Can you work part-time and still get Disability?

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flowery
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   Posted 8/6/2010 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
When I first filed for disability I got a lawyer right away. I  knew since going through the disability cycle with my brother who has MS...it could take awhile! So, I started the paper trail. When I first filed I was still working 20 hours a week. This after working 40 plus hours a week for 23 years. Then over the past 4 years I have just dwindled down to now...not working at all outside the home:(
Now, waiting for a hearing because I have been denied 3 times over a 4 year period. Called my Lawyers today and at first they told me after my last appeal it would be 1 year...now they are claiming it could be 18-24 months. (Sigh)!!!! I don't know..why they keep moving everything back???I stopped completley working last May. So have not worked out of the home at all in over a year.
I quess my question is...if I did work like maybe 4-10 hours a week at a school maybe wiping some dishes or something just to get out...will I be denied again?  Anybody here work minimal hours but still gets disability? Just wondering if I should get new Lawyers?
Very confused and frustrated!
 
 
 
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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
there are quite a few of us on ssdi, if you work part time no way will they accept you, I applieds and was denied, I use to work out of my home as well, my denial, they said that, I can walk and move my arms I can still work at a casino. ( I was blacjack dealer). the worst job for flareing cd or any ibd issue for that matter. I have binder and binder the largest disability firm in u.s.a. that is all they do ssdi claims. I'm also 60 so I'm hopeing mind goes rather quickly, I run out of cobra in march 2011. but my dr's are on the same page as me. 100%. my gi dr. agree's with me that because of bowel and bowel related issues and anxieties. I can't be in public unless all my br. related things have happened, bm's and bile and the good stuff that we suffer with. But i can walk and move my arms, thank god for that or I would having plenty of accidents in my pants and running down into my shoe's. I've had that happen. you will get answers on this subject, there are super informative folks on this forum, one guy walked me thru my paper work who is on this site, good luck to you

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flowery
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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the post artistguy! Yes, my Dr.'s are 100 percent with me too...thank goodness. Just taking care of me and my Dr. visits each day and week...is all I can do.
Black Jack dealer huh? Wow, I imagine you couldn't just get up from a table to use the bathroom. That is rough.
I can still move my arms and legs. I have Crohns related arthrist and to be honest I can't always move them everyday. Somedays the stairs are a no no for me. I am a florist by trade and can't even imagine standing on my feet for 8-12 hours a day anymore. Can't move my hands or arms like I used to. I am not above learning a new skill. More schooling just isn't in the cards for me dealing with this awful disease. I'm in a pickle!
I'm 42 years old and it's very lonely being home day in and day out. I've always been a working person with alot of energy. Accepting the fact that this may be it ...is overwhelming.
Thanks for letting me vent!
 
Crohns, Diabetes type 2, Fibro, (Depression and Anxiety..who wouldn't?) Back surgery on herniated L-4 L-5 and S-1. Total of 13 surgerys!


Imran 200 mlg, Asacol, Colestid, Bentyl, Lamotil, Paxil, Amitriptlyne, Nexium, Probiodicts, Vit D, Folic Acid, Lots of Potassium, Fish Oil, up to 6 Immodium a day. Oh, and one Giant Pill holder!

MaryS
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   Posted 8/6/2010 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
flowery, Have you thought about getting out of the house a couple of days a week by Volunteering at an organization or place of interest to you?
Mum of an IBDer since 1999. Daughter diagnosed at age 17 with Crohns/Colitis. This disease s*cks!!

flowery
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   Posted 8/7/2010 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your information tsitodawg! I've kept lots of paper work...and telephone calls....etc. Going through this process with my Brother who has MS, I saw the path long before I was ever even dx with Crohns.
I didn't qualify for SSDI because my husband makes to much. I am thankful for that don't get me wrong. It's just after working full-time for so many years I am frustrated and feel alot of guilt. It is nice being a contributing part of the finances in a marriage today. We ended up having to claim bankruptcy about 2 years ago due to medical bills. We were able to keep the house...a house that has de-appreciated tremendously over the past 7 years! sigh We were part of the economic Bubble and houseing crunch. Just want to help with his the large load on HIS shoulders. This Disease is such a circle. The more stress the worse it gets...the worse it gets more stresss....AAHHH!!!  Seems like no matter what job I've done or tried to pull back...In the end, I am undependable.
MaryS, I've tried volunteering in a few places. You would be surprised how in depth the process is to even volunteer..at least here in the state of Minnesota.  When I was called a few times I had to turn them down because of a bad day..and then you get put at the bottom of their list. So it goes.
I am thankful to have this website to share my feelings with people who are like family to me. There really isn't anybody out in the real world who understands what mountains we climb here.
Thanks again!
 
Crohns, Diabetes type 2, Fibro, (Depression and Anxiety..who wouldn't?) Back surgery on herniated L-4 L-5 and S-1. Total of 13 surgerys!


