RA & CD, and others
Thanks for your reply. I live in Minnesota.
I'am starting to realize I need to be more specific about my disease... become more informed. To be honest, I didn't even look up anything on it because of pure fear and denial. Been sick off and on my whole life. Didn't want to deal with one more thing. I've always been the type of person who deals with changes slowly. It was just easier for me to believe (aside from taking lots of meds) that it wasn't going to affect me like the others. Well that's changed.
My lawyer is a qualified disability lawyer. I've seen "their" doctor's and like you said RA&CD my appointment was about 15 minutes! I think if you can carry any kind of conversation with the Dr. he's like your fine. They don't realize that you haven't even talked to another human being outside of your home for weeks that maybe it's just nice to SEE someone! but, seriously I'd love to go back to school to learn something I can use more of my brain in...I may have to. I don't know. My career now has been impossible to do.
I haven't been diagnosed with RA yet...My Dr. wants to see if my flare continues (joint pain) gets better or worse over the next few months. He gave me some non-narcotic pain meds. I agreed to wait. I don't want another diagnosis. It took me a year to believe the crohns one. My rhyme had me all set up for remicade and my GI dr. said no...not yet. Meanwhile, I've been in too much pain to work, do anystairs, or even sleep in the same position for a lone period of time.My thumb joints catch and swell and I can't move them. My feet and ankles swell and my back is in alot of pain. crippling me at times.
I knew that this was going to be a touchy subject. I appreciate the support and experience from you all.
Sorry about what your going through, your certainly not alone, especially here. Did you appeal your denial?
I was denied about 2 months after I applied. Went to see "their" gov doctor which was complete BS. Touched my stomach, asked me a few questions and that was that, denied, lol.
I appealed and had to wait 19 months to get my hearing. I had all my documentation with me. Colonoscopy pictures, upper G.I series report, MRI Report etc. Most important I had the backing of my G.I Doc. He gave me a note stating that I was unable to work + was disabled to to my Crohn's. I also brought along my wife, and mom as witneses to testify about my condition. The hearing lasted about 30 min. The judge, off the record, told me that I have proven my case and that he was appoving my claim.
I did not use a lawyer. I received close to 2 years back pay equaling $19,000. I'm om SSD not SSI, so it does not matter if my wife works and how much she makes, does not affect my check. I get $1,039 per month.
Don't give up. Make sure your as organized as you can be with all your medical records. Having your doctors support is a must. Good luck to you.
Flowery the one thing I want to ask you, has any of your drs stated that you are unable to peform any type of employmen?t If the drs do not have this in your medical records you are are going to have a difficult time proving you are disabled. My gi is the one that told me no more work, you need to take a medical retirement, I will send them any kind of report they need.
I was awarded benefits within 6 months. NoGuts is so right, you do have to spell everything out for those people. You must be specific, they do not read between the lines.
Its my understanding that if a person was employed they could not file for disability, but I may be wrong. So do not take my word for it.
Why is your atty asking you to contact drs? He should have been getting your medical records all along, including all updated medical records. SS does request copies of your medical records, however, they are not that great in getting updated info. Many claims for disability are denied because of not having complete medical records. They base their decision on records at hand.
I do hope your hearing goes well for you . Good luck.