Twiggy - I'm on my second denial right now too. I've decided to get a lawyer at this point. I know that my age (27) is working very hard against me.
The first denial letter that I received stated that I did not have any trouble with walking, and that I had no range of motion problems. My appeal to them, addressed both of those, and they were proven wrong. At this point - all the denial says is that my problems are not severe enough. I guess they figured that since I proved them wrong the first time, they'd come up with something a little harder to prove. I also have a serious doubt as to whether or not my entire file was reviewed, either time.
I called on a Tuesday (right around the six month point in which they have to let you know something), and was told over the phone that my file had not even been
opened as they were so busy. When I told her I was just making sure I had done everything necessary since it was getting so close, she said it should be reviewed in a few weeks. My first denial was in my mail box two days later. The second denial was much the same. They were 2 days short of the six month point when I received the letter in the mail.
The best thing I can tell you is that if you know you can't work - your just going to have to wait for the system ro realize that. Make sure that every doctor that you see documents all the problems that you have - a hard thing for me was to discuss all the small problems - such as falling - needing help getting dressed some days - having days I was in too much pain to even make it into the shower. I'm also going to make sure that everyone that I see knows that I am applying for disability - and to ask them whether or not they support me in it. If they do to ask them to please document anything that they can that will help.
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"
"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)