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starzphalling
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   Posted 7/27/2007 3:28 AM (GMT -7)   
ok, i applied for my ssi and they said i would be told by august, but today i recieved a ton of mail. they have scheduled me appointments with a rhuemy and a psych for aug 21. i guess its their "approved" docs or whatever, but has anyone else had this happend, i mean is this the usual progression or is this a bad sign? thanx!

MJLD
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   Posted 7/27/2007 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I had the same thing happen. In fact, I have to go for labs today for ssi. I don't understand it. I have labs weekly and they have access to my medical records. Another waste of tax payer dollars. Good Luck. Judy

Bsime
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   Posted 7/27/2007 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
It did not happen to me but it is a common practice.  Seems like some states require it more than others.  It is a sign that you did not get summarily turned down.  On my first and second applications I did have to fill out a lot of additional paperwork.  I think they just want to give you the opportunity to say something that will disqualify yourself and most people can't resist saying too much.  Answer the questions briefly and don't editorialize.  The standards are pretty simple....you must be totally disable and unable to return to work for at least 12 months.  Anything you say will be held against you.  They should give all applicants a modified Miranda warning but they do not.
 
However, be aware that the whole process is more designed to deny than approve.  Most of us had to apply at least 3 times before getting approved.  The first time I applied I was a quadriplegic and still in the rehab hospital but they decided that I would be OK and return to normal soon.  Next time they invented a new career for me.  The third time I got a lawyer and the judge took one look at my case and approved it without a hearing or any additional hearings or information.
 
Bill
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
 
Meds: prednisone (7mg & tapering), 100mg 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
 
 


starzphalling
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/27/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
thanx guys :) lol bill they made you a career, they're so creative! :P

redrose77
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   Posted 7/27/2007 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the appointments and their doctors blew off my combination of problems and my symptoms and minimized the affects of my illness on me to make it possible for them to deny me the first time. My state goes from 1st denial to ALJ hearing so I had to wait over 2 1/2 years to get my positive decision but if you take copies of records from your doctors to their doctors and make it clear your problems are compounding each other maybe someone will listen- very slim chance but hey it can happen. My ALJ wrote in his decision that the state agency IGNORED MEDICAL EVIDENCE AND FAILED TO DO THEIR JOB- basically he chewed them a new one for a huge long half a page paragraph of my approval letter. He said everything they did wrong and why I should never have had to go to a hearing in the first place. Sad thing is more than 2/3 of applicants are denied on the 1st try. If they have a reconsideration only 1 in 10 of those will be approved but 2/3 of cases seen by an ALJ are approved. Tell me the system isn't screwed.
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, probable lupus CNS involvement 2007

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


Bsime
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   Posted 7/28/2007 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Redrose,
 
Your stats are correct.  about 30% get approved on 1st application and only 10-15% (varies from state to state) on 2nd.  They have to use a different adjudicator and different Moe, Larry and Curly doctors but the results are usually the same....denial.
 
If you have a hopeless disease and are going to die soon they will approve it but few others get approval on 1st app.  A friend of mine got it when she had stage 4 ovarian cancer.  Sadly, she passed away in less than a year.
 
There are cheats in the system and that seems to be the excuse to be tough but the system is not fair and puts seriously ill people through hell to get a benefit they are entitled.  It is also sad that for most the only way to get that benefit is to pay a lawyer to get it.
 
Bill
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
 
Meds: prednisone (7mg & tapering), 100mg 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
 
 

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