Disabilty from Avascular necrosis/ osteonecrosis

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pmedic
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   Posted 12/6/2011 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I had my Dr. visit to discuss the results of my latest MRI and they found AVN in the right femoral condyle also so I will need surgery on the right knee in a few months after I recover completely from the last surgery and I am able to walk on the left knee. My Dr. said he will not do the decompression surgery on the right knee if the left fails before then so I am praying it works. He also advised me I will not be working for at least a year and I will never be able to work as a Paramedic again. He said those days were over. I asked him if I should apply for disability and he said yes, that would be a good idea. What are my chances? I hear it is a hard and exhausting process. Any tips would be appreciated.

Judy2
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   Posted 12/6/2011 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
pmedic, I'm devastated for you! Not only to have the pain and all the surgery, but to also lose your career, is just more than any of us should have to bear. I was fortunately not working in the hospital when my disease was at its worst, so was able to keep working with a few accommodations.

Do you have short-term disability through your employer? If so, you should apply for that ASAP. Social Security disability does take some time, and I think you have to have some period of disability before you qualify, but I'm not sure how long it is. Some illnesses are easier to qualify than others, and the good news is that things such as AVN, where there is very concrete evidence such as x-rays and operative reports, are usually easier and faster. I'd say your chances are good if your doctor will state that you will be disabled long-term.

Good luck, and keep us posted.
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pmedic
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   Posted 12/8/2011 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Judy!
No short term disability at my employer. They don't even offer heath insurance to their employees! I am covered under my hubby, thank goodness! My Dr. said after I fully recover (1 year if the surgery is a success and there are no complications) I should try to think of a different career ( desk job) but I doubt that will be possible due to my Crohn's. Thanks to Crohn's, I haven't been able to work full time this past year and luckily the ambulance Service I work for is owned by a friend so he understood my condition and allowed me to pick and choose the days I was able to work. I was lucky but I don't think I will find a desk job that will be so understanding. I read some of the qualifiers for Disabilty and if I would be out a year for my medical condition, I am eligible but after the year, I dont know what happens...It is like a confusing maze but I will get through it.
Thanks for the support Judy!

Post Edited (pmedic) : 12/8/2011 8:21:38 AM (GMT-7)


rjbeck
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   Posted 12/9/2011 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Your chances are very very good I have AVN in 6 joints and I have replaced 2 so far. In Jan I will do my left shoulder then my right hip. I have done the right shoulder in 2008 and I just did the left hip in Sept. I will do both knee's after the other joints. I use to be a Respiratory Therapist and after a left pneumo caused by empyema I had a Lt thoracotomy and was put on large doses of prednisone that caused the AVN. I had no problem receiving SSDI because of the 20+yr's of working and contributing to the system.. The most important thing was getting a lawyer because most of them worked for SSI and know the in's and out's of the system and DOCUMENTATION FROM YOUR DOCTOR is what did it for me...The lawyer can only take a set fee they don't get a percentage. I don't remember what the fee was but it really wasn't that much. I started receiving my benefits in 2008 and after 2 1/2yr's they sent me a letter that I was being reviewed for renewal so I signed a release of medical info about my AVN and within 30day's I was approved again and told my next reveiw would be in 5yr's. I don't think you will have a problem receiving SSI . Hope you feel better and good luck Randy
AVASCULAR-NECROSIS (AVN) in 6 joints. HIPS,KNEE'S and SHOULDERS-Replaced RT shoulder.New left hip 9/8/11 LT shoulder next-then RT hip and both knee's together
Bilateral Empyema-Thoracotomy with Decordication.(Removed the Lining of left lung)Bilateral Pneumothorax (2005-2008)
Severe COPD.
All at the age of 44-Started with a fever in 2005 at age 38

pmedic
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   Posted 12/9/2011 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Randy- I started filling out the application online but after a few confusing questions, I decided to hire an attorney to file it for me. I am glad I did! The attorney told me they are going to try to go back to 2008 because that was when I got so sick from crohn's and nearly died and since then, I havent been able to work fulltime.

I have also been working more than 20 years into the system so hopefully, I won't have to fight too hard. I dont have much fight left in me now a days.

Thanks for replying!
Dx:Ulcerative Colitis March 2008
Dx: Crohns May 2008
Avascular necrosis L knee from Prednisone, surgery was Oct 2011
No colon surgeries yet but I am desperately trying to keep my colon.
8 blood transfusions, SVT due to low H&H, Anxiety during new medication injections due to past reactions.
Currently on Lialda, Ambien (prn), xanax(prn) D3, probiotic, Rowasa

rjbeck
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   Posted 12/10/2011 4:36 AM (GMT -6)   
My prayer's are with you. And you will get approved... The icing on the cake would be the back pay from 2008. My attorney did the same thing as yours and I was able to receive back pay for 30 month's. It was a Godsend, I was able to clear up 99% of all debt's and I was finally able to sleep a little better.. Also with your work history you should be able to receive the maximum payout of about $1400 to $1500 plus, But if you owe the IRS or any student loans they will take a small amount. They also take out for child support and any liens that you owe but only if those people find out you are going to be receiving disability. just a heads up. Don't tell anybody that you are going to receive disability that you don't trust I have heard of some horror stories of people bragging of hitting the jackpot only to have it taken away....Hope you feel better and have a great holiday..Randy
AVASCULAR-NECROSIS (AVN) in 6 joints. HIPS,KNEE'S and SHOULDERS-Replaced RT shoulder.New left hip 9/8/11 LT shoulder next-then RT hip and both knee's together
Bilateral Empyema-Thoracotomy with Decordication.(Removed the Lining of left lung)Bilateral Pneumothorax (2005-2008)
Severe COPD.
All at the age of 44-Started with a fever in 2005 at age 38

pmedic
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   Posted 12/10/2011 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, for some reason, they decided not to go back to 2008. It had something to do with my pay in 2009. I will ask more questions when they call back. I was hoping they would be able to go back mostly because of the Medicare. I would have been eligible immediately for Medicare because it would have eaten up the 2 year time frame. Even though I have "good" insurance, this last surgery was expensive. Insurance pays less and less every year even though copays and deductibles are higher every year.
Thanks for all the advice Randy! I really appreciate it!
It is comforting knowing I can ask questions to others who have this DD!
Dx:Ulcerative Colitis March 2008
Dx: Crohns May 2008
Avascular necrosis L knee from Prednisone, surgery was Oct 2011
No colon surgeries yet but I am desperately trying to keep my colon.
8 blood transfusions, SVT due to low H&H, Anxiety during new medication injections due to past reactions.
Currently on Lialda, Ambien (prn), xanax(prn) D3, probiotic, Rowasa
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