Hey, Mike! Good to know you got your MRI and had good results! I can relate to the stress of moving. I've done it at least 14 times in 24 years--the last time being Aug. 3rd of last year...a week prior to a hip revision.
So you are not working at all? Since you have applied for SS disability, they might turn you down if you are working full time. It took me 2 years to get approved. In that time, my aunt carried me financially for over a year, but I finally had to return to work. I had only been working p/t since hep C diagnosis in '93. But in that final year before being approved for SSD, I worked no more than 18 hours a week, and towards the end it was only about 12 hours a week, as I just couldn't do it. You do not want to earn what SS considers a "living wage" or better. Also, did you get a letter from your doctor to the effect that you cannot work? This is something you should get and send to your SS caseworker. That is a magic piece of paper that will almost assure that you will be approved.
If you are denied twice, you might want to get an attorney. My feeling is that SS then knows you are serious and in it for the long haul if you have a lawyer. When you are approved, the lawyer gets 25% of your back pay from SS, which is automatically taken out before you even get your check. The payment goes back to the date you applied.
I believe the trials for the new drug are almost complete, so you would probably have to wait until FDA approval anyway, at this point.
Keep us updated!
I think that's how they weed people out...by making applicants wait so long. In the end, it worked in my favor as I got a nice lump sum payment.
Post Edited (hep93) : 8/15/2010 6:24:12 PM (GMT-6)