we'd love to work full time if we could, we'd love to have no CP. I just can't imagine the small percentage of people who would try and rort the system. Surely they'd qualify as head cases anyway?
 
I'll stop ranting, good luck with your case though. I hope it goes smoothly and everything works out for you. Best wishes, golitho

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 12/18/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Jag,
 
     Good evening *warm huggs* I sure hope you are relaxing tonight. I just wanted to stop by and tell you that I hope the SS finally goes through. You sure have put alot of time and effort into it all! It would be so nice if it were smooth sailing for here on out. One less worry on your mind.
 
*huggs*
  dani

 

 

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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/18/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jag,
Sorry I haven't chimed in to wish you luck! Hey> GOOD LUCK!!! I have been soooo busy lately, I haven't called like I should have about the xrays I didn't get at my my ssd doctor visit because I'm too fat!!
I hope I can remember to call them Monday but I can't even remember what I get up from my keyboard/terminal for so I just sit back down again and hope it will come to me! My short term memory is shot!!
Oh I relly hope you will be one of the ones who gets it your first try!!! That would be so cool and give me some hope too.
I'll be prayin for you*****!!!
Hugs & happy days!!!
Pete

Vannort54
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   Posted 4/29/2011 5:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there age comes into play if you don't meet a blue book listing then you have to meet the grid rules if you are 50 to 54 they consider that approaching advance age 55 to 60 is advanced age so when you are approaching advanced age it gets easier but you still have to prove that you cannot do your past job that you did for the past 15 years and if you have only a high school diploma and did manual work it's a lot easier to win vs a collage degree and only doing desk jobs it's harder to win I'm 56 and won my ssdi at age 55 I worked for over 40 yrs doing manual work and only a high school diploma I have Peripheral vascular disease so I had to retire and go on ssdi so my monthly check is above the average check because of all the years I paid into the system

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