Welcome to the board. I really can't answer your question. I just wanted to come and say hi and show support. I hope it all goes well for you. I think you should take a deep breath and remember that you are in the right here. Don't let this rattle you. Go and clearly explain your very worst symptoms and the reasons you can't work. Answer any questions they pose to you. Ask them why it is you needed a psych exam.
If you are not granted SSDI, then find a lawyer and try again. It can be a tough process but it sounds like you are well on your way with the support of their doctor.
Please keep us posted as to how you do.
The copaxone does not treat symptoms at all. So technically it does not help me feel better. I feel better that I am trying to do something about this blasted disease. As I am sure you already know, there is not really any great med. I am pretty stable since starting my copaxone. I have had one flare since starting copaxone. Other than that, I have remained stable. I have only been on it for a little over two years. I am pretty new to MS so I am far from an expert.
Pry away, that is why we are here. We want to support you. I take both a progression therapy (copaxone ) and meds for symptoms.
I applied for and was approved ON MY FIRST APPLICATION!!
Half the commercials on daytime t.v., are from lawyers looking to help you withn SSDI applications.
Lucky, I am.
No worries on the length of your post. That is why we are here.
You sound like you are feeling guilty about not being able to keep up some MSers. Everyone is different. Everyone is affected by MS differently. You do need to make sure that your doctor is aware of all of your symptoms. There are a lot of very successful meds that can help with the brain fog you have in the morning (very common in MS) and the bladder problems can be helped with meds as well.
Remember, if you don't qualify for ssdi the first time around, you can always appeal. I wish you the best of luck. Let us know how are doing.
Hi there Psoup....yes, it was suggested that I went for councelling way before I was dx with MS. My family doctor believed that I was riddled with anxiety(never had it before and I am 53) that was causing my vision problems and the spacey dizzy head feeling i was getting.
So I went.....after seeing this person a couple of times, she determined that I should not be there until all other medical avenues have been explored and thusly eliminated. She wrote back to the doctor telling him that I did not become anxious and then experienced symptoms, I would get symptoms and then experience anxiety, due to the fact I did not know what the heck was going on!!!!
Copaxone - I have been on it for 14 months. It took awhile to kick in, but when it did, I began to feel better and better. The copaxone does not treat the symptoms, but does treat the disease, and hence, the symptoms, at least in my case were minimized. I am pretty much symptom free now, unless of course I become overly fatigued, or become exposed to heat - both of which will bring on the symptoms. As I type this i have full feelings in my fingers - however at a moments notice, the fatigue could hit, and my fingers will begin to numb and tingle. Same goes with the heat in my office, if it takes a sudden jump, I will begin to get too warm, and then again the symptoms will flair....
But if there was ever a success story with Copaxone, I guess I am it, cause it has done wonders for me - it just takes a few months to begin to kick in
Have a nice day