Imran 200 mlg, Asacol, Colestid, Bentyl, Lamotil, Paxil, Amitriptlyne, Nexium, Probiodicts, Vit D, Folic Acid, Lots of Potassium, Fish Oil, up to 6 Immodium a day. Oh, and one Giant Pill holder!

artist guy
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   Posted 8/9/2010 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
hey dawg, yea the funny thing about ssdi is they said in there denial letter that for sure I couldn't make the willow stuff, but that I could still deal, it is the total opposite, I can still help my wife alittle bit, but they don't know, but when I do help her and i have a bile spasm I can immediatly go get rid of it and evan lay down if I've gone to much or if I get a gas cramp I usually lay down until I get rid of the gas, when I worked that was whole issue I didn't have the luxerory of going immediatly or laying down so it was imposible for me to be in that type of enviroment, I suffered for 5 years in that casino, but I'm anxious to go in front of judge to tell him what a socially emmbarresing this disease is forget about the pain and discomfort, we also have the anxiety of being in public, i sure do. I'm stuck at home alot because i feel I'm going to be in the br alot and i don't want to be stuck in public trying to find br that is clean, but just the loudness of our bm that I'm so self conscience about that I would rather not subject myself to that. I'm sure most in here feel the same. my wife and daughter are super understanding about this issue, but we to are finnancially really worried, our home was our retirement, we we're going to sell when we got to be late sisties and with profit go pay cash for a place in another state(we're in ca.) but our home only has now about 35 grand equity instead of 200 g's. and now I can't work if i don't get on ssdi by march of 2011 we could loose our home so we are in scarry time for us at our age. Our business is slow right now so we are also going for loan modification to reduce our mortgage, scarry times

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ZenaWP
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   Posted 8/9/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never tried to apply for disability, but where I work, we just hired someone on a temporary, part-time basis who is drawing unemployment.  He can work as long as he doesn't exceed a certain amount of income per month...more than that and he will lose his disability.  So I believe it is possible to get disability part-time, but I don't know how you do that...would need to ask the lawyers.   
Crohn's Disease with Arthritis, Non-Erosive Reflux Disease, Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Depression/Anxiety 

artist guy
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   Posted 8/9/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
trust me you can not get on ssdi while working period, once you are acepted then you can try part time. they will deny you forever if you work part time while going thru this process. if they evan think you have abusiness and you manage from your bed that is considered part time and they will not accept that.

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Nanners
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   Posted 8/9/2010 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Artist guy your previous post before this last one really resonated with me. I am going thru that right now since my last surgery, trying to get rid of these horrible gas pains. Then so anxious about the loudness our disease causes. Nice in a wierd way to know that I am not alone:)
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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flowery
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   Posted 8/9/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Artist guy, I know exactly how you feel self-concious. Seems like everytime my family asks me to go anywhere...I know the bathroom and usually A-it's not clean, B-there's only 1...this annoys me so much! and if it's full...I'm waiting and it usually means a gross car ride home cuz....like you said before it goes right down your leg.You can carry all the babywipes you want but....you gotta have a place to put them!  C- ain't no bathroom!
I don't know many people who want to hang out with someone who is a "leaker"...lol but seriously, these are the things us Crohnies experience. It is lonely. Even taking a walk from my house can mean a mad dash back home!!
We are in our 10-12 years out from retirement and the same issue. Most of our quity and saving were put into our home. I can totally relate to your scarey times... I just try to go to bed at night with the thought that I'm warm, safe, and dry...that's all that matters right? Difficult to see my husband work so hard his whole life for what? Our retirement years might have to be in a commune!!! idk??? lol
Dawg, thanks for the info about SSDI...I don't know why I haven't gotten the right info on this. I need to revisit the whole situation! You would think the Lawyers would bring this to my attention if I qualified after all the papers you fill out.
 
 
Crohns, Diabetes type 2, Fibro, (Depression and Anxiety..who wouldn't?) Back surgery on herniated L-4 L-5 and S-1. Total of 13 surgerys!


Imran 200 mlg, Asacol, Colestid, Bentyl, Lamotil, Paxil, Amitriptlyne, Nexium, Probiodicts, Vit D, Folic Acid, Lots of Potassium, Fish Oil, up to 6 Immodium a day. Oh, and one Giant Pill holder!

artist guy
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   Posted 8/9/2010 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
nice to hear from you nanners, I hope all is well after your surgery, I know so how you feel, with gas pains after surgery, those of you who have had your small bowel or colon whatever operated on your body will never be the same, mine is so altered that i have all of these bowel and gas issues, i really explained to my gi on tuesday he wanted to know what improvement rem is doing and i said listen it helps kep my flares not as bad, but it will not change the fact that I have been so badly altered from all of my surgeries. no judge can say to me that i can in fact work in the public, one of the reasons in my opinion that I'm in such bad shape now is I tried to work like a normal person and it caused more problems trying to be normal. I don't know what it's like to have cd without surgery, so I can't say, I just say from my surgicall stand point. all of my surgeries have been major evasive one's, I think that is because my cd is so high up in my small bowel, no way to get  at it except open wide.

