Anyone receiving CPP Disability with Crohn's?????????

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Terry73
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   Posted 10/22/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
hi im new here, i have just been officially diagnosed with crohn's disease however have been suffering with it for years.  I have been off work for the past 2 years and they are now cutting me off my LTD work benefits.  I am in a flare and have ulcers in my mouth down my throat and in my small intestine.  I started bleeding again and have narrowing.  I am once again on steriods, imuran, losec, insulin (due to steroid induced diabetes) and i am waiting for my insurance companies approval to start Remicade.  And somehow they think i can work.  i have applied for CPP benefits (as the insurance company said i needed to just a few weeks before they told me ok forget it u can go back to work!)  she actually told me on the phone im not sure what the problem is u work in an office they have a bathroom.  (Ya are they going to move my computer and files in there cause it is where i spend most of my day!!!!!!!!!!!)
 
Anyway im venting, my question is are there any canadians out there that are receiving CPP benefits or LTD for Crohn's....is it worth the fight or im i to find away to return to work (and maybe move my workstation into the bathroom lol).  Sorry to vent i've spent 5 days this week in the hospital so im at a loss of how i am going to make this happen and financially things are tight my poor hubby works his butt off and has too much to worry about.
 
Thanks in advance for your response

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   Posted 10/22/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, there are Canadians recieving CPP disability for their crohn's, it's pretty standard for them to turn you down on the first try, if your GI can add a letter to the forms stating you incable of working due to your crohn's and it's his/her opinion that disability is your only option, then that would likely do the trick...if not then many people use lawyers to help fight CPP disability.

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WriterMum
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   Posted 10/23/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I live in Toronto. I was on 1/2 time LTD for a 2 year "probationary period" and then told that the insurance company was no longer going to cover me as in the policy they could now tell me to go and find alternative employment. I am in the process of appealing their decision because I cannot work full time or I end up flaring etc. (I also cannot get another job that makes sense with my training and pays anywhere close to what I get paid now.) In the meantime I was working half time anyway, and then had a bad flare up with a couple of hospital visits. I then ran out of sick days and applied for Employment Insurance sickness benefits. They easily gave me those, but it only lasts 15 weeks. I then could have applied to the government for disability, but it was only a couple of weeks before I went back to work again, still half time. I got the sense that there is no problem getting disability payments in the short term, because CD is a diagnosable, chronic disease so there is no disputing it. However, the problem is that symptoms are hard to determine as being ones that prevent you from working in the long term. For example, how tired is tired? How many times and for how long do you need to go to the bathroom? Anyway, I think it is worth trying to fight the insurance companies. I think that they hope we go away, and if 9 out of 10 people do, they can pay for the 1 who keeps fighting.
44 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March this year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.


WriterMum
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   Posted 10/23/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
BTW - I hope that my previous post is an OK post. I didn't use my employer's name or anything. I am not advocating real rebellion or fraud!! Thanks.
44 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March this year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.


Rider Fan
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   Posted 10/23/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with WriterMum, you probably can get covered but you'll have to fight hard for it.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


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frogeleita
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   Posted 10/23/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
i was denied.i am going to try again

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Terry73
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   Posted 10/23/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been fighting them it has sent me into a major flare kindof a double edged sword.....going to see my GI on monday am so i'll see what he says it funny i laughed at him when i was first off and he told me i would be off at least a year i thought he was crazy and here i am 2 years later and worse than i was then. I wish i had that magic wand that made me better cause i would glady trade and go back to work life was so much easier when your not sick all the time. Thanks for all your advice at least there is some hope i am debating getting a lawyer my insurance company hates me they are even delaying the approval for the remicade lol. They want me back to work but apparently not enough to give me a drug that might make me better enough to do that lol.......I guess it all comes down to the almighty dollar.

Julia Hill
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   Posted 10/24/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I went on disability 17 years ago. I was on short term for one year, then onto long term. As soon as you are on LTD in Canada you have to apply for CPP. They then split the payment of 70% of your salary between the gov't and insurance. (in my case) I was approved immediately, as I could not make it to and from work without having accidents. I paid into CPP for many years before I went on LTD.

Hope this helps.

Julia
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