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redrose77
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   Posted 5/29/2007 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I have my hearing on the 4th before the ALJ on my SSI case. My lawyer says my case is strong and my doctors have given him all we need so I should win on medical evidence alone. I am worried though. I am scared. I need this money. How long will it take to get an official decision and then the money in a hardship case? Any advice? Any tips?
 
On another note I finally got into pain management for the last Monday in June I have a 50/50 chance their doctor will help me. He can still decide not to but hopefully he will. My husband is going with me and has offered to beat him up if he doesn't help me if only because he can't stand to see me in so much pain anymore.
 
I see a nephrololgist the last Thursday in June as well about all the fluid I retain and how it affects my bp a could times a year. I have to sign off as I feel as if I may vomit again. Please offer any advice or tips on any/all of this.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumetoid arthritis 2006, early sjogrens 2006, low positive anti-phospholipid antibodies/lupus anti-coglutant 2001-2004 and 2007, osteoarthritis 2005, Migraine 1994, Compression fracture 2001, Disk problems 2006, Multiple allergies 2006, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 2007, Bipolar type II 2007, possible siezures 2005

Tx: plaquenil, Imuran, Enbrel, Celebrex, Tramadol, Norco, Singulair, Skelaxin, Evoxac, Clonazepam, Zonisamide, Baby Asprin, Relpax, Copper IUD


okie
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   Posted 5/29/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Redrose, Good luck with your social security case. I wish I could help you but I didn't have to go before a judge or anything. They just took my medical and approved me. (thank God0 but it really wasn't the money it's the medical I need. So now I'm applying for medicaid. As for when I got my first check, I got it about 2 weeks after I was approved. I got both my back pay from nov. and my month pay. In fact I got it even before I got the notice that I was approved. All though I received a phone call telling me I was approved. So I was already expecting somthing. Mine wasn't even considered a hardship case. So I imagine if you are approved it won't take long at all to get the ball rolling.
I pray you get the help you need! Hang in there and try to think possitive.
God Bless
Carol
 
 Newly DX's Lupus.Possible CREST,COPD, high PB xanax,triam , vicodin.5x3, Evista for osteo,. oxygen Plaquanil800mil, . effexor. spiriva, xopenex. pred.10.mil.
 
Come ye, all that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest!
 
 


mom46
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   Posted 5/29/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Redrose,

   Good luck with the ALJ meeting. When I sat before the Judge, he asked me alot questions that took about an hour and told me then that I was disabled and approved. about 3 months later I got my first check.

   I hope the pain managment goes well for you. Keep us updated and take care. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

                                                     (((Hugs))) Babs


 
 Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Sensory Polyneuropathy
Meds:Arava,plavix,aspirin,protonix,gabitril,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,donnatal,folic acid.
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


cured4real?
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   Posted 5/29/2007 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi redrose, I think mine was the same as babs. The judge has at least a month to make a final decision I think, then you get your decision, then social security has a certain amount of time, like a month or something, to get their act together and get you a check. During that time they pay the lawyer and all. I didn't get my back pay until I had a bank account for direct deposit, I got money for my son first by check. They have the right to just send you some, a payment to see if it is delivered and all if you don't have a bank account. If you signed up for direct deposit, it comes much faster. It's pretty fast once the judge makes the decision. Not to worry. It's pretty fast. It's best not to bug them once you get a decision, it will come faster than if they keep having to review your records, something they don't tell you. I hope pain management is good and they do a good job. I'm having some numbness in my left arm and I'm afraid to tell the doc because i don't want the rod in my neck. I'm going to try to live with it unlss it gets paralyzed or something. Its irritating though. I'm glad you're at the end of the SSI nightmare, it should really help you out in so many ways. Will pray for you.
Marji

"...brain, what is brain?"
--Kara, one of the "givers of pain and delight", aka woman of Sigma Draconis VI, "Spock's Brain" episode 56 season 3 of Star Trek--I'm not a trekkie but this one was funny!


redrose77
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   Posted 5/29/2007 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I am really scared because come July 31 my lease is up and worse I can't even afford rent for now until then. I have no clue how we will make it. I am terrified of being homeless. I really just want to have enough to have a place to live. My lawyer said because I am hardship he can get the money released fast but the big thing is how long will the judge take to issue his decision. I mean as soon as that is issued my lawyer can get my first payment issued since I will end up with backpay in 2 payments.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumetoid arthritis 2006, early sjogrens 2006, low positive anti-phospholipid antibodies/lupus anti-coglutant 2001-2004 and 2007, osteoarthritis 2005, Migraine 1994, Compression fracture 2001, Disk problems 2006, Multiple allergies 2006, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 2007, Bipolar type II 2007, possible siezures 2005

Tx: plaquenil, Imuran, Enbrel, Celebrex, Tramadol, Norco, Singulair, Skelaxin, Evoxac, Clonazepam, Zonisamide, Baby Asprin, Relpax, Copper IUD


Bsime
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   Posted 5/30/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I was lucky and did not have to appear before the ALJ.  He reviewed my case and made a positive decision.  SS has 60 days to send you the money and I got mine about a month later. 
 
Assume that your lawyer has or will coach you.  You do not want to say anything that will hurt your case.  When a lawyer takes a case on contingency (I assume that is the case) they have to feel pretty certain that the case is winnable.  Otherwise they are wasting their time and money.
 
Good luck and prepare yourself as best possible.  Remember that SSD is based on your complete disability and that you will not be able to work for at least 12 months.  Even if you have some ability to work but are unreliable due to your illness that usually qualifies as total disability.  Any case is decided on disability, not your need for money. 
 
Bill
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's syndrome.
 
Meds: prednisone (9mg & tapering), 150mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
 
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
 
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."  Helen Keller
 
 


redrose77
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   Posted 5/30/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I will actually end up with SSI because I am like 1 credit short of SSDI funny how the system works my husband has over 40 credits now and is only 32 so he could retire today if they allowed such things and get full benifits. But because I raised kids for several years I can't even get SSDI even though I am married to a man who is willing to loan me his credits so I can have it. They really need to make this system better. I have been married all but 3 months since I was 16 (for 4 years I was fighting for a divorce) so one would think I should be able to get SSDI from one of my marriages but my divorce went through 6 months before the cut off date on my first marriage and my current marriage is still several years away from their new limit.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumetoid arthritis 2006, early sjogrens 2006, low positive anti-phospholipid antibodies/lupus anti-coglutant 2001-2004 and 2007, osteoarthritis 2005, Migraine 1994, Compression fracture 2001, Disk problems 2006, Multiple allergies 2006, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 2007, Bipolar type II 2007, possible siezures 2005

Tx: plaquenil, Imuran, Enbrel, Celebrex, Tramadol, Norco, Singulair, Skelaxin, Evoxac, Clonazepam, Zonisamide, Baby Asprin, Relpax, Copper IUD

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