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   Posted 8/10/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't get me started on this!! Actually, my experience is with LTDI, not SSDI, but I will add my thoughts anyway. I was diagnosed with CD in March 2005. After working some and being off some, I exhausted my sick leave and applied for LTD. My doctor agreed that I could go back to work 1/2 time, so I went back to work for the mornings, and eventually the LDTI kicked in after much paperwork, doctors appointments etc. etc. They paid me essentially half time benefits from October 2006 to October 2008. At that time they said that since I was able to work part-time it was no longer their responsibility to pay me benefits. They said that I had to go and find another job that was less stressful, and I would get more money. I am still in the process of appealing their decision.

In dealing with this it has become clear to me that it would be much easier for the insurance company if I was on full time disability. They used to pay me a different amount every month. Sometimes they would send me a letter saying I owed them money, and on one occasion when I called in the union and a lawyer they suddenly discovered that they owed me money!! My doctor was willing to go either way. He would have said that I couldn't work at all, but I also felt that that I wasn't ready for that yet. Anyway, I like the advice that people are giving, to go for the full disability and then add in some work or volunteering when it is all clear. I think everyone is much happier that way.

I wish you luck with it. I know how it feels to be accumulating debt and trying to bring something in, but if you wait and get it sorted you will be reimbursed for some of the money I would think. Don't forget that stress may make you feel worse, so try and relax and have patience with the system. Fingers crossed that it will get sorted soon.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last 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, Pregnancy Vitamins for iron etc., Salofalk suppositories as needed.

Glori
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   Posted 8/10/2010 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Flowery!

I applied for disability after missing six months of work due to the effects Crohn's was having on my health. I did not hire a lawyer, and was approved on the first round of the application process. From what I understand, you need to have been completely out of work for at least six months before you are seriously considered for disability. My application emphasized not only the constant D and joint pain, but the debilitating fatigue, depression and anxiety, and the fact that much of the time I just wanted to sleep in order to escape the pain I was experiencing. I also had a ton of medical records supporting the fact that I was hospitalized multiple times due to obstructions during the previous six months.

After being on disability for 5-6 years, I went back to college to finish my degree part-time and graduated at the ripe old age of 47. I was able to return to work part time last spring, and worked up to full-time beginning in July of last year. However, in May of this year, I started a monster flare and had to have surgery the end of last month. I am going to try to go back to work in late August or early September.

I am glad that SSDI was available to me when I needed it, and I know that my experience in being approved so quickly was unusual. I encourage those who need to be on SSDI to be sure to include EVERY symptom they are experiencing, especially if anxiety and depression are things you are experiencing.

When I was on SSDI, I was given information about working part-time. I could work up to a certain pay level each month without jeopardizing my benefit. It's a good way to "test the water" when you are trying to get back to work.

Good luck, Flowery!

Glori

artist guy
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   Posted 8/10/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
they denied me because I am on state dis. and when that is thru they will approve me, my dr's agree with me and i have everything doc'ed. and I have binder and binder, largest dis. firm in U.S. so It's a waiting game for me. and also it's super important to keep all medical appoitments,

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flowery
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   Posted 8/10/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Glori!
Glad to see you post! Been wondering how you've been doing:)
 
Anyway, I'm glad you got the SSDI after six months. That is truly amazing. I've kept all my appointments and have time and time again been in and out of the hospital. I have quite the file I'm sure! I don't know if I've really expressed my depression to the Lawyers though. I figured they have all my files..it's there. I expressed it...but maybe not enough????Years ago think it was 2000 I had a nervous breakdown because of my de-clining health...and I lost both my parents pretty close to each other. I was dx with PTSD and am better with the panic (thanks to med's) but, the depression lingers. Somedays it's pretty thick. I feel that these diseases have taken my dreams away. I see a therapists off and on and maybe it's time to go in again for awhile! it does help. There are always so many Dr.'s appt that sometimes just one more errrks me...lol
 
I sometimes think I should just work and be undependable. Know one can fire you becuase your sick...it's against the law...so I've been told.  They just have to find something different for you to do. Idk??
It's my pride that really gets in my way. When I stopped working a year and half ago...I was flaring and it was awful. My employers happen to be friends of mine and I felt as though I was a real let down to them.I don't like not being able to do my job the best I possibly can do.  I couldn't do it anymore..and they needed to re-place me and honestly.....I was ready to be done!!!
 
Anyways, wait wait wait.....
 
 
Crohns, Diabetes type 2, Fibro, (Depression and Anxiety..who wouldn't?) Back surgery on herniated L-4 L-5 and S-1. Total of 13 surgerys!


Imran 200 mlg, Asacol, Colestid, Bentyl, Lamotil, Paxil, Amitriptlyne, Nexium, Probiodicts, Vit D, Folic Acid, Lots of Potassium, Fish Oil, up to 6 Immodium a day. Oh, and one Giant Pill holder!
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