New to forum and this wonderful world of MS!
I have read some of the posts about applying for SSDI and the good comments from UppityCats and others. Unfortunately, I have already submitted my application and have received a denial. The denial basically states that based on the information in my file, I am not medically sick enough and can work.
My sister, who now is my representative, could not believe or accept this decision and had me request a copy of my file to see what was in it. She was concerned that the neurologist I see is not a MS Specialist and thought this might be a factor. In the interim, I have had increased problems both physically and mentally. A recent MRI in March 2008 showed preexisting lesions larger and new lesions now present.
IN THE FILE:
-- State disability determination sent me for a psychological exam and their doctor recommends helping me.
-- There is a form with boxes X that I can stand and walk 6-8 hours a day, lift 50 pounds, operate machinery, withstand fumes, and other hazards (NO WAY!)
-- Sections for explanation of conclusions were not completed and many "none established" were checked.
-- Requests for things that are not relevant to the doctor (blood gas).
-- SSA intake officer saying everything was "normal" with our phone calls when they were not. Several times I called upset and have cried while on the phone with her.
-- Request to primary care doctor was returned to sender (wrong address) and it wasn't followed up (so no info from her).
NOT IN FILE:
-- Family never contacted for info.
-- State disability never returned any calls and when called supervisor for assistance was laughed at and treated rudely.
-- December, lost partial vision and had steroid IV treatment (called into state disability and SSA intake officer).
Should I address the above? Anything that you think might be helpful to add for my appeal would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. I typed this in Word first, cuz the font size here is way too small for me to read well. Please consider options for increasing font size.
I am sorry for all your troubles. I can’t help you with your appeal, I am still working full time. I am sure someone will come along and give you some suggestions.
I wanted to welcome you to HW. I know that the font size is a problem and it has been brought to the attention to the administration. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do there.
Thank for posting and let us know how the appeal process goes for you.
Love and prayers,
Ahhhhhh I was hoping to see our resident expert answer here!!!! Thanks Uppitycats, I have missed you! With your years of experience with MS and your work with people with disabilities, you really are our expert. Thank you for taking the time to post.